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Childbirth Education Classes

All childbirth education classes are taught by registered nurses who are certified in their respective fields.

Preparation for Childbirth – One Day Class

This 8.5 hr one-day class for expectant parents covers pregnancy through the postpartum period. This class does not include Infant Care Skills. We suggest you wear comfortable clothing suitable for light activity. Tour included. Saturdays and Sundays. Cost: $170 per couple.

Childbirth ExpressNEW!

This condensed 6 hour course covers signs of labor, stages of labor, the birth, medications, cesarean-and postpartum. Relaxation techniques will be introduced for you to practice at home. This class does NOT include a tour - you must register for a tour separately. Please feel free to bring a snack and drink to class and pack a lunch. No refrigeration provided. Cost $170.00 per couple.

Childbirth Class – 3 Week Class

This class contains all the same information as the 4 week or all day class. The class will be 3 hours per night from 6:30-9:30 pm. Mondays. Cost: $170.00.

Preparation for Childbirth – 4 Week Class

This four-session class for expectant parents covers pregnancy through the postpartum period, including breathing & relaxation techniques, Cesarean deliveries, medications & signs of labor. Tour included. This class is recommended for those who prefer to learn at a slower pace in a more intimate setting. Each class lasts for 2 hours. We suggest you wear comfortable clothing suitable for light activity. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Cost: $170 per couple. 

Unmedicated ClassNEW!

Designed for the Mother desiring an unmedicated birth. Focus on breathing , relaxation and positioning. Tour included. Class from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Cost: $170.00.

Preparing for Cesarean

For families thinking about or planning a Cesarean. Addresses surgery, anesthesia, recovery & role of the support person. Tour included. Cost: $65/couple.

Hospital Tour for Expectant Parents

To include tours of labor and delivery (when available). Registration required. No children permitted. Sundays and Wednesdays. FREE.

Infant Care Skills

Learn how to care for your newborn during the first two weeks, including infant safety, sleep, diapering & bathing. This class includes a lecture. Thursdays and Sundays. Cost: $65 per couple.

Breastfeeding 101

This class prepares expectant parents for a successful breastfeeding journey. In this 2 nights class/total 5 hours, the art and science of breastfeeding is presented by a Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Partners are encouraged to attend. Thursdays. Cost: $80/couple.

Breastfeeding 101 – the BasicsNEW!

This 2 1/2 hour class prepares expectant couples with the essential foundations to get breastfeeding off to a good start. Topics will include: making milk, positioning, latching, and feeding your baby in the early weeks. Cost $65.00 per couple.

Breastfeeding 102 – Beyond the BasicsNEW!

Everything else you wanted to know about breastfeeding. In this class, we will explore common breastfeeding concerns and solutions (sore nipples), managing your milk supply, diet, maternal illness, choosing a breast pump, bottle basics and returning to work. 21/2 hour class cost $65.00 per couple.

Breastfeeding RefresherNEW!

90 minute class to help expectant parents brush up on their breastfeeding skills. We will offer strategies for making the second time around even better. Cost $45.00 per couple.

Starting SolidsNEW!

It is time to introduce solids around 5-8 months. Many parents are overwhelmed at the prospect of when to start, what to offer, and how much to offer. This class will introduce the basics of complimentary foods based on recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Cost $45.00 per couple.

Refresher Childbirth ClassNEW!

For families that have experienced labor and had a vaginal birth and want to learn more about comfort techniques, relaxation and breathing. Tips for siblings also included. Cost: $50/couple.

Sibling Class

This 1-hour interactive class helps your children, ages 2-3 (or 4-6), adjust to their mothers’ stay in the Hospital & the addition of a new sibling. Tour included. Saturdays and Sundays. Cost: $30 per child (additional children are $15 each).

The More the Merrier

Class is designed for those expecting twins or triplets. Topics will include resources and how to prepare for multiples. Class taught by RN who has multiples. 2,5 hour class. Cost: $65.00.


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Childbirth Education Classes

    OB/GYNS and childbirth instructors recommend taking childbirth education classes during the 7th or 8th month of pregnancy.

    Childbirth education classes fill up quickly. Register for classes during your 2nd trimester.

    To register online, click here Fill in the dates that correspond with your 7th and 8th month of pregnancy.

    (C) = John T. Hazel, MD Conference Center
    (L) = Women & Infant Health Lobby Classroom
    1701 N. George Mason Drive,
    Arlington, VA 22205

    Refunds are only given for medical reasons stated in a physician's note, or if classes are cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, overbooked enrollment, or inclement wearther.

    Virginia Hospital Center will be happy to accomodate class transfer requests 14 days prior to class date. All participants are entitled to ONE class transfer.
    No repeated transfers will be allowed.

    F.A.Q. | Call 703.558.2468
Prenatal & Postnatal Massage/Acupuncture

Specially-trained massage therapists & acupuncturists support you throughout your pregnancy from conception to labor & delivery, & after your baby has arrived. Services are available in the Teal Center’s suite located on the Hospital’s campus, at the bedside in your private patient room, & also during labor & delivery. For an appointment, call 703.558.5454.

1701 N. George Mason Drive | Arlington, VA 22205-3698 | tel 703.558.5000
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