Education Classes

Childbirth Education Programs

Congratulations, you’re expecting! Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in your life. MercyOne is there for you every step of the way. We offer many prenatal and postpartum classes designed to build your confidence and prepare you for the upcoming birth of your baby and the care needed when you and your baby go home. Each class is designed to instruct parents on each part of the pregnancy process; from pregnancy expectations, to labor and delivery, to post delivery and breastfeeding. In addition, there are also classes to help the new baby’s sibling(s) adjust to a new way of life.

  • Call us today to register for any or all of these classes at 319.272.8440 or submit the registration form at the bottom of this page
  • Check out the Childbirth Education Programs brochure

Birth Empowerment (Lamaze)

This four-class in-depth series is intended to educate pregnant women and their partners on the entire birth experience. Increased knowledge will assist you in making informed decisions about your birth. Anatomy is reviewed as well as the three stages of labor. Simple coping strategies to use throughout labor are introduced and practiced. These include positioning, relaxation, massage, breathing, and other options. Also covered are labor processes, important decisions that need to be made before, during and after delivery and parenting issues. Please bring two pillows, a blanket, and wear comfortable clothing. A guided tour of MercyOne Waterloo Birth Center is included. *Baby Basics info not included in this class.

  • Four Week Series: 6:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
  • Weekend Classes: Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Sunday Noon - 5:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $45/couple
  • To register call 319.272.8440 or submit the registration form at the bottom of this page

Baby Basics

Be prepared to care for your baby with confidence. This two-class series will give you all the basics you need to care for your baby in the first year of life. Class content includes bathing, skin care, feeding, stimulation, play, safety, communication, and sleep. Intended audience includes: expectant parents, adoptive parents and grandparents. *Lamaze info not included in this class.

  • Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Dates Vary)
  • Cost: $20/couple
  • To register call 319.272.8440 or submit the registration form at the bottom of this page


Our breastfeeding class covers all the basics of breast-feeding. Discussion includes: advantages of breast milk as the superior infant food, preparation for breast-feeding, what to expect in the hospital and breast-feeding skills (including positioning and latch). We will also talk about storage and handling of breast milk, breast pumps, returning to work and more. Class is taught by our Lactation Consultants. A support person is encouraged to attend.

  • Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Generally held the first Tuesday of every month)
  • Cost: $15/couple
  • To register call 319.272.8440 or submit the registration form at the bottom of this page

Our Birth Center provides breast pumps for sale or rent. For more information, contact Emily Moses at

Preparing for Labor

This class is designed to educate pregnant women and their partners on the birth experience without the time commitment of multi-class experience. Topics may include how to know you are in labor, the care you will receive from admission to discharge, comfort options, birthing experience choices, what to bring to the hospital and a guided tour of the Covenant Family Birth Center. This class is most helpful when attended in the third trimester and partners are encouraged to join.

*Due to similar class topics, it is not necessary to take both the Lamaze and Preparing for Labor class.

  • Weekday Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (dates will vary)
  • Cost: $20/couple
  • To register call 319.272.8440 or submit the registration form at the bottom of this page


This class consists of separate sessions for children 3 to 4-year-old and 5 to 10-year-old who are anticipating a new brother or sister. The instructor helps children achieve a realistic view of the changes in their family before and after the baby’s birth. The class includes a tour of the obstetrics department and age appropriate books and videos showing growth of the fetus and how the baby is born (5 to 10 year old session only).

  • 3 to 4 year olds - 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • 5 to 9 year olds - 4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Generally held the first Thursday of every month
  • Cost: $10/child (includes t-shirt)
  • To register call 319.272.8288

Helping Hands Babysitting Clinic

This class teaches the basics of babysitting to boys and girls ages 10-15. Curriculum includes what to do in an emergency, appropriate toys and games dependent on child’s age level, tips on preparing healthy snacks, and interactive hands-on activities to use when babysitting. Participants will learn the basics of CPR and the Heimlich maneuver, but they will NOT become certified in CPR. Participants will also receive their own babysitter’s handbook and tote bag filled with information and ideas. Participants will need to bring their own sack lunch.

  • Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $15/person
  • To register call 319.272.8288

Infant and Child CPR

This two hour class instructs and provides hands on practice in infant and child CPR and first aid for choking. It is intended for parents, grandparents, other family members or childcare providers. A family and friends CPR textbook will be provided (1 per couple or 1 per individual attendee). Participants do not take a skills or written test, and you will NOT be certified. This course is taught by instructors trained by the American Heart Association.

  • Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Thursdays (Dates Vary)
  • Cost: $10/couple or $5/individual
  • To register call 319.272.8440 or submit the registration form at the bottom of this page

Pre-Registration is required for ALL MercyOne Waterloo Birth Center classes.

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