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About Our Classes

Our classes for expectant families are an extension of the family-centered maternity care services for which Murray-Calloway County Hospital is well known. These classes are often the beginning of a lifelong relationship between the hospital and families who attend classes together.

Through these classes, we help families prepare for an event that is unsurpassed in beauty and significance. We enjoy sharing this special time with your family as you gain knowledge and understanding that will help make delivery a joyous time.

Each participant receives individual attention and excellent instruction. All patients who deliver at MCCH are able to attend prepared childbirth classes free of charge. There is a fee if you are delivering your baby at a different hospital. Our classes are offered on a monthly basis, so convenient sessions are always available.

If you have questions about our classes for expectant families, please contact our lactation consultant at (270) 762-1940 or 1-800-342-6224. For more information on the nutrition or wellness classes and services, you may call (270) 762-1348.

Please register early in your pregnancy to assure a place in the classes of your choice. We will contact you by telephone or mail you a packet of information, notifying you of class dates and locations.

Perinatal Education Classes

A registered nurse specializing in childbirth education conducts our prenatal classes.

Prepared childbirth classes provide information on aspects of labor and how to best prepare for labor. These classes also include information on cesarean birth and parenting. Sibling classes help new brothers and sisters adjust to the new baby. Couples participating in these classes receive written materials and see videos relevant to course content.

All of these classes are designed to make your maternity experience more enjoyable. We urge you to take advantage of them. Please call our Lactation Consultant at (270) 762-1940 or 1-800-342-6224 during normal business hours for class registration information or for a personal tour of our maternity unit.

Maternity Care Tour

Even if you are not involved in the classes, you are still invited to come to the hospital and tour the labor, delivery, nursery and maternity areas. Our Lactation Nurse will be your tour guide and will answer any questions you may have.

Prepared Childbirth

The prepared childbirth classes consist of three evening class sessions, usually taken four to six weeks before the expected due date. The classes are held monthly. These classes are designed to introduce you and the support person of your choice to the various stages of labor and what to expect at each stage. Relaxation and breathing techniques to use during labor, hospital routines and your coachís role are also explored in depth. Classes meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the MCCH Cafeteria located in the North Tower/Poplar Street Entrance on the 1st floor. Because we care about the education of our patients and their families, classes are free if you deliver at MCCH. If you deliver elsewhere, there is a class fee of $70.


A very special one-session class to introduce siblings to the idea of a new baby brother or sister is also offered. Our instructor helps expectant brothers and sisters explore their feelings about baby and mother during momís pregnancy and after babyís birth. The class also stresses to each sibling that they too are special and important. They will also learn what a new baby looks like, all the things babies do, how they can hold and play with baby and how much fun it is to be a big brother or sister. A visit to Murray-Calloway County Hospitalís maternity unit, including momís room and the nursery is a popular highlight of this class. The class is held every three months from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Private Dining Room next to the cafeteria. The class is free of charge to those delivering at MCCH and $40.00 if you are delivering elsewhere.


A class to "re-introduce" grandparents to baby care is offered once every three months. The class is from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Private Dining Room next to the cafeteria. Topics include feeding, diapering, bathing, infant safety and child development. The class is free of charge if the mom is going to deliver at MCCH. Otherwise, the cost is $40.00.

Breastfeeding Consult

To help answer any questions you may have as well as better prepare you for breastfeeding, the Murray-Calloway County Hospital offers you an opportunity to meet with our Lactation Nurse for a one-on-one teaching consult. To set up an appointment, just call Elizabeth Khadem, RN, BSN, at (270) 762-1940. Your appointment is free of charge if you plan on delivering at MCCH. Otherwise, your private consult is $75.00


Murray-Calloway County Hospital
803 Poplar Street
Murray, KY  42071
(270) 762-1100

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