The birth of your baby can be one of the most exciting events in your life and a moment that you will cherish and remember always. The journey will be filled with excitement, joy and an element of fear of the unknown. We believe that the more knowledge you have, the more likely you are to approach your personal journey with confidence and a positive perspective.
The Birthing Center at Lawrence General Hospital believes that all pregnant women and their families should be given the opportunity to receive education and support in order to promote healthy pregnancy, birth, and adjustment to the role of parenting. Our classes provide information that will help empower parents to make informed choices regarding their birth experience. Lawrence General is proud to offer breastfeeding classes in both English and Spanish.
Click here for the Winter/Spring class schedule. Click on the links below for full class descriptions then print the registration form and follow the instructions below for submission.
Preparing for Birth (Four Class Series)
This comprehensive program shares helpful, evidence-based information relevant to those planning to birth in the hospital. For some expectant parents the information about childbirth is best absorbed in smaller chunks. This also gives you a chance to create friendships with other couples who are having a baby around the same time. Fee: $125.00
Accelerated Preparing for Birth (One Day)
This is a popular solution for the parents-to-be with tight schedules. Learn about childbirth and those beginning days of postpartum care. This accelerated workshop is designed to provide couples with the fundamentals of labor and birth, strategies for coping, and developing a personal plan for their labor and birth experience. Fee: $115.00
This is a condensed version of the Accelerated Preparing for Birth Class. This class is best for those that already have some knowledge of the birthing process, or it can be used as a refresher for parents that have already had a baby. This class may be too condensed for first time parents with many questions. Fee: $65.00
Like any new skill, breastfeeding takes knowledge and practice to be successful. Pregnant women who learn about how to breastfeed are more likely to be successful than those who do not. This class will give you tips, tools and techniques to help you learn about breastfeeding your baby. This Breastfeeding class is also available in Spanish. Fee: $45.00
Becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister
A sibling preparation class for children who are about to greet a new baby into their family. Parents are included in this class which encompasses information on pregnancy, birth, and new babies presented at a young child's learning level. Fee: $10.00 for one child and $5.00 for each additional.
Mama2Mama (M2M) Support Group
Ever wonder if you are the only one feeling stressed out and alone now that a baby has joined your family? Wasn’t it supposed to be easier? If you are finding yourself feeling sad, anxious, confused, or delighted the Mama2Mama group support can help. The group is facilitated by a Maternal Child Health Specialist, but it’s the MaMa’s who guide the discussion. No registration necessary. Free. Babies welcome.
Expressions Pumping Class
When you start to think about returning to work or school you may have some questions about how to get started. Returning to work or school can feel overwhelming with a baby, but we can help you make a plan to continue breastfeeding even though you’re away. Please join us for this free class to learn more about the basics of expressing breast milk. Class meets on Wednesday’s at 11:30 a.m. No registration required. Free. Babies welcome.
Newborn Care Class
This fun, confidence-boosting class is full of critical concepts and hands-on practice you’ll put into practice as you welcome your new baby home! The Newborn Care class teaches parenting skills necessary to comfortably care for your new baby. The class will meet twice, class length is 2 hours. Most expectant parents attend this class prior to 35 weeks of pregnancy. Fee $65.00
To register for a class, please print the registration form, then mail the completed form and payment to Lawrence General Hospital, 1 General Street, P.O. Box 189, Lawrence, MA 01842, Attn: Childbirth Education. Your registration will be complete when payment is received. Many of our classes are reimbursable by insurance companies. Please check with your insurance provider. If you need financial assistance or have questions, please call 978-683-4000 x2015.