We're Here...and Just a Phone Call Away!

We know that expert advice and experienced guidance play an important role in ensuring a safe and smooth labor and delivery...and we're committed to being here for our patients, no matter what. Our childbirth educators are available for free, personalized phone consultations, to answer questions, provide information and offer support. Simply call 410-337-1880 to request an appointment for a "phone visit" with a childbirth educator. When you call, please remember to leave your name and phone number, and we'll return your call within 24 hours to schedule a time to talk with you.

We hope to hear from you soon! In the meantime, stay safe and be well.

** For the health and safety of the mothers, babies and families we serve, our in-person childbirth education classes have been canceled until further notice. Please check this web page periodically for updated class information, or call 410-337-1880 for a phone consultation with one of our experienced childbirth nurse educators. Thank you for your understanding, and we wish you and your baby a happy, healthy birth day! **

Expert Instruction for Your Growing Family

UM St. Joseph Medical Center's childbirth education classes provide parents with helpful information to make good decisions for a happy and healthy birth experience. Our expert team of mother-baby providers hosts a full range of classes that offer evidence-based, hands-on and practical instruction for an ideal "birth day" experience. Classes are taught by registered nurses certified in childbirth education, health professionals with years of skilled and compassionate clinical experience.

(Helpful Hint: We encourage you to sign up for classes between weeks 22-32 of your pregnancy, to give you enough learning and prep time for your newborn-to-be.)

Your Childbirth class—whichever one you choose—will offer insight into the birthing process, your choices for pain relief during childbirth, mindfulness techniques for a more relaxing labor, possible interventions during labor and delivery, and making good decisions for a happy, healthy birth.

Additional classes are added on a continual basis, Please call Family Education at 410-337-1880 to register for all classes listed below. Most classes are held in the hospital's Irwin Center, with the exception of the Breastfeeding class; view more information and directions.

Baby Care Classes

Care for your baby with confidence! This two-session class offers expert, tried-and-true instruction on temperature-taking, cord and circumcision care, calming and soothing techniques, CPR instruction and more. $45. per couple. Classes are held in our Irwin Center.

Thursdays, 7 - 9:30 pm

  • March 26 & April 2 - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • April 9 &16 - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • April 30 & May 7 - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • May 14 & 21 - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • June 4 & 11 - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations

Fridays, 7 - 9:30 pm

  • March 20 & 27 - FULL - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • April 17 & 24 - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • May 22 & 29 - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • June 19 & 26 - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations

Breastfeeding Class

Is breastfeeding right for you? Learn about the benefits to you and baby, best-bet techniques and tips for success. $20, or free if you are attending our Childbirth Education Class. Classes are held in the main hospital; the room number is provided on your class registration confirmation.

  • Saturday, March 14, 1 - 3:30 p.m. - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • Thursday, March 19, 6 - 8:30 p.m. - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • Saturday, April 18, 1 - 3:30 p.m. - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • Tuesday, April 21, 6 - 8:30 p.m. - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • Sunday, May 3, 1 - 3:30 p.m. - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • Wednesday, May 27, 6 - 8:30 p.m. - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • Wednesday, June 17, 6 - 8:30 p.m. - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations

Childbirth Education with Tour

Discover everything that's great about your baby's birthplace—UM St. Joseph Medical Center! Our childbirth experts will give you the information and insight you need to make the best decisions for your baby's birth day. And we're flexible: for your convenience, this program is offered as a five-week or three-week series, or as a one-day program; it's your choice. Register early to guarantee the date and time you prefer. (Special arrangements can be made for mothers expecting a C-section.) $60 per couple.

Five-week Childbirth Education Series

Recommended especially for patients who are planning an unmedicated birth, this series includes practice time for coping strategies and a tour of the hospital's maternity units. Classes are held on consecutive Monday or Wednesday evenings in our Irwin Center. $60 per couple. Sessions start dates are:

  • Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 - 9 p.m. - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • Monday, March 30, 7 - 9:30 p.m. - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 - 9 p.m. - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • Monday, May 4, 7- 9:30 p.m. - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • Wednesday, June 3, 6:30 - 9 p.m. - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations

Three-week Childbirth Education Series

This comprehensive series, held on consecutive Tuesdays or Saturdays in the Irwin Center, includes a tour of the hospital's maternity units (but does not include practice time for coping strategies). $60 per couple. Session start dates are:

  • Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - FULL - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • Tuesday, March 31, 7 - 9:30 p.m. - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • Tuesday, April 21, 7 - 9:30 p.m. - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • Monday, June 15, 7 - 9:30 p.m. - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations

One-Day Childbirth Class

This convenient, day-long class, held in the Irwin Center from 9 am. - 4:30 pm, is packed with "what to expect" information for soon-to-be new parents. $60 per couple. (Lunch is not provided.)

  • May 2, 2020 - FULL
  • May 30, 2020 - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations

Grandparents' Update

A great "refresher" for new grandparents, featuring instruction on infant CPR, the latest safety concerns regarding newborns, and how to best care for the new mom and baby you love. These evening classes are held from 6 - 8:30 p.m. in our Irwin Center. $10 per person.

  • March 19 - FULL - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • April 23 - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations
  • May 28 - Canceled per COVID-19 recommendations

Mothering Matters Support Group

** Currently canceled as per COVID-19 recommendations **

Mothering Matters is a free group for new moms who want to connect with other moms. The group is facilitated by a RN with mother/ baby experience. Bring your baby, relax and unwind in a safe supportive environment. We have a scale for you to weigh your baby. Thursday's 10:30 am - 12:00 pm at Towson United Methodist Church. Mothering matters will not meet if Baltimore County schools open late or close due to inclement weather.

Car Seat Safety Checks

Ensure a safe ride for your precious bundle of joy! Hosted by a UM St. Joseph nurse certified in car seat safety, this program shows parents—and grandparents—how to make sure your child's car seat is properly installed. Free. Call for dates, times and locations.

**Currently canceled as per COVID-19 recommendations**

Cesarean Preparation

A class for mothers having a planned cesarean birth and for those who want to learn more about the experience. Our registered nurses provide knowledgeable instruction about the C-section procedure, recovering from the surgery, pain management, breastfeeding following the birth and more. Dates and times vary; please call for price and class information.

Infant Massage

A new way for parents to bond with baby! Learn how to calm and soothe your little one through nurturing touch. (Dads are encouraged to take part, too.) Classes are held on select Saturday afternoons; please call for dates and pricing information.

Sibling Preparation

A fun and inclusive way to make sure that your young child(ren) is as excited about the new baby as you are! Featuring a child-centered tour of our Mother/Baby unit for families with children ages 3-7. Questions from the children are welcomed and encouraged. Dates vary; please call for information.

** Currently canceled as per COVID-19 recommendations **

Please note: Though classes are open to all, prices listed are for couples delivering at UM St. Joseph.

To learn more about pricing or programs or to register, please call 410-337-1880.