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On Campus Classes

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.

Please schedule your classes through our online selections below. Please review our guideline for registration here: How to Register and Pay.

If you have additional questions we can be reached at 202-537-4076 Tuesday through Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Basic courses:
Babycare Skills | Preparing to Breastfeed
Supportive classes:
Infant CPR | Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Babies| Preparing for Planned Cesarean
Intensive courses:
Childbirth Preparation | Weekend Baby Care & Breastfeeding Class

Babycare Skills

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. Infant CPR is not part of this class. See more about our CPR course here

Preparing to Breastfeed

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. See complete information here.

Infant CPR

Classes are taught by certified American Heart Association instructors. This course includes hands-on CPR instruction for infants according to American Heart Association standards, as well as Car Seat Safety, Back 2 Sleep, Child Proofing and more. The class is designed for parents and childcare providers. This course is not a certification course.

See more information (and register to be first to know about future classes) here.

Itsy Bitsy Yoga for Babies

For newborns to nearly crawling babies, Itsy Bitsy Yoga Babies classes contain dozens of unique yoga postures designed to support baby's development. Each class is filled with calming, nurturing ways to enhance bonding and improve baby's sleep. During Itsy Bitsy Yoga class, babies enjoy yoga while on their backs, tummies, or held in loving arms. Parents are encouraged to get support and learn about baby's emerging personality. No yoga is experience required here.

Preparing for Planned Cesarean

Preparing for a Planned Cesarean is designed to prepare families for a planned Cesarean birth. Discussion includes factual and knowledge based information about Cesarean birth, surgical procedures, anesthesia, recovery, and the role of the support person as well as what to do if you go into labor or if your water breaks. See more about our Cesarean class here.

Returning to Work for the Breastfeeding Mother

This 1 and 1/2 hour class is for mothers and babies to attend together. Almost as soon as baby is born, mothers start to worry about going back to work. This class will help you plan a smooth return. Class is small so we can help you develop an individual plan. Reservations are essential! See more information (and register to be first to know about future classes) here.

Childbirth Preparation

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. See complete information here.

Weekend Baby Care & Breastfeeding Class

This class combines the two skills parents are most eager to learn. In just one day, you will learn how to take care of your newborn at home and get started with breastfeeding. The class is designed for busy parents-to-be who want to take both classes in one day.

Childbirth/Parenting Workshops

Workshops are scheduled several times through the year. See calendar of all currently scheduled workshops.

Dogs and Storks Workshop

Dogs & Storks is a workshop for expectant couples with dogs as they prepare for their baby’s arrival. Attendees will receive information on:

  • Positive, practical, and fun tips on how to prepare the family dog for life with baby
  • Practical solutions to help ease families into the transition from pet parents to baby parents with pets
  • Education on dog’s body language and its preparation for bringing baby home to avoid adverse situations

One session, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: $30 plus processing fees.

Workshop Date: TBD

Empty Arms: Coping After A Pregnancy Loss – Workshop

Pregnancy Losses are rarely talked about in larger society. This experience can make a couple feel very isolated with their grief as others expect them to move on from it rapidly. This one-and a half hour workshop, led by a Reproductive Psychologist, will explore how people can relate to the baby that is omnipresent in its absence. It will cover topics such as: coping individually and as a couple, anniversaries and other milestones, rituals, deciding when (or if) to try again, moving through (not moving on), and others. Pregnancy loss is widely defined and all types of losses are welcome at this workshop.

One session, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
Cost: $30 plus processing fees.

Workshop Date: TBD

From Couple to Parents – Workshop

Designed for both pregnant and new parents, you will receive skills and information to recognize and cope successfully with the normal stressors of becoming a family. Research shows that within three years after the birth of a baby, approximately 2/3 of couples will experience a significant drop in relationship quality and have a dramatic increase in conflict and hostility. The ultimate goal of this workshop is to improve the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening the parental relationship.

In this workshop, couples will learn how to:

  • Increase friendship in their relationship while adjusting to baby
  • Deal effectively with conflict
  • Identify Baby Blues and signs of Postpartum Mood Disorders (including tips on self-care for new parents for emotional wellbeing)

One session, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 plus processing fees.

Workshop Date: TBD

Discovering Motherhood – Workshop

This one and a half-hour workshop geared towards mothers of infants, led by a licensed psychologist, will focus on the emotional transition to motherhood and how a woman’s identity evolves. Society expects that motherhood is the apex of achievement in a woman’s life…but what if that’s not how you feel? No occupation prepares you for this journey that is always on-the-job training and is constantly changing—especially once you get the hang of something.
Women feel compelled to stay silent on the everyday difficulties that they experience as first-time mothers and by doing so, they preserve the expectation that mothers are flawless. A discussion about perinatal mood disorders (such as postpartum depression and anxiety) will be included as up to 20% of new moms might experience a perinatal mood disorder, but very few will be treated for.
Infants are encouraged and welcome!

One session, 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 plus processing fees.

Workshop Date: TBD

Keys to Strong Parenting From the Start – Workshop

When a baby arrives, parents begin a process of adjustment. They have new fears, new hopes, and new goals. Yet for many new parents, it is hard to know how to accomplish all your parenting goals while still respecting your child’s normal developmental processes. This is a workshop for pregnant and new parents interested in boosting their parenting skills from the beginning, nurturing a strong parent-child connection. Couples encouraged to attend together (but not required).

One session, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 plus processing fees.

Workshop Date: TBD