Riverside offers a variety of classes and other programs for mothers-to-be and their support persons. Click here for a condensed schedule or read below for more details.

Expectant Parents Tour

Newport News:

Parents-to-be can preview the private birthing rooms, and the Women and Infant Care unit private rooms at Riverside Regional Medical Center during our weekly Expectant Parents Tours. You'll have the opportunity to meet our staff members and ask questions about having your baby at Riverside. The free tour lasts about an hour. Reservations required.

When: Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. or one Saturday per month at 1 p.m.
Where: Group meets in Main Lobby
Riverside Regional Medical Center
500 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News
Fee: Free
Register: Yes, call 757-875-7880

Eastern Shore:

When: By appointment
Where: Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, Maternal/Child Health Unit
Fee: Free
Register: Yes, call 757-414-8678


Big Brothers & Big Sisters Tour

For brothers- and sisters-to-be, this presentation is held in conjunction with the Expectant Parents Tour. The Big Brothers and Big Sisters program includes a story and demonstration of taking care of the new baby and a tour of where mother and baby will stay while in the hospital. Reservations required.

When: Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.
Where: Group meets in Cafe Conference Room
  Riverside Regional Medical Center
  500 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News
Fee: Free
Register: Yes, call 757-875-7880


Childbirth Preparation Course

These classes offer comprehensive information on pregnancy, labor and birth, as well as relaxation and breathing techniques. Mother-to-be and her partner explore the many choices available to make their birth experience personal and positive.

Newport News:

When: Mondays, Thursday, Saturdays - call for schedule
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center - Round Room,
500 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, 23601
Fee: $55
Register: Yes, 757-875-7880
More info: 757-875-7880

Eastern Shore:

When: One Saturday per month, 9am - 1pm. - call for schedule
Where: Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, Nassawadox
  (Maternal/Child Health Unit, 2nd floor)
Fee: $20 *scholarships are available
Register: Yes, 757-414-8763
More info: 757-414-8763


First Steps Exercise Program During Pregnancy
This is no time to stop exercising. In fact, pregnancy and the postpartum period are the times to increase and maintain your fitness. Moms-to-be come together to enjoy low-impact fitness classes at Riverside Wellness & Fitness Center-Peninsula. Call for more information on classes that have been approved for expectant women such as aqua aerobics, low-impact aerobics and restorative yoga.

When: Call 757-875-7525 for schedules
Where: Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center
12650 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA
Fee: Free if you are a member of RWFC or free to expectant women who are delivering their babies at RRMC.
Register: Yes, call 757-875-7525
Sessions: On going
More info: 757-875-7525


Nutrition Counseling For Good Health
Proper nutrition is important throughout your life but especially crucial during pregnancy. Changes that occur in your body may require you to follow a specialized diet to better manage diabetes, high blood pressure or other conditions. Private nutrition counseling can teach you to follow new eating habits while, at the same time, to keep the "spice" in your life.

When: By appointment
Where: Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center
  12650 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News
Fee: Yes
Register: Yes, call 757-875-7533
More info: 757-875-7533; speak to dietitian or Wellness Programming Assistant.


Massage
A woman's changing body during pregnancy is wonderfully natural. And yet, pregnancy by its very nature can add stress to the body. You'll discover massage can relieve some common discomforts of pregnancy like aching muscles, backaches, swollen ankles, sciatica and fatigue.

When: By appointment
Where: Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center
  12650 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News
Fee: $55
Register: Yes, call 757 - 875-7525
More info: 757-875-7525


Baby Care Class
You are counting down the days to your baby's arrival. What an exciting time! In our 2-hour Baby Care Class, expectant patents will become familiar with many aspects of daily infant care. This includes bathing, diapering, feeding and helping to keep your baby safe. Come join this rewarding class in preparation for taking home your baby.

When: Saturdays 9-11 a.m., Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center - Round Room
  500 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601
Fee: Yes, $10
Register: Yes, call 757-875-7880
More info: 757-875-7880 or 757-594-3399

Breastfeeding Class

Breastfeeding is natural, but there are skills to be learned that can help promote successful breastfeeding. In this 2-hour educational class, our Lactation Consultant will help familiarize expectant parents with the knowledge and skills they need to get Breastfeeding off to a great start.

When: Saturdays Noon-2 p.m., Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center - Round Room
  500 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601
Fee: Yes, $10
Register: Yes, call 757-875-7880
More info: 757-875-7880 or 757-594-3399

Preparation for Cesarean

This two hour class has been designed for the expectant couple who knows that their baby will be delivered by cesarean. In this class you will take a closer look into what to expect during a cesarean birth.

When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center- Cafe Conference Room
500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News, VA 23601
Cafe conference room on 1st floor in the Towers Cafeteria. As you enter cafeteria turn left and entrance to room is at end.
Fee Yes, $10
Register: Call 757-875-7880
More info: Call Betty at 757-594-3399


Comfort Measures
In this two hour class, you will learn a variety of comfort measures and coping techniques for labor. Measures and techniques to include: Releasing tension and relaxation, Breathing patterns, Positive labor positions, Use of a birthing ball, Dealing with back labor, Use of heat and cold, Visualization Role of the labor partner. Please bring 3 pillows and a blanket or mat to this class.

