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Patient & Family Classes

At Hendrick Medical Center, we know the birth of a baby is a major event for your whole family. This is why we recommend family-centered maternity care and are committed to providing the personalized experience you desire.

We encourage family involvement in planning and delivering care. We strive to provide an individualized approach that meets all your needs. We want you to be as comfortable and secure as possible.

Visitation on the Mother Baby Unit is from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. We have recently implemented “Quiet Time” on the Mother Baby Unit from 2–4 p.m. daily to allow new families to rest and bond without interruption. Siblings will not be allowed to remain in the mother’s room overnight due to safety and security precautions.

We hope your experience at Hendrick Medical Center is enriching and fulfilling. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us. And, as your family grows, remember that Hendrick Medical Center is here to help you with your healthcare needs every step of the way.


Childbirth classes are offered at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene for families planning to deliver at Hendrick Medical Center, Hendrick Medical Center South or Hendrick Medical Center Brownwood.

  • Childbirth Series
    The staff at Hendrick Medical Center and your physician encourage and support family participation in childbirth education. The series of three classes is aimed to teach you and your coach information about labor and delivery, pain and stress management skills, choices of pain medications, anesthesia and variations of labor, hospital routines and Cesarean births. We believe a good understanding of the birth process is essential to the health and well-being of you and your baby. Our birth education classes will provide you and your family with the information necessary to allow you to feel as comfortable as possible as you prepare for the birth of your baby. A tour of Labor and Delivery, Nursery and Mother Baby Unit is offered during these classes.
  • Infant CPR
  • Tours
    Most families take a tour as part of their childbirth education classes. If you are not taking the childbirth classes at Hendrick Medical Center, or if you haven’t selected a hospital for your maternity care, you may call labor and delivery to schedule a tour.
    Hendrick Medical Center: 325-670-3050
    Hendrick Medical Center South: 325-428-3500
    Hendrick Medical Center Brownwood: 325-649-2120
Advance registration required for all classes. To register, visit the classes and events calendar.

Classes scheduled in Auxiliary Conference Center are located in Hendrick Medical Center’s Shelton Building, 2000 Pine Street, second floor. For classes scheduled in the L&D Classroom, enter through Hendrick Medical Center’s Jones Building and take the Jones Building elevators to the fourth floor.

Click here to download the printable class schedule.

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