Available Classes


Those who deliver at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital will be given priority spaces in available classes. As class size is limited, we recommend registering for classes early. We reserve the right to cancel any class due to lack of enrollment. Classes with enrollment of three or less will be canceled with the option of enrolling in a later class.

Prepared Childbirth Classes

Prepared Childbirth Classes teach relaxation techniques, controlled breathing, physical and emotional changes that occur during labor and birth. Pain control options including unmedicated, medicated and epidural will be discussed. Class discussions of inductions and cesareans are also included. Both mother and her support person learn how to take an active part in the birth process. This class will also cover Infant Care.

You may choose between a two-week-evening series of evening classes or an all-day Saturday class for your convenience. The final class in each evening session will cover Infant Care. Infant Care is also available as an individual class for those not wishing to enroll in the full evening series.

A tour is included in the class.

Recommended time to enroll: around the 28th – 30th week of pregnancy for those enrolling in evening classes and the Saturday class option.


Breastfeeding: Fundamentals and Practical Problem Solving


Taught by a RN certified lactation counselor, the Breastfeeding class provides information on preparation for feeding, feeding techniques, and common concerns. Additional topics include information on which type of breast pump will be best to meet your needs, discussion on returning to work and other everyday issues. The class is open to expectant mothers and new mothers. Support persons are welcome.

Recommended time to enroll: around the 32nd – 36th week of pregnancy

Class Registration and Questions

Click here to register for upcoming classes. If you have a question, email childbirtheduc@hshs.org.