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Pregnancy & Birthing Classes

Classes are led by experienced labor and delivery registered nurses (RNs), certified lactation consultants, and other childbirth experts who will teach you about healthy pregnancy, preparing for childbirth, and newborn care.

Available Classes

See a descriptions of our classes below and check our schedule to sign up for a class. Please note that class offerings may change throughout the year. If you have questions about the class schedule and upcoming offerings, please email us at childbirtheducation@virginiahospitalcenter.com.

All childbirth classes and support groups are being held virtually until further notice. Visit Classes & Events to check our schedule of live online programming and sign up.

Childbirth Preparation: Full Format
This in-depth “preparation for childbirth” course is a great introduction for first-time parents, or moms planning for an unmedicated labor. 4 hours.

Our comprehensive childbirth preparation class is taught by experienced labor and delivery nurses to help you prepare for your birthing experience. The class has been adapted to a fully-virtual format. This comprehensive class for expectant parents is taught by experienced labor and delivery nurses. The program covers the latest evidence-based information to help you prepare for pregnancy, delivery, and the postpartum period. Through our multi-dimensional class format, including lecture, discussion, video, and Q&A, our top goal is to boost your confidence and reduce your anxiety as you prepare for labor and delivery. We’ll share relaxation and breathing techniques to help you practice from home through delivery while supporting your emotional journey through labor. We welcome your questions and want to assist you as you prepare for your baby’s birth day! This class is suited for all moms, but the extended format is especially helpful for first time moms or moms who are planning for an unmedicated labor. Choose the program that works best for you.

Cost: $115.00/couple

Duration: 4 hours

Format: Virtual

Topics:

  • Signs and stages of labor
  • Warning signs in pregnancy
  • Role of the support person
  • Relaxation and breathing exercises demonstrated
  • What to expect during delivery
  • Medications
  • Epidural
  • Vaginal and assisted deliveries
  • C-section delivery
  • Postpartum physical and emotional changes
  • Care of baby in delivery room
Available Dates

Childbirth Preparation: Condensed
This short, sweet, and to-the-point class is perfect for moms who simply need a refresher. 3.5 hours.

This 3.5-hour childbirth preparation class is a condensed version of our full-format class. Learn what to expect and how to prepare for labor through postpartum. This virtual class offering is taught by labor and delivery nurses to help prepare you and your support person for labor and delivery. Are you short on time and want an overview of childbirth preparation that’s short, sweet, and to the point? Do you want a refresher on labor and how to navigate delivery with your support person? This 3-hour class is designed for you! We provide an overview of the essential information you need for labor through postpartum. We offer a variety of lecture, discussion, video and demonstration. We welcome your questions and want to help you as you prepare for your baby’s birth day! If you would like breathing and relaxation technique guidance, please enroll in our full-format childbirth education class or take our advanced relaxation class.

Cost: $115.00/couple

Duration: 3.5 hours

Format: Virtual

Topics:

  • Signs of labor
  • Warning signs in pregnancy
  • Process of labor
  • Medications
  • What to expect during delivery
  • Indication for C-section
  • Postpartum
Available Dates

Advanced Comfort for Unmedicated Birth
Learn how to prepare for a natural, low-intervention birth that promotes your comfort and supports your connection to your partner and baby.

Our experienced labor and delivery nurses are here to help you prepare for a natural, low-intervention birth that promotes your comfort and supports your connection to your partner and baby. Learn positions, breathing and relaxation techniques, and how birthing tools such as the birthing ball and peanut can help promote your comfort and reduce pain. We also will discuss how to communicate your preferences to your care team. We’ll provide you with third trimester practices for you and your partner to try to ease common discomforts. While we do not cover epidurals in-depth, we do discuss scenarios that may occur during your birthing experience and what to expect, including unscheduled C-sections.

Cost: $80

Duration: 3.5 hours

Format: Virtual

Topics:

  • Tips to manage discomfort in the last trimester
  • Positioning and breathing techniques
  • Relaxation techniques for you and your partner
  • How to use birthing ball and birthing peanut effectively
  • How to communicate your birth preferences
Available Dates

Infant Skills
You’re heading home with baby—now what? Learn newborn care including safety, sleep, diapering, and bathing.

