The Birthing Center at University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center offers childbirth classes and a breastfeeding support group to prepare you and your support person for a safe and joyous childbirth experience.

Childbirth classes are offered during the week and over the weekend to accommodate your schedule. To learn more or register, view our calendar of classes.

Due to COVID-19, registration is required and class size is limited. Classes and the support group are currently taking place in the 2nd Floor Irene Davis Pavilion Conference Room at 6 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646.

If you have questions or would like to speak with one of our childbirth educators, please call us at 301-609-4000 or 301-609-4312.

Childbirth Class

Two consecutive nights, 3 hours each night

This two-night series childbirth class welcomes you and your support person to prepare for a joyous birthing experience.

Teaching methods vary, with a combination of lecture, hands-on training and videos. Please bring a blanket and 2 pillows. You are welcome to bring snacks and/or dinner.

$85 per couple

Topics include:

  • Breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Comfort measures
  • Medications
  • Hospital procedures
  • Stages of labor
  • Vaginal and cesarean deliveries
  • After-delivery mother and infant care

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Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

Is breastfeeding right for you? This 2-hour, one-time class, taught by a certified lactation consultant, is for expectant mothers and their partners to discuss experiences, questions and concerns that are common to mothers considering breastfeeding after the birth of their infant.

Learn how to get off to a good start, the advantages of breastfeeding, differences between formula feeding and breastfeeding and why it is recommended to breastfeed.

$30 per couple

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Breastfeeding Support Group

If you are a new mom who could use the support of other mothers, attend this free, weekly support group facilitated by a lactation consultant.

You will have the opportunity to discuss experiences, questions and concerns that are common to new and nursing moms in a safe and comfortable environment.

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