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Virtual Interactive Classrooms

Connecting new and expecting parents from the comfort of your home.

prenatal classes

Most first time parents take: Preparing for Childbirth, Breastfeeding, Newborns 101, and Infant CPR.

Preparing for Your Birth

  • Preparing for Childbirth

    Preparing for Childbirth

    This class is now a Virtual-Interactive Live Classroom!
    Please pick the date that works for you.
    Disregard locations

    Preparing for Childbirth 3 week

    Our traditional Preparing for Childbirth class covers everything you need to know to prepare for childbirth, including:  

    • The final weeks of pregnancy.
    • The birth process, including the different stages and phases of labor
    • Back labor
    • Labor and birth coping skills (including breathing and relaxation, and labor positions) with hands on practice time during class
    • Medications for comfort
    • Inductions and medical interventions
    • Cesarean birth
    • Postpartum recovery and the adjustment to parenthood

    3 weekly sessions (with hands on practice)

    Member Tuition: $112.50

    Non-Member Tuition: $125

    Tuition covers the expectant parent plus one support person.

    Preparing for Childbirth Fundamentals

    If you’re just looking for the basics, or prefer attending a shorter class, you can take our Preparing for Childbirth Fundamentals. This class has condensed information in a shorter time frame and does not include hands on practice of labor and birth coping skills.

    Preparing for Childbirth Fundamentals – one 4 hour session (without hands on practice)

    Member Tuition: $81

    Non-Member Tuition: $90

    Tuition covers the expectant parent + one support person.

    Parents are encouraged to register in the fourth or fifth month of pregnancy and have their classes completed by about 36 weeks. Please note that a hospital tour is not part of prenatal classes at Amma. You can contact your hospital directly for information about tours.

    If you desire a natural childbirth, or a more in-depth experience of hands-on skills, you will benefit from taking the Labor Skills Workshop in addition to this class. You may also consider our Natural Childbirth series as an alternative to Preparing for Childbirth.

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

    Private childbirth classes can often be arranged upon request.  Our private classes are 3 hours and the tuition is $300 (non-members) and $270 (members).

     

  • All-In-One Express

    All-In-One Express

    This class is now a Virtual-Interactive Live Classroom!
    Please pick the date that works for you.
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    Pressed for time? Our All-in-One Express class teaches you the basics of the birth process, beginning breastfeeding and basic newborn care – all in a one-day class. This condensed curriculum is taken from our Preparing for Childbirth, Breastfeeding and Newborns 101 classes.

    This class highlights the essentials of each topic, but is not as comprehensive as our traditional classes.  We’ll spend the morning on childbirth preparation and the afternoon on breastfeeding and baby care.

    You’ll learn:

    • The birth process
    • Coping strategies for labor, including pain medication
    • Cesarean birth
    • Postpartum healing
    • Starting out at breastfeeding, and how to recognize signs of success
    • Newborn care procedures in the hospital and continuing care at home

    Our instructor will recommend good websites and books for more in-depth learning. Because of the nature of the class, hands-on breathing and relaxation will not be covered. Parents wanting to learn and practice breathwork and relaxation techniques should consider the Labor Skills Workshop.

    This is one of our most in-demand classes. Keep in mind its popularity and consider registering early. Also, please note that a hospital tour is not part of prenatal classes at Amma. You can contact your hospital directly for information about tours.

    Member Tuition: $180

    Non-Member Tuition: $200

    Tuition covers one expectant parent and one support person.

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  • Expecting Multiples

    Expecting Multiples

    This class is a Virtual-Interactive Live Classroom and Online Learning!
    Please pick the date that works for you.
    Disregard locations

    Parents of twins (or triplets) need extra preparation! Caring for multiple tiny babies at once brings its own special set of joys and challenges. Join other families of multiples as we walk you through childbirth, care and feeding, and adjusting to life as a family of four or more. Spending time with a small group of other expectant parents will let you graduate with a support network of people who know just what you’re going through. A visit from a new family with multiple babies will cap off our time together.

    In this five-week series, families will learn:

    • The birth process, and how c-sections and vaginal births are modified for multiples
    • What to know about breastfeeding multiples, and how to ensure a plentiful milk supply from day one (includes information on pumping breast milk)
    • Feeding options
    • Newborn care procedures in the hospital, and care of premature babies
    • Basic care of your newborns, including bathing, diapering, swaddling, soothing, using a car seat and detecting illness
    • Self-care, sleep, and how to cope with the emotional challenges of multiple babies
    • A guest family of multiples will visit on the last night to share their experience

    Member Tuition: $189

    Non-Member Tuition: $210

    Tuition for the five-week series covers one expectant parent and one support person.

