We at Saint Mary's have special courses to help you prepare for this exciting event. Taught by experienced Women and Infants' Center nurses certified in childbirth education, our classes will provide you with the information you need while giving you the opportunity to meet and interact with members of our staff.
We would like to let you know also about The Birthplace at Saint Mary's Hospital, which is the only birth center in Connecticut located in a hospital. Like other free-standing birth centers, The Birthplace at Saint Mary's is open to women with low risk pregnancies who desire the most natural childbirth
experience possible with the guidance and support of a certified nurse-midwife working collaboratively with a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist.
For more information about The Birthplace, its classes and tours see our website at stmh.org under "Patient Services." You can also call us at
Click here to register for a class.
Expectant Parents Program:
Our expectant parents program, designed to prepare you and your partner for labor, childbirth, and the postpartum period, is offered in two formats. The first is a one-time, 7-hour class; the second is a four-week series of classes. Topics for both include labor and delivery preparation, as well as comfort measures, relaxation and breathing techniques and early newborn care. Tours of the unit are included. Optional classes on breastfeeding and car seat safety as well as the Healthy Start class for early pregnancy are offered at no extra charge when enrolled in the Expectant Parents Program. Click here to register, or for more information, please call the Women and Infants' Center at (203) 709-6184.
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (four-week series)
Classes held in G02 A&B
March 6, 13, 20, 27th
May 1, 8, 15, 22nd
September 4, 11, 18, 25th
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (one-time class) in GO2 A & B
Saturday January 12th (snow date: Saturday January 19th)
Saturday February 16th (snow date: Saturday February 23rd)
Saturday April 13th
Saturday June 15th
Saturday July 13th
Saturday August 3rd
Saturday October 19th
Saturday November 16th
Saturday December 7th (snow date: Saturday, December 14th)
Healthy Start Class
Free with Expectant Parents Program
An early pregnancy class that offers information to guide expectant moms through a healthy pregnancy. Typically this class is taken between 14 and 25 weeks of pregnancy – the earlier the better for mom and baby. Get the latest information from certified OB nurses concerning bodily changes, nutritional tips and physical exercises that safely prepare you for labor and delivery. Other topics include sexuality during pregnancy, warning signs to be aware of, things to avoid, and common discomforts with remedies that can help you feel your best during this exciting time.
Call for information at (203) 709-6184.
Infant Car Seat
Fee: $35 (Free with Expectant Parents Program)
Did you know that highway safety statistics show that 4 out of 5 car seats are installed incorrectly? This special two-hour class taught by certified Child Passenger Safety Seat Technicians will review basic car seat safety. Topics
include a review of the car seat law in Connecticut, how to correctly secure your infant in his/her car seat, how to install your infant’s car seat and where to go in the community to have your car seat installation inspected. If you have already received or purchased a car seat, please bring your seat to class with you so that you can learn how to use your seat correctly. Also, if you have one, please bring a doll or stuffed animal to class with you so that you can practice how to secure your infant in the car seat. Click here to register, or for more information, please call Saint Mary’s Hospital Women and Infants’ Center at (203) 709-6184.
6:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m in GO2 A & B
Thursday January 24th (snow date: January 31st)
Thursday February 28th
Thursday March 28th
Thursday April 25th
Thursday May 23rd
Thursday June 27th
Thursday August 1st
Thursday September 12th
Thursday October 24th
Thursday November 21st
Fee: $35 (Free with Expectant Parents Program)
This is a special two-hour and 15 minute class taught by a certified lactation consultant to prepare you for breastfeeding. Topics include getting breastfeeding off to a good start, maintaining a good milk supply, and how to know if breastfeeding is going well. Dads are encouraged to attend too! Click here to register, or for more information, please call Saint Mary’s Hospital Women and Infants’ Center at (203) 709-6184.
6:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in GO2 A & B
Wed.- January 16th ( snow date: January 23rd)
Wed.- February 27th
Wed.- April 3rd
Wed.- October 16th
Wed.- November 6th
Wed.- December 4th (snow date: December 11th)
Sibling Preparation Class
Fee: $20 per Family
Our sibling class, best taken during the last 2 months of your pregnancy, is designed to help prepare your children for the new arrival. To be enrolled, children must be between 3 and 8 years old, be accompanied by at least one parent, and bring a doll or stuffed animal to the class to practice holding, wrapping, and diapering the baby. This class includes a discussion about babies, a short story and movie, and a tour of the unit. Children receive a “Prepared Sibling” award for completing this class. Minimum class
size is 3 children. Click here to register, or for more information, please call Saint Mary’s Hospital Women and Infants’ Center at (203) 709-6184.
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in WIC classroom
Saturday January 5th ( snow date: January 26th)
Saturday February 23rd
Saturday March 23rd
Saturday May 4th
Saturday June 22nd
Saturday August 24th
Saturday Sept 21st
TOTAL PREGNANCY FITNESS™
DANCING THRU PREGNANCY®
This program includes enjoyable exercises from pregnancy-based yoga, birth preparation and cardio/ strength activities. Research shows that the program helps relieve pregnancy discomforts, keeps moms-to-be healthy, and prepares you for labor and a speedy recovery following birth. It also provides social support and is provided by an expert pre/postnatal fitness instructor Kathleen Christiano.
PARENT-INFANT MASSAGE CLASS
Infant massage is a beautiful way to begin a lifelong relationship with your baby. It provides a special time of communication that fosters compassion, love and respect. This class is taught by a certified infant massage instructor, a member of The International Loving Touch Foundation, founded by Diana Moore, MS, LMT, CIMI.®For more information, please call the Women and Infants Center at (203) 709-6184.
G02 A & B
Please call (203) 709-6184 for more information on class dates.