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At the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, we know that becoming a parent can be as overwhelming as it is exciting. We are here with the experts and support you need to prepare for your growing family.

Our full calendar of classes can help you prepare for a healthy pregnancy, labor and delivery, homecoming and new parenthood.

PLEASE NOTE: For your continued safety, we are hosting virtual classes only until further notice. Class descriptions are provided below....Thank you for your understanding.  

After baby is born, our support groups can answer your questions and provide community with other parents.

Though it's never too early to prepare for your new baby, we recommend that you begin your classes between weeks 24-35 of pregnancy. If you are still in the planning stage, browse our resources covering what you need to know about having a baby.

All classes take place at The Barbara L. Posner Wellness & Support Center on the UM St. Joseph Medical Center campus in Towson.

If you have questions, or would like to speak with one of our childbirth educators, please contact us at 410-337-1880 or SJMChildbirthEd@umm.edu.

Childbirth Education Class

Five-week, three-week, one-day

Our childbirth classes provide educational and helpful information for happy and healthy birth-and-beyond experiences. Classes are taught by registered nurses certified in childbirth education, with years of skilled and compassionate clinical experience.

Offered as a five-week series, a three-week series or a one-day class. $60 per couple.

Dates: Five-Week Class | Three-Week Class | One Day Class

Topics include:

  • Your pregnancy journey
  • Preparation for the birth and labor experience
  • A brief introduction to breathing and relaxation techniques
  • What to expect during your hospital stay
  • What it's like to deliver at UM St. Joseph

See a virtual tour of our labor and delivery department.

Just for You: On-Demand Childbirth Class

This childbirth class is designed with you in mind—specifically for busy parents who can't commit to in-person classes.

Your own childbirth educator will consult with you at your convenience (via phone, using online educational materials), while we will provide all the education and information you need virtually.

Call 410-337-1880 for more information or email SJMChildbirthEd@umm.edu. $100 per couple.

Breastfeeding Class

Is breastfeeding right for you? This 2.5-hour, one-time class taught by a certified lactation consultant is for expectant mothers and their partners.

Learn about the benefits of breastfeeding to you and baby, best-bet techniques and tips for success.

$20 or free with Childbirth Education Class.

Breastfeeding Class Dates

You've Got This! Baby Care Class

Two-week series

Care for your baby with confidence! This two-session class offers expert instruction from our registered nurse educators to teach you what you need to know before bringing your baby home and for caring for your little one throughout the first year. $45 per couple.

Topics include:

  • Preparation for homecoming
  • Newborn care at home
  • Calming and soothing techniques
  • When to call the pediatrician
  • Newborn safety/childproofing your home
  • CPR/choking safety

Baby Care Class Dates

Breathing Easier for Baby

Breathe easier as you prepare for childbirth! This class provides you and your support person extensive instruction in relaxation and breathing techniques for a calmer and more empowered labor and delivery—and plenty of time and space to practice.

You'll also learn about other comfort measures and birth positions to help naturally manage pain during the early and active phases of labor.

Designed for couples planning for low-intervention or unmedicated birth experiences, this instruction can help parents labor at home longer or manage labor comfortably after being admitted to the hospital. $20 per couple.

Topics Include:

  • Breathing techniques
  • Relaxation strategies
  • Position changes
  • Comfort techniques

Breathing Easier for Baby Dates

Grandparents' Update

A great "refresher" for new grandparents, this class features instruction on infant CPR and choking safety, the latest health and safety concerns regarding newborns and how to best support and care for the new mom and baby you love. This class is for grandparents only. Parents are encouraged to take our Baby Care Class. $10 per person.

Grandparents Update Class Dates

Prenatal Yoga

Yoga can help expectant moms mindfully maintain their best health throughout pregnancy. Sessions are taught twice a month by a certified yoga instructor. $10 per class.

Prenatal Yoga Class Schedule

RETURNING SOON: Car Seat Safety Checks

In-person Car Seat Safety Checks with the experts at UM St. Joseph! Please call our office at 410-337-1880 for more information. FREE.

Available now: Virtual checks are available through Maryland Kids in Safety Seats (KISS).

Pediatrics

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Your baby deserves the best. Our pediatricians are here when your baby arrives, your trusted care partners as your child grows.
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