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Childbirth Education


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.

Class Descriptions

Click here for the class schedule. Click on the links below for full class descriptions then print the registration form and follow the instructions below for submission.

For questions about our childbirth education classes, please contact Ann Tohill, CLD, CPD, CCCE,  at 978-683-4000 ext 2015 or at ann.tohill@lawrencegeneral.org.

Preparing for Birth (3-4 Class Series)

This comprehensive program shares helpful, evidence-based information relevant to those planning to birth in the hospital.

A good understanding of birth promotes more confidence and participation in making informed decisions throughout your experience. You’ve heard labor stories, watched birth shows on television, read books, surfed the internet - and still you’re not sure what to expect, we can help.  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. A tour of our Birthing Center is included with this class. Fee: $125

Click here to view the class schedule.

Preparing for Childbirth for Teens 

This childbirth education class is designed specifically for teens. Participants will discuss the importance of having a healthy pregnancy, signs of labor, labor and birth from A-Z, postpartum care, breastfeeding, and newborn care. Please email ann.tohill@lawrencegeneral.org to register for the online class or call (978) 683-4000 ext.2015. There is no fee for this class.


Preparing for Childbirth
 - *ONLINE* Understanding Birth eClass

 

Our Understanding Birth eClass is another popular solution for parents-to-be with tight schedules. You will learn all of the essential information from the privacy of your own home, at your own pace. This comprehensive program shares helpful, evidence-based information relevant to those planning a hospital birth. You will learn the fundamentals of labor and birth, strategies for coping, information about medical procedures, Cesarean birth, newborns and the postpartum period will all be covered. A tour of our Birthing Center will be included when it is convenient for you to come in to the hospital.
Fee: $75
Please email ann.tohill@lawrencegeneral.org to register for the online class or call (978) 683-4000 ext.2015.


Accelerated Preparing for Birth (One Day)

This is a popular option for those of you with tight schedules. We will provide you with all of the information from our 3-4 week Preparing for Childbirth series and condense it into a one day class.  A tour of our Birthing Center is included with this class. Fee: $125

Click here to view the class schedule.

Newborn Care Class (One Day)

This fun, confidence-boosting class is full of practical information as you prepare to welcome your new baby home! The Newborn Care class teaches parenting skills necessary to comfortably care for your new baby. A tour of our Birthing Center is included with this class.  Fee: $50

Click here to view the class schedule.

Breastfeeding  (One Day)

Like any new skill, breastfeeding takes knowledge and practice to be successful. Preparing for breastfeeding can help set you up for success and help you understand what to expect and how to handle the unexpected. This class will give you tips, tools and techniques to help you learn about breastfeeding your baby. Fee: $50

This Breastfeeding class is also available in Spanish. Fee: $50 

Click here to view the class schedule.

*NEW* Sibling Class

We are very happy to announce the addition of a new class to our Childbirth Education program at Lawrence General Hospital.Our new Sibling Class helps you prepare your little ones for the exciting day when they become a Big Brother or a Big Sister! We will learn all about being a Big Brother and Big Sister and how we can help with the new baby and keep the baby safe and happy and loved. We will read books about being the best Big Brother/Sister, make a welcome gift for the new baby, practice caring for our new babies, watch a little movie on welcoming a new baby and enjoy some yummy snacks.

Please have your child bring their own little “baby” so that we can practice our new skills together! Their baby can be a stuffed animal, baby doll or anything we can swaddle and diaper.
Each Big Brother & Big Sister will take home a special little gift just for them! 

Sibling Class is best for Big Brothers and Big Sisters ages 2-8.

Cost- $20 (Parents must attend class with their children.)

Please contact Ann Tohill at (978) 683-4000 ext 2015 or ann.tohill@lawrencegeneral.org for more information.  

Birthing Center Tour

For a tour of our Birthing Center at Lawrence General Hospital, please contact Labor & Delivery at 978-683-4000, extension 2272 to schedule an appointment.

Class Registration

To register for a class, can you print the registration formthen mail the completed form and payment to Lawrence General Hospital, 1 General Street, P.O. Box 189, Lawrence, MA 01842, Attn: Childbirth Education.

For questions about our childbirth education classes, please contact Ann Tohill, CLD, CPD, CCCE,  at 978-683-4000 ext 2015 or at ann.tohill@lawrencegeneral.org.

You can also register by completing the form below. Please note the class you would like to register for in the comment section.

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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 x.2015.
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