FORT SMITH, Ark. – Beginning in August, Baptist Health-Fort Smith will offer free childbirth education classes for area mothers to give them the confidence and support they need to enjoy their baby’s arrival.


The classes are taught by childbirth educators with Lamaze-focused curriculum. Lamaze is an international childbirth education program which helps women learn to respond to pain during childbirth in a way that both increases comfort and facilitates labor.


During the class, participants will learn about emotional and physical changes during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. The instructors will discuss the natural birth process, birthing techniques and potential medical interventions like cesarean section. Other topics to be covered are skin-to-skin contact, mother-newborn bonding and family bonding.


All classes are held in the Baptist Health Classroom on the first floor of Baptist Health-Fort Smith.


Evening and day sessions are available. Evening sessions are held for two hours, one night a week for three weeks. Day sessions are held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on select Saturdays. To register for one of the dates listed below, visit baptist-health.com or call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST for more information.


3-Week Course


6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


August 6, 13, 20


September 3, 10, 17


October 1, 8, 15


November 5, 12, 19


December 3, 10, 17


One-Saturday option


8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


August 10


September 7


October 12


November 9


December 14


Baptist Health is an Arkansas-based, locally owned and managed, not-for-profit, and faith-based health care organization. Baptist Health is also Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization with more than 200 access points and approximately 11,000 employees operating 11 hospitals. For more information about Baptist Health, visit baptist-health.com or call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.