Once you have delivered your baby we will continue to be here for you. The Education Department at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas offers infant care information through a variety of classes and support groups to help families prepare for the physical, psychological, and emotional changes that come with newborn care and parenthood.
Infant Care and Baby Parenting Classes
We know babies don’t come with guidebooks, so we provide some helpful classes for caregivers, including parents and grandparents. You can register for classes and events by signing up for or logging into your MyHealthOne account, where you can pay for the class or event, and receive a registration receipt, and confirmation email. Classes fill quickly, so be sure to register early. If you need to cancel or make changes to your registration, please notify us as soon as possible. A 25% service charge for class cancellations applies. We provide free parking during classes, which meet on a regular schedule excluding holidays.
This course introduces parents-to-be to normal newborn characteristics. You will learn common signs of illness and know when to call the pediatrician. Bathing, diapering and swaddling will be shown and practiced with dolls. Also covered are safety with infants, strategies to cope with crying and the basics of infant feeding.
Life with Baby includes training on these topics, and a book to take home:
- Newborn appearance and characteristics
- Hospital nursery routines
- Diapering and bathing
- Infant illness and when to call the doctor
- Safety basics
- Infant sleep states
- Coping with crying
This class is offered in both a one-day session and a two-class series.
Would you know what do if your baby stopped breathing? In this class you will learn and practice CPR for the infant up to 1-year of age. It also teaches what to do for an infant who is choking and general safety tips for the household with a new baby. It is vital information for any caregiver, including grandparents and babysitters. This is the American Heart Association's "Friends and Family" course. It does not require a test and does not confer a certification. You will receive an AHA CPR book and safety information to take home.
In this course, children will learn how important older siblings are and how to be safe with a newborn baby. They and their parents will spend about 30 minutes in a classroom, where they will view a sibling video specific to their age group about becoming big brothers or sisters. They will then practice basic baby care skills such as holding, diapering, and swaddling.
At the end of the class, each child will be presented with a Big Sister or Big Brother t-shirt. Families will then go on a tour of our maternity units so that siblings may become familiar with the surroundings where mom will be when baby comes. Parents will be given all of the information provided in the Adult Hospital Tour, as well as an article about sibling adjustment to a new baby.
Ages 3-5 Years
Ages 6 and Older
For grandparents-to-be, this class will bring you up to date on current baby care practices and help with the transition to your new role. We will cover the best ways to be supportive to new mom and family, safe sleep and feeding practices, home safety and "Baby proofing", and more. Each registration covers a couple, so any two grandparents may attend together. Join us – your kids will thank you!
Infant Care and Parenting Support Groups
We believe in connection and community, which is why we host various support groups at The Woman's Hospital of Texas in an open and secure environment. The Education Department at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas provides support groups to help families handle the psychological and emotional changes that come with newborn care and parenthood. All our support groups are free of charge. No registration is required to attend. Parking will be validated. Excluding holidays, support groups meet on a regular schedule.
Birth, Baby, and Beyond is an informal meeting of expectant mothers, fathers, new parents, and babies up to one-year of age. Dedicated to creating a supportive environment, BBB is designed to facilitate knowledge-sharing, relationship development and community-building among mothers and other experts involved in baby-related fields. We discuss issues of concern such as sleeping, crying, feeding, and family dynamics. Some weeks feature guest speakers.
Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression Support Group is for women facing emotional challenges related to pregnancy or new motherhood. Join us for discussions about the baby blues, Prenatal or Postpartum Depression, anxiety, self-care while caring for a child, relationship changes and challenges, and how to handle daily stress.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Parent Group provides important emotional support and education to mothers and fathers of a NICU baby. Our NICU physicians, nurses, therapists, and other professionals attend and address topics such as NICU equipment, how to understand lab results, infection control, and strategies to care for your baby in the NICU and at home. The group offers an opportunity to learn and share with other parents.
Time and Location
- First Wednesday of the Month: 6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m
- All other Wednesdays: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Newborn Care and Parenting Support Services
The Woman’s Hospital of Texas offers a variety of educational resources and wellness services individualized for your special needs as you adjust to life with your newest addition.
As one of the most challenging feats that women experience, pregnancy can leave mothers with stretched skin, back pain, painful and tight scars, pelvic floor weakness and pain. Left unattended, these may lead to problems with organ prolapse, urinary or fecal leakage or sexual pain; if not soon after delivery then several months later.
Our Licensed Physical Therapists specialize in women’s health and pelvic floor problems. We can help patients manage pain through manual therapy, education, and exercise. We offer therapy for scar pain, prenatal or postpartum back pain, and other women’s issues. We offer therapy for scar pain, prenatal or postpartum back pain, clogged milk ducts, and other women’s issues. For more information, please call the number below:
The Woman’s Hospital of Texas proudly partners with the March of Dimes to provide the area’s only NICU Family Support program (1 of 2 in the entire state). We are the only hospital in Houston that has a full-time March of Dimes NICU family support program coordinator on site. The program offers information and comfort to families during the NICU hospitalization of their newborn, during the transition home, and in the event of a newborn death. It also provides professional education for NICU staff; and promotes neonatal family centered care in NICUs.
The Woman’s Hospital of Texas recommends that you have your infant car seat checked for proper installation by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician before your child is born. To find a car seat inspection event near you, visit safekidsgreaterhouston.org. Inspection is free, but appointments are required so call early.