Childbirth Education Programs

Lawrence + Memorial Hospital offers a variety of educational and support programs that will 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 and form new social networks. 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 may be cancelled due to low enrollment. For a current list of available classes and dates, please check online, call Leigh-Anne Sastre at 860-442-0711, ext. 2300, or send an email to

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Not all of our classes are listed below, and/or available for online registration. Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment. For a current list of available classes and dates, please call Leigh-Anne Sastre at 860-442-0711 ext. 2300, or send an email to

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.
4 Week Series, 6 - 8:30pm and 1 Day Class, 9am - 5pm at L+M Hospital, LDRP Resource Room

Combo Class
Preparing for Birth, Caring for Your Baby & Caring for the New Mom

This class covers content from our three most popular classes in one weekend. (See individual class descriptions)
Day 1: 9am - 5pm; Day 2: 10am - 2pm in the 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.
1 Night Class, 6 - 8pm in the LDRP Resource Room.

Marvelous Multiples

This class is a series of two evenings for couples expecting twins, triplets or more. Covering similar topics to the Preparing for Birth series, this class also includes a tour of the NICU and a visit with experienced families of multiples. For more information on this class and expecting multiples, please visit
2 Night Class, 6-9 pm in the LDRP Resource Room

Relaxation Station

This class will focus on relaxation and comfort techniques that you and your partner can use throughout the labor process. We will review and practice positioning, breathing, visualization, use of birth balls and labor support techniques, as well as many other topics. Sign up for one evening or attend multiple sessions to perfect your relaxation skills before the big day.
1 Night Class, 6 - 8:30 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, carseat 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

Basic Training for New Dads

During this 3 hour class, expectant dads connect with veteran dads for a frank discussion on the experience of becoming a father. We’ll talk about the opportunities and rewards of personally caring for our children, how to work as a parenting team, as well as caring for yourself and your partner. Veteran dads will demonstrate holding, burping, changing, swaddling, and comforting crying babies. We’ll also discuss new parent-related issues, including:

  • Importance of father’s involvement in early childhood development
  • Developing a bond a with your new baby
  • Being supportive of your baby’s mom
  • Developing a parenting partnership
  • Creating a baby-safe environment

This 3-hour workshop is facilitated by trained vetern dads.
Saturday morning class, 9am –12pm 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 1.5 hours long.

My Smart Hands

Classes run in 4-week sessions. Parents will learn over 100 signs to use with their child. Classes are a playful, educational and language-rich environment where caregivers and children will build their American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary through instruction, interactive games and songs. Parents will learn recommended first signs; we will discuss the benefits of using ASL with infants and demonstrate easy techniques for successfully integrating signs into everyday life. Some of the ASL vocabulary covered for this age group includes: everyday words, family, food, animals, emotions, opposites, bed time and play signs. Includes a full color MSH™ curriculum book with a CD of the songs we teach. The books have pictures of the signs along with descriptions for easy reference long after the class is over! Open to ages 0-12 months.
4:30-5:30 pm in the LDRP Resource Room.

Breastfeeding Your Baby - Part 1

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, Baker Auditorium

Breastfeeding Your Baby - Part 2 - Pumping and Back to Work

This one-morning class will help you manage the challenges of continuing to breastfeed while working outside the home. We will discuss: how to make a return to work plan that includes pumping issues, working with your childcare provider, maintaining milk supply, breast milk storage and common hurdles about breastfeeding and going back to work. Class is taught by a Certified Lactation Consultant. Infants in arms are welcome to attend. Bring your breast pump and any questions you have.
Morning, 10am - 12pm & Evening, 6 - 8pm, LDRP Resource Room

Breast-feeding 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 Tuesday Mornings, 10-11am 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.
Wednesday Mornings, 10am-12pm and Wednesday Evenings, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Classes meet at L+M in the LDRP Resource Room.

Every Child Ready to Read

This class is presented by the Public Library of New London for families of children Birth-4 years old. Both English and Spanish sessions available. This class will teach families five simple practices that they can use at home to help their child develop early literacy skills. We will cover five early literacy practices (reading, writing, singing, talking and playing) and demonstrate ways they can be done at home. "This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library."

See L+M Website for Class Dates and Times, L+M Hospital LDRP Resource Room

Tours of the Maternity Unit

Tours are by appointment only and are usually held in the evening hours. Please note: Tours are included with our Preparing for Birth classes, Refresher Class, Grandparent’s and Sibling classes. Tours meet at the Faire Harbour Entrance. Please call 860-442-0711, ext. 2300 or email to schedule a tour.

L+M Baby Expo

This event is held twice a year in April and October, and is open to all expectant and new mothers and families. We invite you to tour the maternity unit and meet local doulas, photographers, massage therapists, community resources, support groups and many more. Event details will be available on the online L+M Hospital Event Calendar and in your physician’s office. No Registration Required.

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)

Call 860-437-SAFE (7233) or

For more information

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