Parent and Childbirth Education Classes

Congratulations! Pregnancy is an exciting time and a very special experience in the life of every family. At Brigham and Women's Hospital, we provide many resources to help you have the healthiest pregnancy possible.  

Parent and Childbirth Resources

Educational Classes

Attending our educational classes and our maternity tour can provide you with the knowledge, confidence and support you need during your pregnancy and after the birth of your baby.

Please click on the titles below to visit the Eventbrite page for more information including schedule and registration.

Early registration is encouraged as classes fill quickly.

For any questions, concerns or financial assistance, please email smcnamara1@bwh.harvard.edu or call (617) 275-1738. For parking rates, please visit BWH Parking.

Adolescent Prenatal Education Series

This is a series of three classes, held on three consecutive Monday evenings. Each three hour class will be a different topic, including Childbirth Preparation, Breastfeeding, and Infant Care. Brigham and Women's Adolescent classes are open to all Brigham and Women patients who are 21 years of age or younger. You are encouraged to bring your partner or support person with you to the classes.

More information about registration for this class.

Prenatal Yoga

Beginner-friendly classes; all levels are welcome. Classes will focus on breath work and gentle exercises intended to increase mind-body awareness, improve flexibility, and support muscle tone during pregnancy. Mats and props will be supplied. The class is free, although registration is required.

Register for Prenatal Yoga.

Labor and Delivery Class

Taught by certified childbirth instructors, our labor and birth class will cover the following:

  • Signs and symptoms of labor
  • When to come to the hospital
  • Breathing and relaxation exercises to promote comfort and coping during labor
  • Comfort measures
  • Cesarean birth
  • Epidural anesthesia
  • Partner/labor support

We offer two options for our Labor and Delivery class. A single 6 hour class or a class divided into two parts for those who prefer shorter class sessions. Both classes cover the same content and include a maternity tour.

Option #1: Labor and Delivery Class (Single 6 hour session)

Option #2: Labor and Delivery Class (Two 3 hour sessions)

Clases de Preparación para el Parto/Spanish Labor and Delivery Class

Por parte de instructores certificados de parto, nuestra clase de parto y parto cubrirá lo siguiente:

  • Signos y síntomas del trabajo
  • Cuándo venir al hospital
  • Ejercicios de respiración y relajación para promover la comodidad y hacer frente durante el parto
  • Medidas de confort
  • Parto por cesárea
  • Anestesia epidural
  • Socio/apoyo laboral

Clase de parto y parto (sesión individual de 6 horas)

Taught by certified childbirth instructors, our labor and birth class will cover the following:

  • Signs and symptoms of labor
  • When to come to the hospital
  • Breathing and relaxation exercises to promote comfort and coping during labor
  • Comfort measures
  • Cesarean birth
  • Epidural anesthesia
  • Partner/labor support

Labor and Delivery Class in Spanish (Single 6 hour session)

Breastfeeding Class

Taught by certified breastfeeding instructors, our breastfeeding class covers the following topics:

  • Function and structure of the breast
  • Positioning your baby during breastfeeding
  • Nutrition for breastfeeding mothers
  • Infant feeding patterns and growth spurts
  • Recommendations on pumping and storage of breast milk.

Register for Breastfeeding Class.

Cesarean Class

For couples for whom a Cesarean is a possibility, the class will cover:

  • Preparation for Surgery
  • The Role of Partner
  • Cesarean Birth Choices
  • Breastfeeding Tips After Cesarean Birth
  • Basic Newborn Expectation
  • What to Expect Physically and Emotionally
  • Anesthesia
  • Recovery from Surgery and Postpartum
  • Breastfeeding Tips After Cesarean Birth
  • Basic Newborn Expectation
  • Maternity Tour

Register for Cesarean Class.

Newborn Care and CPR Class

Newborn Care with Optional Infant CPR Add-On

Newborn Care Class

This two hour class will provide expectant parents with guidance, tips and support as they prepare for the birth of their child. In this class you will learn about infant bathing and dressing, feeding, infant communication, crying, sleep patterns, signs of illness, how to take a baby’s temperature, when to call a physician and the needs and adjustments of becoming a family.

Cost: $45 * ticket price includes your partner/support person
Thursdays 5:00pm-7:00pm

Infant CPR (Optional Add-on)

At the end of the Newborn Care class, there is an optional one and a half hour Infant CPR class, where participants learn Infant CPR and Choke Saving Skills with the American Heart Association's Family and Friends Program via DVD, Instructor Demonstration and hands-on practice. The class will cover CPR for Infants from birth to one year of age. This single session will provide you with the vital skills that turn a life-threatening situation into a life-saving one. You will receive the AHA CPR booklet. This class does not provide CPR certification.

Cost: $80 * ticket price includes your partner/support person
Thursdays 7:15pm-8:45pm
Location: Connors Center for Women and Newborns, 8th floor, room 825.2

Eventbrite Link

Maternity Tours

Take a tour of the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women's Health and learn what to expect during your hospital stay. You can also view an online tour to learn about your hospital stay.

Register for Maternity Tours.

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