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Maternity education

Know what to expect when expecting a child

Whether you’re a first-time mother-to-be, expectant father, or an experienced parent, education is an important part of a healthy pregnancy.

We offer a variety of sessions where you and family members can learn what to expect and how to get ready for the newest member of the family. You can also take a tour of our birthing facilities so that when the time comes, you’ll be in familiar surroundings.

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Our classes vary by location, but here are some of the courses that may be offered near you:

Maternity tour – See for yourself why so many parents-to-be choose Novant Health UVA Health System; take a walking tour of our birthing facilities and learn what to expect when it’s time to deliver. Please Note: Our maternity tours fill up very quickly. We highly encourage you to register for your tour as soon as possible.

Childbirth preparation – This class helps you and your support person learn what to expect during labor and delivery, the signs of early labor, relaxation and breathing techniques, and about cesarean birth and pain management choices. Important basics on infant care are also discussed.

Breastfeeding basics – A one-session class for you and your partner. This class, taught by a certified lactation consultant, explains breastfeeding basics and techniques.

Online childbirth class
take a childbirth prep class at home

Start preparing for the arrival of your family’s newest addition. Call or click for more information or to see which of these classes are available near you.