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, monthly webinar with our obstetricians to get all of your pregnancy and COVID-19 questions answered.

COVID-19 Resources

About Childbirth Education at BIDMC

Labor & Delivery Video Tour ButtonBIDMC offers informative and convenient classes on pregnancy, childbirth and infant care. These classes are led 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.

BIDMC offers in-person and virtual classes, in addition to online learning modules you can browse at your own pace.

In-Person Classes

Childbirth and newborn classes, including infant CPR, are available in an all-in-one course on limited weekends. This class takes place at BIDMC from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. All hospital COVID-19 guidelines must be followed.

Learn more about this class and sign up below.

Register Here

Virtual Childbirth Education Classes

Visit the Eventbrite website 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 via Zoom.

Tuition Reimbursement

Please check with your insurance provider to determine if reimbursement for childbirth classes is available. If so, save your Eventbrite receipt and provide it to them along with your Certificate of Completion.

If you have an FSA or HSA account, you can submit course receipts and completion certificates to those accounts as well.

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!

Register Here

Breastfeeding Support

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 Wednesday at 6:00 pm for pregnant patients. Sign up at the link below to receive online meeting details.

Register Here

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.


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