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

As of October 1, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in Massachusetts and as a precaution, Mass General has suspended Labor and Delivery Unit tours until further notice. We have also put into place other measures to help limit the spread of the illness – including instituting temporary visitor restrictions on the Obstetrics Unit, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, special care units, pediatric inpatient units and the Pediatric Intensive Care. Learn more

If you are currently scheduled for a Labor and Delivery Unit tour, you will receive an email alerting you that your tour has been cancelled. When tours resume, we will contact you to reschedule. If you have questions about EV-D68, please contact your health care provider. Thank you for your patience.

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.

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.