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Childbirth Education

Due to COVID-19 precautions, we are offering our classes virtually. Please find our offerings by visiting

We will continue to offer our classes virtually until further notice.

Thank you for choosing Sibley Memorial Hospital. We are here to help you have the best possible birth experience. Sibley's Childbirth Education Department recommends that expectant parents take a class during the seventh month of pregnancy or earlier. It is best to register during your first trimester as classes fill up quickly. In general, class listings are posted 4 to 6 weeks in advance of the class date. For inquiries related to childbirth classes, email

Register for Classes and Tours

Sign up for a tour and register for classes and parent groups. You can search by event name or by selecting Women's and Infants' Services under Department.

Explore Our Offerings

  • This class will teach you skills, such as bathing, diapering, comforting a crying baby and recognizing signs of illness, as well as coping methods for the first few weeks of parenthood. 

  • This pre-natal breastfeeding class teaches the art of breastfeeding to expectant parents. Learn about prenatal preparation, getting started, understanding your baby’s cues, timing feedings, expressing and storing milk, bottles and your breastfed baby, and more.

  • This class is designed to prepare families for their first labor and birth experience. This childbirth class provides evidence-based information on the physiological and emotional aspects of labor and delivery through lecture, discussion, video and hands-on practice. Our goal is to increase your confidence and reduce anxiety about the birthing process. 

  • This course includes hands-on CPR instruction for infants according to American Heart Association standards, as well as Car Seat Safety, Back 2 Sleep, Childproofing and more. The class is designed for parents and childcare providers. This course is not a certification course. 

  • Can’t fit a class into your busy schedule? Try our online class option!

    The eight-chapter program is an interactive, Web-based class that uses videos, personal birth stories, animations, activities and games to teach all the essential information parents need to know to prepare for their birth. Learn more

  • This is a FREE educational and social group, facilitated by Lactation Services. New mothers are invited to bring their newborns, meet other mothers, and ask questions. Topics include: Breastfeeding, Pumping, Back to Work, Baby Wearing, Travel with Baby and more. There is a baby scale available for mom’s use. Mom & Baby Group meets weekly, Fridays 12-1:30 pm at Sibley Hospital, Building A, Conference Room 5, 2nd Floor. This group is open to mothers, babies, and female support people that mother has invited; you may wish to bring a lunch.

  • Maternity Tours are designed to help expecting families plan for having their baby at Sibley Memorial Hospital. There is a non-refundable $5 administration fee to register.

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