Monday, August 9, 2010

Childbirth Education Classes

In the third trimester necessities/recommendations post, I recommended taking a childbirth education class.  Some people have asked where they can take childbirth classes in the area.  Well, it turns out there are a lot of places that offer classes and there are a lot of classes out there.  Most of the hospitals in the area offer classes, but there are also classes associated with some practices and organizations.  Some of the places offer natural birth classes, but most don't.  I'll follow up with natural birth classes at a later date, but if you refer to the Natural Birth Series posts you'll find several options.

Oh and ideally you should start researching classes early in your second trimester since the classes aren't offered all the time and you'll want to know what the schedule is ahead of time. Plan to start a class when you are 24-28 weeks along.  So then if it's a once a week class for 6 weeks you'll be able to finish the class before giving birth--which in my humble opinion is preferable! Classes range from $60-$300 per couple depending on sponsoring organization and length.

Oh and if you know of a class I missed or if you've taken one of these and loved/hated it -- let me know!

Hospital Sponsored Childbirth Classes

INOVA Health Source (INOVA Hospitals)
Locations: Alexandria, Fairfax, Fair Oaks
Phone: 703 750-8800

Classes Offered:
Baby Care
Breastfeeding for Success
Childbirth Express (abbreviated course)
Childbirth Preparation (longer course)
Childbirth Refresher
Cesarean Preparation
Twins, Triplets & More
New Moms Group
Infant Massage

For classes at INOVA Loudon – contact

Virginia Hospital Center
Location: Arlington, VA
Phone: 703-558-5000

Classes Offered:
Saturday Prep for Childbirth
Breastfeeding Support
Postpartum Support
Hospital Tour

Georgetown University Hospital
Location: Washington, DC
You need to call for more info on dates and times
Phone: 202-342-2400

Sibley Hospital Childbirth Education Classes
Location: Washington, DC NW
Phone: 202 537-4076

Classes Offered:
Baby Care Skills
Baby & Me
Preparing for Labor and Birth
Preparing for Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding: The Next Time Around
Comfort Breathing & Relaxation
One Day Intensive Refresher
Hospital Tour

Holy Cross Hospital
Location: Silver Spring
Phone: 301-754-8800

Classes Offered:
Ah…it’s a baby, now what?
Becoming A Father
Birth by Cesarean
Childbirth-Just the facts
Chidbirth Revisited
Make Way for Baby ( 2 session to 6 week class)
Sibling Classes
Prenatal Yoga
Hospital tour

Individual Practice/Private Organization Childbirth Classes

Confident Birth
Laura Maupin
Certified doula who teaches a range of classes, including Lamaze.

The Baby Duck
Melody Kisor
(703) 217-8733
The Baby Duck offers a variety of classes ranging from childbirth education and labor pain management to infant safety.

BirthWorks Childbirth Educator– Susan Messina
Washington, DC (Palisades)

500 Montgomery Street
Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
703 739-2832
* Momease conducts childbirth education classes for George Washington University Hospital

Classes Offered:
Childbirth education
Baby care
Baby Massage
Parenting classes for couples and single parents
Doula Services also available

Physicians for Women
Prepared Childbirth Class
4660 Kenmore Avenue, Suite 1100
Alexandria, Virginia 22304

Phone: (703) 370-0400

Susan Lucas
(301) 588-7771
Their classes are based on the Birthing From Within philosophy.  Offer either a 4 week refresher or 6 week newbie class. Classes are offered in Silver Spring, MD

Birth Options Alliance
Provides listings of prepared and natural childbirth education options in area

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