When: Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Riverside Medical Office Building, Room 130
  Building 12200 Warwick Blvd. Newport News, VA 23601 Medical Office Building
Fee: Yes
Register: Yes, call 757-875-7880
More info: Call Betty at 757-594-3399


Breastfeeding and Back to Work or School
For women who breastfeed and will be going back to work or school. Some samples of the topics included in class are as follows:
- Preparing to provide your milk to your baby once you return to work or school.
- Selecting the right type of breast pump for your needs.
- Tips on transitioning from breastfeeding to breastfeeding and pumping.
- Safe storing, refrigeration, freezing, transporting, thawing and feeding your milk to your baby.
- Scheduling
- Child Care
- Tips for maintaining and maximizing your milk supply after returning to work or school.
It is recommended that you take this class when you are pregnant. However, if you have a long maternity leave, you may choose to take this class after your baby is born, but by 4 weeks before you plan to return to work or school. You may bring your baby to class with you.

When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center - Cafe Conference Room
  500 J. Clyde Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23601
Fee: Yes, $10
Register: Yes, call 757-875-7880
More info: Call Betty at 757-594-3399


Grandparents Class
Grandparents-to-be are invited to join this 2 hour session to learn of changes affecting baby care today. Please join us for topics covered as: Care of a Newborn, Changes in the role of grandparents, safety at home and car seat laws. We will also take a tour of Labor and Delivery and the Women and Infant Care Unit.

When: Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center-500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
  1st floor-Cafe Conference room-Enter Towers Cafeteria that is 1st door past Coffee Kiosk and conference room is on left.
Fee: Yes, $10
Register: Yes, call 757-875-7880
More info: 757-875-7880 or 757-594-3399


Introduction of Baby to Pet Class
This two hour class has been designed for the expectant parents who have a pet and would like to learn some skills that will assist in a smoother transition when your baby arrives home. Some of the topics included are as follows:

  • Assessing Your Pet's Temperament
  • Preparing Pet for Baby's Arrival: The Sooner the Better!
  • Protecting Mom from Animal Borne Infections
  • How to Handle the Introduction and First Weeks/Months
  • Safety Issues
  • Decreasing Pet's Stress
When: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center, 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News, VA 23601
  Cafe Conference Room
Fee: Yes, $10
Register: Yes, call 757-875-7880
More info: Call Betty at 757-594-3399


Friends and Family Infant CPR
It's unlikely the need would arise, but if it did you would want to know exactly what to do. This class, is designed for parents, grandparents, family members, friends and anyone else who might be caring for your baby. It will tell you how to recognize the need for CPR. Basic CPR and choking prevention will be presented. No certification will be provided.

When: Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 2-3 p.m.
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center-500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
  1st floor in Cafe Conference room, enter cafeteria 1st door past Coffee Kiosk-enter cafeteria and look left for cafe conference room door.
Fee: Yes, $10 for each participant
Register: Yes, call 757-875-7880
More info: 757-875-7880 or 757-594-3399


Rookie Dads
Rookie Dads class prepares expectant dads to face the challenges of being a new dad. This free class shows you how to take care of your baby's needs and how to interact with your new baby. A complimentary diaper bag with father-friendly items is included.

When: Third Tuesday of each month, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center- Annex D Conference Room
500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
Fee: Free
Register: Yes, call 757-875-7880
More info: 757-875-7880 or 757-594-3399

Support Groups

Riverside offers a variety of support groups for our community. Three of our support groups are as follows.

Breastfeeding Moms Get-Together
This FREE service is a wonderful resource for new mothers! At our Breastfeeding Moms Get-Together, meet other breastfeeding mothers
in a supportive environment. Our International Board Certified Lactation Consultants will discuss various aspects of breastfeeding to
help develop skills and boost confidence. We are here for you. WEIGHT CHECKS FOR BABIES ARE AVAILABLE. Siblings are welcome.
Free valet parking is offered at RRMC front entrance just steps away from our meeting place.
Have a breastfeeding question/concern? Our IBCLC's are here 7 days a week from 8:30am - 5:00pm. Please call our Lactation Warm line
at 757-594-2624 or page by calling 757-594-2000 pager #95.

When: Tuesdays from 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center-500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601
  Meet in Cafe' Conference room 1st floor-enter cafeteria and turn left-door to conference room is at the end.
Fee: Free
Register: Not necessary but can by calling 757-594-3399, Betty Villareal, Maternal Child Coordinator
More info:

(757) 875-7880 or (757) 594-3399 or betty.villareal@rivhs.com


Forget Me Not
A Perinatal Bereavement Support Group.
Our mission is to offer a safe and relaxed atmosphere while providing support to Mothers and Fathers as well as family and friends who have experienced a pregnancy loss or the loss of an infant. We invite any individuals in the community to join our group at any time.
THIS IS A FREE SERVICE.



When: Held the 1st Monday of each month at 6:30pm (During Holidays, please call to confirm.)
Where: Riverside Cancer Care Center- Fireplace room
  12100 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601
Fee: Free
Register: Not necessary - 757-594-2745
More info:

(757)594-2745 Steven L. Brown, Bereavement Coordinator or Steven.Brown@rivhs.com
(757)594-2745 Betty Villareal, Maternal Child Coordinator or Betty.Villareal@rivhs.com



Postpartum Support Virginia
Peer Support Meeting information-We are a safe, healing space to share experiences, emotions and support. Facilitated by local mother Diana McSpadden and RN, counselor.

The Pregnancy Mood Disorder Support Group meets in Newport News the evening of the first Tuesday of the month, and in Williamsburg the morning of the second Tuesday of the month. THIS IS A FREE SERVICE.

Newport News:

When: Held 1st Tuesday of each month 7pm - 8:30pm (During holidays, please call to confirm.)
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center (Annex) 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News, VA 23601
  Held in the hospital Annex building in conference room C.
Fee: Free
Register: No registration necessary however if you would like, call (757) 594-3399
More info:

Call (757) 349-6441 or E-mail Diana McSpadden hdmcspadden@gmail.com or call (757) 594-3399 Maternal Child Coordinator