Penn Ob/Gyn Care

Childbirth and Parent Education at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Learn more about pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn care in classes led by Penn nursing professionals.

Early Pregnancy Class

Expectant parents are encouraged to take this class in the first trimester to learn about what to expect during pregnancy. Topics include proper nutrition, exercise, tests and screenings, fetal growth and development, and your changing body. Please bring a list of your questions and concerns.

Preparation for Childbirth

This comprehensive six-week course is usually taken in the third trimester of pregnancy. Topics include labor and delivery, anesthesia, cesarean sections, breastfeeding, newborn and pediatric care, and breathing and relaxation techniques. In addition, tours of the Perinatal Evaluation Center, and the labor, delivery and maternity floors are available. Guest speakers include obstetrical anesthesiologists, pediatricians and breastfeeding parents. This course is offered on weekday evenings and on Saturdays.

Sibling Class

Both parents and children can enjoy this special class, which includes a video, hands-on diaper experience, a tour of the maternity area and a discussion of adjusting to a new sibling. Siblings ages three through ten are encouraged to attend with a parent.

Parenting Class

We'll help you adjust to your new family member and offer assistance with issues such as:

  • Nutrition and feeding
  • Home safety
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Day care
  • Dental care
  • Sleep disorders
  • Play and development

Classes feature guest speakers and rotating topics.

For class schedules and locations, fee information, payment options, and registration, call 800-789-PENN (7366).