Childbirth Preparation Class Series

WVU Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology in Morgantown is offering a variety of classes for expectant mothers and families. We look forward to helping you prepare for this exciting change in your life!

The Childbirth Preparation Class Series prepares parents for childbirth, breastfeeding, and parenting. The classes are designed to make patients aware of their healthcare options and to encourage involvement in their own healthcare.

Classes include:

These classes will cover some of the following topics:

  • The process of birth
  • Medical options
  • Coping skills for labor
  • Cesarean birth
  • Complications in pregnancy and labor
  • Communicating with healthcare providers
  • Newborn characteristics and care
  • Parenting skills

Please notify us if there is a change in your due date or if you need help scheduling a class. Every effort will be made to place you in the class session of your choice.

Registration

Note: As a precautionary measure due to COVID-19, all July classes will meet via Zoom.

You should register for classes during your second trimester of pregnancy. Class space is limited. To reserve a class space, you can register online, by mail, or by phone.

Payment

Check or money order only.

Payment by check:

  • Please make checks payable to: UHA
  • Please bring payment with you to the first class.

We hope to empower each parent with the tools and knowledge needed for the delivery of their precious baby.

Our class is tailored for first-time parents. We educate mom and partner about expectations for the delivery process.

Topics include:

  • Stages of labor
  • Natural childbirth
  • Pain management assisted childbirth
  • Epidural
  • Cesarean section
  • Incorporation of Bradley and Lamaze relaxation methods during childbirth
  • Kangaroo care
  • Postpartum recovery

Childbirth Traditional Class

Cost: $60
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Classes will meet via Zoom.

This three-class series is offered on the following dates:

2021

  • October 7, 14, 21
  • No classes scheduled
  • December  2, 9, 16

2022

  • February 8, 15, 22
  • April 5, 12, 19
  • June 7, 14, 21
  • August 9, 16, 23
  • October 4, 11, 18
  • November 29; December 6, 13

Childbirth Quick Class

Cost: $60
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Classes will meet via Zoom.

These Saturday classes will take place on the following dates:

2021

  • October  23
  • December  4

2022

  • March 12
  • May 21
  • July 16
  • September 17
  • November 12

Short and Sweet Childbirth Class

This class provides the same information offered in Traditional and Quick classes but without the guest speakers. This class was created with the hope of being able to provide the needed information to our patients in an efficient manner for those who may have limited time, limited access to transportation, and/or just want the information without the extra participation events of traditional classes.

Cost: $45
Time: 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Classes will meet via Zoom.

The class is offered on the following dates:

2021

  • October 27
  • November 16
  • December  8

2022

  • January 18
  • March 15
  • May 17
  • July 19
  • September 20
  • November 8

WVU Medicine lactation consultants assist expecting mothers and their families in understanding the process of breastfeeding.

Topics include:

  • How breastfeeding works
  • Getting the best start
  • Proper latch-on technique
  • Breastfeeding positions
  • When to feed your baby
  • Signs that breastfeeding is going well
  • Returning to work

Cost: $15
Time: Wednesdays, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Classes will meet via Zoom.

The class is offered on the following evenings:

2021

  • January 27
  • February 10
  • March 10
  • April 14
  • May 12
  • No June class
  • July  7
  • August 4
  • September 1
  • October 13
  • November 10
  • December 15

Are you prepared for an unexpected emergency? Designed to equip family and caregivers with lifesaving skills, the Friends & Family CPR class teaches participants how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on an infant.

Please check the OB/GYN website for any schedule changes.

Cost: $20
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: This class meets at WVU Medicine Operations Support Center (former Prete building) in the Center for Education and Organizational Development (CEOD), Room 4. The building is located at 3040 University Ave. in Morgantown.

The class is offered on the following evenings:

2020

  • December 17

2021

  • January 19
  • February 16
  • March  16
  • April 13
  • May 11
  • June  (no classes)
  • July 13
  • August 24
  • September 14
  • October 19
  • November 9
  • December 7

Take an online tour of our Maternal Infant Care Center (MICC)

Whether you’re preparing for the birth of your first baby (or your fourth), the comfort of knowing what to expect at the hospital can help with planning while lessening stress. While we offer up-close tours of the Maternal Infant Care Center at WVU Medicine Children’s, you can enjoy this virtual visit anytime, at your convenience.

Please note: Due to technical issues, we ask you to please register for classes by calling (304) 293-5631, then selecting option 3. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience.