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Childbirth & Parenting Classes

We're dedicated to helping you and your family get off to the best start. Our maternity experts support you through pregnancy and beyond with educational resources, childbirth and parenting classes, breastfeeding supplies and more.

Select classes from the list below. Online registration is available for many classes, or call 203.688.2000 or toll-free 1.888.700.6543

Prenatal Yoga

Strengthens and tones muscles, helping women to be more comfortable during pregnancy and better prepared for birth. Classes are led by a certified Prenatal Yoga instructor.

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Expectant Mother's Group 

FREE. A monthly group for expectant mothers held once per month on Saturday mornings from 11 am -  noon. Local experts will present a number of topics including car seat safety, choking prevention, information about immunizations, infant safety, comfort measures in pregnancy, exercise, nuntrition and much more!

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Breastfeeding Back to Work 

FREE. This two hour seminar is held once per month.  Lead by a certified lactation consultant, this course is meant for moms on maternity leave expecting to go back to work in the coming weeks.  Moms will learn strategies to continue breastfeeding while back at work.  Babies are encouraged to attend.

Register online For Breastfeeding Back to Work  »»


Childbirth Education

Childbirth Education classes include a one-day class, a two-week series or a five-week series. You and your partner will learn the essentials of labor and birth, relaxation techniques and pain relief options. All of our Childbirth Education classes are led by experienced childbirth educators giving you the tools to be an informed and confident participant in the birth of your baby. Maternity tour is not included in childbirth classes; please register for your free tour separately.

We recommend that Childbirth Education be taken two months prior to your due date. This class is recommended for first time parents or parents preparing for VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section).

Register online for our one-day Childbirth Education class»

Register online for our two-week Child Education series »

Newborn Care

Our Parenting class covers basic infant care, including feeding, diapering, swaddling and bathing, infant safety, typical newborn appearance and behavior, methods for soothing a fussy baby and adjusting to life with a new baby.  The class is presented by one of our experienced nurses along with a local pediatrician. This is a 3-hour course.

Register online for our Newborn Care Class »

Breastfeeding Couples Class

Our Breastfeeding Couples Class is a two-hour session for expectant and new parents. Learn the basics of breastfeeding, including proper latch-on, infant feeding cues, positioning and how to establish a good milk supply. Your instructor will also provide information on renting or purchasing breast pumps and nursing bras.

Register online for our Breastfeeding Couples class »

Infant/Child CPR Family & Friends

This one-time, 3-hour class teaches the basics of infant/child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). It's great for parents and grandparents too. "Infant-CPR Anytime Kits" for use at home can be purchased at our offices

Register online for our Infant/Child CPR Family & Friends class » 

Birth Partner Massage

This popular, two-hour class allows your husband, partner or friend to learn how to be actively involved in easing discomforts as you go through the challenges of pregnancy and birthing. Because you work as a team, this class helps enhance family bonding.

Register online for our Birth Partner Massage » 

Sibling Class

Getting your child ready to be the "Big Brother" or "Big Sister" isn't always easy. This unique popular class for children of any age can help. It also includes an introduction to the hospital.

To reserve your child's spot, call 203.688.9355 two months before your baby's due date.

Maternity Tour

We will take you on a one-hour guided educational tour which will include admission, labor and birth, postpartum and discharge. You will also have the opportunity to complete your pre-admission paperwork. Schedule the tour at least two to three months before the due date.  The tour is free.  

Children can get familiar with the hospital in our Sibling Class.

Maternity Tour - York Street Campus »

Maternity Tour - Saint Raphael Campus »

Dogs & Storks

This highly endorsed program is a must for new and expectant families with dogs. Dogs & Storks was created to provide families and professionals with the resource to successfully include the dog as the family grows. Topics covered include: getting to know your dog, obedience and training, changes in routine, managing kid and dog zones, preparing for baby, coming home and meeting baby, and ages and stages: what to look out for.

Register online for Dogs & Storks » 

Text4Baby

For expectant mothers or have a baby under the age of one.  Sign up for FREE text messages about health and safety from text4baby. Receive three text messages each week, timed to baby's due date or birth date, throughout pregnancy and up until baby's first birthday.  Get tips and info on labor signs and symptoms, prenatal care, feeding, developmental milestones, safety and more. Learn more

For More Information

Our class offerings change from time to time. For a complete list of current offerings, prices and more information call 203.688.2000.

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