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Childbirth Education and Tours

Watch Our Video Tour of Labor & Delivery

Here at BIDMC, we encourage women to learn as much as possible about pregnancy, childbirth and infant care by taking classes offered by our nurses, who are certified childbirth educators and certified lactation consultants.

We recommend taking classes between the 28th and 34th weeks of your pregnancy. It has been our experience that at this point, participants are best able to absorb and retain key concepts, while having adequate time to gather more information and line up postpartum resources.


Classes Offered

  • Childbirth Education (with hospital tour)
  • Care of Your Infant including CPR
  • Combined Childbirth/Care of Your Infant (with hospital tour)
  • Infant CPR & Safety
  • Breastfeeding
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Cesarean Section Preparation (with hospital tour)
  • Refresher Childbirth (with hospital tour)
  • Advanced Comfort Strategies
  • Sibling class for young children
  • Hospital Tours

If you have financial questions or concerns about any of the classes, please call us directly at 617-667-4201.

Class Locations - BIDMC East Campus

  • Shapiro 247 Conference Room, located on the 2nd floor bridge of the Carl J. Shapiro Building.
  • Leventhal Board Room, located on the 2nd floor of the Carl J. Shapiro Building.
  • Rabkin Board Room, located on the 10th floor of the Carl J. Shapiro Building.


Please note: Parking is a separate fee and is not covered in the cost of the childbirth education classes or the stand-alone tours.

East Campus Garage Locations


Tour of Labor & Delivery at BIDMC




Contact Information

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Childbirth Education Classes at Harvard Vanguard

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Atrius Health have teamed up with BIDMC to offer childbirth education classes on a variety of topics at multiple locations. Participants are welcome to participate in classes at BIDMC or can enroll in classes offered at HVMA locations.

For more information or to register for the online class, call 1-877-439-5465 or go to

New! Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga is now being offered in our Chestnut Hill location.  Classes are taught by Donna King, RN, certified childbirth educator and yoga instructor. Sign up today!