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.

Childbirth Education Classes

Massachusetts General Hospital childbirth education classes are designed to help expectant parents prepare for childbirth and early parenthood. 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, 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 register here for a childbirth education class.

Labor and Delivery Unit Tours

Expectant parents may also tour our Labor and Delivery Unit or view a virtual tour. Tours are offered most Monday and Thursday mornings by appointment. To schedule a tour on a Monday, please register here. To schedule a tour on a Thursday, please register here.