Prenatal Education Classes

Pregnancy is a new and exciting time in your life. Childbirth education empowers women to understand the process of labor and birth, trust their inner wisdom, and make informed choices in health care for themselves and their baby.

sign up onlineOur classes are taught by certified childbirth educators, RNs from the birthing center, lactation nurses and our OB providers.

Childbirth Education - Full 6-Week Series
6:30 – 8:30 pm, North Conference Room 1
Thursday, August 7 – September 11
Thursday, September 18 – October 23
Thursday, November 6 – December 11
The full series of classes is designed for parents having their first baby, or those who have had children without the benefits of prepared childbirth education. Registration required.
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Childbirth Education - Saturday Class
North Conference Room 1
9:00am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, August 9
Saturday, September 13
Saturday, October 11
Saturday, November 8
Saturday, December 13
The class content is similar to the full series, but is offered in a condensed format. Registration required.
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Beyond Birth - Caring for Moms & Babies
6:30 – 8:30 pm, North Conference Room 1
Thursday, September 11
Thursday, October 23
Thursday, December 11
Learn what to expect during the first three months as your family transitions after your baby’s birth. Topics covered in this class will include what to expect in the hospital after the birth and how mom’s body recovers. Moms and Dads will learn basic infant care skills such as feeding, burping, changing diapers, infant sleeping patterns, crying
and soothing techniques, bonding and attachment. Registration not required.

Childbirth Education - Refresher Class
7:00 – 9:00 pm, North Conference Room 2
Thursday, September 11
Thursday, October 30
Thursday, December 4
The refresher class is for parents who have attended prepared childbirth classes during a previous pregnancy. Registration required.*
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Childbirth Ed - Childbirth 101
6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Every other month,
The class content is similar to the full series, but is offered in a condensed format, specific to the needs of teen and young adult parents. Call 354-5454 x2410 to register.

Childbirth Express
Call for class times or to schedule an appointment with a childbirth educator. A combined web-based program and a two-session classroom experience. Attend the orientation and receive a web-enhanced guide for work at home. Guide includes 58 video clips and 10 worksheets. Fee: $5.00 for the course and booklet. Call 354-5454 ext. 8369 to register.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class
6:30 – 7:30 pm, North Conference Room 1
Thursday, September 4
Thursday, October 16
Thursday, December 4
Families learn the benefits of breastfeeding and "how-tos" for a successful breastfeeding experience. Registration not required. For information, call the Lactation Resource Center at 354-5480.

Prenatal Aquatic Exercise Class
Every Tuesday, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Farnum Outpatient Rehab, Central Bldg, Lower Level
Prepare yourself for the birth process! The buoyancy effect of water decreases stress on the joints and reduces swelling, therefore decreasing pain and promoting wellness during pregnancy. Please call 354-6630 to register by the first Tuesday of each month. FEE: $5 per class

Prenatal Yoga
Mondays, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Auditorium, Central Building, Level 1. Practice postures and breathing techniques that will leave you relaxed, strengthened and rejuvenated.  Learn helpful approaches to labor and birthing, and practical ways to relieve common aches and pains. To register, call the instructor Jennie Gryczka at 617-306-3511. There is a fee for this class and registration is required.

Prenatal Smoking Cessation Education & Support Group
Call for dates and times.
Pregnant moms and partners learn about ways to help reduce/quit smoking, how to deal with people who smoke around them, and meet other moms to find out what is working for them. For more information and to register call the Prenatal Coordinator's office at 354-6641.

Managing Labor Pain
6:30 – 8:30 pm, North Conference Room 1
Thursday, August 28
Thursday, October 9
Thursday, November 20
For women anticipating a vaginal birth and their partners to learn about coping strategies, medications and anesthesia. Taught by a doctor, midwife and labor and delivery nurse. The content of this program is included in the six-week and weekend classes. A tour will be also be offered.   Registration not required.

Sibling Class
One Saturday of Every Month, 10 - 11:30 am, North Conference Room
August 9
Sept 13
Oct 11
Nov 8
Dec 13
Help prepare your family for the birth of your new baby. See the room where Mom will stay, visit the nursery and see a new baby, and more. Registration required.*
Click Here to Register Online or call 354-5454 ext. 8369.