Our Educators are experts in their respective fields. Each instructor brings their unique experience to each class and family they teach. We invite you to learn more about our instructors.
We offer a number of resources for our class participants including access to breast pumps and accessories for new and expectant mothers.
Prepared Childbirth is an essential course for pregnant women and their birth partners to develop an understanding of the labor and birth process and begin practicing coping techniques. These techniques are useful at home for early labor as well as in the hospital during more active labor and most can be used whether you are planning on an epidural or natural childbirth. Coping skills include breathing, massage, positions for labor, relaxation exercises and more. You will learn about medical considerations such as epidural anesthesia, induction and Cesarean section. Postpartum care will also be reviewed and will include a brief overview of immediate newborn care and breastfeeding. Note: separate classes for newborn care and breastfeeding are offered for more detailed information.
After class instruction is completed, your instructor will take you on a 45 minute tour of UMass Memorial's Maternity Unit.
Available as a one day class (5.5 hours, followed by 45 minute tour) or as a two-week series (2 hrs 50 mins each session, with a tour included in the 2nd session). The one-day class includes a 30 minute lunch break.
You should complete your classes by about 1 month before your due date (earlier for twins). On the day of class, wear comfortable clothes and bring two pillows, a blanket, a pen, water and snacks.
All classes are held at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. Directions.
Please be familiar with our Class Cancelation Policies.
$163.00; Includes one pregnant woman and her birth partner
DID YOU KNOW: Many insurance companies will reimburse for prenatal class costs. View our Resources Page for more details.
UMass Memorial Employees: Call 855-366-5221 to register and receive your 10% off employee discount!
Fallon Members: This class will cost only $106 if you call to register. Click the blue button in the upper left of your screen for details.
Register for Prepared Childbirth, Newborn Care, Breastfeeding and Infant CPR all at once and receive $25 off!
* Please Note: After checking out, please be sure to register for your preferred class dates online or by calling 1-855-366-5221.