    We strongly recommend this class be completed by 32 to 34 weeks of pregnancy.

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

    Private childbirth classes can be often be arranged upon request for a tuition of $300 for a 3-hour session. If you are on bed rest with your multiples, consider our Understanding Multiples Online class. It is not specific to multiples but has excellent information.

  • Natural Childbirth

    Natural Childbirth

    This class is now a Virtual-Interactive Live Classroom!
    Please pick the date that works for you.
    Disregard locations

    Natural Childbirth is the prenatal class best suited to women who wish to avoid or reduce the use of medications and interventions.

    The birth process is the foundation of the class, and each week you’ll practice coping strategies like breathing, intentional relaxation, visualization, massage, and helpful positions.  While this holistic approach makes it a good fit for women hoping for an unmedicated birth, pain medications, and supportive interventions are discussed.  With less lecture and more interactive, hands-on learning, we will explore issues like keeping a positive attitude about your body’s abilities, advocating for yourself, informed decision making, exploring emotions, and how to prepare yourself for parenthood.

    Spending time within a small group of other parents-to-be establishes a support network of other families who may become friends for life!  You’ll even have a visit from a Natural Childbirth graduate family with their baby.

    You’ll learn:

    • The complete birth process
    • Extensive coping strategies for comfort, with ample time to practice
    • Pain medication and supportive interventions
    • Cesarean birth
    • Decision making and how to advocate for yourself in a medical setting
    • Planning out a “wish list” with goals for your birth
    • Postpartum healing
    • The transition to parenthood, with breakout sessions for both mothers and support partners
    • Weekly takeaways such as journaling projects, relaxation exercises, and positive affirmations
    • How to make a plan for your care team, both in the birth setting and at home with baby
    • The last night is our “Sneak Peek” night.  You’ll be visited by a new family to prepare you for what’s ahead.

    We recommend taking this class with plenty of time before your due date to practice the techniques throughout the third trimester.  Please budget time to finish the class by about 34-36 weeks.  As always, all families are welcome regardless of where their babies will be born.  For those families birthing in a hospital, please note that a tour is not part of prenatal classes at Amma. We encourage you to contact your hospital directly for information about tours.

    Member Tuition: $189

    Non-Member Tuition: $210

    Tuition for the five-week series covers one expectant parent and one support person.

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  • Labor Skills Workshop

    Labor Skills Workshop

    This class is now a Virtual-Interactive Live Classroom!
    Please pick the date that works for you.
    Disregard locations

    If you’re hoping for an unmedicated birth, or just want to further practice your coping strategies, this supplemental workshop is perfect for you. This is a great option for families expecting a second (or more) baby, who just want a refresher of skills.

    This specialty workshop on coping with labor pain is all hands-on . We’ll practice:

    • Breathwork patterns designed for labor
    • Visualization
    • Intentional relaxation
    • Massage
    • Positions for labor

    Perfect for moms and labor partners wanting more practice or second-time moms looking for a refresher without the lecture component. This class does not cover traditional class topics such as the birth process, medications, c-sections, and the like and is best taken as a supplement to Preparing for Childbirth or the All-In-One prenatal class.

    Please bring a blanket and pillow to class.  Dress comfortably. This class will include movement and floor work on a yoga mat.

    Member Tuition: $45

    Non-Member Tuition: $50

    Tuition covers the expectant parent and one support person.

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  • Private Childbirth Classes

    Private Childbirth Classes

    This class is now Virtual!
    Please contact Loretta@ammaparentingcenter.com

    Some families prefer private birth and baby preparation. Private sessions can cover childbirth, c-section birth, starting off with breastfeeding, basic baby care, or whatever topics a family needs to know.

    Sessions are arranged at the center using our materials, DVDs, and classrooms.

    Member Tuition: $270 for 3 hours

    Non-Member Tuition: $300 for 3 hours

    If you would like information about our private sessions please contact Loretta at loretta@ammaparentingcenter.com or (952) 926-2229.

  • Free Prenatal Q & A Time

    Free Prenatal Q & A Time

    Have questions?  Chat live with an Amma Educator!

    This is a FREE Q&A for expecting parents.  Discussions vary each week depending on questions, commonly touching on informed decision making, inductions, interventions, cesarean sections, postpartum recovery, infant feeding, and newborn care. Please note, this is not intended to take the place of a prenatal class, but rather to supplement your education; and is not a substitute for medical advice.  Please contact your provider if you have specific questions regarding your pregnancy related health care.

    Tuition: Free

    Every other Wednesday from 6-7 pm. 

