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Childbirth Education Classes

When to take

OB/GYNS and childbirth instructors recommend taking childbirth education classes in the 2nd trimester.

When to register

Childbirth education classes fill up quickly. Register for classes in the 2nd trimester.

Registration for classes

To register for classes, click on the button below and search by date. Fill in the dates that correspond with your 2nd trimester.

Obstetrics admissions and registration

For online registeration, please click on the button below
For more information about obstetrics admission and registratration, call Childbirth Department at 703.558.6114.

Cancellation policy

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.

Transfer policy

Virginia Hospital Center will be happy to accomodate class transfer requests 7 days prior to class date. All participants are entitled to ONE class transfer.
No repeated transfers will be allowed.

Classes description

All Childbirth Education Classes are taught by registered nurses who are certified in their respective fields. For the details, please click on the links below.

Breastfeeding 101 – the Basics

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 Basics

Everything else you wanted to know about breastfeeding. In this 2 1/2 hour 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. Cost: $65.00 per couple.

Breastfeeding Refresher

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.

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 – Three 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 per couple.

Childbirth – Four Week Class

This four-session class for expectant parents covers pregnancy through the postpartum period, including breathing and relaxation techniques, Cesarean deliveries, medications and 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.

Childbirth – Express

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.


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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 and bathing. This class includes a lecture. Thursdays and Sundays. Cost: $65 per couple.

Preparing for Cesarean

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

Sibling Class

This 40 minute class allows children to become comfortable with the hospital environment in preparation for their first visit with mom and their new sibling. The class includes a tour of Mother-Baby and Nursery, practice holding and touching their new sibling (simulated), and learning special ways to help at home. Parent participation is required. Appropriate for ages 30 months to 6 years. Saturdays and Sundays. Cost: $20 per child.

Starting Solids

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.

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 per couple.

Unmedicated Class

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 per couple.

Childbirth Education Classes Contact Info
Childbirth Education Classes FAQ
  • If I’ve already registered for Childbirth Education class(es), does it mean that I’ve registered for the Hospital?

    No, you will need to contact our Admissions & Registration.
  • When do I take a Maternity tour?

    It is recommended that you take a Maternity tour 8-10 weeks before delivery. Please register early to reserve a place. No walk-ins. The tour is for adults only and you can register two participants per tour. You will tour the Labor & Delivery suite and the Postpartum unit (availability permitting).

    If you are attending a Childbirth Preparation, Unmedicated or Cesarean class the tour is included in the class.

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