The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital offers childbirth education classes and other educational resources to help new and expectant parents prepare for childbirth and early parenthood.
Labor and Delivery Unit Tours
Expectant parents may tour the Massachusetts General Hospital Labor and Delivery Unit or view a virtual tour. Tours are offered most Monday and Thursday mornings by appointment only for obstetrical patients who are at least 32 weeks pregnant or more and their partner or support person. Patients must register for a tour via our online system prior to arriving at the hospital for the tour. Individuals who have any hint of illness should not tour the unit as we are committed to protecting the health of our newborns.
Childbirth Education Classes
Mass General childbirth education classes are designed to help expectant parents prepare for childbirth and early parenthood, and include a hospital tour. Taught by registered labor and delivery nurses and certified childbirth educators, our classes cover:
- The stages of labor, birth and postpartum
- The signs of labor
- When to come to the hospital
- Breathing and relaxation exercises
- Strategies to help cope with labor
- Medical interventions including anesthesia, Cesarean birth and induction of labor
- Immediate postpartum care
- The newborn
Classes are open to all Mass General obstetrical patients who are at least 32 weeks pregnant or more at the time of the class, along with their partner or support person. They are held at Mass General on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and include a hospital tour and a one-hour lunch break.
To register for a childbirth education class, please click on a date below:
If the class you would like to attend is sold out, please select the date and click "contact the organizer" to be placed on the wait list.
Breastfeeding is a natural and beneficial way to feed your baby, but it is also a learned experience. Massachusetts General Hospital breastfeeding classes cover the function and structure of the breast, latching and positioning, nutrition, feeding patterns, growth spurts, and recommendations on pumping and storage of breast milk. Taught by lactation consultants and specially trained nurses, the classes also include:
- Realistic expectations of breastfeeding
- Current breastfeeding guidelines and recommendations
- The benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby, of skin-to-skin contact between mom and baby immediately after birth and of rooming in
- Hunger and feeding cues
- Ways to assist and support new moms with successful breastfeeding
Classes are held at Mass General and open to all Mass General obstetrical patients who are at least 30 weeks pregnant or more at the time of the class, along with their partner or support person. To register, please click on a date below:
- Breastfeeding class on Thursday, August 6
- Breastfeeding class on Saturday, August 8
- Breastfeeding class on Sunday, August 16
- Breastfeeding class on Sunday, August 23
- Breastfeeding class on Wednesday, September 2, from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
- Breastfeeding class on Saturday, September 12, from 9:30 am-12:30 pm
- Breastfeeding class on Sunday, September 13, from 9:30 am-12:30 pm
- Breastfeeding class on Sunday, September 20, from 9:30 am-12:30 pm
- Breastfeeding class on Sunday, September 27, from 9:30 am-12:30 pm