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The health and safety of our patients, employees, and communities remain our top priority. Following current guidance from the CDC and the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Departments of Health, we have revised our policies for all Penn Medicine hospitals and outpatient facilities and are canceling all prenatal education classes. We reassess our policies regularly and invite you to sign up for prenatal classes when they resume.

Please email questions to childbirthclass@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.

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Penn nurses teach classes at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) to enhance your birth experience and help you prepare for the new addition to your family. For additional information, please email childbirthclass@uphs.upenn.edu. For urgent matters, please call 215-615-0966.

Please review our list of classes that we offer at HUP and register for a class by clicking on the blue sign up button next to the class below.

Class Descriptions

Baby Safety Classes

Safety Class

A representative from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation demonstrates and reviews infant car seat installation and provides locations where parents can get their seat inspected. In addition, topics such as home safety, poison control, medication safety and tips for childproofing your home are given by a Children's Hospital (CHOP) educator from the Poison Control Department.

Sibling Class

Both parents and children (ages 3-10) can enjoy this special class. This class focuses on the child's role as the new big brother or sister. Class activities include making a craft for the new baby, learning about safety around a newborn, proper hand washing techniques, and discussion around the changes that occur within a family. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Family and Friends CPR

This course teaches the lifesaving skills of infant CPR and relief of choking. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment by using AHA's research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands on CPR practice time possible.

Family and Friends CPR is designed for individuals who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card. This course is ideal for new parents, grandparents, babysitters and others interested in saving a life.

Becoming Grand

This one evening course helps grandparents-to-be and new grands tap into the wisdom they have acquired through experience while learning ways to help support the new parents. Come learn what’s new and evidence based in the world of infant safety and parenting and share with other grands.

Breastfeeding Classes

Breastfeeding Support Group

Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the in-person breastfeeding support groups have been cancelled until further notice but please join us virtually.

Come share your breastfeeding experiences in a non-judgmental environment with other moms on Thursdays from noon to 1 pm. A board certified lactation consultant will provide you with information on troubleshooting breastfeeding difficulties or discuss returning to work and pumping. Registration is not needed.

You can access the Virtual Breastfeeding support group by downloading the Bluejeans app or by going to www.bluejeans.com (Meeting code: 5603587242)

Making It Work with Breastfeeding

Our lactation team is often asked, "I'm returning to work or school and have been breastfeeding and want to continue to give my baby breast milk, what do I do?" This class will cover feeding concerns such as how to choose a breast pump, pumping and storing milk, building a breast milk stash, and paced bottle feeding. Also how to pave the way for a smooth transition back to work, questions to discuss with management or HR, and how to partner with employers to ensure balance. Childcare options and creative solutions are discussed, as well as self-care. Partners and babies are welcome! This class is free of charge, but you must register to attend.

Breastfeeding Al La Carte Class

This is a FREE class for expectant mothers and their birth partners who would like to learn more about breastfeeding techniques. It is ideal for a new mother or as a refresher course. This class is taught by a Board Certified Lactation Consultant. If you are considering breastfeeding or have chosen to breastfed your baby, this class will provide information, encouragement, and support for successful breastfeeding.

Childbirth Classes

Preparation for Childbirth

Topics include labor and delivery, anesthesia, cesarean sections, breastfeeding, newborn and pediatric care, breathing and relaxation techniques, and tours of the labor, delivery and maternity floors. Guest speakers include obstetrical anesthesiologists and pediatricians. This course is offered as six evening sessions OR one Saturday or one Sunday and three evening sessions.

Comfort with Contractions

This interactive class is designed for the expectant mother (and their support person) who have already completed the Preparation for Childbirth class. This class will focus on the mind-body connection, proper breathing and relaxation and comfort techniques. This class is taught by a certified birth Doula and Childbirth Educator. This class is hands-on, so students need to dress comfortably.

Maternity Unit Tour

Our maternity tours offer parents an opportunity to visit the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania Labor & Delivery Unit & Postpartum Unit. This hour long tour will provide time to answer questions regarding our policies and procedures. Tours are FREE. Grandparents and siblings over 7 years of age may attend. (Note: this tour is included with the Preparation for Childbirth Class four-week and six-week series.)

Preparing for Multiples

This class is designed for parents that are expecting multiple babies. You will receive useful information about caring for multiples and receive a tour of the Intensive Care Nursery.

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