Childbirth and 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 infant care classes, breastfeeding 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.

This popular, two-hour class, taught by a LMT, 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. Birth partner massage covers relevant anatomy, contraindications, relief of common pregnancy muscular discomforts, and massage ergonomics. You'll learn great pain relief techniques for labor, where and when to use them, and many other comfort measures. Register online by searching for the class by name or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

This two hour seminar is held once per month. Lead by a certified International Board of Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), 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 by searching for the class by name or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

Our Breastfeeding Couples Class is taught by International Board of Lactation Consultants and is 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. Register online by searching for the class by name or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

Childbirth Education classes include a one-day class, or a two-week series. You and your partner will learn the essentials of labor and birth, comfort measures, 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. Our childbirth classes are recommended for first time parents, experienced parents, parents expecting multiples as well as parents preparing for VBAC (vaginal birth after cesearan). Register online by searching for the class by name or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

This class is taught by a Family Paws Parent Educator and 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 by searching for the class by name or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

This is a 4-hour, friend and family, infant/child CPR class offered by the American Heart Association. The class teaches the basics of infant/child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as well as safety including prevention of common childhood accidents and injuries. This class is recommended for parents, grandparents and babysitters. Register online by searching for the class by name or call 203-688-2000, toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

In this course you and your partner will learn about birth with a Lamaze-certified educator. The Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices help simplify the birth process with a natural approach that helps alleviate fears and manage pain. Regardless of the baby's size, labor's length and complexity, or the mother's confidence level, these care practices will help keep labor and birth as safe and healthy as possible. Register online by searching for the class by name or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

We will take you on a one-hour guided tour which will include admission, labor and birth, postpartum and discharge. Schedule the tour at least two to three months before the due date. The tour is free and designed for expectant moms and their partners only. Register online by searching for the class by name or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

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

The purpose of this class is to answer questions about the midwifery model of care at Yale New Haven Hospital's Saint Raphael Campus. It's specifically designed for Yale Health Plan expectant couples; however, anyone is welcome. Discussion will focus on prenatal care and labor support options. A tour of the labor and birth unit at the Saint Raphael Campus will also be included. Register online by searching for the class by name or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.


This 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 by searching for the class by name or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

Getting your child ready to be the "Big Brother" or "Big Sister" isn't always easy. This unique, popular class is for children ages 3-10. 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.

For More Information

Our class offerings change from time to time. For a complete list of current offerings, prices and more information, please call 203-688-2000.