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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.
Expectant parents may tour the Massachusetts General Hospital Labor and Delivery Unit or view a virtual tour. Tours are offered most Monday mornings at 8:00 am and Thursday evenings at 5:00 pm 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.
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:
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.
Please note: In the case of severe weather, class may be cancelled on short notice. Please check this website or call pager 617-280-9011 for the latest update. If class is cancelled, we will try to reschedule you into another class if there are available openings. Otherwise we will refund your registration fee.
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:
Classes are held at Mass General and 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. To register, please click on a date below:
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