Prepare for baby’s birth, exercise for better health, find support group
Whether you want to get in shape, prepare for the birth of a baby, or find support from others going through a similar experience, Methodist has a class for you.
Classes will be held at the hospital, located at 990 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge, unless otherwise noted. For more information and registration, call (865) 835-4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
- Next Smoking Cessation classes begin May 6
When you stop smoking, your body begins to enjoy the benefits almost immediately, and those benefits can last a lifetime. Methodist’s cardiopulmonary rehab program offers Freedom from Smoking, an eight-part class series to help you quit smoking.
Participants work with an instructor to identify people, places and things that trigger their urge to light up; create a stop smoking plan that fits their individual needs; and receive support to help avoid a relapse. The American Lung Association developed Freedom from Smoking classes. The fee of $50 per person is refundable upon completion of all eight classes.
Registration is required. The spring series will meet on May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 5–6 p.m. in Methodist’s Cardiopulmonary Rehab Classroom, Suite 360, Westmall Medical Park, 200 New York Ave., Oak Ridge. To register, please call (865) 835-4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
- Health Night on the Town, Tuesday, May 20 at 7 p.m.
Join Methodist Medical Center and board-certified neurosurgeon Dr. Lawrence Maccree at May’s Health Night on the Town. Health Night is a free medical lecture series presented by physicians and other health professionals. Programs are held in Methodist’s Ridge Conference Room at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month except June, July, and December. For more information about Health Night on the Town, please call (865) 835-4662.
- Stroke Support Group, Tuesday, May 27 at 4 p.m.
Stroke survivors and caregivers are welcome to attend this support group, which meets in the Cheyenne Ambulatory Center Conference Room, located at 944 Oak Ridge Turnpike. This program is sponsored by Methodist Therapy Services. Call Janie at (865) 494-7350 or Faye at (865) 482-4474 for more information.
Classes for New, Expectant Families
- Great Expectations Three-Class Childbirth Series, Mondays, May 5, 12, and 19 from 6-9 p.m.
This three-class childbirth series takes expectant mothers and their families through topics related to childbirth, delivery, and newborn care. You will learn about the signs of impending labor, managing active labor, pain management, delivery, c-sections, and post-delivery care. All classes in this series meet in the Cheyenne Conference Room in Cheyenne Ambulatory Center, 944 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge. The course fee is $30 per family, and financial assistance with the cost is available. To register, call (865) 835-4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
- Breastfeeding Daytime Class, Tuesday, May 6 from noon- 2 p.m.
If you’re thinking about breastfeeding, Methodist Medical Center encourages you to register now for this two-hour daytime class where you will learn information that can help you succeed with breastfeeding. Bring your lunch and join us in Methodist’s Family Birthing Center, which is located on the hospital’s second floor. Registration is required, and the cost is $5. Call (865) 835-4662 for more information or to register. Financial assistance for the cost is available.
- Baby Basics Class for the Young Mother, Wednesday, May 14 from 6–7:30 p.m.
Young moms often face unique challenges when they become pregnant and give birth. Methodist Medical Center’s one-time, two-hour Baby Basics Class for Young Mothers was created to empower and encourage young people in this situation. The class covers different phases of labor and childbirth; provides moms-to-be with information about the postpartum period, which is the time after the baby is born; and teaches young women how to care for themselves and their baby. Instructors share real-life experiences and birth stories to boost participants’ confidence and help them get the most out of the birthing experience. Up to two labor support people may attend this class with the mom-to-be. To register, call (865) 835-4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
- Mommy2Mommy Lunch, Friday, May 23 at noon
Mommy2Mommy Lunches give women with babies and young children an opportunity to get together in a relaxed setting. Share experiences with other new mothers, have fun, and make friends. Bring your babies or young children to the Cheyenne Ambulatory Center conference room at 944 Oak Ridge Turnpike. A light lunch is served at no charge. For more information, call (865) 835-4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
- Breastfeeding Evening Class, Wednesday, May 28 from 6-8 p.m.
