Classes & Programs

Providing support to parents-to-be, as well as help to prepare for birth and life with a newborn.

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FAQs

We’ve tried to include the most commonly asked questions – and the answers – in this section. Feel free to contact us if you still have questions!

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Classes & Programs


Having a baby is a big step, and can sometimes be overwhelming. To provide support to parents-to-be, as well as help to prepare for birth and life with a newborn, EAMC offers a variety of helpful classes and shares information about other education opportunities.

Classes and Programs


Breastfeeding Preparation

This is a targeted class teaching the basics of breastfeeding a baby and designed for expectant mothers who are interested in learning more about breastfeeding. Class includes information about techniques and methods, storing milk, and hints for working mothers. The class is taught by Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC’s)

The Lactation Resource Center - 3rd Floor of East Alabama Medical Center

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Mom and Baby Stroller

HealthPlus Fitness Center
Tuesday/Thursday 1-1:45 pm

Join our mom and baby stroller class for exercise and social support. In this modified boot camp class, babies 4 weeks to 4 years old join in the stroller for your workout focused on arms, legs, abs and cardio. This small group training class teaches you exercise movements with modifications for your changing body while connecting with your child during quality time spent outside.

For more information, contact
Liz Zenas | (334) 887-5666| | liz.zenas@eamc.org

Pregnancy Toning, Fitness, Yoga Combo

HealthPlus Fitness Center
Monday/Wednesday 6:30-7:30 am

This prenatal exercise combination class wraps three important fitness components into a safe and fun 60-minute workout. The class begins with 20 minutes of aerobic and cardiovascular exercises. Strength training for 20 minutes with a focus on arms, legs, and abs comes next. The class concludes with 20 minutes of yoga cool-down including relaxation, stretching and meditation.

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring water.
Pregnant clients or mothers with baby 12 weeks or younger will need to bring in a medical clearance.

Download Our OBF Flyer with Medical Consent

For more information, contact
Liz Zenas | (334) 887-5666| | liz.zenas@eamc.org

Pregnancy Water Aerobics

HealthPlus Fitness Center
Tuesday/Thursday 6-7 am

This prenatal aquatic workout class is a great time efficient option to keep exercising throughout your entire pregnancy. Toning your body using water as resistance will help improve your balance, movement, and performance on land. Working out in the water helps to reduce swelling and reduces impact on your body as your pregnancy progresses.

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring water.
Pregnant clients or mothers with baby 12 weeks or younger will need to bring in a medical clearance.

Download Our OBF Flyer with Medical Consent

For more information, contact
Liz Zenas | (334) 887-5666| | liz.zenas@eamc.org

Breastfeeding Support Group

This group provides a comfortable place for breastfeeding mothers to share ideas as well as seek emotional support. An infant weight scale is available at each session for mothers who wish to track their baby’s weight gain.

When: Meets each Thursday
Time: noon – 2 p.m.; may drop in anytime and you may bring your lunch.
***No registration required
3rd Floor Dayroom - East Alabama Medical Center

BabyGym and Water Babies

see HealthPlus Fitness Web Site

Small Wonders Program

The Alabama Medicaid Maternity Care Program is designed to ensure that every Medicaid-eligible pregnant woman has access to medical care, with the goal of lowering Alabama’s infant mortality rate and improving maternal and infant health.

The Small Wonders Program of Maternity Services of District 11, LLC coordinates the service delivery system for recipients who reside in Barbour, Chambers, Lee, Macon, and Russell Counties.

Recipients must enroll in the Small Wonders Program and receive care from a provider in our network for Medicaid to cover services and care received during pregnancy, delivery, and the post-partum period.

The Small Wonders Program can be contacted through our toll free number 1-877-503-2259 or (334) 528-6830.

Baby Walk

Come spend an hour with us and learn about what you can expect when delivering in a baby-friendly environment. We will discuss such things as where and when to go to the hospital, creating that special mother-infant bond through Skin-to-Skin time, "Quiet Time", and visitation hours during your stay with us. We will continue our journey with a tour of the Childbirth Unit and complete our walk on Mother-Baby Unit. During the tour we will share with you what to expect at each stage of this wonderful experience.

