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The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology 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. 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 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.
If the tour you would like to attend is sold out, please select the date and click "contact the organizer" to be placed on the wait list. You can also email the organizer.
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Our childbirth education classes are designed to help expectant parents prepare for childbirth and early parenthood and include a hospital tour. The class is taught by registered labor and delivery nurses and certified childbirth educators and covers:
Childbirth Education Classes are open to all Mass General obstetrical patients who are at least 32 weeks pregnant at the time of the class, along with their partner or support person. Classes fill up quickly, so you should plan to register for a class around week 24 of your pregnancy to ensure space is available before your due date.
All classes are held at Mass General on Saturdays and Sundays. From October to April, classes run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. From May to September, classes run 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. They 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. You can also email the organizer.
Breastfeeding is a natural and beneficial way to feed your baby, but it is also a learned experience. Our 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 at the time of the class, along with their partner or support person.
To register, please click on a date below:
The American Heart Association Friends and Family Infant CPR course prepares you to keep your newborn safe during the first year of life and respond in the event of an emergency with your infant. You will practice each step of infant CPR with an experienced, certified instructor who will help you learn the proper techniques to handle life-threatening emergencies, for example, if an infant is choking or stops moving or breathing. You will also learn accident prevention and childproofing measures.
This 2-hour class includes:
All classes are taught by a certified American Heart Association instructor.
This class is perfect for all family members who will be caring for your newborn and will teach vital skills that turn a life-threatening situation into a lifesaving one.
The registration fee is $80 per couple. One registration is for two people.
Classes are held at Mass General and are open to all Mass General obstetrical patients who are at least 32 weeks pregnant or postpartum at the time of class, along with their partner or support person.
To register, please choose a date:
A minimum of four couples are required to run the class. If this minimum is not met, we will cancel that class at least one week before the date. If your class is canceled, you may re-register for another class of your choice.
If you need to cancel, you must do so by one week before your scheduled class or you will be charged a $40.00 cancellation fee.
If you need to cancel due to a medical issue requiring hospitalization that precludes you from attending or because you have delivered your baby already, we will provide a full refund.
The Newborn Care Class will provide expectant parents with comprehensive, evidenced-based education and recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help you care for your newborn. This class will also prepare you as parents on what to be expect and how to feel confident in caring for your newborn. You'll get hands-on skill training in sponge bathing, holding, burping, swaddling and changing a diaper.
Class covers the following topics:
The registration fee for this class is $50 per couple. One registration is for two people.
Classes are held at Mass General and are open to all Mass General obstetrical patients who are at least 32 weeks pregnant or more (at time of class), along with their partner or support person.
If you need to cancel, you must do so by one week before your class is scheduled or you will be charged a $25.00 cancellation fee.
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