Riverside offers a variety of classes and other programs for mom-to-be and their support persons.

Expectant Parents Tours: Riverside Regional Medical Center, Newport News
Parents-to-be can preview the private rooms at Riverside Regional Medical Center during our weekly Expectant Parents Tours. You will be able to meet team members and ask questions about having your baby at Riverside. The free tour lasts about an hour and reservations are required.

When:
Tuesday at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. OR
One Saturday each month at 1 p.m.

Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center
500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News
Meet the group in the Tower Lobby
Register: 757-875-7880

Expectant Parents Tour: Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital
Parents-to-be can preview the private maternal/child health rooms at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital with a private tour. You will be able to meet your team members and ask questions about having your baby at Riverside. The free tour lasts about an hour, and an appointment is needed.

Register: 757-302-2440

Big Brothers & Big Sisters Tour, Riverside Regional Medical Center, Newport News
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 sibling video (age appropriate) and demonstration of taking care of the new baby and a tour of where mother and baby will stay while in the hospital. Reservations are required.

When:
2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m.

Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center
500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News,
Meet in Tower lobby with parents
Register: 757-875-7880

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

Newport News:

When: Monday, Thursday, or Saturday
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center
500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News
Held in the Round Room Conference Room (administration area)
Meet in Tower Lobby and instructor will escort you to your class.
For more information and to register: 757-875-7880
Fee: $55

Williamsburg:

When: First Saturday of every month, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg
1500 Commonwealth Ave., Williamsburg, VA
Held in Conference Rooms A & B (once through Main Entrance, the room is immediately on your right)
For more information and to register: 757-875-7880
Fee: $55

Eastern Shore:

When: One Saturday every other month, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (call for schedule)
Where: Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital
For more information and to register: 757-302-2447
Fee: $20 (scholarships are available)

Healthy Mom & Baby Exercise Program During Pregnancy
Exercise has numerous benefits for you and your unborn baby, so this is a great time to consider appropriate exercise. Pregnancy and postpartum are times to increase and maintain your fitness. Moms-to-be come together for fun, low-impact fitness classes at Riverside Wellness & Fitness Center - Peninsula. Call for more information on our classes that have been approved for expectant moms, such as aqua aerobics, low-impact aerobics and restorative yoga.

Schedule: Visit our online schedule
Where: Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center - 12650 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA
For more information and to register: 757-875-7525
Fee: Free if you are delivering your baby at Riverside or are already a fitness center member (call for more information)

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

When: By appointment
Where: Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center - 12650 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA
For more information and to register: 757-875-7533
To speak to a dietitian or wellness program assistant
Fee: Varies, please call for more information.

Massage
Changes in a woman's 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 pregnancy discomforts like aching muscles, backaches, swollen ankles, sciatica and fatigue.

When: By appointment
Where: Riverside Wellness and Fitness Center - 12650 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA
For more information and to register: 757-875-7525
Prenatal Massage Fee: $55

Baby Care Class
You are counting down the days to your baby's arrival. What an exciting time! In our two-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 6-8 p.m.
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center - Round Room
500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News
Meet in Tower lobby in front of Patient Registration waiting area and instructor will escort you to your classroom.
For more information: 757-875-7880 or 757-612-6029
Register: 757-875-7880
Fee: $10

Breastfeeding Class
Breastfeeding is natural, but there are skills to be learned that can help promote successful breastfeeding. In this two-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 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Thursdays 6-8 p.m.
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center - Round Room
500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News
Meet in Tower lobby in front of Patient Registration waiting area and instructor will escort you to your classroom.
For more information: 757-875-7880 or 757-612-6029
Register: 757-875-7880
Fee: $10

Preparation for Scheduled C-Section
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 or C-section.

When: Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center - Women and Infant Care Unit Conference Room, second floor - 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News
Meet in Tower lobby in front of Patient Registration waiting area and instructor will escort you to your classroom.
For more information: 757-875-7880 or 757-612-6029
Register: 757-875-7880
Fee: $10

Labor Techniques with Comfort Measures
This two-hour class will show a variety of comfort measures and coping techniques for labor. Measures and techniques 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 three pillows and a blanket or mat to this class.

