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Childbirth Education Classes

When to Take

OB/GYNS, midwives 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.
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For more information about the registration for classes, e-mail childbirtheducation@virginiahospitalcenter.com.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds are only given for medical reasons stated in a physician's note, or if classes are canceled due to insufficient enrollment, overbooked enrollment, or inclement weather. No partial refunds will be considered for any portion of the class.

Transfer Policy

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

FAQ

Q: If I’ve already registered for Childbirth Education class(es), does it mean that I’ve registered for the Hospital?
A: No, you will need to contact our Admissions & Registration.

Q: When do I take a Hospital Tour for Expectant Parents (Maternity Tour)?
A: 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). The tour is included in some of our 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.

The Art of Pumping

This class will help you to get to know your breast pump, operation, and features. Learn pumping strategies for the early weeks, tips to maximize your milk production, time-saving techniques, and product suggestions. This class may be taken before or after the baby arrives. If taken prenatally, Breastfeeding Basics is a prerequisite. It lays the foundation for our Survival Skills for the Working Mom.

Breastfeeding

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.

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 hour class for expectant parents covers pregnancy through the postpartum period and includes signs and stages of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, medications, birth, Cesarean deliveries and postpartum. A Tour of the Women & Infant Health Center is included. We suggest you wear comfortable clothing suitable for the light activity. This class does not include Infant Care Skills.

Childbirth – Three Week Class

This three-session series for expectant parents contains the same information as all day and four-session series programs. The format is 3 hours per night from 6:30-9:30 pm. The class covers pregnancy through the postpartum period and includes signs and stages of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, medications, birth, Cesarean deliveries and postpartum. A Tour of the Women & Infant Health Center is included. We suggest you wear comfortable clothing suitable for the light activity. This class does not include Infant Care Skills.

Childbirth – Express

This condensed 6-hour course covers pregnancy through the postpartum period and includes signs and stages of labor, medications, birth, Cesarean deliveries and postpartum. Relaxation techniques will be introduced for you to practice at home. This class does NOT include a Tour. Please register for a Tour separately. This class does not include Infant Care Skills.

FREE Hospital Tour - Register Online

Welcome to Virginia Hospital Center. You’re invited to take a Tour of our Women & Infant Health Center. See why Virginia Hospital Center is the best place to have your baby. The program begins with an information session and is followed by a tour of the Labor & Delivery and Postpartum (Mother/Baby) Units. This includes the patient registration area, family waiting room, and nutrition stations. You will have an opportunity to see one of our private Labor & Delivery and Postpartum Rooms if they are available and our Well Nursery.
The Tour is FREE and registration is required. No children are permitted on Expectant Parent Tours.
We recommend you take your Tour during your 7th month of pregnancy. Our Tours fill up quickly, so please reserve one early.

Grandparenting

Congratulations on becoming a grandparent. This class covers the newest medical updates and safety issues to keep your grandbaby safe. A Registered Nurse who is also a grandmother explains why baby care has changed and discusses long distance relationships.

Infant Care Skills

Learn how to care for your newborn during the first two weeks. The class includes a discussion of infant safety and sleep and a demonstration of baby care followed by hands-on practice. Learn how to hold, diaper, bathe and swaddle your newborn. Ask questions and feel comfortable going home with your baby.

Relaxation & Comfort during Labor

This class demonstrates breathing, relaxation and a variety of comfort techniques to help you during labor. The goal is to increase one's confidence in labor. Prerequisites: Childbirth class in last 2 years. NO discussion of cesareans or medications in this class. This is an interactive class with some physical activity. This class can also be taken as a refresher.

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 the Nursery, an opportunity to practice holding and touching the new sibling (simulated), and discussion of special ways to help at home. Parent participation is required. Appropriate for ages 30 months to 6 years.

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 complementary foods based on recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Survival Skills for the Working Mom

This class is designed to help the breastfeeding mom make a smooth transition back to work and is taught by an RN and Certified Lactation Consultant. Learn tools, tips, and strategies to help you meet your long-term goals. This class should be taken while on maternity leave.

Sweet Sleep and Other Adventures in Parenting

This class will take a look at the sleep patterns of babies and research with practical tips, common first-year health concerns and traveling with the baby. Infant skills a prerequisite no diapering and swaddling in this class. May bring babies up to 8 weeks.

The Wonder Year

This class will cover each milestone with a focus on safety issues, bonding, and attachment and how to mark the challenges and successes of your baby’s first year. This class can be taken before or after the baby.

Unmedicated Class

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

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