Childbirth, Breastfeeding & Family, Parenting Classes | MedStar Health

Childbirth and Parenting Education Classes

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MedStar Health is still offering the following Birth and Family classes while COVID-19 restrictions are in place:
  • Prepared Childbirth - Weekend Express
  • Breastfeeding Facts, Myths, and Techniques
  • Infant Care and Safety

These classes are being offered "live" using a virtual platform (such as Webex or Zoom). Once registered, the program coordinator will reach out to participants, prior to class, with additional information.

We offer a variety of childbirth and family education classes for expectant parents and their families: from on-site classes and tours, to classes that can be taken at home.

Classes, tours, and support groups

Classes offered by MedStar Health include: 
  • Birthplace Tours at MedStar Franklin Square

    We invite you and your guest to take a free tour of the Birthplace at Franklin Square. Learn what we have to offer you, your family, and your newborn during one of the most precious times in your lives. To register for the tours, please call 1-888-74-OBTLC (1-888-746-2852). Already registered? Click here to view our online Birthplace Tour.

  • Prepared Childbirth 4-Week Series - Includes Tour!

    Prepare for childbirth by attending a 4-week class for expectant couples. Learn what happens to the body and the baby during the final phases of pregnancy. Couples will be taught the importance of the birth partner and labor-coping techniques (breathing, relaxation, focusing, and positioning) to help deal with labor and facilitate birth. Discover pain management choices. Time will be spent discussing when to go to the hospital, creating a flexible birth plan and what to expect after the baby is born. Classes are taught by a Registered Nurse who is also a Childbirth Educator. Click here to register for Prepare Childbirth 4-Week Series.

  • Prepared Childbirth Weekend Express
    OBTLC Weekend Express was designed to fit your busy lifestyle and give you the information you need to prepare for the birth of your baby. Learn how to choose a birth plan that is right for you, how to reduce discomfort, and how to cope with your body’s changes. You can learn all you need to know about birthing in our 1-day Weekend Express. Continental breakfast and lunch voucher is provided. Click here to register for Prepared Childbirth Weekend Express.
  • Complete Childbirth Preparation Online hosted by MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
    Our 6-week Complete Childbirth Preparation program prepares couples for a positive birthing experience. The program is designed to help expectant couples plan for labor, delivery, and how to care for a newborn. Breastfeeding and Infant Care. Click here to register for Complete Childbirth Preparation Online
  • Breastfeeding: Facts, Myths, and Techniques
    This interactive class, taught by a board-certified Lactation Consultant, is designed to help you feel comfortable and confident by preparing you and your baby for breastfeeding. You will get a wealth of information, tips, and guidance to help you and your baby get off to the best start possible during the challenging early days of breastfeeding. Click here to register for Breastfeeding: Facts, Myths, and Techniques.

  • Breastfeeding and New Mothers Support Group
    The group is open to ALL new moms (breastfeeding moms and non-breastfeeding) and their babies under 1 year of age. A nurse, who is an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant, is present to answer infant care questions, facilitate discussions, and assist with breastfeeding issues as needed. The group is designed to not only provide clinical support to new moms but also provide a place for moms to build relationships with other new moms. Click here to learn more about Breastfeeding and New Mothers Support Group.

  • Infant and Child CPR
    This class prepares parents, daycare providers, and loved ones to act in a life-threatening emergency situation. We offer the National Safety Council Infant and Child CPR and First Aid courses, which cover infants and children 1 to 8 years of age. This National Safety Council class meets the state requirements for daycare providers. Click here to register for Infant and Child CPR.

  • Infant and Child First Aid
    This class prepares parents, daycare providers, and loved ones to act in response to a variety of urgent situations that require First Aid such as wound care, shock, burns, sprains & fractures, allergic reactions, seizures, and many more. We offer the National Safety Council Infant and Child First Aid course, which covers infants and children ages 1 to 8 years of age. This National Safety Council class meets the state requirements for daycare providers. Click here to register for Infant and Child First Aid.

  • Infant Care and Safety Class
    Learn basic infant care and safety measures. This class is designed for expectant parents, new parents, grandparents, and babysitters. Topics covered include: hands-on diapering and baby bath, normal newborn appearance, what to do when your baby cries, eating and sleeping, what to do when your baby gets sick, and baby-proofing your home. Support person are welcome and encouraged to attend. Click here to register for an Infant Care and Safety Class.

  • Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga
    Come participate in Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga at MedStar Franklin Square. Benefits of yoga include: improved body awareness, reduced stress and anxiety, increased concentration, decrease in physical discomforts, and physical and mental preparation for birth. Click here to register for Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga.

  • Sibling Class
    This class is designed for children, ages 3 to 8 years, who are expecting a new baby in their family. Children will discover what to expect when their new brother or sister joins the family. The focus of the class is to help the child feel special and prepared. The class is fun for the children. They see a movie, read books, have snacks, and more. Click here to register for a Sibling Class.

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Additional online-only classes

  • Understanding Birth

    Understanding Birth includes a comprehensive resource book and an easy-to-use website that shows real-life examples of the subjects you are reading about. You can watch breathing and relaxation techniques, labor positions, animation of the stages of labor, and much more.

  • Mother and Baby Care

    Mother and Baby Care includes a separate book and online features covering postpartum exercises, proper breastfeeding techniques, newborn diapering and bathing tips, cesarean body mechanics, and much more. Each booklet contains a wealth of concise information, colorful photos, and clear illustrations. Also included is an easy-to-use website with online video clips to watch and PDF information sheets, which you can download and print. Computer and Internet access required.

    Fee: $25 each or $40 for both

Classes to go

Expectant parents and family members can view DVDs and read educational materials in the comfort of their own homes.

  • Prepared Childbirth Basic*

    This educational program is designed for expectant families who desire a childbirth preparation but cannot attend traditional classes due to medical reasons, bed rest, or schedule conflicts. With topics covered such as changes in pregnancy, labor and delivery stages, labor preparation classes, transition to parenthood, and much more, this class to go is great for first-time expectant parents or those needing a refresher.

    Fee: $35

    Kit includes:

    • "Understanding Birth" DVD rental
    • Folder of educational materials
    • A large zippered labor bag to hold items you will need for the big day!
    • A Labor Booklet of techniques for labor partners to support Mom during labor.
  • Breastfeeding*

    Book to keep and DVD rental - $15

  • Return to Work Breastfeeding

    Education materials to keep and DVD to return - $15

  • Preparing for Siblings

    Education materials to keep and DVD to return - $15

  • Expecting Multiples

    Education materials to keep and DVD to return - $15

  • Anesthesia and Pain Relief for Labor and Birth

    Education materials to keep and DVD to return - $15

  • Sign with Your Baby

    Book, "Sign With Your Baby," to keep along with a handy laminated reference guide, DVD to return - $20

* Prepared Childbirth Basic and Breastfeeding available in Spanish.

To purchase or for more information, please call 1-888-74-OBTLC (1-888-746-2852).

Educational kits

  • Pet Prep Kit (preparing your pet for a new baby)

    This take-home kit includes a comprehensive booklet providing activities and preparations to do before and after the baby arrives. To help your pet adjust to the big changes that a new baby can create, it also includes baby product samples so your pet can get used to the new smells and a CD with a variety of baby sounds. The Pet Prep Kit is also available at the MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center Gift Shop.

    Fee: $10

  • The Happiest Baby on the Block Parent Kit

    Teaches pregnant couples and new parents the 5 “S”s - techniques allowing parents to calm their infant’s crying in minutes.

    Fee: $25

To purchase or for more information, please call 1-888-74-OBTLC (1-888-746-2852).

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