Birthing Center Classes
Expectant parents are encouraged to take this complimentary tour of Waterbury’s Family Birthing Center, included with both the Childbirth Boot Camp and the Breastfeeding class. You may also schedule a tour without taking a class.
Time/Day: 5:30 pm every 2nd Tuesday of the month; 9:30 am or 4:00 pm every 3rd Saturday of the month
Prepared Childbirth Boot Camp
This one-day prepared childbirth course provides evidence-based information in a fun, relaxed environment. We will walk through the process of labor and birth in a way that increases confidence and lessens anxiety about the birthing process. Topics include when to go to the hospital, labor coping techniques (breathing, relaxation, positioning, massage, etc.), the role of the partner, medical interventions, medications, cesarean birth and care of the newborn. This class is designed to help couples feel ready and excited for this life-changing event. Lecture, discussion, videos and hands-on practice is included.
Time/Day: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. every 3rd Saturday of the month
Cost (cash only, due at start of class):
$50 (for patients registered for childbirth at Waterbury Hospital)
$60 (for patients who are not registered for childbirth at Waterbury Hospital)
To register to give birth at Waterbury hospital, call Patient Registration at (203) 573-6503.
Location: Bizzozero Conference Room
Instructions: Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat if you have one (extras available). Snacks and water will be provided, but please bring a lunch.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes
Our prenatal breastfeeding class is taught by Bree, our nurse-midwife lactation consultant and is a two-hour program that introduces the basics of breastfeeding and prepares the expectant parents for a healthy and happy breastfeeding relationship with their baby. Topics include: the benefits of breastfeeding, how breastfeeding works, latching on, positioning and signs that baby is getting enough. Partners are welcome to attend.
Time/Day: 6 pm to 8 pm, Every 2nd Tuesday of the month
Location: West Wing 3B, Room 3712
Breastfeeding Support Group
(with International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Laura Piscioneri)
We strongly encourage breastfeeding and offer lactation support during your stay here and after discharge. We strive to make breastfeeding a positive and rewarding experience for you and your family
Time/Day: Every Tuesday, 11 am to noon
Family Birthing Center, 3rd Floor, Waterbury Hosptial
To register: email Laura.Piscioneri@wtbyhosp.org
About our instructors
“Our goal is to facilitate a fun, interactive and personalized class based on each family’s goals for their birth experience. This goal stems from deep connections built during our own childbirth classes where friendships were made and playgroups formed all from families learning together at the same stage of life. We aim to provide a safe and encouraging environment, where becoming comfortable with the unexpected is the result.”
Jessica Perrault is a labor and delivery nurse at Waterbury Hospital and a certified Childbirth Educator. Having three children of her own, she likes to empower parents by providing them with insight and knowledge regarding what to expect. She has earned a Master of Public Health degree from Southern Connecticut State University and is completing a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nursing Management and Executive Leadership. In her free time she enjoys traveling with her family and cooking.
Bree Grealis is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She loves helping families prepare for the toughest job we ever love: parenthood. Bree has two children of her own and has been participating in labor/birth and postpartum care of moms and babies for 20 years. She brings her experience and love for the expectant family into her classes and wants to help people grow their families feeling strong and confident.