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Whether you are preparing for your baby’s delivery or looking to learn more about newborn care, knowledgeable childbirth educators at Women & Babies Hospital offer a variety of opportunities for moms, dads, siblings and grandparents.

For the health and safety of our families and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak, only online classes will be offered for the foreseeable future.

Online Classes

Our online classes let you access the information you need, when and where it is convenient for you. Each class includes videos, animations, activities, PDFs, and many other helpful resources. And if you have questions, there's always a way to connect with one of our educators.

Sign up for all online classes at LGHealthEvents.org/OnlineChildbirthEducation or call 888-544-4636.

Note: Although classes on the sign-up page indicate a December date, they are available at your convenience anytime through December 2020.

Understanding Birth

Learn what to expect during the process of labor and birth, comfort techniques and labor support, and options for pain management and medical intervention.

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Understanding Breastfeeding

Become familiar with how the process of breastfeeding works, newborn hunger cues, knowing that your baby is getting enough to eat, and breast care.

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Understanding Your Newborn

Learn about newborn traits, characteristics, and behaviors; feeding, diapering, and bathing tips, and how to calm and soothe your newborn.

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Understanding Cesarean Birth

Become acquainted with information on some of the reasons c-sections become necessary, how to prepare for the surgery, anesthesia information, how the surgery is performed, and what to expect during recovery.

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Understanding Multiples

Having more than one baby might multiply the excitement, but it can also multiply the new family challenges! Understanding Multiples is an interactive eClass specifically for parents expecting twins or more. Working through the eClass online at your own pace, you'll get information on pregnancy, labor and birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum--all unique to the concerns of a multiple birth. Helpful tips on how to navigate the early weeks at home are included also.

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Baby Go Time! Last Minute Details for your Upcoming Stay

As the most current information on COVID-19 becomes available, Women & Babies Hospital responds and adapts to keep you and your baby safe. We want you to have the most up-to-date information on policies and procedures so you know what to expect when you come in to deliver your baby. Please join us online, via Zoom, for an update session led by one of our nurse educators. Because these informational sessions will reflect the most current policies in effect, you should attend as close to your due date as possible. Email WBHGroups@pennmedicine.upenn.edu for information on the next available class.

Becoming Mom

Connect with other new moms and a childbirth educator through our Becoming Mom online virtual discussion group. Share stories, wisdom, successes and challenges, without leaving your home! Email WBHGroups@pennmedicine.upenn.edu for more information on dates and times, as well as how to access the discussion via Zoom.

In-Person Classes and Tours

We look forward to resuming the following classes and tours when we can again safely gather in person. You can still sign up today for offerings that begin in September.

Intro to Women & Babies Hospital Tour

This tour is designed for people who are considering starting a family or are early in their pregnancy and have not yet decided where to give birth. Our childbirth educator will lead you through our state-of-the-art facility, answer your questions, and help you feel confident in your choice of Women & Babies Hospital. Take a virtual tour.

Partners and family members are welcome to attend.

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Final Countdown Tour

If your due date is only a few weeks away and you haven’t visited or taken a Childbirth Preparation class at Women & Babies Hospital, this mini-class and tour is the perfect opportunity to have all your last-minute questions answered. We’ll cover check-in/discharge procedures, triage, amenities for laboring moms and new families, visitation policies, and security systems.

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a childbirth preparation class. It is specifically for those in the final weeks of pregnancy.

Partners and family members are welcome to attend.

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New Parent Discussion/Baby Weigh Station

NOTE: The Weigh Station is not currently offered. You’re invited to drop by and weigh your baby from 10:30 am to 11:15 am and then stay for discussion afterward. This is a great way to monitor your baby’s growth between doctor visits, as well as connect with other new parents in an informal setting. Discussion topics are relevant to new parents and are facilitated by a group leader.

Newborns/infants up to one year of age are welcome.

This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month in the 1st Floor Conference Room at Women & Babies Hospital.

No registration is required. No fee to attend.

Educator-led Classes

Classes fill up quickly! It’s never too early register for the classes you want at the time you want them. For further details, pricing, or to register, visit LGHealth.org/classes or call 1-888-LGH-INFO (544-4636).

Unless otherwise noted, a partner/ support person is welcome to attend at no additional charge.

Approaches to Un-Medicated Birth

Natural coping techniques are becoming a more common approach to avoid pain medication during childbirth. Explore the physiology of natural pain management, experiment with more advanced comfort techniques, and discover ideas for effective labor support in this class.

  • When should I take this class? 28-36 weeks of pregnancy.

Registrants are asked to have already taken a childbirth class or had a previous birth before signing up.

