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Babies don’t come with instructions…but we’ve got the next best thing! 

The St. Joes 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 host 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.

Baby Care Classes

Class one focuses on newborn appearance, cord care, circumcision, jaundice, crying and more.  Class two of this series focuses on safety, how to handle a choking baby and CPR for the infant.  $45 per couple. 

Thursdays, 7 - 9:30 pm

  • November 14 & 21-FULL
  • December 12 & 19
  • January 2 & 9
  • January 16 & 23
  • February 13 & 20
  • February 27 & March 5
  • March 26 & April 2

Fridays, 7 - 9:30 pm

  • November 22 & 29
  • December 20 & 27
  • January 24 & 31
  • February 21 & 28
  • March 20 & 27
  • April 17 & 24

Breastfeeding Class

$20 or free if you are attending our childbirth classes.

  • Saturday November, 9, 1 - 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday November, 19, 6 - 8:30 pm
  • Saturday December 14, 1 - 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday December 3, 6 - 8:30 pm
  • Saturday January 11, 1 - 3:30 pm
  • Thursday January 23, 6 - 8:30 pm
  • Saturday February 8, 1-3:30 pm
  • Thursday February 20, 6-8:30 pm

Five-week childbirth series

Includes practice time for coping strategies and a tour of the hospital's maternity units. We suggest that patients planning an unmedicated birth choose this option, if possible. $60 per couple. The five-week childbirth program is offered on five consecutive Mondays or Wednesdays.  Sessions start dates are:

  •  Monday November 18, 7 - 9:30 pm
  • Wednesday January 8, 6:30 - 9 pm
  • Monday January 13, 7 - 9:30 pm
  • Monday February 24, 7- 9:30 pm
  • Monday March 30, 7 - 9:30 pm
  • Monday May 4, 7- 9:30 pm

Three-week childbirth condensed series

Includes a tour of the hospital's maternity units, but does not include practice time for coping strategies. $60 per couple. The three-week program is offered on three consecutive Tuesdays or Saturdays. Session start dates are:                  

    • Tuesday November 12, 7 pm - 9:30 pm
    • Tuesday December 3, 7 pm- 9:30 pm
    • Saturday December 14, 10 am - 12:30 pm-FULL
    • Saturday January 4, 10 am-12:30 pm
    • Tuesday January 7, 7 pm- 9:30 pm
    • Tuesday February 4, 7 pm -9:30 pm
    • Saturday February 15, 10 am- to 12:30 pm

    Grandparents' Update

    $10 per participant, 6 to 8:30 pm

    • December 5 -FULL
    • February 6
    • March 19

    Mothering Matters Support Group

    FREE

    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 am- 12:30 pm at Towson United Methodist Church. Mothering matters will not meet if Baltimore County schools open late or close due to inclement weather.

    One-Day Childbirth Class

    Includes a tour of the maternity units, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.  $60 per couple.    

    • October 26-FULL
    • November 23-FULL
    • February 1, 2020
    • March 14, 2020

    Car Seat Safety Checks

    Car seat safety checks, please call for dates.

    Cesarean Preparation

    Cesarean preparation - Call for dates.

    Infant Massage

    Bring your baby and learn to comfort him/her with massage, $15 per family. Please call for dates.

    Sibling Preparation

    Sibling preparation - Call for dates.

    Please call 410-337-1880 to register for all above classes.