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Childbirth Education Classes

Understanding Pregnancy eClass

This interactive online class covers essential information on your baby’s development, helpful tips for a healthy pregnancy, and includes partner tips throughout. You’ll see how your baby develops with 3D animation and have access to helpful trackers and checklists that help you stay organized and healthy. Allow 2-3 hours to complete.

eClass chapters:

  • Fetal development
  • Medical care
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Discomforts
  • Hazards
  • Emotions

Preview eClass: Understanding Pregnancy

Cost: $50. (You will receive 120 days of access from your first log-in)

After you complete your registration and payment online, call 571.472.1401 and leave a voicemail stating that you have enrolled in the Understanding Pregnancy eClass. Leave your name and contact number and you will be sent an email with instructions on how to access the course.

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Understanding Birth eClass

This class is ideal for those expectant parents who can’t attend an on-site Childbirth Express or Childbirth Preparation class due to work schedules, time constraints, or medical conditions.

The eight-chapter program is an interactive, web-based class that uses videos, personal birth stories, animations, activities, and games to teach all the essential information parents need to know to prepare for their birth.

The childbirth eClass will help you:

  • Understand pregnancy
  • Learn about labor
  • See how the stages of labor unfold
  • Discover helpful comfort techniques

Cost: $99. (You will receive 90 days of access from your first log-in.)

Preview e-Class: Understanding Birth

After you complete your registration and payment online, call 571.472.1401 and leave a voicemail stating that you have enrolled in the Understanding Birth eClass. Leave your name and contact number and you will be sent an email with instructions on how to access the course.

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Understanding Cesarean Birth eClass

This interactive online course covers essential information about preparing for, having, and recovering from cesarean surgery, and it highlights ways partners can help throughout the process. You'll also learn what steps you can take to make your planned cesarean birth a family-centered experience, including an opportunity to create your own cesarean birth plan. Allow 2 to 3 hours to complete.

eClass chapters:

  • Cesarean Overview
  • Signs of Labor
  • Preparing for Surgery
  • Anesthesia
  • Surgical Procedure
  • Recovery in the Hospital
  • Recovery at Home

Preview eClass: Cesarean Birth

Cost: $49 (You will receive 90 days of access from your first log-in)

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Childbirth Preparation

Childbirth Preparation is a 4-session course that provides you and a support person with essential information and support as you prepare for birth. Carried out over 12 total classroom hours, the class series reviews in detail what you need to know around your upcoming birth experience, utilizing a more slow-paced environment that allows you to build relationships with your instructor and the other participants in class.

Class topics include:

  • Pregnancy basics
  • Understanding labor and birth
  • Medication and anesthesia
  • The basics of Cesarean birth
  • The early post-partum period

In addition to these class topics, you will have the opportunity over the class series to learn about and practice relaxation techniques and receive feedback from your instructor.

Parents who plan to breastfeed should take a separate Breastfeeding class.

Class cost includes 6 months exclusive access to the See What You Read website, SeeWhatYouRead.com. This online resource is a companion to the class book and provides video clips, printable charts and checklists, interactive web tools, and much more. Access PIN number is provided during class.

Class fee includes participant and 1 adult partner.

4 class sessions, 3 hours each

Cost: $249

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Childbirth Express

Childbirth Express is a compressed version of the Childbirth Preparation class, offered as one 6-hour weekend class or as two 3-hour evening classes. While this class covers the same material as Childbirth Preparation, it is conducted in a more accelerated, condensed manner, making it ideal for the busy couple.

  • Class topics include:
    • Pregnancy basics
    • Understanding labor and birth
    • Medication and anesthesia
    • The basics of Cesarean birth
    • The early post-partum period
  • Relaxation techniques are introduced in class for partners to practice on their own at home. If you are interested in practicing relaxation techniques in class, with feedback offered from an experienced childbirth education instructor, Childbirth Preparation may be the more appropriate class for you.
  • Parents who plan to breastfeed should take a separate Breastfeeding class.
  • Class cost includes 6 months exclusive access to the See What You Read website, SeeWhatYouRead.com. This online resource is a companion to the class book and provides video clips, printable charts and checklist, interactive web tools and much more. Access PIN number is provided during class.
  • Class fee includes participant and one adult partner. Partners are encouraged to attend.
  • 1 class session, 6 hours long OR 2 class sessions, 3 hours each
  • Cost: $179

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HypnoBirthing

A fully comprehensive childbirth class that will take you through each step of labor and birth and give you the training and tools to have a more comfortable birth. You and your birth companion will learn simple breathing, relaxation exercises and self-guided hypnosis techniques that allow you to trust your natural birthing instincts. HypnoBirthing teaches that in the absence of fear and tension, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor. HypoBirthing has proven to bring confidence, calm and comfort to the birthing mother and baby. Ideal to start this series by the beginning of your third trimester.

