2021 Basic Training Classes

Due to Covid-19 restrictions in place at our local hospitals, all Basic Training Classes will be held via Zoom over two sessions - each 1 hour long.

Please contact Heather for registration information - 309-736-7170 x.113 or



Let’s face it, though there are many resources for your baby’s mom to prepare for her role as a parent there isn’t much out there to help you prepare for becoming a dad.


That’s where Basic Training for New Dads steps in. It’s a tried-and-tested workshop developed and taught by local, experienced dads to support and prepare you to meet the challenges of fatherhood.


No matter how many books you read or classes you take, nothing beats real-world experience. From diapering to sleepless nights to forming a successful parenting team, Basic Training will teach you the tips and tricks of the trade – by experienced dads, for dads-to-be. We’ll help you build your confidence in caring for your child, and prepare you for the challenges of parenting. Ease your transition into fatherhood by learning dad-tested, dad-approved skills to help you become the best father you can be.


Our Methods
  • Practical how-to discussion 

  • Taught by experienced dads 

  • For guys only


  • The Birth and Bonding Process

    • Being prepared; your role; starting your relationship off right 

  • First Weeks at Home

    • The urge to provide, protect and be a caretaker, preparing for visitors 

  • Family and Parenting Teams

    • Team tactic; helping mom through the emotional roller coaster 

    •  Troubleshooting Using a checklist to soothe a crying baby; when to call the doctor 

  • Feeding

    • What can be done to support breastfeeding; methods for introducing and using a bottle 

  • Diapering/Baby Hand-off

    • Male and female hygiene; supporting the baby’s neck; passing and receiving the baby 

  • Safety

    • Car seat basics; baby-proofing the home; preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome


Workshops are typically held the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at one of the following locations:


  • Genesis East in Davenport, Iowa

  • UnityPoint Trinity in Bettendorf, Iowa

  • UnityPoint Trinity in Moline, Illinois


Visit or to register or contact Heather Lamb,​ or 309-736-7170, ext. 113.