Childbirth and Parenting Classes

An expecting couple sits together on a couch, attending a virtual childbirth class on their tablet.

Our classes help you prepare for childbirth, take care of your newborn, and meet other new parents. You’ll find:

  • Strategies for managing labor pain.
  • Unbiased information on all your options for labor and childbirth.
  • Advice and strategies for new parents.
  • Opportunities to meet and talk with other new parents.
  • Virtual, self-guided and in-person options.

Class information

Registration: For all classes, each registration covers two participants. (Contact us to request special arrangements for an adoption or surrogacy situation.)

When to sign up: We recommend registering for prenatal classes in your fourth month of pregnancy. The goal is to finish classes at least a month before delivery.

Who can attend: Prenatal classes are for pregnant people and their partner or support person. Participants do not have to be OHSU patients.

Please email birthing@ohsu.edu as far in advance as possible if you need special accommodation to attend or participate in a class. Interpreters and class scholarships (for those on the Oregon Health Plan) are available for OHSU patients only.

Reimbursement depends on your insurance plan. We can't guarantee coverage. The information below may help 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.

Eligible families may attend one Childbirth and Early Parenting class through an Oregon Health Plan scholarship. Please download and complete the scholarship form, then email it to birthing@ohsu.edu.

For classes not cancelled by OHSU, you must request a refund or change to a different class at least five business days before the first day of class. We can’t grant late requests for refunds or transfers.

To cancel or request a refund, email birthing@ohsu.edu.

If OHSU needs to cancel a class, you will be notified at least 24 hours in advance to reschedule.

Childbirth classes

In-person tours are not available due to COVID-19.

Video tour

Watch our video tour of OHSU's Family Birthing Center.

Virtual tour

A health educator will show you our childbirth facilities and answer your questions in real time. You’ll learn:

  • When to come to the hospital.
  • Where to park when you get here.
  • How to get to labor and delivery.
  • About our birth and recovery suites and amenities.
  • What to pack for your hospital stay.

You’ll learn about all aspects of childbirth, including:

  • Changes in your body during late pregnancy
  • The labor and birth process
  • Signs and stages of labor
  • Options for coping and pain management
  • Possible complications
  • Your body’s recovery and how to prepare

When to register: In your fourth or fifth month of pregnancy so you can complete the class by your eighth month.

Class options

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

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.

In-person weekly class: A three-week course, held one evening each week.

In-person one-day class: One class from 9a.m. - 4:30p.m. on a Saturday, available monthly.

This four-hour workshop teaches you comfort and coping techniques to manage pain through labor, such as breathing, positions and massage. We recommend you take the Understanding Birth class first unless you have given birth before. Medication options are not covered in this class.

When to register: In your fourth month of pregnancy. Take the class after your fifth month of pregnancy.

Class options

In-person class: A 3.5 hour instructor-led class, available monthly.

Classes on caring for newborns

Learn the basics and what to expect on your breastfeeding or chestfeeding journey. Our experts will offer advice, answer your questions and address concerns. Topics will include:

  • Latching and positioning
  • Breast care
  • Feeding cues
  • Common challenges

When to register: In your fourth month of pregnancy. Take this class after your fifth month of pregnancy. People who’ve already had their baby are also welcome.

Class options

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

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.

In-person class: A three hour class held on Tuesdays, available monthly.

Learn the basics of baby care and start planning for your life with a newborn. This class covers:

  • Newborn appearance and behaviors
  • Sleep and soothing
  • Bathing
  • Diapering
  • Swaddling
  • Tummy time
  • Playing with your baby

When to register: In your fourth month of pregnancy. Take the class after your fifth month of pregnancy. Families who have already had their babies are also welcome.

Class options

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

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.

In-person class: A three-hour class held on Tuesdays, available monthly.

Learn about breastfeeding and caring for your newborn in one class. You’ll learn about:

  • Breastfeeding — latching, positioning, feeding cues and more
  • Bathing
  • Diapering
  • Swaddling
  • Tummy time
  • Playing with your baby
  • Sleep and soothing

When to register: In your fourth month of pregnancy. Take after your fifth month of pregnancy. People who’ve already had their baby are also welcome.

Class options

In-person class: Instructor-led class from 9a.m. - 4:30p.m. on a Saturday, available monthly.

Get advice and hands-on training to keep your baby safe. This class is for anyone caring for a baby up to 12 months old. You’ll learn about:

  • Safety at home, including making a safe environment for your baby
  • Safe sleep
  • Safety while out and about
  • Child proofing
  • Infant choking safety
  • Infant CPR

When to register: You can take this three-hour class before or after your baby is born. Participants often include new or expecting parents, grandparents or other caregivers. Registration covers two people.

Class options

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

Self-guided eClass: You will have seven months of access to our web-based class that uses videos, personal stories, animations, activities and games to teach you about infant safety. The eClass does not include infant choking and infant CPR.

In-person class: A three-hour class, available monthly.

OHSU Baby Club

OHSU Baby Club is virtual! Join us online Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m.

Connect with other parents in a supportive group led by a parenting educator. New parents and babies up to 12 months old are welcome. Topics include:

  • Newborn care
  • Breastfeeding
  • Coping strategies, such as mindfulness to reduce stress
  • Ongoing recovery

When to register: There is no cost and no need to register. Feel free to drop in!

Questions? Email Novella Donaldson at birthing@ohsu.edu.

On Wednesdays at 10 a.m., use the link or phone number below.

Webex meeting (video and audio):

Go to: 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##

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Location

Classes are held at the South Waterfront.

Rood Family Pavilion
3410 S.W. Bond Ave.
Portland, OR 97239
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