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Pregnancy & Parenting Classes

Count on the experienced nurses, midwives and physicians at Mount Auburn Hospital to provide the support and knowledge you need throughout pregnancy and early parenthood. Search our calendar listings to find a class, event or support group to fit your growing family’s needs.

To get the most benefit from prenatal classes, register during your fourth or fifth month of pregnancy for classes scheduled during your seventh or eighth month.

Having Your Baby Your Way Series

Knowledge is power. This three-week course will give you the knowledge you want to approach labor with confidence. It will give you the information you need to partner with your physician or midwife so that, together, you can make the choices that are right for you and your baby.

Topics include an overview of normal labor and birth, what happens if labor doesn’t go quite as planned, available interventions, medications, anesthesia, cesarean birth, and the immediate newborn and early postpartum period. You’ll be introduced to relaxation, breathing, positioning, and pushing techniques. And you’ll have time to get your questions answered. A tour of the Bain Birthing Suite and Postpartum Floor is included.

This series meets weekly for three weeks; each class lasts three hours.

Cost: $180 per couple

HypnoBirthing®—The Mongan Method

Learn mind-body relaxation techniques to help you achieve a calm, safe and gentle birth free of unnecessary interventions.
You’ll learn:

  • How your body is built for birth
  • Self-hypnotic relaxation and visualization
  • Breathing techniques
  • Light touch labor massage
  • How your partner can offer support during labor
  • Positions for labor and birth
  • Early family bonding practices

This class includes a tour of the Bain Birthing Center.

This series meets weekly for five weeks; each class lasts two-and-half hours.

Cost: $235 per couple

Infant CPR for Family and Friends

This two-hour class will provide parents and caregivers of infants with the tools to be prepared for emergency situations, including those that may require the use of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). The class is taught by a certified CPR instructor in accordance with the American Heart Association guidelines.

Topics covered include:

  • Techniques for administering Infant CPR
  • Clearing an obstructed airway
  • General infant safety

Price: $50.00 per couple (includes the American Heart Association publication Family & Friends™ CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)

Natural Childbirth

This one-day course is designed for expectant parents who want to learn coping skills for labor that will help them avoid or minimize the use of medication. You’ll discover ways to break the Fear-Tension-Pain cycle in order to allow the body to work as nature intended.

In this interactive class, you’ll learn about and practice:

  • Positioning and movement that increase comfort for mother and encourage baby to pass more easily through her pelvis
  • The use of labor massage and pressure techniques
  • Breathing techniques drawn from yogic, Bradley®, and Lamaze® practice
  • Coping mechanisms such as visualization, aromatherapy, and hydrotherapy to reduce stress and help the uterus work more efficiently

You’ll learn about the stages of labor, postpartum changes, and what to expect from your newborn in the first hours and days of life. Your instructor will also review interventions available to you, should they become medically necessary, such as cesarean birth, induction of labor, and medication options. This class includes a tour of the Bain Birthing Center.

Natural Childbirth meets on a Saturday or Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Short breaks are scheduled in as is time for lunch. You may choose to bring your own lunch or dine in our cafeteria on the second floor of the hospital.

Cost: $180 per couple

Prepared Childbirth

Approach labor and delivery with confidence by learning what to expect during childbirth in this one-day class Mount Auburn Hospital. You’ll get the information you and your partner need to make the choices that are right for your family.

Learn about:

  • Physical changes during pregnancy
  • Signs and stages of labor
  • Available interventions, such as labor induction 
  • Pain relief options
  • Breathing techniques
  • Effective labor positioning and pushing
  • The role of the support person
  • Cesarean birth 
  • Postpartum changes and emotions

This class includes a tour of the Bain Birthing Center.

This class meets on a Saturday or Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $180 per couple

Sibling Class

The arrival of a new brother or sister can be both exciting and confusing for little children. Help your child (2 years + 9 months or older) prepare for his or her new role as a big brother or sister. In this parent-child class you will learn ways to help your child to adjust to the new arrival, and your child will have the opportunity to practice baby care. A guided tour of our maternity unit is included.

Cost: $35

Tools for a Natural Childbirth: a hands-on workshop

If you're looking forward to a natural childbirth, you'll want a "labor kit" full of tools and techniques that can help you achieve that goal. You'll also want guidance in how to use those techniques in various situations that might arise in labor. And you'll want to practice them in a unhurried setting. This three-hour workshop is taught by experienced educators who have coached countless women through successful labors and births without the use of medication.
This workshop is complementary to, but does not replace, a full-length childbirth class. We recommend that first-time parents take Prepared Childbirth, Natural Childbirth, or Having Your Baby Your Way before taking Tools for a Natural Childbirth since this hands-on mini-course will not cover the same material. This class is, however, appropriate for experienced parents who would like a refresher in natural childbirth techniques.
Workshop content includes:

  • Encouraging optimal fetal positioning for labor and birth
  • Use of props such as the birthing ball and the peanut
  • Use of the Rebozo- a large traditional scarf- in labor
  • Breath work and mindfulness practices
  • Nourishment during labor
  • Vocalization
  • Counter-pressure and acupressure
  • Support techniques for the labor partner
  • Essential oils and homeopathic remedies

This class typically meets on a Saturday or Sunday at the Center for Women on the first floor of the hospital.
Cost: $90 per couple

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations are accepted up to one day prior to the first class for a refund, minus a $35 processing charge.

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