Mercy is committed to education. When anticipating a new experience, confidence comes from knowing what to expect. All of our classes are personalized, interactive, taught by certified childbirth educators and held in our conference center. Our comprehensive curriculum is designed so you can participate in array of classes, free of charge; from the moment you realize you are pregnant through your last trimester and beyond.
Mercy's Class Recommendations
It is recommended that you register for all classes during your first trimester. For the ideal learning experience, we suggest the following schedule:
- First trimester: Great Expectations
- Second trimester: Baby Basics, Postpartum Adjustments and Multiple Blessings
- Third trimester: Prenatal Class or Refresher Class, Breastfeeding Basics, Boot Camp for New Dads, Baby Finance 101 and Sibling Class
Fast Track is a high-level, single day class that can also be taken in the third trimester. Please note, there is a fee for Fast Track registration.
Great Expectations, Prenatal Class and Refresher all include a tour or the birthing and recovery suites as part of the class. You can also view the suites online.
Register for classes today!
Sign up through our easy-to-use online class scheduler, or, contact Mercy Nurse at (515) 243-2584.
Infant Cardiac and Respiratory Emergencies Class
Mercy Childbirth Education and Mercy College of Health Sciences are excited to bring a FREE Infant C.A.R.E. (Cardiac and Respiratory Emergencies) class to parents. This infant CPR class will help new parents learn the specific skills they need for their new baby. The class will be held each month and there are two class times to choose from: 5 to 7 p.m., and 7:15 to 9:15 p.m.
Classes will be held in the Crocker Building, 207 Crocker St., Des Moines, on the first floor in Classroom CR 109.
To register, please visit https://apps.mchs.edu/mctc and scroll to find your desired “Family and Friends CPR” class. Only register for one class time; the same class is taught at two different times on the same date.