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Labor & Delivery Education

Education & Breastfeeding Center: Before, During, & After Your Baby’s Birth

At the Antelope Valley Hospital Alpha Charter Guild Education and Breastfeeding Center (EBC), we provide the guidance and expertise you need before, during, and after the birth of your baby. The EBC, which is located inside the Women & Infants Pavilion, offers an array of programs and classes for parents to be as well as new parents.

Childbirth Education

Childbirth preparation classes prepare the new mother and her coach for labor and delivery, postpartum and the early parenting experience. Information includes physical and emotional preparation for birth, signs and symptoms of labor, relaxation techniques, anesthesia options, and more.

Classes are held monthly and can be taken over four consecutive Wednesday evenings or on a Saturday for eight hours. There is a class fee, which is due upon registration, this covers the pregnant mother and her support person. Payments can be made by cash or credit/debit card.

We suggest you make reservations early in your pregnancy as classes tend to fill rapidly. You should plan to attend the course in your 7th month of pregnancy or up until 3 to 4 weeks before your due date.

Call (661) 726-6210 for upcoming dates and to register for childbirth education classes.

Newborn Care

The Welcome Home Baby class covers newborn characteristics, diapering, feeding, bathing and safe sleeping, among other topics. When combined with the Childbirth Preparation course, the fee for this class is reduced. It is also available on its own for a fee. It is offered on the last Thursday of the month. Call (661) 726-6210 for upcoming dates and to register.

Breastfeeding Support & Assistance

Breastfeeding is the number one way to ensure a healthy start to your baby’s life. As a Baby-Friendly Facility, Antelope Valley Hospital is committed to supporting every new mother in achieving her breastfeeding goals.

Breastfeeding Class

The EBC breastfeeding class, which is offered for a fee, helps participants understand:

  • The amazing benefits to mother and baby of breastfeeding
  • Signs of a correct latch
  • How to know if your baby is getting enough milk
  • Benefits of bonding and skin-to-skin contact
  • And more

Lactation Services

The EBC has a team of certified lactation consultants who provide education about breastfeeding, support to lactating mothers and their babies, and tips for returning to work while breastfeeding. To schedule an appointment with a lactation consultant, call (661) 726-6210. There is a fee for this service.

Other Breastfeeding Resources

The EBC also offers:

  • Breasts pump rentals and sales
  • Breast pump replacement parts
  • Breastfeeding accessories, including nursing bras
  • Referrals to other community resources
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