Childbirth and Early Parenting Classes

Two pregnant moms in wood-paneled room with provider

For expectant couples, families and caregivers, register here for classes to help you prepare for childbirth and early baby care.

We now offer virtual, self-guided and in-person versions of many of our classes.

PLEASE NOTE: For all of our classes, one registration includes two attendees.

Reimbursement depends entirely on your insurance plan. This means we can't offer any guarantee of coverage. The information below may be helpful as you request reimbursement from your insurance company.

  • Insurance claims often require proof of payment. Use the receipt that we sent to the email address you used to register for classes.
  • The Tax ID number of Early Parenting and Childbirth Education is 93-1176109.
  • The CPT Code for childbirth education classes is S9442.
  • If the insurance claim form requires an ICD-10 code, your prenatal care provider or patient billing office can give you the right code for you. Common ICD-10 codes include:
    • For first pregnancies: Z34.00. Z34.01 for first trimester, Z34.02 for second trimester, and Z34.03 for third trimester.
    • For subsequent pregnancies: Z34.80. Z34.81 for first trimester, Z34.82 for second trimester, Z34.83 for third trimester. 

Oregon Health Plan (OHP) Scholarship

Eligible families may attend one Childbirth and Early Parenting class through an Oregon Health Plan scholarship. Please download and complete the scholarship form. OHP Scholarship Application

Once completed, email the application to birthing@ohsu.edu.

For classes not canceled by OHSU, refunds or transfers of class(es) must be requested at least five (5) business days prior to the first day of class. Refunds or transfers will not be granted when requests are made after this time. To cancel or request a refund, contact us at birthing@ohsu.edu. If a class is under enrolled and needs to be canceled, you will be notified at least 24 hours in advance to reschedule.

Childbirth classes

Set a goal to complete all prenatal classes at least one month before delivery. Let us know if you need special accommodations to participate.

Video tour: In-person tours of Labor and Delivery are currently unavailable due to COVID-19, but please check out our online video tour.

Virtual tour: In this virtual class, we will prepare you for your arrival to OHSU Labor and Delivery. This class will review where to go when it is time to come to the hospital, plus a "tour" of the spaces you'll use and hospital amenities. All of your questions are answered in real time. This session is an excellent complement to OHSU's childbirth preparation classes. Register for a labor and delivery virtual tour.

Complete by 8th month

This class covers all aspects of childbirth including: the anatomy and physiology of late pregnancy, the labor and birth process, signs and stages of labor, options for coping and pain management, possible complications, and how to promote positive communication with your caregiver.

Virtual class: A group webinar-style class led by one of our instructors. Register

Self-guided eClass: You will have seven months of access to our web-based class that uses videos, personal birth stories, animations, activities and games to help you prepare for birth. Register

In-person class, with two options:

  • A three-week course, held in-person one evening each week. Register
  • One class from 9a.m. - 4:30p.m. on a Saturday, held monthly (beginning August 2022) Register

Take after 5th month

Tap into your inner strength by learning comfort and coping techniques to manage the pain of labor. We recommend this class for those who have taken the preparation for birth class or who are birthing again and have a foundation of knowledge about the birth process. You will learn strategies, techniques and practical tips to help navigate the labor process.

Virtual class: A group webinar-style class led by one of our instructors. Register

In-person class: A 3.5-hr instructor-led class, held once per month (beginning September 2022). Register

Early parenting and caregiving classes

These classes are open to expecting parents, new parents and infant caregivers.

Take after 5th month

Learn what to expect during the first few weeks of establishing a happy and healthy breastfeeding relationship with your baby. Common questions and/or concerns will be addressed.

You will learn about bathing, diapering, swaddling, tummy time, playing with your baby, sleep and soothing. You will work with your partner or support person to start a postpartum plan for your family, and you will finish better prepared to take care of your baby and yourself in the newborn period.

Virtual class: A group webinar-style class, led by one of our instructors. Register

In-person class: An instructor-led class from 9a.m. - 4:30p.m. on Saturdays, once per month (beginning September 2022). Register

Take after 5th month

Learn what to expect during the first few weeks of establishing a happy and healthy breastfeeding relationship with your baby. Common questions and/or concerns will be addressed.

Self-guided eClass: You will have seven months of access to our web-based class that uses videos, personal breastfeeding stories, animations, activities and games to help you prepare for breastfeeding. Register

In-person class: An instructor-led, 3-hr class held on Tuesdays, available every other month. Register

Take after 5th month

Newborn Care provides information on the unique needs of newborns and new parents. 

You will learn about bathing, diapering, swaddling, tummy time, playing with your baby, sleep and soothing. You will work with your partner or support person to start a postpartum plan for your family, and you will finish better prepared to take care of your baby and yourself in the newborn period.

Self-guided eClass: You will have seven months of access to our web-based class that uses videos, personal parenting stories, animations, activities and games to help you prepare for caring for a newborn. Register

In-person class: A 3-hr class led by one of our instructors, held every other month (beginning October 2022). Register

We welcome all those who care for infants up to 12 months old to attend this class, including expecting and new parents, grandparents, and infant caregivers.

In this class, you will learn about preparing and maintaining a safe environment for infants as they grow and develop in the first year. Learn more about child safety from the OHSU Doernbecher's Tom Sargent Safety Center.

Topics include:

  • Safe Sleep
  • Safe Baby Care
  • Pets
  • Child Proofing
  • CPR (Infant CPR and choking)

Virtual class: A group webinar-style class led by one of our instructors. Register

Self-guided eClass: You will have seven months of access to our web-based class that uses videos, personal safety stories, animations, activities and games to teach essential information on infant and child safety. Please note that the online class does not include infant choking and CPR skills training. Register

In-person class: A 3-hr, instructor-led class held every other month (beginning September 2022). Register

OHSU Baby Club

OHSU Baby Club is currently free!

Connect with other parents in a small group online meeting facilitated by an OHSU early parenting educator. Topics may include newborn care, breastfeeding, coping strategies and ongoing recovery. New parents and babies 0-12 months are welcome. Learn more

Time and location

OHSU Baby Club is held virtually every Wednesday, 10a.m. - 11a.m. Please save the meeting link below, as you will need it to join each class.

For questions, please contact Novella Donaldson at birthing@ohsu.edu

When it's time, join your Webex meeting here.
Join Meeting: https://ohsu.webex.com/ohsu/j.php?MTID=m29022170e5dc11c01652b789932928d4
Meeting password: BabyClub

Phone (audio only):
1-206-207-1700 US
1-503-907-9144 Portland, OR
Meeting number (access code): 2624 889 8103
Additional call-in numbers: https://ohsu.webex.com/ohsu/globalcallin.php

Mobile phone (one-touch):
206-207-1700,,26248898103##

Join from a Conference room device (press # to bypass host code)
Dial 26248898103@ohsu.webex.com
You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter the meeting number (26248898103)

Need help? Go to: https://www.ohsu.edu/information-technology/join-webex-online-meeting