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Prenatal Classes

Prenatal Classes

Pregnancy is a time with lots of questions and decisions to make. Our classes are designed to support you through your pregnancy and help you prepare for the birth of your baby and new parenthood.

Baby Class Questions?

Contact our prenatal education coordinator at 434.924.9920 or prenatalclasses@virginia.edu for more information.

Cost: Free

Location: Most classes meet in University Hospital, 8 Central Day Room.

Sign up for a class: Register now  

Oh Baby! What New Parents Need to Know

A Class for New and Expecting Parents
Parents-to-be and new parents are invited to join us for a special night of advice from UVA doctors. Oh Baby! is free and open to everyone.

When: Tue., November 10, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Battle Building Auditorium, Battle Building at UVA Children's Hospital. Park for free in the 11th Street Garage.

Learn more about the Oh Baby! class or download the course materials.

Breastfeeding Basics

Our lactation consultant will help prepare you for a great start with breastfeeding. Learn about positioning and helping baby with a correct latch, how your body makes milk and what to expect as your baby grows. You'll also get a book: "Breastfeeding 101."

When: First Thursday of every month, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Childbirth Quick Class

This condensed one-day class provides the basics about the stages of labor, hospital practices, relaxation methods and the role of labor support. You'll also get a book: "Understanding Birth." The class does not include baby care information.

When: December 19, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            February 13, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            April 16, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            June 11, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Grandparents Class

A class for expectant grandparents and family members. Prepare for the addition to your family by learning what's new in labor and delivery and baby care. We'll review basic safety tips and the latest in baby gear. We'll also discuss how to help the new family in the first year. 

When: Jan. 9, 10 a.m. - noon
           April 23, 10 a.m. - noon

Newborn Care Basics

Learn how to take care of your little one in this two-hour class. We'll cover the world of newborns — their sleeping and eating patterns, the importance of attachment and how to calm a fussy baby. We'll also review baby care basics such as: 

  • Baths
  • Diaper changing
  • When to call the doctor

When: Dec. 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
           Jan. 28, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
           Feb. 25, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
           March 24, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
           April 28, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
           May 26, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
           June 23, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Preparing for Birth and Baby

Prepare for the birth of your baby by learning all about labor, delivery and how to care for yourself and baby when you go home. We will cover signs of labor, stages of the labor process, when to come to the hospital and possible interventions. Learn about relaxation techniques and the role of labor support. 

We will also tour the labor and delivery and post-partum units and discuss your stay in the hospital. One of the five evening sessions will cover baby care, typical newborn behavior and basic safety issues.

Find out more about what you'll learn in this class.

When: Nov. 17 through Dec. 15, Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
           Jan. 12 through Feb. 9, Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
           March 1 through March 29, Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
           April 12 through May 10, Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
           May 24 through June 21, Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 

Sibling Class

A one-session class for children ages 2 to 10 who are expecting a new sibling. Interactive play teaches about life with a new baby in the home. A tour of the postpartum unit is included.

When: Dec. 12, 10 - 11 a.m. 
           March 5, 10 - 11 a.m.
           June 25, 10 - 11 a.m.

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Take a Tour

Tour Our Labor and Delivery and Mom and Baby Units

Our private tours usually take about a half hour. In addition to seeing the rooms and units, we'll review hospital policies. We'll also provide you with educational resources for having a healthy and happy pregnancy and birth.

Call 434.924.9920 or email prenatalclasses@virginia.edu to schedule a tour.

Make an Appointment

Call us at 434.243.3675

or make an appointment online.