I truly enjoyed being in this class and the information I learned. I would definitely recommend this class to any pregnant woman. It was very helpful and informative. I am glad I took this class."
I wasn't sure what to expect, but this course was extremely helpful and informative. I made sure to print the lessons for future reference--and I will be using them!"
Not only do I now have more resources at my fingertips, but I know how to use them with confidence. I am empowered! Thank you for everything, Denise!"
This has been an amazing, thoroughly-written course, with fun game options and heartfelt, enriching discussions. Denise has been a patient and supportive guide through the many questions and directions that accompany her subject area of expertise"
This course was very helpful and exactly what I was looking for. It answered a lot of the questions I had, and gave me information I didn't know I needed. This is a very good class and I would recommend it to others in a heartbeat."
I felt that the instructor was absolutely fabulous- she covered a great deal of material and made it simple to comprehend and fun to remember. She was complete and thorough! Thank you!"
Course Code: hhp
In this first lesson, we'll examine the basics of pregnancy. We'll discuss the basics of a prenatal appointment and what to expect with your first doctor's visit, and we'll talk about common fears and worries that pregnant women experience—and how to address them. Then, learn all about diet, nutrition, and exercise during pregnancy.
In this lesson, we'll discuss the changing emotions associated with pregnancy. You'll learn about physical causes for these emotional shifts, as well as some of the common feelings and experiences of mothers-to-be. Then, we'll examine the basics of effective communication. Pregnancy comes with many changes to your life, so it's a great time to strengthen your communication skills.
Learn the most common physical changes you can expect, as well as some less common changes. We'll talk about what to look out for that might be cause for concern, and we'll also discuss some discomforts you might be feeling and how you can remedy them. Then, we'll look at some of the major lifestyle changes that can occur during pregnancy, including how and when you sleep and adjustments to your sex life.
Take a look at social dilemmas you're likely to face and social trends affecting your pregnancy and birth. Then, we’ll discuss various birth options, and examine the key differences between them. We'll also talk about the types of childbirth preparation classes you can take, and we'll discuss doulas and their role in the birth process.
In this lesson, we’ll review some important planning you might want to consider before your baby arrives, and we'll look at how your finances are likely to change and how you can prepare for these changes. Then, learn what you can expect to feel and experience as your body prepares to give birth.
We'll go over what you can expect a baby to look and act like in the first few weeks in the world. You'll learn about your baby's senses, reflexes, and patterns for sleeping, waking, and eating. And we'll also review some of the decisions new parents have to make about a baby's medical and personal care. And finally, we'll discuss how you can prepare for the first few days and weeks after giving birth.
Denise Hopkins has taught childhood preparation classes for more than 10 years. She holds Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Jacksonville University and a master’s in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. Hopkins has also taught a number of sociology classes in sexuality, marriage, and gender.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.