    October 7 and 21

    November 4 and 18

    December 2 and 16

    Prenatal Q & A Time is being held virtual-interactive.

    The following link will give you access to an every other week session.

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84234608945

    Meeting ID: 842 3460 8945

    No registration required.

    Please note if no one has joined in the first 15 minutes the instructor will close the meeting.

Preparing for your newborn

  • Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding

    This class is now a Virtual-Interactive Live Classroom!
    Please pick the date that works for you.
    Disregard locations

    A little bit of preparation goes a long way when you’re planning to breastfeed. Topics include:

    • How milk is produced in the breast
    • Getting started in the hospital
    • Establishing a plentiful milk supply
    • Recognizing signs of success, as well as when to seek help
    • Interpreting your baby’s hunger cues
    • Life as a nursing mother
    • Common concerns and how to handle them
    • What partners and family members need to know

    This class is designed for both the pregnant mother and her partner.

    Member Tuition: $40.50

    Non-Member Tuition: $45

    Tuition covers the expectant parent and 1 support person.

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  • Newborns 101

    Newborns 101

    This class is now a Virtual-Interactive Live Classroom!
    Please pick the date that works for you.
    Disregard locations

    Newborns 101 prepares you for life with a newborn baby.  You’ll “graduate” ready to start life with your new son or daughter!

    Hear the most current information on early development, how to care for your infant, and parenting strategies for the first few months.  The mixture of video, hands-on practice and real-life scenarios go beyond what you can read in a book.

    Topics include:

    • Care procedures at birth
    • Newborn behaviors, cues, and reflexes: what they mean and how to respond
    • How to soothe and hold your baby and use swaddling products
    • Car seat installation basics
    • Using dolls, you’ll practice holding and diapering
    • Tummy time and taking a temperature will be demonstrated

     

    Member Tuition: $40.50

    Non-Member Tuition: $45

    Tuition covers one expectant parent and one support person

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  • Combination Breastfeeding And Newborns 101

    Combination Breastfeeding And Newborns 101

    This class is now a Virtual-Interactive Live Classroom!
    Please pick the date that works for you.
    Disregard locations

    An easy way to complete both of these classes on the same day. All the topics from both Breastfeeding and Newborns 101 are presented in one class.

    Member Tuition: $81

    Non-Member Tuition: $90

    Tuition covers one expectant parent and one support person

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  • Infant CPR

    Infant CPR

    This class is now a Virtual-Interactive Live Classroom!

    Please pick the date that works for you.
    Disregard locations

    We strongly encourage everyone in your baby’s caregiving circle to take an Infant CPR class, including parents, grandparents, babysitters and nannies.

    These CPR courses are not certification courses, but the curricula follow those of the American Heart Association. Our instructors are AHA certified.

    Infant CPR

    Learn how to respond in a respiratory or cardiac emergency. Hands-on chest compressions, breaths, and choking relief on mannequins will reinforce your learning and help you understand how to act in real life.  You will practice on infant mannequins, and you’ll be shown choking relief procedures on a toddler mannequin as well.

    Member Tuition: $72 per couple for the 2.5 hour class

    Non-Member Tuition: $80 per couple

    If you are registering as a 2-person couple, you may use our online registration software.
    If your party includes multiple caregivers and family members, please call us directly at (952) 926-2229 and we will register your group. We offer individual registrations for $45 (member) or $50 (non-member).

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

    In order for the class to learn effectively, we do not allow children to attend these classes. We do make exceptions for newborn infants who can sleep or hang out in their car seats during class.

  • Grandparents Class

    Grandparents Class

    This class is now a Virtual-Interactive Live Classroom!

    New grandparents, are you feeling a bit rusty? Are you wondering how to be a supportive grandparent in light of the pandemic? Refresh your memories of baby care, and get an update on today’s practices. Join other new grandparents as you prepare for this special new time of life. Topics include:

    • Safety in the home, sleep safety, and car seat basics
    • Baby cues and behaviors, and how to respond
    • Tips for providing childcare
    • Family adjustment and how to start off right, including how to support a brand new family during a pandemic, and how to keep the lines of communication open and healthy

    Member Tuition: $63 for 2.5 hour class

    Non-Member Tuition: $70

    Tuition covers both grandparents, and one set of materials will be provided. If you would like to register as a single attendant, please call us directly to purchase a single tuition (includes class materials) – Member $31.50 and Non-Member $35.

    Our CPR class is perfect for grandparents too!

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

     

Mom and Baby Classes

  • The New Mama Class

    The New Mama Class

    This class is now a Virtual-Interactive Live Classroom!

    Select in person options available.

    Classes starting on or after October 20th scheduled in the Edina location only will be in person.