When: Mondays, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Riverside Medical Office Building, Room 130 - 12200 Warwick Blvd., Newport News (across the road from RRMC Emergency room), first room on left as you enter the Medical Office building - Physical Therapy location.
For more information: 757-612-6029
Register: 757-875-7880
Fee: $10

Back to Work & Breastfeeding
This is especially for women who breastfeed and will be going back to work or school. Some topics included in class are:

  • Preparations for 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 at least four weeks before you plan to return to work or school. You may bring your baby to class with you.

When: Wednesday, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center - Round Conference Room
500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News
Meet in Tower lobby in front of Patient Registration waiting area and instructor will escort you to your classroom.
For more information: Call 757-612-6029
Register: 757-875-7880
Fee: $10

Grandparents Class
Grandparents-to-be are invited to join our two-hour session to learn of changes affecting baby care today. Please join us for topics covered, including care of a newborn, changes in the role of grandparents, safety at home and car seat laws. We will also tour Labor and Delivery and the Women and Infant Care areas.

When: Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center - Women and Infant Care Unit Conference Room, second floor - 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News
Meet in Tower lobby in front of Patient Registration waiting area and instructor will escort you to your classroom.
For more information: 757-875-7880 or 757-612-6029
Register: 757-875-7880
Fee: $10

Introduction of Baby to Your Pet
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 include:

  • 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 and months
  • Safety issues
  • Decreasing pet's stress

When: Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center - second floor Women and Infant Care Conference Room, 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News
Meet in Tower lobby in front of Patient Registration waiting area and instructor will escort you to your classroom.
For more information: 757-612-6029
Register: 757-875-7880
Fee: $10

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 - 2nd floor Women and Infant Care Conference Room, 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News
Meet in Tower lobby in front of Patient Registration waiting area and instructor will escort you to your classroom.
For more information: 757-612-6029
Register: 757-875-7880
Fee: $10 per participant

Rookie Dads
Rookie Dads class prepares expectant dads to face the challenges of being a new dad. This free class shows dads how to take care of their baby's needs, how to interact with their new baby and gives great tips from a father's perspective taught by a certified Fatherhood Consultant. The session includes great take-home information as well as a father-friendly diaper bag of supplies for baby.

When: Third Tuesday of each month, 6-8:30 p.m.
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center - Conference Center in Annex D
500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA (the building to the left of the Tower entrance)
For more information: Call CDR's Fatherhood Program, 757-378-3177 or Betty with Riverside, 757-612-6029
Register: Online at www.cdr.org/fatherhood or call 757-378-3177 to enroll
Fee: Free

Other Information
Call Riverside Nurse at 757-875-7880 to enroll in any class or to schedule a car seat safety check. To pay for classes: Call 757-594-2197 or 757-594-2166.

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 moms in the Virginia Peninsula area! At our Breastfeeding Moms Get-Together, meet other breastfeeding moms 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 and weight checks for babies are available. Siblings are welcome, too. Free valet parking is offered at the front entrance of Riverside Regional Medical Center, just steps away from our meeting place.

When: Tuesdays from 1-2 p.m.
Where: Riverside Regional Medical Center - Cafe Conference Room - 500 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News (to the left of the main lobby, in the cafeteria)
For more information: 757-612-6029
No need to register
Fee: Free

Have a breastfeeding question/concern? Please call our Lactation line at 757-594-2624 or page us by calling 757-594-2000 - pager #95. Our IBCLC's are here six days a week (Monday - Saturday) from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. No IBCLC's available on Sunday.

Eastern Shore Breastfeeding Support Group
Call 757-302-2447 for more information about in-person meetings, or find the support group on Facebook by searching for RSMH Breastfeeding Support Group.

Forget Me Not
Forget Me Not is a Perinatal Bereavement Support Group. The group's mission is to offer a safe and relaxed atmosphere while providing support to moms and dads 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. For more information call 757-612-6029 or 757-875-7880, or email Betty.Villareal@rivhs.com

Postpartum Support Virginia
This is a peer support meeting. The group provides a safe, healing space to share experiences, emotions and support. The group is facilitated by Postpartum Support Virginia. This is a free service.

When: Twice a month on Friday afternoons
Where: Local Newport News Riverside OB offices
For more information: Call Laura at 757-599-6863 or visit Postpartum Support Virginia

For more information about any of the above, please contact Betty at 757-619-6029.