If you’re thinking about breastfeeding, Methodist Medical Center encourages you to register now for this two-hour evening class. We meet in the West Ridge Room of Methodist Medical Center, located at 990 Oak Ridge Turnpike in Oak Ridge. You will learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding for yourself and your baby, as well as effective techniques. Handouts are provided and other suggested materials are reviewed. The fee is $10, and financial help with the cost is available. To register, call (865) 835-4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
Classes by Appointment
- Big Brothers and Big Sisters: The Sibling Experience
The birth of a baby is exciting for everyone in the family, especially a big brother- or big sister-to-be. The Sibling Experience is for 3- to 12-year-old boys and girls in expectant families. The children have hands-on fun while learning about and preparing for the upcoming birth of a baby in their family. The fee is $10, and help with the cost is available. The program is a one-time event for each family, and can be scheduled by calling (865) 835- 4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
- Before Baby (pre-pregnancy planning)
Methodist Medical Center encourages prospective parents and community groups that work with young adults to schedule a pre-planning pregnancy class. The class helps young people make informed decisions about pregnancy and provides community organizations with valuable information. Instructors are members of the Family Birthing Center staff. There is no charge. To make an appointment, call (865) 835-2250.
- One2One Childbirth
When transportation problems, language issues, and other special situations make it impossible for expectant couples to attend regular childbirth classes, the Family Birthing Center staff may see those couples by appointment. The class fee is $30. Call (865) 835-2250 for details.
- VIP (Very Important Pregnancy) Tour
If you are pregnant, Methodist invites you to a VIP Tour of the Family Birthing Center in anticipation of your Very Important Pregnancy. The VIP Tour is valuable for women during all phases of pregnancy, especially those who are newly expectant. You will meet with a registered nurse from the Family Birthing Center who will answer your questions, tell you more about our Family Education Program, discuss pediatric care, and give you a personalized tour of the Family Birthing Center. Make an appointment through your doctor’s office or call (865) 835-4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
- Pre-Admission Visit
Your pre-admission visit takes place in the Family Birthing Center and is necessary if you plan to deliver your baby at Methodist Medical Center. We encourage you to schedule this visit when you are 36 weeks along in your pregnancy. You will meet with a nurse to complete the paperwork related to your admission to the hospital when you’re ready to give birth, and we will answer your questions. To schedule a pre-admission visit, please call (865) 835-4662 or 1-800-468-6767.
Mommy and Me Exercise Classes
No more excuses, moms! Methodist Medical Center offers two kid-friendly exercise classes each week, and the environments are climate controlled.
- Mommy & Co. Exercise, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
New moms and their babies/toddlers are invited to take part in this adventure in exercise. Classes are held at the Kern United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center, 451 E. Tennessee Ave., in Oak Ridge, and the class is free. Call (865) 835-4662 to learn more.
- Mommy Walk/Baby Roll, Tuesdays at 9 a.m.
Put on a pair of good walking shoes and bring your child to First Baptist Church of Clinton’s Family Life Center, 225 N. Main St., Clinton. You’ll join other moms and their young children for walking, making friends and having fun. Call (865) 835-2250 for questions.
BodyWorks Fitness Classes
BodyWorks, a community exercise program sponsored by Covenant Health, is designed to give adults safe and effective workouts. While BodyWorks is a not-for-profit program, there is a minimum fee to help offset costs. Most classes cost $2-3 per class, and you pay as you go. For more information about BodyWorks classes, call (865) 374-0457 or go to www.covenanthealth.com/bodyworks.
- CardioMix, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:15 a.m.
Get a great workout! You will burn calories, increase your stamina, and tone those muscles, while going easy on your joints. We use a variety of styles to keep CardioMix interesting. We will push you moderately hard, but we don’t jump or run. This class meets at First Baptist Church of Clinton, 225 N. Main St., Clinton. Bring a mat because we go to the floor for great core work.
- Yoga, Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m
Yoga classes are great for everyone! We will teach you the safest and most effective poses and styles of yoga. We take into account that not everyone can or ever will put their foot behind their head BUT all of us can benefit from the principles and exercises of yoga. If you want to work muscles, decrease stress, and increase your energy level, you should try our yoga. Participants need mats. Classes meet at Kern United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center, 451 E. Tennessee Ave., Oak Ridge.
- New Opportunities for Fitness Instructors
Are you interested in being more than a participant? Jump to the head of the class and be a Covenant Health BodyWorks instructor! Fitness instructors are currently needed to teach evening classes in the Oak Ridge area. If you’re interested in learning more about this fun, rewarding experience, call the BodyWorks office at (865) 374-0457.