Due to the recent cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Maryland, we are canceling our group events and meetings until further notice. This is being done to protect our patients, staff and visitors. We will announce on this page and on Facebook and Instagram when events will resume as normal.
Thank you for your understanding.
UMMC Labor and Delivery offers classes to help you stay health and prepare for childbirth.
- Unmedicated Childbirth
- Cesarean Birth Preparation
- Preparing to be a Big Brother/Big Sister
- Infant Care with CPR and Safety
- Return to Work Pumping Class
- Breastfeeding with confidence
- Childbirth Education Class
If you are a health professional or nursing/medical student who needs to observe a class please email ChildBirthEd@umm.edu. DO NOT register online for the class.
A class designed to teach comfort measures and coping techniques to use during labor and birth. Specifically designed for those who desire an unmedicated birth. Two hours devoted to hands on practice with the guidance of one of our labor and delivery nurses. Learn what works for you!
Class is 5 pm - 7 pm
A pre/postnatal yoga flow that balances finding both strength and comfort in your constantly changing body. Tailored to all levels and trimesters, including your postpartum period.
Class is 6 pm - 7:15 pm
Fee: $10 fee per individual.
For families who know ahead of time that they will have a cesarean birth, we will discuss what you can expect before, during and after your cesarean delivery. Our Labor and Delivery staff will explain and answer your questions about preparation for surgery, medication, and anesthesia, as well as skin-to-skin and breastfeeding with a cesarean birth. We will also cover recovery and postpartum care at home.
Class is 5:30 pm - 7 pm
Fee: $30 fee includes mother and support person.
This class helps big brothers and sisters ages 3-5 adjust to their new sibling by teaching them what to expect with the arrival of a new baby. Topics covered include baby safety, what a newborn looks like and sounds like, and ways they can help with the baby. Big brothers and sisters will be honored with a certificate to celebrate their new role!
Fee: $30 fee per family.
Developed for busy expecting parents, this one-day class focuses on evidence-based information that empowers parents to manage the process of labor and birth and make informed choices for their birth experience. This class provides an understanding of the stages of labor and familiarity with medical and hospital procedures. Discussion will focus on pain management options and we will practice techniques for relaxation, breathing and pushing. Class includes what to expect in the immediate postpartum period and a tour of Labor and Delivery.
Class is 9 am - 4 pm with a break for lunch. $75 fee includes mother and support person.
Fees: $75 per individual/couple
Learn how to breastfeed with confidence. Taught by a certified lactation consultant, this course will cover the basics of breastfeeding including advantages of breastfeeding, initiating breastfeeding, various breastfeeding positions, establishing and identifying a good latch, and feeding and pumping guidelines. This interactive class also includes a helpful book.
Classes are offered from 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Classes are free if receiving prenatal care at University of Maryland Redwood office, Penn St. office, Edmonson office, or Family Medicine. For all others, the fee is $45 for mother and support person.
Moms Breastfeeding Group
Meets every Thursday from 11:30 - 1pm at 29 S. Paca St., Lower Level.
For questions email ChildBirthEd@umm.edu
Breastfeeding in Special Circumstances
Learn how to breastfeed with confidence in special circumstances. This course will cover breastfeeding in a variety of situations including babies with a cardiac diagnosis, cleft lip/palate, multiples and more! A certified lactation consultant will meet and work with you in the prenatal period to develop a plan for pumping/feeding when your baby is delivered. It is the goal of our lactation team for our full term nursery, NICU & PICU mothers to have optimal support and encouragement during their baby's hospitalization. When your baby is ready to go to the breast, our lactation team will assist you in latching and feeding. When you are discharged home, our lactation team will be available by phone, at support groups, or see you for clinic visits.
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Infant Care with CPR & Safety
Taught by registered nurses using evidence-based practice, this interactive class covers basic infant care such as bathing, cord care, diapering, temperature taking, and circumcision care. Household baby-proofing and basic infant first aid are discussed along with safe sleep environment and car seat safety. Using the American Heart Association Infant CPR Anytime program, infant and child CPR and choking rescue methods will be taught.
Classes are offered from 12 - 5 pm This class is for educational purposes and is not a certification program.
Bringing Home Your Baby
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Fees: Infant Care with Safety & CPR combined: $40 per person, $60 per couple
Pumping: Making it Work
Perfect for moms returning to work while breastfeeding. Know your legal rights for pumping breaks at work! Learn how to use your breast pump and techniques to maintain milk supply. We will discuss safe milk handling and storage. You may bring your own breast pump. Sunday nights after Infant Care class.
Class is 6 pm - 8 pm
Fees: $30 fee includes mother and support person
We offer complimentary tours of the labor & delivery unit and the mother-baby unit for our expectant moms and one guest. Children are not allowed on these tours, see Sibling Class description for information on kids tours.
Registration is required for this tour.
You must be pregnant to take this tour.