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 pm
Location: Classes will meet via Zoom.

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

2024

  • January 3, 10, 17
  • February 6, 13, 20 at 6 pm
  • March 6, 13, 20 at 6 pm
  • May 1, 8, 15 at 6 pm
  • June 6, 13, 20
  • July 3, 10, 17 at 6 pm
  • September 4, 11, 18 at 6 pm
  • October 2, 9, 16
  • November 6, 13, 20 at 6 pm

Childbirth One Day Class

Cost: $60
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Location: Classes will meet in person.

These Saturday classes will take place on the following dates:

2024

Time: 9 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Classes will meet in person. The group meets at the University Town Centre location.

  • March 16
  • June 15
  • November 16

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 – 8 pm
Location: Classes will meet via Zoom.

The class is offered on the following dates:

2024

  • January 23
  • February 27 at 6 pm
  • March 26 at 6 pm
  • April 23 at 5:30  pm
  • May 21 at 6 pm
  • June 26 at 6 pm
  • July 23
  • August 27
  • September 24
  • October 22 at 6 pm
  • December 17

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

Topics include:

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

Cost: $15
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: Classes will meet via Zoom

The class is offered on the following evenings:

2024

  • January 16 in person or zoom
  • February 7
  • March 6 in person or zoom
  • April 10
  • May 15 in person or zoom
  • June 12
  • July 24 in person or zoom
  • August 7
  • September 11 in person or zoom
  • October 9
  • November 13 in person or zoom
  • December 4
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