Childbirth and Early Parenting Classes

Expectant parents participate in stretching exercises at OHSU Childbirth and Early Parenting Classes as a provider looks on

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

We now offer virtual or e-class versions of all of our classes.

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

Childbirth classes

Set a goal to complete all prenatal classes at least one month before delivery. We recommend registering for classes in your fourth month of pregnancy. Let us know if you need special accommodations to participate.

Cancellation Policy: 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.

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

Register in 4th or 5th month, 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.

We offer three versions to choose from:

In-person series: This class meets weekly for three weeks. It is offered at the OHSU Center for Women's Health and at Gabriel Park. See dates and register

One-day express: This in-person seminar condenses the class into one full day. See dates and register

E-class: 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

Register now, take after 5th month, complete in 4 hours

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.

We offer two versions of this class:

In-person: This in-depth hands-on workshop is ideal to attend with your support partner.

Virtual class: We offer a group webinar-style version led by one of our instructors.

See dates and register

Required for water birth at OHSU

If you are planning for a waterbirth with our nurse-midwives, please view these required videos.  

Learn more and see the videos

Early parenting and caregiving classes

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

Register now, take after 5th month, new families welcome

Learn what to expect during the first few weeks of establishing a happy and healthy breastfeeding relationship with your baby.

Taught by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and Certified Lactation Educators. Common questions and/or concerns will be addressed.

We offer two versions of this class:

In-person: See dates and register

E-class: 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

Register now, take after 5th month, new families welcome

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.

We offer two versions of this class:

In-person: See dates and register

E-class: 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

Register now, take after 5th month, new families welcome

Looking for breastfeeding and newborn care information in one class? Combined Breastfeeding Basics and Newborn Care covers what is included in our individual classes in one day. You will learn what to expect during the first few weeks of establishing a happy and healthy relationship with your baby, and obtain information on the unique needs of newborns, including newborn appearance, newborn characteristics, sleep issues and calming a baby. Using doll models, you'll learn the basics of bathing, diapering, swaddling, umbilical cord care and circumcision care. You will leave better prepared to breastfeed and take care of your baby.

Taught by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and Certified Lactation Educators. Common questions and/or concerns will be addressed.

In-person class: See dates and register

Navigating your return to work as a breastfeeding woman can present some challenges. In this class, we will provide you with the knowledge and tools to increase your confidence through this transition.

This class is ideal for families soon to be returning to work. To ensure you get the most out of this class, we recommend you attend after your baby is born so we have the opportunity to start to create a plan specifically for you, your baby and your family.

Taught by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants.

We offer two versions of this class:

In-person: An in-depth hands-on workshop.

Virtual class: We offer a group webinar-style version led by one of our instructors.

See dates and register

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

In this class, you will learn about preparing and maintaining a safe environment for infants as they grow and develop.

Topics include:

  • Car Safety including car seats and heat stroke

  • Safe Sleep

  • Safe Baby Care

  • Pets

  • Siblings

  • Outside Safety

  • Sitter Safety

  • Safe Baby Equipment

  • Child Proofing

  • Safe Toys

  • Water Safety

  • Burns and Falls Prevention

  • Choking and Suffocation

  • Poisons

  • Emergency Preparedness – including gun safety, emergency kits and CPR discussion.

We offer two versions of this class:

In-person: Our in-person class includes infant choking safety and CPR. This hands-on training uses Baby Anne® CPR dolls. Certified American Heart Association instructors guide you through a skills session. See dates and register

E-class: 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

OHSU Baby Club

A new parent smiles and laughs with her baby

This group is available for parents of babies ages 0-6 months.

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