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Parenting with Providence


 
Our parenting and childbirth classes are taught by highly qualified professionals with specialized training in early childhood and prenatal education. We are here to support new and experienced parents in the wonderful and challenging journey of parenthood.
Employee, military discounts and scholarships are available for all classes.
 
Online class registration
To search for current classes and register online, click the calendar to the right. To view class descriptions, click on the "Parenting with Providence" booklet to the right.
 
Saturday Mornings with Dad
This is a free class for new fathers and infants (birth to 15 months) to spend time interacting with other dads, infants and trained facilitators. Topics include infant development, sleeping and eating schedules, the role of a father and other topical subjects of interest to participants. Fathers will share their triumphs and concerns about becoming a new dad in a supportive, casual and friendly environment.
 
When: 10 a.m.-noon, Saturdays
Where: Maternity Education Center, 3400 Health Drive, Entrance No. 5. Parking is available in front of the building. For registration, please call Providence Maternity Center at 907-212-8474.
 
Postpartum Support Alaska  [learn more about postpartum]
Nearly 30 percent of Alaska moms suffer from depression and anxiety during pregnancy and up to a year after childbirth. We can help you determine your risk and treat your symptoms.
 
Postpartum Support Alaska facilitates a mom-to-mom support group. This is a free service for new moms adjusting to pregnancy and the postpartum period. Share secrets, struggles and survival tips. Babies are welcome.
 
When: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Mondays
Where: Maternity Education Center, 3400 Health Drive, Entrance No. 5. Parking is available in front of the building.
 
For more information about our postpartum group or other resources for postpartum support, contact the Family Support Counseling Clinic at 907-212-4940 or Joclyn Reilly, Family Support Services counselor.
 
Maternity Center tours
We encourage all expectant families to attend one of our scheduled tours of the Providence Maternity Center. Tours begin at the OB Triage desk at the following times:
  • 6:30-7 p.m., Mondays
  • 1:30-2 p.m., Thursdays and Saturdays
Tours are free and require no registration. If you cannot attend one of these tours, please contact the Labor & Delivery Unit at 907-212-3611.
 
Testimonials

"Thanks so much. We really enjoyed the class. We can’t believe how much we didn’t know! You’ll be hearing from us when it’s time to breastfeed."

 

"I just wanted to thank you for all the great advice and reassurance. I am a nurse but pretty green as a mom so you were a big help. Keep up the good work!"

 

"My wife just back from your Cuddlers group, and she had a fantastic time! She loved talking to and hearing from the other moms."

 
Refunds, withdrawals or cancellations
If your course is canceled you will be referred to other courses or your fee will be refunded. If you are unable to attend a course, please call the Providence Maternity Center at 907-212-8474 at least one working day before your scheduled class if you would like a refund. No refunds will be given for partial attendance at any class or if you fail to call and cancel in advance.
 
For more information
To learn more about The Children's Hospital at Providence, please call 907-562-2211.To find general information and specific health topics, visit our online health library.