Classes at the Hospital

Building Blocks Baby Classes

Several classes make up the Building Blocks series. The Caring for Your Newborn class consists of infant CPR overview including choking hazards and hands-on practice; car seat safety discussing Texas laws, age-appropriate seats and demonstrations; basics of newborn care such as feeding, bottles and pacifiers, fussy baby, jaundice, and the five S’s to comfort and swaddling; home safety highlighting door latches, smoke alarms, gun safety and other ways to make sure your baby is safe. Upon completion of the classes, parents will receive a report card. Those who deliver their baby at Shannon will receive a car seat for their new addition.

In addition, All About Childbirth, Breastfeeding Boot Camp, and Doting Siblings classes are available. The childbirth classes are available in a two-week series, a Weekend Express course, or online eLearning Online Childbirth Classes.

All About Childbirth

Receive helpful information about labor and childbirth to minimize your fears and help you make informed decisions. The classes include symptoms of labor, information about Cesarean sections, relaxation and breathing techniques and a tour of the Labor and Delivery Unit. We offer evening classes that meet for two weeks, and also feature the full class on Saturdays. Click here for dates.

Breastfeeding Boot Camp

Learn techniques and tips about breastfeeding as well as the benefits it provides for you and your little one. Breastfeeding includes positioning for a good latch, benefits of breastfeeding, signs of good feeding, information on pumping and storage of breast milk and handling discomforts. Click here for dates.

Caring for your Newborn

Infant CPR, car seat safety, basics of newborn care, comforting your newborn and home safety tips are covered in this informative class. Click here for dates.

Doting Siblings

This class is specifically for big brothers and big sisters!  Sibling class is for 4-year-olds and older and covers holding the baby, changing diapers, changes at home, what babies do, and how siblings can help with the new baby. Click here for dates.

Essentials for Pregnancy

This class will guide you on your wonderful journey of pregnancy. Click here for dates.

Finding Alternatives for Labor Pain

Learn breathing, relaxation and massage techniques to use throughout labor.
Click here for dates.

Gentle Touch Infant Message

Gentle Touch Infant Massage is a parent-trained touch massage course for parents and their infant(s). The course includes: benefits of infant massage, behavioral states and infant cues, proper positioning during infant massage, the IAIM Massage routine (massage strokes), adaptations for older infant/child and hands on practice.
This is a 3 part course, and is 1 – 1 ½ hours in length for each session. Click here for dates.

Class Schedules

To register for classes, call (325) 481-2359.

Click here for the 2018 schedule!

All Classes are FREE and are taught by experienced childbirth and lactation educators. Unless specified, all classes are in the first floor conference room at the Shannon Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 201 E. Harris.  All classes are free and are available on RSVP basis. For more information about Shannon’s baby classes, call (325) 481-6332. If you would like to register, click here or call (325) 481-2359.


Classes Online

We understand the hustle and bustle of your daily routine. Our childbirth classes are offered online so you may still enjoy the educational experience from the comfort of your own home. The Gift of Motherhood eLearning Childbirth Education Program is a convenient alternative for expectant parents who cannot attend a conventional prepared childbirth class due to bed rest, scheduling conflicts or time constraints. It is also useful as a refresher course for repeat parents.

The eLearning program includes:

  • Access for an eight-week period, beginning from the date of your initial use. You will receive an access code after you call (325) 481-6332.
  • An accompanying Gift of Motherhood handbook for parents, available after registration.
  • A labor and delivery tour at Shannon Women’s and Children’s Hospital where you will deliver your baby. Call (325) 481-6332 to schedule a tour.
  • The opportunity to contact one of our nurse educators via e-mail to answer brief questions.

Topics include:

  • Childbirth education and labor support
  • Discomforts of pregnancy
  • Understanding labor and birth
  • Labor guide
  • Caring for yourself postpartum
  • Feeding your newborn
  • Caring for your newborn
  • What to expect when giving birth at Shannon Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Class Fee:

  • FREE for eight-week access
  • To Register please call (325) 481-6332.

Questions or Comments?

Click here to view the free Demo

Troubleshooting Help

  1. What is the eLearning program?

    The Gift of Motherhood eLearning program is a flash-based online book that will allow you to understand all aspects of pregnancy.

  2. What do I need in order to view the book?

    You’ll need the most recent version of Adobe Flash, a fast internet connection (DSL, Cable or other broadband) and Adobe Reader. You’ll also need a computer with sound and speakers or headphones to hear the audio.

  3. How do I use it?

    Read the eBook just like you would a traditional book — click on the edge of the book to turn the page. Also, be sure to click on all of the icons to learn more.

    Some icons open a movie or animation, others give you added information. If you see a word in green, be sure to move your mouse over it to learn the definition.

  4. What if I’m having difficulty with the eBook?

    Some common problems may occur when using the eBook. First, make sure your Internet connection is working by visiting some other sites. Then, make sure you have the newest version of Adobe Flash. You may need to uninstall the previous version of Flash before you install the new version. For instructions on how to uninstall Flash, visit their support site.

  5. What if I can’t see anything?

    Wait a couple of minutes more to let the program load. When Internet access is slow, the eBook may load more slowly than normal. If, after a several minutes, nothing appears, try restarting your computer.

  6. What if the videos don’t work?

    Give the videos a moment to load and make sure you have the latest version of Flash. If it still doesn’t work, try restarting your computer.

  7. What if my code doesn’t work anymore?

    Try re-entering the code, making sure there are no spaces before or after the code. If that does not work, contact the administrator at your hospital to make sure the code is still active. Note: All “0″ are numerals.

System Requirements


  • Sound Card
  • Speakers or Headphones
  • Updated Video Card
  • Approximately 512MB RAM
  • 1 Ghz processor (recommended)
  • Access to a nearby printer (optional)


  • Active-X controls enabled
  • Pop-ups turned on
  • Java enabled
  • Latest version of Adobe Macromedia Flash Player
  • Latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, FireFox or Safari
  • Full Accessories installed with Windows operating system
  • High-speed Internet access