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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.

Class details and registration information are listed below. 

Please note that wearing a mask is required for all in-person classes. For your safety, screenings will be done before you enter the room and your temperature will be checked. You will then be guided to clean your hands with Purell. Tables will be distanced 6 feet apart, however people living in the same household will share the same table. The tables, chairs, countertops, high touch areas and dolls/equipment will be sanitized before and after class.

In-person classes

Birth Partner Massage

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 or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

Childbirth Education

Full day course. Lead by a certified childbirth professional, you and your partner will learn the anatomy of labor and birth, comfort measures, types of birth including vaginal and Cesarean; the role of the support person, pain relief options and much more. You will receive a companion book that includes details of how to access the Understanding Birth Web App which will enhance your learning experience by providing videos and reinforce the information you learned in class.

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 cesarean).

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

Grandparenting Class

This class will highlight current hospital birth practices, changes in bathing and diapering, safe sleep, car seats, childproofing, supporting breastfeeding and more. Participants will also learn about monthly milestones for the first 4 months, along with ideas for interaction, setting boundaries, and healthy communication with the new parents. Register online or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

Infant/Child CPR

Learn the basics of Infant/Child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and how to help a choking infant or child. This is an essential course for parents, grandparents and caregivers. Register online or call 203-688-2000, toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

Newborn Care

This course covers the essentials of newborn care including bathing, diapering, swaddling, typical newborn appearance and methods of soothing a fussy baby. This is a 2.5 hour course. Register online or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

Participants will receive an invitation to a complimentary virtual pediatrician session. The session will highlight newborn medical topics and there will be time for questions.

 

 

Live Webinars

Breastfeeding Basics Class

Our Breastfeeding Basics 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. Enrollees are encouraged to bring a support person to class. 

This is class is currently being offered as a Live Webinar so you will be able to interact with the instructor. Attendees will need a high speed web-connection as well as camera with microphone to participate interactively in the class. Register online or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

Breast Pumping

This live webinar is for mom's who may be returning to work, are exclusively pumping, have a baby in the NICU or those who would like more information about breast pumping. Attendees will learn about breastmilk production, the basics of pumping, how to maximize production, storing breastmilk, bottle-feeding, and breast pumps and parts.

This is class is currently being offered as a live webinar so you will be able to interact with the instructor. Attendees will need a high-speed internet connection as well as camera with microphone to participate interactively in the class. Register online or call toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

Building Your "Tool Kit" for Labor

In this workshop, you and will learn several “tools” for labor, including positions, movements, relaxation, affirmations, visualization and breath work for labor. You and your partner will also practice hands-on techniques including some basic skills using the Rebozo, a special Mexican woven cloth used for generations during the birthing time. Learn which supplies to pack and what is available at the hospital for you to use.  

You’ll be moving around so be sure to wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle.

This is an ideal class for those who would like a refresher and for first time moms who have already taken the Childbirth Education in-person class or Understanding Birth e-Class and are looking for more in-depth strategies for comfort and support in labor.

This is class is currently being offered as a Live Webinar so you will be able to interact with the instructor. Attendees will need a high speed web-connection as well as camera with microphone to participate interactively in the class. Register online or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

Childbirth Education

Half day course. Lead by a certified childbirth professional, you and your partner will learn the anatomy of labor and birth, comfort measures, types of birth including vaginal and Cesarean; the role of the support person, pain relief options and much more. You will receive the Companion Understanding Birth Web App which will enhance your learning experience by providing videos and reinforce the information you learned in class.

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 cesarean).

This is class is currently being offered as a Live Webinar so you will be able to interact with the instructor. Attendees will need a high speed web-connection as well as camera with microphone to participate interactively in the class. Register online or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

Dogs & Storks

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. 

This is class is currently being offered as a Live Webinar so you will be able to interact with the instructor. Attendees will need a high speed web-connection as well as camera with microphone to participate interactively in the class. Register online or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

Maternity Tour

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. Before you register, please check with your provider to check which campus they deliver on.