    Calling all Amma Mamas! Do you have a brand new baby? Come see why moms tell us this class is the best thing they did for themselves. Bring your newborn to a baby-friendly environment and get help on all the topics of concern to new moms: feeding, sleep, soothing, vaccinations and pediatric visits, postpartum adjustment, emotions, returning to work, and more. You won’t find a more welcoming place for help and encouragement than the New Mama Class.  The perfect way to spend maternity leave!

    The New Mama Class supports all new mothers.  Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle feeding, parenting solo, partnered or married, adoptive or biological, have one baby or twins, you are welcome here. Being introduced to a range of parenting experiences shows us how many right ways there are to be a family.

    You’ll leave this class with confidence and friends for life.

    Our teachers are all Registered Nurses, Board Certified Lactation Consultants, or both.

    Plan to start your 6-week session when your baby will be between the ages of 1 to 8 weeks of age.  This class and its curriculum are designed specifically for mamas and their babies of this age. We recommend you register prior to the arrival of your baby. Look for a class series that begins 2 to 3 weeks after your due date. Please note: this class is intended for first-time mamas.

    *If your baby is older than 8 weeks of age at the start of the session, please consider our Beyond Newborn class.

    Member Tuition: $157.50 for six-weekly 2-hour sessions

    Non-Member Tuition: $175

    COVID-19 and Your In person Class

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  • Second Time Mama

    Second Time Mama

    This class is now a Virtual-Interactive Live Classroom!
    Please pick the date that works for you.
    Disregard locations

    Becoming a Mama again? It’s different this time around! We’ll refresh your memory on the basics, like feeding, soothing, baby care, good sleep habits, postpartum adjustment, and returning to work. We’ll also discuss parenting more than one child, sibling issues, time and stress management, and learning how to manage a multi-kid family. Moms will be encouraged to share strategies with each other. We recommend you register prior to the arrival of your baby. Look for a class series that begins 2 to 3 weeks after your due date.

    For Mamas with babies ages 0-2 months (or so) at the start of class.

    Member Tuition: $158.50 for six-weekly 2-hour sessions

    Non-Member Tuition: $175

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  • Beyond Newborns

    Beyond Newborns

    This class is now a Virtual-Interactive Live Classroom!
    Please pick the date that works for you.
    Disregard locations

    Beyond Newborns

    Now that your baby has outgrown the newborn months, you’re ready to take on the next stage. This eight-week daytime series is for Mamas with babies ages 3, 4 and 5 months at the start of class, or direct New Mama Class graduates.

    Each class begins with a circle time filled with songs, finger plays and developmental play.  Moms are shown play ideas and toys to foster development and see how their babies are changing and growing.

    The parenting curriculum covers topics such as sleep & naps, feeding & introducing solids, temperament, infant development, family dynamics, maintaining an identity while being a mom, returning to work or beginning at-home motherhood, and more.

    Daytime and Evening options available.

    Member Tuition: $171 for eight weekly 2-hour sessions.

    Non-Member Tuition: $190

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Please note that make-ups are not available for missed classes in the Beyond Newborns series.

     

  • Free Breastfeeding Q & A Time

    Free Breastfeeding Q & A Time

    One of our lactation specialists will be on hand to answer your feeding questions. It’s a great time to get out of the house, meet other moms, and share advice. Discussions vary each week depending on questions, commonly touching on increasing milk supply, managing oversupply, nipple shields, pumping, returning to work, exclusive pumping, introducing a bottle, bottle refusal, breast/nipple soreness, introducing solids, teething, and infant behaviors at the breast. Bring whatever questions you have! All mothers are warmly welcomed and all feeding decisions are supported.

    This is a Q&A time; if you need an individual consultation or assessments the lactation consultant will help guide you into resources.

    Tuition: Free

    Tuesdays 1:00 – 2:00  

    Breastfeeding Q & A Time is being held virtual-interactive.

    The following link will give you access to each weekly session.

    Meeting ID: 930 2236 2666
    Passcode: AmmaBF

    No registration required.

Parenting Workshops

  • Workshop Schedule

    Workshop Schedule

    Our ongoing series of events and workshops addresses topics of interest to new and expecting parents.

    Join us for workshops and information nights with our rotating staff of experts.

    In order for the class to learn effectively, we do not allow children to attend workshops unless they include infant participation (i.e. Baby Massage or Small Talk). We do make exceptions for newborn infants who can sleep or hang out in their car seats during class.

    This list displays one month of classes at a time. You may change the date range to include classes at an even later date.

    Amma Members receive 10% off all workshops while select workshops are free. Please check the workshop you are interested in for details.

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