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 childbirthed@lmhosp.org

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

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

This is class is currently being offered as a Live Webinar so you will be able to interact with the instructor. Attendees will need a high speed web-connection as well as camera with microphone to participate interactively in the class. Registration is required.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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 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 childbirthed@lmhosp.org 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.

In this class you and your partner will learn the anatomy of labor and birth, comfort measures, types of birth including vaginal and Cesarean; the role of the support person, pain relief options and much more. Our curriculum provides comprehensive childbirth education that prepares expectant parents to have healthier and more satisfying birth experiences. Engaging video, life-like 3D animation and personal birth stories give parents the knowledge and confidence they need to make informed decisions about labor and birth.

We recommend that Childbirth Education be taken two months prior to your due date. Our childbirth classes are recommended for first time parents, experienced parents, as well as parents preparing for VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). It takes 4 to 6 hours to complete and can be viewed on your PC, phone or tablet. You will have 9 months of access to your class once enrolled.

You will have nine months of access once you log in. Register online by searching for the class by name on our Events page.

Our Understanding Breastfeeding curriculum helps improve a mother's success with breastfeeding. Through step-by-step instructions and 3D animation, moms learn how to achieve a deep latch, breastfeeding holds and positions, and how to maintain healthy milk production. This course takes 2-3 hours to compete and follows International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) recommendations and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines.

You will have nine months of access once you log in. Register online by searching for the class by name on our Events page.

This class teaches parents about medically-necessary cesarean birth in a way that's interactive, easy to understand and relatable.

Topics covered:

  • Types & Reasons for Cesareans
  • Family-Centered Cesarean Birth Options
  • Signs of Labor
  • Preparing for Surgery
  • Anesthesia & Surgical Procedure
  • Breastfeeding & Recovery

You will have nine months of access once you log in. Register online by searching for the class by name on our Events page.

This class is about the joys of fatherhood and the important role that dads have in their children’s lives. The class begins with pregnancy, helping you understand your feelings about having a baby and how you can be involved during pregnancy. Next, it includes packing for the hospital, labor and birth basics, how to be a supportive partner during labor and making the most of your postpartum hospital stay. You’ll also learn about breastfeeding basics and support, how to create a safe sleep environment, along with why babies cry, soothing techniques and bonding. It concludes with your relationship after the baby, importance of good communication, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and paternal postpartum depression as well as understanding developmental milestones and positive discipline.

You will have nine months of access once you log in. Register online by searching for the class by name on our Events page.

This Infant & Child Safety eClass provides life-saving education for parents and caregivers. Accidents are the leading cause of death in infants and children. This class provides current information about prevention from a variety of safety organizations. Content includes: car safety, safe baby care, safety products, home safety, poisons, and emergency preparedness including infant CPR and first aid.

You will have nine months of access once you log in. Register online by searching for the class by name on our Events page.

This class includes an overview of trimesters along with 3D animation of fetal development, first trimester screening, glucose tolerance test, Group B strep test, nutrition and guidelines for exercise during pregnancy. It also covers how to manage the discomforts of pregnancy, as well as general pregnancy warning signs and signs of preterm labor. Common pregnancy stressors, stress-relief tips, intimate partner violence, support, body image, relationship tips and partner emotions are also covered.

You will have nine months of access once you log in. Register online by searching for the class by name on our Events page.

This online class is designed for parents expecting multiples.

The content includes: Pregnancy, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, postpartum recovery and the first few weeks at home. Engaging videos, 3D animation and personal birth stories will help give parents the knowledge and confidence they need to make informed decisions about their labor and birth. The class takes 3-5 hours to complete and can be viewed on your PC, phone or tablet. You will have 9 months of access to your class once you log in.

You will have nine months of access once you log in. Register online by searching for the class by name on our Events page.

This eClass provides comprehensive, evidence-based education about baby care in the first six weeks and beyond. It features real-life stories and provides the latest guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and other trusted organizations, along with the importance of baby cues, early brain growth and bonding. Content includes: newborn traits, newborn behaviors, crying and comforting, feeding, diapering, bathing, newborn health and safety.

You will have nine months of access once you log in. Register online by searching for the class by name on our Events page.

Related Programs

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.

(Service is not part of L+M Hospital)

Call 860-574-9724 or info@thesafetygrp.com.

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 childbirthed@lmhosp.org.