Maternity tours are currently being offered as Live Webinars. Attendees will need a high speed web-connection as well as camera with microphone to participate interactively in the class. Register online or call 203-688-2000 or toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

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

Online eClasses

Understanding Birth (eClass)

In this class you and your partner will learn the anatomy of labor and birth, comfort measures, types of birth including vaginal and Cesarean; the role of the support person, pain relief options and much more. Our curriculum provides comprehensive childbirth education that prepares expectant parents to have healthier and more satisfying birth experiences. Engaging video, life-like 3D animation and personal birth stories give parents the knowledge and confidence they need to make informed decisions about labor and birth.

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, as well as parents preparing for VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). It takes 4 to 6 hours to complete and can be viewed on your PC, phone or tablet. You will have 9 months of access to your class once enrolled.

Register online or call 203-688-2000, toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

Understanding Breastfeeding (eClass)

Our Understanding Breastfeeding curriculum helps improve a mother's success with breastfeeding. Through step-by-step instructions and 3D animation, moms learn how to achieve a deep latch, breastfeeding holds and positions, and how to maintain healthy milk production. This course takes 2-3 hours to compete and follows International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) recommendations and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines.

You will have nine months of access once you log in. Register online.

Understanding Cesarean Birth (eClass)

This class teaches parents about medically-necessary cesarean birth in a way that's interactive, easy to understand and relatable.

Topics covered:

  • Types & Reasons for Cesareans
  • Family-Centered Cesarean Birth Options
  • Signs of Labor
  • Preparing for Surgery
  • Anesthesia & Surgical Procedure
  • Breastfeeding & Recovery

This class takes 2 to 3 hours to complete and can be viewed on your PC, phone or tablet. You will have nine months of access to your class once you log in. Register online or call 203-688-2000, toll-free 1-888-700-6543.

Understanding Fatherhood (eClass)

This class is about the joys of fatherhood and the important role that dads have in their children’s lives. The class begins with pregnancy, helping you understand your feelings about having a baby and how you can be involved during pregnancy. Next, it includes packing for the hospital, labor and birth basics, how to be a supportive partner during labor and making the most of your postpartum hospital stay. You’ll also learn about breastfeeding basics and support, how to create a safe sleep environment, along with why babies cry, soothing techniques and bonding. It concludes with your relationship after the baby, importance of good communication, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and paternal postpartum depression as well as understanding developmental milestones and positive discipline.

Register online.

Understanding Infant & Child Safety (eClass)

This Infant & Child Safety eClass provides life-saving education for parents and care givers. Accidents are the leading cause of death in infants and children. This class provides current information about prevention from a variety of safety organizations. Content includes: car safety, safe baby care, safety products, home safety, poisons, and emergency preparedness including infant CPR and first aid.

Register online.

Understanding Pregnancy (eClass)

This class includes an overview of trimesters along with 3D animation of fetal development, first trimester screening, glucose tolerance test, Group B strep test, nutrition and guidelines for exercise during pregnancy. It also covers how to manage the discomforts of pregnancy, as well as general pregnancy warning signs and signs of preterm labor. Common pregnancy stressors, stress-relief tips, intimate partner violence, support, body image, relationship tips and partner emotions are also covered.

Register online.

Understanding Your Multiples (eClass)

This online class is designed for parents expecting multiples.

The content includes: Pregnancy, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, postpartum recovery and the first few weeks at home. Engaging videos, 3D animation and personal birth stories will help give parents the knowledge and confidence they need to make informed decisions about their labor and birth. The class takes 3-5 hours to complete and can be viewed on your PC, phone or tablet. You will have 9 months of access to your class once you log in.

Register online.

Understanding Your Newborn (eClass)

This eClass provides comprehensive, evidence-based education about baby care in the first six weeks and beyond. It features real-life stories and provides the latest guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and other trusted organizations, along with the importance of baby cues, early brain growth and bonding. Content includes: newborn traits, newborn behaviors, crying and comforting, feeding, diapering, bathing, newborn health and safety.

Register online.

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.