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Prenatal Classes

Prenatal Classes

Pregnancy is a time with lots of questions and decisions to make. We've designed our classes 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.

All classes (unless otherwise noted):
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: University Hospital, Room 8614. Take the 8 East elevator to the eighth floor, and the classroom is down the hall to the right, by the entrance to 8 Central.

Sign up for a class: Register now

Oh Baby! What New Parents Need to Know

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.

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

When: Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

What You'll Learn

  • Tips for calming a fussy baby
  • How to create good sleep habits from the start
  • Breastfeeding
  • Postpartum: The good, the bad and the ugly

We'll also have refreshments, great door prizes and helpful take-home materials.

Breastfeeding Basics

Our lactation consultant will help prepare you for 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:

  • Stages of labor
  • Hospital practices
  • Relaxation methods
  • Role of labor support

You'll also get a book: Understanding Birth.

Note: this class does not include baby care information.

When:  June 11, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            July 16, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            August 20, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            September 17, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            October 15, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            November 19, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
            December 10, 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: April 23, 10 a.m. - noon
           July 23, 10 a.m. - noon
           October 8, 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: April 28, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
           May 26, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
           June 23, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
           July 28, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
           August 25, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
           September 22, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
           October 27, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
           November 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
           December 15, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Preparing for Birth and Baby

Prepare for the birth of your baby by learning all about labor and 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
  • Possible interventions
  • Relaxation techniques
  • 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.

See class outline and materials.

When (Tuesday evenings for five weeks):
           May 24 - June 21, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
           July 12 - August 2, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
           August 16 - September 13, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
           September 27 - October 25, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
           November 15 - December 13, 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 a hospital room is included.

When: June 25, 10 - 11 a.m.
           September 3, 10 - 11 a.m.
           December 3, 10 - 11 a.m.

For any of these prenatal classes: Sign up now

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.