Childbirth, Breastfeeding & Family, Parenting Classes | MedStar Health

Childbirth and Parenting Education Classes

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Committed to healthy moms and families


MedStar Health is committed to healthy moms and healthy families. Anticipating the birth of your baby is such an exciting time! With this excitement, there are often feelings of uncertainty. Attending our Birth and Family classes, during your pregnancy and beyond, can provide the knowledge and support needed for you to feel confident and prepared for labor, delivery, and caring for your new baby. You’ve got this and we’re here to help!

Our instructors are nurses who have worked in maternal child health and have had additional training/certifications in the topics they teach

Let our experts answer your questions:

  • How will I know when I’m in labor?

  • When can I get an epidural?

  • How will I know if my baby is getting enough to eat when I breastfeed?

  • What do I do if my baby gets sick?

MedStar Health offers a variety of classes at many different locations and using a variety of platforms, such as:

In-person classes

Spend time with your support person focusing on your baby while meeting other pregnant couples. Specially designed for those who like hands-on learning.

Virtual online classes

Stay in the comfort of your home all while getting your questions answered in real time with a live instructor.


Take classes online, at your own pace, and when convenient for your schedule.

Birth and family classes

You are important to us, and we’re here to help. Below you will find a list of MedStar Health hospitals. Click each hospital to explore Birth and Family classes offered and contact information for each hospitals program.


Support groups

Virtual Breastfeeding Support Group

Hosted by: MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Please join us weekly to connect with other moms, discuss developmental milestones, and have your breastfeeding questions answered online by a lactation professional. This FREE support group is open to all expectant and breastfeeding moms. Please contact for the private virtual link.

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Lactation Support Group (in-person)

Hosted by: MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.This support group is FREE. Registration is required.

Contact Health Connections at 301-475-6019 to register.

Essex Breastfeeding Support Group (Free, In-person)

Hosted by: MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center & Baltimore County Library, Essex Branch, 1110 Eastern Blvd. Essex, MD 21221

Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please join us weekly to connect with other moms, discuss developmental milestones, and have your breastfeeding questions answered online by a lactation professional.

Boxed lunches provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Expectant moms welcome! Please contact with any questions.

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Virtual tours

  • MedStar Franklin Square Hospital Center Women’s Pavilion

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  • MedStar Montgomery Medical Center Maternity Unit

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  • MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center’s Women and Newborn Center

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  • MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s Women's Health & Family Birthing Center

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  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center Family Birth Place

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  • MedStar Harbor Hospital Women and Infants' Center

    MedStar Harbor Hospital
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Our providers

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Expert maternity care

Getting the care you need starts with seeing one of our maternity specialists.