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Please note that all classes and support groups have been cancelled until further notice as part of our COVID-19 response efforts. If you have already registered for a class, you will be contacted about rescheduling. We will reopen classes and groups as soon as the situation warrants and it is safe for our patients and staff. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

UM Capital Region Health understands that not everyone is an "old hand" at giving birth or caring for their babies. That's why we offer a range of classes and support groups to help mothers get ready for having a baby and learn how to take care of their baby - and themselves - after birth. Most classes are free but registration in advance is appreciated. Go to our Events Calendar for schedules and registration.

Breastfeeding Class

We offer monthly breastfeeding classes with one of our International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC). In these classes, women can learn more about breastfeeding, how it can help them and their baby, and meet a community of other moms that can provide support and encouragement. Topics the class will discuss include:

  • The mechanics of breastfeeding
  • How to know you're doing it correctly
  • How to know your baby is getting enough milk
  • How breastfeeding improves your baby's health
  • How breastfeeding helps you return to pre-pregnancy weight
  • Tips and tools for breastfeeding after you return to work

Classes are held at the Gladys Spellman Building on the campus of UM Prince George's Hospital Center.

Gladys Spellman Building
2900 Mercy Lane
First floor, small conference room
Cheverly, MD 20785

To check the schedule for upcoming classes, please go to our events calendar.

Birthing Class

Learn all you need to know about giving birth at a Childbirth Class hosted by the experts at UM Capital Region Health. This program is intended for expectant mothers and their partners or birth coach to help them prepare for the birth of their baby. We teach you about the phases of labor, gestational development, postpartum care and how to prepare for your new baby.

We will talk about what to expect during the labor and delivery process, the delivery options available (including natural birth options), what pain medications may be available and when and why medical intervention such as a cesarean section may be needed. Techniques in massage, deep breathing, and other relaxation methods are taught to assist patients in managing pain.

We also discuss breastfeeding, the benefits of skin-to-skin bonding after birth and when and why your baby may need to spend time in our neonatal intensive care unit. Our experienced birthing instructor is there to answer any questions you may have about the birthing process, what you can expect and how we deal with the unexpected.

A tour of the Labor & Delivery and Natural Birth Center at UM Prince George's Hospital is provided. Participating Moms will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the class.

Please wear comfortable clothing and you may want to bring appropriate snacks.

The cost for this one-day session is $75 which includes the Mother and a partner/coach. A special price of $20 is available to students with a photo school ID.

Classes are held monthly at UM Prince George's Hospital Center, 3001 Hospital Drive, Cheverly, MD 20785. Optional tours of the UM Prince George's Hospital Labor & Delivery and Birthing Center are offered to class participants. For class schedule and to register, please go to our events calendar. You can also call Kenisha Anderson at 301-618-3986 for more information.

Take a Tour of Labor and Delivery

We know that deciding where to deliver your baby is an important step in creating your birth plan. And we are proud of our award winning L&D department and Level III NICU. We offer tours of our private L&D rooms, postpartum rooms and birthing suites on a regular basis so that you have the chance to decide for yourself. Please go to our events calendar to see our scheduled tours. Alternatively, you can make an appointment outside of our scheduled tours by calling Kenisha Anderson at 301-618-3986.

Postpartum Support Group

We know that motherhood – especially for first-time moms – can be stressful and is not just about taking care of an infant. Juggling a job, bills, and family can be challenging when you're exhausted and trying to learn your baby's verbal and physical cues – "I'm hungry! I'm tired! There's too much noise! My diaper needs to be changed!". This is why we offer a monthly postpartum group that can provide you with an outlet for your frustrations in a nurturing environment. Our postpartum group can help you:

  • Realize that you are not alone, you are not a bad parent, and there are people who can help
  • Understand what postpartum conditions are and what resources are available to help you deal with them
  • Share your experiences with other women who truly understand what you are going through
  • Learn ways to deal with and manage new baby and mom stress
  • Recognize the difference between normal stress and postpartum depression

The postpartum support group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 1 pm to 2:30 pm at:

Gladys Spellman Building
2900 Mercy Lane
First floor, small conference room
Cheverly, MD 20785

For more information, please contact:

Stacey Little
Women's Health Services Line
Phone: 301-618-6302

Diabetes Education

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in the country. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes you can take advantage of a number of free classes at UM Capital. Our certified diabetes educators will teach you about the disease and how to manage it. Our program meets the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support and is accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). For more information, please call 301-618-6555 or visit our Diabetes Education and Counseling website.