So put your walking shoes on and let’s go!

Baby Walk 2016 Class Brochure
Baby Walk 2015 Class Brochure

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FAQs


We’ve tried to include the most commonly asked questions – and the answers – in this section. Feel free to contact us if you still have questions!

East Alabama Medical Center is located at 2000 Pepperell Parkway, Opelika, AL 36801. You can click here for directions.
We recommend that you park in our visitor parking lot or parking deck on the right-hand side as you drive onto the EAMC campus from Pepperell Parkway. You may enter through the main lobby of the hospital. DO NOT enter through the Emergency Department.

If you do not feel you can walk to Labor and Delivery, which is located on the 3rd floor, please ask for a wheelchair. Please ask for immediate assistance if your water has broken, you are in severe pain or you have heavy bleeding.

We encourage you to bring any items that will help you stay focused and relaxed during labor, including healthy snack foods, toiletries, a breast feeding pillow, sleepwear and changes of clothes (don’t forget about clothes for dad!). You should leave all of your jewelry and money—except for small amounts for miscellaneous purchases — at home, because we cannot be responsible for looking after valuable items. However, our staff can help you make arrangements to leave valuables in the hospital safe if you wish.

Other suggested items are:

  • Items for comfort such as your own pillow, music, hard candy, lip balm
  • Camera with fully charged battery and adapter
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Personal grooming items
  • Comfortable robe and house shoes
  • Loose fitting clothing for the ride home
  • Several outfits for the baby
  • Baby car seat
  • Baby blankets
  • Extra room in your suitcase or an extra bag to take home any baby gifts
  • Insurance card
  • All medications in original containers
  • Pediatrician name and contact information
  • Sanitary pads of your choice
  • Personal undergarments such as nursing bra
If a Cesarean birth is necessary, we have two fully equipped surgical suites within the Women’s and Children’s Center, and all of the team members needed to perform the procedure are always available at a moment’s notice.
If your baby requires any special medical attention during or after birth, he or she will receive expert, one-on-one care by the highly trained members of our Level II neonatal intensive care nursery, and then will be brought to your room as soon as possible.
Our entire staff is expertly trained to ensure the safety of you, your baby and all guests in our Women’s and Children’s Center. All babies and parents are given matching identification bracelets, which are checked frequently by our staff. Our staff members wear specially designed EAMC name badges that have a unique emblem that is shared with you on admission.
Because skin-to-skin contact between new babies and their parents is so important, we allow and strongly encourage you to keep your baby in the room with you throughout your stay.
Yes. Once you and your new baby have adjusted, you will be transferred to our Mother/Baby Unit (also on the third floor). From here, you will be discharged approximately 48 hours after your birth experience. All rooms on the Mother-Baby Unit are private rooms, with bath and sleeping accommodations for the new dad/co-parent. The Mother-Baby Unit helps each new mother transition from the birth experience to becoming a new mom, and proudly supports each transition with care, guidance, and ongoing new parent education.
Yes, you can make long distance calls from your room, but you’ll need to use a calling card.
Yes, cell phones can be used when and where it’s appropriate, but we ask that you always be considerate of your neighbors in nearby rooms when making calls.
Yes, wireless Internet is available throughout East Alabama Medical Center.
Visiting hours on the Mother-Baby Unit are 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., and from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. For the safety and security of our patients, we ask that all visitors stop and register at the reception desk, located across from the elevators on the third floor, prior to visiting friends and family.

We have Quiet Time from 2-4 p.m. in order to give new families a rest period before the evening hours. Visiting is limited during this time.

If you’d like to contact a patient at the Pregnancy & Birth Center, please call (334) 528-1260 and we’ll connect you to the appropriate room. Because we always respect the privacy of our patients, information such as the baby’s sex and weight will not be given by a member of our staff unless the parents instruct us to do so.

Do you need more information?

We tried to include information about every facet of pregnancy and childbirth at EAMC on our web site, but if you still have questions, please feel free to contact us and we will respond within 48 hours.