Childbirth Education Programs

Lawrence + Memorial Hospital offers a variety of educational and support programs to help you and your family prepare for your new arrival. Our classes are taught by experienced certified childbirth educators who will help you prepare to meet the challenges of the labor and birth process. We offer several different programs that will provide you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the process of childbirth and new parenthood, as well as connect with your partner and/or labor coach. Our classes are also a great way to connect with other moms and families. It is recommended that classes be completed by the beginning of the 9th month of pregnancy (8th month for multiples).

Registration is required for all programs. Please note that some classes fill quickly and early registration is recommended, and class dates are subject to change and/or may be canceled due to low enrollment. For a current list of available classes and dates, please check online, call our Childbirth Education Coordinator at 860-442-0711, ext. 2300, or send an email to

Register here for Childbirth Education Programs

Classes may be canceled due to inclement weather. Please call 1-800-562-2537 to verify for any class cancellation.

Preparing for Birth

This class covers what to expect in the last trimester of pregnancy, the labor and delivery process, relaxation techniques, pain relief options, tips for the support person, hospital policies, interventions and cesarean section. A tour of the maternity unit is included with this class.  Please bring a pillow to class.
4-week series, 6 - 8:30 pm and 1-day class, 9 am - 5 pm at L+M Hospital, LDRP Resource Room

Preparing for Birth, a Refresher

This one-evening class is offered for parents who have previously taken a childbirth class. It covers information about changes in the delivery process, available options, review of relaxation techniques and a tour of the maternity unit. Please bring a pillow to class.
1-night class, 6 - 8 pm in the LDRP Resource Room.

Caring for Your Baby

This popular one-evening class covers routine hospital tests and procedures, normal appearance and behaviors, and how to care for your baby at home. Topics also include: safe sleep, swaddling, bathing, feeding, car seat safety and guidelines for when to call the doctor.
1-night class, 6 - 8 pm in the LDRP Resource Room

Caring for the New Mom

This one-evening class will cover recovery from childbirth, postpartum depression, family role adjustments, and available resources to help you as new parents.
1-night class, 6 - 8 pm in the LDRP Resource Room

Grandparents: A Special Role

This one-evening class discusses the changes in responsibilities from parenting to grandparenting, as well as ways to support the new family. Recent changes in baby care guidelines, as well as parenting and birth trends will be covered. A tour of the maternity unit is included.
1-night class, 5 - 7 pm in the LDRP Resource Room

I'm Going to Be a Big Brother/Big Sister

This sibling education program is intended for children ages three and older and their parents who are anticipating the birth of another child. The informal class includes a film for children, a visit to the maternity unit, discussion with parents on how to integrate a new baby into the family and tips on dealing with sibling rivalry. Children will leave with a certificate as a Big Brother/Sister.
Class is held in the LDRP Resource Room and is 90 minutes long.

Breastfeeding Your Baby 

This one-evening class is taught by a certified lactation consultant. This class will cover breastfeeding basics including proper latch-on, infant feeding cues, positioning and how to establish a good milk supply. It is suggested that moms bring their partner or a support person to class with them.
6 - 8 pm, L+M Hospital, LDRP Resource Room

Breastfeeding Support Group

A bi-monthly support group for nursing mothers led by Kathy Mason, RNC, IBCLC. Moms meet to share experiences and support each other through the breastfeeding process.
Classes meet Tuesdays, 10 - 11 am in the LDRP Resource Room

Infant CPR

This class is taught by a certified CPR instructor who will cover CPR and skills that will help you and your family members turn a life-threatening situation into a life-saving one. Class also covers injury prevention and safety tips.
Wednesdays, 10 am - noon and Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Classes meet at L+M in the LDRP Resource Room.

Tours of the Maternity Unit

Tours are by appointment only. You may register online or by calling 1-800-562-2537.  If these times do not meet your needs, please contact our childbirth education coordinator at 860-442-0711, ext. 2300 or email for further assistance. 

Please note: Tours are included with our Preparing for Birth classes, Refresher Class, Grandparent’s and Sibling classes. Tours meet at the main entrance lobby of the hospital precisely at the scheduled time.  If you should arrive late, please go straight to the maternity unit on the 4th floor. 

Related Programs

Nurturing Families

The Nurturing Families Network offers programs designed to help first time parents learn how to best care for their child. Their goal is to provide extra support and information, including education on baby’s development, community resources and social activities for families. They offer three specific programs: Nurturing Connections, Nurturing Parenting Group, and Home Visits. These programs include phone support, social groups and education for families from prenatal to age 5. All programs are free. For more information on the programs offered and how to enroll, please call 860-442-0711, extension 2457.

(Service is not part of L+M Hospital)

Text BABY to 511411 and receive FREE weekly text messages on your cell phone to help you through your pregnancy and your baby’s first year of life. This is a free service of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.

The Safety Group - Private Car Seat Checks
(Service is not part of L+M Hospital)

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For more information

For more information about any of our programs or to schedule a tour, please call our Childbirth Education Coordinator at 860-442-0711, ext. 2300 or email