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.

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.