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Baby Care Basics

Our childbirth educator will guide you through what to expect during your baby’s hospital stay, including newborn and rooming in procedures. We’ll also help you feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn by demonstrating bathing, swaddling and diapering techniques. Developmental milestones, brain development, feeding, health promotion and safety will also be reviewed so you can go home as prepared as you are proud.

  • When should I take this class? 28-36 weeks of pregnancy.

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Breastfeeding

Join our certified lactation consultant to learn why breastfeeding is so beneficial for your baby and get practical how-to information that will help you continue to breastfeed after you leave the hospital.

You’ll also learn all about the emotional and physical effects of breastfeeding on both you and baby.

  • When should I take this class? Any time during pregnancy or after baby is born.

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Breastfeeding and Returning to Work

Returning to work while breastfeeding IS possible, it just takes a bit of planning. Join us as we help you return to work with confidence. Discover information on pumping and storing breast milk, types of pumps, how to safeguard your milk supply, and much more.

  • When should I take this class? Any time during pregnancy or after baby is born.

Babies are also welcome.

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Childbirth Preparation

Expecting your first baby? Our team of childbirth educators will guide you through all your options. Explore the process of labor and birth, including what to expect at the end of pregnancy, labor signs, relaxation and comfort techniques, medical procedures and options, and the immediate postpartum period. We’ll also discuss good labor support, so bring your partner!

  • When should I take this class? 28-32 weeks of pregnancy.

Childbirth Preparation programs are conveniently available both during the week and on weekends. Sign up early, classes fill quickly!

Childbirth Preparation classes include a tour of Women & Babies Hospital.

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Father’s Boot Camp

This one-session class for fathers only is designed to help you step up to the challenges of fatherhood. Under the guidance of an experienced dad, expecting dads will be able to practice baby care skills, network, and be able to ask other men about important issues such as how to best support a new mom, breastfeeding, and the changing physical and emotional changes of your partner.

  • When should I take this class? Any time before baby is born.

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Grandparenting in the 21st Century

Are you ready to be a modern grandparent? Trends in labor, birth, and childcare have changed drastically over the years. This class was designed to help create understanding and communication between new parents and grandparents by explaining the latest ideas in obstetrics, child care, and safety.

  • When should I take this class? Any time before baby is born.

Fee for this class is per individual.

A tour of Women & Babies Hospital is included in this class.

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Infant CPR

Taught by a registered nurse certified by the American Heart Association, this class provides hands on instruction for infant CPR and choking. Each registrant will receive a take-home kit, which includes a CPR manikin, practice DVD, and a skills reminder card. This is not a certification class but does focus on the rescue skills needed to handle an emergency.

  • When should I take this class? 28-36 weeks of pregnancy.

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Night Night Newborn

Taught by a Certified Infant/Toddler Sleep Consultant, this class is for both expecting parents and new families with babies up to 8 weeks old. Learn all about the science of newborn sleep, how sleep changes as baby develops, safe sleep, and what you can do to practice good “sleep hygiene” with baby. This is not a sleep-training method, but it is a great way to set the stage so that everyone can get a good night’s sleep.

  • When should I take this class? Any time during pregnancy, or up until baby is 8 weeks old.

Infants up to 8 weeks old are also welcome to attend.

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Pregnancy Yoga

Pregnancy is a special time, and yoga is an ideal way to get in touch with your changing body and deepen your connection with your unborn baby. In this class, you can enjoy a community of other mothers-to-be as you relax your body and mind through gentle postures, breath work, vocal toning and meditation. You can also learn how to use yoga to prepare for your labor and delivery.

  • When should I take this class? Any time during pregnancy.

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Sibling Class

Help your little ones get ready for this new and exciting addition to the family. Our class will help children learn about how babies arrive (in an age appropriate way), what they will look like, and how to be a great big brother/sister. A guided tour of the postpartum area will help little ones feel less apprehensive when visiting mommy and the new baby. A short movie, snack for the kids, crafts, and activities are included. Bring along a favorite doll or stuffed animal to practice holding and diapering.

  • When should I take this class? Any time before baby is born.

This class is for children 2 ½ to 8 years old.

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Twins & More

Our experts will help you navigate some of the challenges that may come with a multiple birth. Learn what to expect during labor, birth, the immediate postpartum period in the hospital, breastfeeding, and recovery. Discover what to expect after you get home and how to prepare for your growing family. This class is specifically about the twin (or multiple) experience and should be taken in addition to a Childbirth Preparation class.

  • When should I take this class? Any time during pregnancy.

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For more information, or to register by phone, call 1-888-LGH-INFO (888-544-4636).

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