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
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.
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.
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.