You're lazing by the hotel pool when your husband says, "Time for class." Scuba? No - Lamaze. At several deluxe hotels around the country, you can combine childbirth instruction with a weekend vacation. These programs are run by nurses or childbirth educators. A sampling:
Texas: Joyful Beginnings, at the Omni Mandalay Hotel near Dallas, focuses on couple-communication skills and childbirth training. Sessions are on Saturdays; Sundays are free time. Room, Sunday breakfast and refreshments are included for around $260; 214-553-1075.New York area: Joyful Expectations offers Lamaze weekends at hotels on Long Island and in New Jersey. Each course runs from Saturday to Sunday, with meal breaks (evenings are free). Room, breakfast and lunch are included for around $300; 800-752-5002.
California: Love & Lamaze vacations are offered by the Petersen Village Inn, an Old World-style hotel near Santa Barbara. Classes are held Saturday evening through Sunday evening, with breaks for lunch and afternoons free. Breakfast, refreshments and room are included for $250; 805-688-0780.