Prepare for Giving Birth
New: COVID-19 Resources
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering many virtual resources for new and expecting parents. Read about what you can expect during your visits leading up to delivery, as well as the support resources we have available for you – including a free, weekly hotline with our obstetricians to get all of your pregnancy and COVID-19 questions answered.
About Childbirth Education at BIDMC
At BIDMC, we encourage parents to learn as much as possible about pregnancy, childbirth and infant care by taking classes offered by our own BIDMC nurses, who are certified childbirth educators and certified lactation consultants. Our classes are open to all, including those not delivering at BIDMC.
Virtual Childbirth Education Classes
Until further notice, all childbirth education classes are taking place virtually. Use the link below to view and register for online learning modules, available in both English and Spanish. Once you sign up, you will have access to various learning modules for nine months, and will also be given a link to join one of the live sessions that we offer several times per month.
We encourage you to check with your insurance provider to see if they reimburse for any childbirth classes. If so, you can save your Eventbrite receipt and submit that along with the Certificate of Completion that is at the end of each module. If you have an FSA or HSA account, you can submit receipts to those accounts as well.
In addition to these classes, Jessica McCann, RN, Program Coordinator of Childbirth Education, is hosting a free Q&A session every Thursday at 5:30 pm Use the link below to register. Once you register, you will receive the online meeting details.
Weekly Pregnancy and Parenting Emails
Sign up to receive weekly emails from Christine Sweeney, LICSW, Program Manager of the Parent Connection. These emails will include customized information, news and resources tailored to your specific stage of pregnancy and/or your child’s age—as well as announcements from our staff and access to support information—all conveniently delivered right to you!
Breastfeeding Support Group
Breastfeeding is a wonderful and natural way to feed your baby, but it can take some practice and support. Our postpartum breastfeeding support group is meeting virtually every Wednesday from 12:00 pm -1:30 pm. The group is free, but registration is required for each weekly session.
Online Restorative Yoga
Restorative yoga is a gentle, quiet form of yoga that uses props to support the body, allowing for mental and emotional relaxation. We are now offering online classes every Monday at 6:00 pm for our patients who are pregnant. Use the link below to register. Once you register, you will receive the online meeting details.
Anesthesia for Childbirth
Obstetric anesthesiologists are hosting free Q&A sessions virtually to share information and to answer questions about anesthesia and pain management during labor and delivery. Sessions are held on the last Thursday of February, May and August, and the third Thursday in November, from 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm. Please call 617-667-3112 to register.
Take a Virtual Tour of Labor & Delivery
Welcome To Our Labor & Delivery Unit!
From where to park and which elevators to take, to the triage area and where you'll rest and recover, this 360-photo tour gives you a look into the labor and delivery experience at BIDMC.