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Birthing/Breastfeeding Classes at The Johns Hopkins Hospital

COVID-19 Update

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) all in-person Birthing/Breastfeeding Classes will be conducted via Zoom Meetings. Zoom information will be emailed to you 24 hours before classs. All in-person tours will be suspended until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.

To view available class dates and/or register, please access our class portal here.. Please also feel free to leave a message at 410-502-3221 or email JHHLactation@jhmi.edu for additional information and support.

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Classes

Online Childbirth Education

Fast Track Class ($140 per family)– A 2-hour class via Zoom, limited to 5 families. This small group setting allows you and your partner to ask any questions in a safe environment. Topics covered include breathing and relaxation techniques, labor stages, comfort options, physical and psychological changes after delivery, and coaching tips for your birth partner. Learners will also see many of the items we use during delivery to allow you to become comfortable with your labor and delivery experience. You will also receive some online resources to review at your convenience during this exciting time.

Registration and payment are now online if you would like to pay by credit card or check. Please click here for more information regarding dates and times.

Contact information: 410-955-5502

eClass ($50)– An online childbirth class ideal for those expectant parents who would prefer to work at their own pace. The eight-chapter program is an interactive, web-based class that uses videos, personal birth stories, animations, activities, and games to teach all of the essential information parents need to know to prepare for their birth. Your eClass registration includes online access for 9 months. Our online childbirth class will help you:

  • Understand pregnancy: What's happening to your body, discomforts, warning signs, nutrition, exercise and more
  • Learn about labor: Preparing for birth, pre-labor signs, onset of labor, 3D animation of labor process and more
  • See how the stages of labor unfold: Watch amazing real-life birth stories
  • Discover helpful comfort techniques: Breathing, relaxation, massage, visualization, focal points, hydrotherapy, labor and pushing positions, advice for partners and more
  • Learn about the Hopkins unit: Information about our rooms, services, parking, visitor policies, and stay up to date on Covid-19 policies and procedure changes.

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/articles/childbirth-e-class-aims-to-alleviate-anxieties

Class Fee: $50. Your eClass registration includes online access for 9 months. Registration and payment are now online if you would like to pay by credit card or check. Please click on the link below for more information.

You can purchase this online class here. 

   * To submit questions, please contact 410-955-5502 or email ChildbirthEdcares@jhmi.edu. A labor and delivery nurse will respond to your email.


Individual Consultations

Individual Consultations ($200 per couple) – This program offers all of the education covered in our Fast Track class and a personal tour of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Birthing Center, but in a private Zoom meeting with one of our Childbirth Educators. It is not necessary to register for a unit tour as it is already included with your session.

Registration and payment are now online if you would like to pay by credit card or check. Please click here for more information regarding dates and times.

  *To submit questions, please contact 410-955-5502 or email ChildbirthEdcares@jhmi.edu. A labor and delivery nurse will respond to your email.


Tours

  • Virtual Tour (Free!) – A free, virtual tour of our Birthing Center is accessible via YouTube. Watch our video tour at your convenience at this link.
     

Breastfeeding Classes and Support Groups

Breastfeeding Education

Offered on the first Saturday of the month from 9:00am-10:30am and the third Sunday of the month from 2:00pm-3:30pm via Zoom. These classes are intended for pregnant persons and one support person. Topics include deciding to breastfeed, getting ready to breastfeed and preparing the entire family for the breastfeeding experience.

Cost: $50.00 per couple

If you would like to pay by credit card or check, please register at our online class portal.

The Lactation Meet-Up Support Group

  • This service is free and offers support to breastfeeding patients and NURSING BABIES! All are welcome, registration is not required.
  • Every Thursday morning via Zoom from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
  • Please note, there will be no Support Group held on any holiday.
  • Email JHHLactation@jhmi.edu to request the Zoom link from out Lactation Consultant team.

JHOC Breastfeeding Class

  • Free, 50 minute class, offered once monthly via Zoom.
  • This is a compressed version of the small group classes, without videos, models, or extended discussion.
  • Classes intended for the pregnant person and one support person.
  • Topics include deciding to breastfeed, getting ready to breastfeed and preparing the entire family for the breastfeeding experience.

Please register at our online class portal.


Birthing Companions/Doula Support

If you are interested in having a birth companion or doula for support before birth, during labor and birth, and after birth please contact The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Birth Companions Program at 410-614-6458 or visit our birth companions information page here. This service is offered free of charge.

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