WINNEMUCCA - Humboldt General Hospital has announced its 2014 Childbirth Education schedule.

Mothers-to-be in their fifth to eighth month of pregnancy will have the chance to participate in one of nine educational sessions over the coming year including the following Saturday dates: Jan. 11, Feb. 22, March 29, May 10, June 21, Aug. 2, Sept. 13, Oct. 25 and Dec. 6.

All classes will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Sarah Winnemucca conference room at Humboldt General Hospital.

Cost is $60; women who plan to deliver at Humboldt General Hospital will receive a $10 discount. Lunch and snacks are included in the cost of registration.

Each Childbirth Education course will include instruction on labor and delivery, comfort measures and breathing and relaxation techniques.

Birthing coaches, who are encouraged to attend the class along with mothers, also will be instructed regarding their role in the birthing process.

Instructor Becky Egbert said the class is meant to help women understand that there is no right or wrong way to give birth. "I believe that parents should be educated and then they can make their own decisions about labor and birth," she said.

Participants are encouraged to bring a couple of pillows and wear comfortable clothing throughout the instruction.

Additionally, Humboldt General Hospital will offer two other classes in the coming year. A Lactation class will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the Tuesday following each Childbirth Education class. Dates for 2014 include Jan. 14, Feb. 25, April 15, May 13, June 24, Aug. 5, Sept. 16, Oct. 28 and Dec. 9.

Egbert will discuss the natural process of breastfeeding, lactation, physiology of the breast, positioning, identification of infant feeding cues, nutrition and sto rage of breast milk.

Cost is $25. There is no charge for those enrolled in an HGH Childbirth Education class.

A Newborn Care class also has been scheduled for the Tuesday following each Lactation class, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dates for 2014 are Jan. 21, March 4, April 22, May 20, July 1, Aug. 12, Sept. 23, Nov. 4 and Dec. 16.

Parents-to-be will learn about all aspects of daily care including feeding, sleeping, diapering, circumcision and umbilical cord care, bathing, and dressing.

Further, participants will learn what a healthy newborn looks like as well as discuss temperament, crying and comforting techniques, behavior states and how a newborn communicates.

Cost is $25. There is no charge for those enrolled in an HGH Childbirth Education class.

Pre-registration is recommended for all classes, but is not required.

To pre-register or for more information, please call Humboldt General Hospital at (775) 623-5222, ext. 1268.