You’re heading home with baby – now what? We’re here to help! In this class, you’ll learn how to care for your newborn baby throughout the first two weeks at home. This virtual class is taught by experienced labor and delivery nurses who are also parents. We’ll walk you through the latest evidence based infant skills, demonstrate safety techniques and scenarios, and answer your top questions. Our goal is that you will leave feeling confident and comfortable as you prepare to bring your new baby home.

Cost: $80.00/couple

Duration: 2.5 hours

Format: Virtual

Topics:

  • Things to prepare before baby arrives
  • Infant safety tips
  • When to call the pediatrician
  • Sleep patterns
  • Holding your new baby
  • Feeding cues
  • Burping
  • Diapering
  • Bathing
  • Swaddling
Available Dates

Grandparenting
Learn the latest medical updates and safety considerations to keep in mind.

Congratulations! In this class, you’ll learn the latest evidence-based infant care practices so that you are prepared to care for your new grandchild. As you prepare to welcome your new grandchild, you may wonder what’s changed since you last cared for a newborn. Learn the latest safety and bonding practices to care for your grandbaby in this class alongside other grandparents. We’ll discuss how you can care for the new family and help them as they welcome baby. We use a variety of formats to help with diapering, swaddling, and holding your new baby while you are home. The class is taught by experienced labor and delivery nurses who are also grandparents.

Cost: $40.00/person

Duration: 2.5 hours

Format: Virtual

Topics:

  • Role of grandparent
  • Bonding
  • Long distance relationships
  • Infant safety
  • Diapering
  • Swaddling
  • Safe sleep
  • Feeding
Available Dates

Parenting Skills for Partners

You’re welcoming a new baby with your partner. There’s so much to learn about caring for baby, mom, and yourself, but where to start? Partners and dads will learn how to care for their baby, build a strong relationship with their partner, and take care of themselves. Join our child care experts and other partners to learn how to plan for success at home and connect with your baby more every day. Babies are welcome to join us in class. Following each class, feel free to join our free support group “What to Expect When You’re Not the One Expecting” for more community and discussion.

Cost: $30.00

Duration: 2 hours

Format: Virtual

Topics:

  • Taking care of baby: bonding, safety in the home, toys, teething, talk, sleep, baby wearing, baby sign language
  • Taking care of your partner: getting on the same page with parenting styles, supporting breastfeeding, supporting partners with depression
  • Taking care of self: juggling work at home and baby care, sleep
Available Dates

Breastfeeding Basics

Breastfeeding is beautiful, but it can be difficult. Don’t go it alone—get the basics down with our foundational class. Our lactation experts will get you off to a good start and prepare you to troubleshoot common issues. We’ll help you anticipate how much milk you will make from the early weeks onward, positions, and latching. Babies are welcome!

Cost: $70.00

Duration: 2.5 hours

Format: Virtual

Available Dates

The Art of Pumping
Everything you need to know about pumping, packed into one timely class!

We will talk about choosing and using a pump, getting the most milk in the least amount of time, shortcuts and time savers, finding the perfect fit, and storing milk. This is perfect for occasional pumpers, exclusive pumpers, and working-pumpers.

Cost: $45.00

Duration: 2 hours

Format: Virtual

Available Dates

How To Prepare For Your C-Section

Our classes help prepare for your delivery day. We start with the third trimester and how you can help your body prepare for delivery and recovery. We will cover arrival, what to expect as we prepare for your delivery, meeting the team, what happens in the Operating Room, ways we support you and your family.

Cost: $75.00

Format: Virtual

Available Dates

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When Should I Register for a Class?

Classes fill up quickly. Register early and plan to take classes during your second trimester (between week 13 and week 28 of your pregnancy).

Baby yoga

Exercise with Your Baby

After your little one arrives, enjoy family fitness classes at Virginia Hospital Center, such as:

  • Baby yoga
  • Postpartum Pilates
  • Postpartum yoga
  • Tots yoga

For your convenience, many of our classes and support groups are now online.

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Refund Policy

Full refunds are available if:

  • You miss a class for a medical reason and have a doctor’s note
  • Your class was canceled because of enrollment issues or weather

There are no partial refunds.

Transfer Policy

You can change your registration for one class. If you want to move to a different class, notify us one week before it starts.


Support Groups

Check out our selection of free support groups for further connection and community on topics you care about. See our Pregnancy and Parenthood Support Group page to learn more.

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