  • Class fee includes participant, one adult partner and the cost of supplies.
  • 5 class sessions, 2 1/2 hours each
  • Cost: $350

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From Bump to Baby

  • A one-day seminar consisting of 90 minute express versions of our 3 most popular classes, including: Baby Care, Childbirth Preparation, and Breastfeeding. Expectant parents will be introduced to:
    • Baby care basics with hands-on practice
    • Information on labor, birth, and early postpartum
    • How to prepare for a successful, rewarding breastfeeding experience
  • You are welcome to bring food and drinks for your enjoyment during class. Lunch will not be provided.
  • Class fee includes participant and 1 adult partner
  • Cost: $199

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Natural Childbirth

  • Our fun and relaxing Natural Childbirth class is used to inspire couples that birth is a normal and natural process. The most important way to approach birth is with confidence and relaxation. This can be achieved by knowing what to expect and developing the skills to move through labor. The class is a blend of lecture, discussion and relaxation. It is designed for couples interested in natural childbirth options.
  • 1 class session, 6 hours long
  • Cost: $100
  • Class fee includes participant and one adult partner

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Baby Care

  • A must-have class for expectant parents or parents adopting a newborn. A skilled instructor introduces baby care basics and walks parents through hands-on practice. Topics include:
    • What to expect from your new infant
    • Holding and swaddling
    • Feeding
    • Bathing and diapering
    • Sleeping and safety
  • Parents who plan to breastfeed should take a separate breastfeeding class
  • Class fee includes participant and 1 adult partner.
  • 1 class session, 3 hours long
  • Cost: $79

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Baby Care for Dads

  • This class is a must for all dads-to-be! A skilled instructor introduces practical baby care basics and walks dads through hands-on practice. Topics include:
    • What to expect at the hospital
    • Holding and swaddling
    • Diapering
    • Sleeping and safety
  • Class fee includes 1 participant
  • 1 class session, 3 hours long
  • Cost: $49

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Baby's First Year and Beyond – Giving Your Baby the Best Start

  • Learn all about what to expect from your baby beyond those first few weeks. Hear about how caregivers can positively influence the growth of children to achieve academic and emotional success. Topics include:
    • Feeding & Nutrition
    • Common health topics
    • Child Care & Early Education
    • Sleep and Safety
    • Parenting & Discipline
    • Area support and parenting help
  • Class fee includes participant, one adult partner and baby. Partners/coaches are encouraged to attend. (Class may be taken with or without baby in attendance).
  • 1 class session, 3 hours long
  • Cost: $79

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Breastfeeding

  • This class will prepare you for a successful and rewarding breastfeeding experience. Topics include:
    • Latching
    • How to hold your baby
    • How often and how long to feed
    • How to avoid common problems
  • Class fee includes participant and 1 adult partner. Coaches are encouraged to attend.
  • 1 class session, 3 hours long
  • Cost : $79

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Grandparenting

  • Learn about important medical updates and safety practices that every family member and caregiver should know
  • This class also discusses ways to support the new family, even from a distance
  • Class fee includes 1 participant
  • 1 class session, 2 hours long
  • Cost: $49

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Infant Massage

This three class series teaches caregivers how to safely and effectively massage their infant, promoting caregiver/infant bonding, relieving baby's stress, and providing stimulation.

  • Topics include:
    • Benefits of infant massage
    • Knowing when/when not to massage your baby
    • Types of massage
  • 3 class sessions, 1 hour each
  • Cost: $59
  • Class fee includes participant, one adult partner and baby. Partners/coaches are encouraged to attend.

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Sibling Classes

  • An interactive class for children ages 3 to 7 who are expecting a new brother or sister. This class touches on what it means to be a big brother or sister.
  • Siblings work on a craft gift for the new baby. Please bring a baby picture of big brother or sister to class.
  • If big brother or sister has been exposed to a contagious disease within the last two weeks, please do not attend
  • Please register under the child's name
  • Class fee includes 1 child and up to 2 parents/caregivers
  • 1 class session, 1 hour long
  • Cost: $39 per child

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Twins, Triplets and More!

  • This class is designed for the unique needs of parents expecting multiples. Class topics include:
    • Identifying preterm labor
    • Coping with bed rest
    • What to expect during birth
    • Breastfeeding multiples
    • Basic care of multiples
    • Information about Inova Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) services
  • Intensive childbirth, breastfeeding, and baby care classes are still recommended
  • Class fee includes participant and 1 adult partner
  • 1 class session, 3 hours long
  • Cost: $99

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Prenatal and Postpartum Fitness & CPR Classes

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga is a safe and supportive environment within a community of mothers inspiring and sharing motherhood. This class combines elements of yoga, tai chi, and Pilates. As we work on relaxation and breathing effective techniques, we promote serenity, connection with baby, and over all well being. This fusion class will help mothers build pelvic floor muscles, maintain flexibility in muscles generally, while gently building strength preparing for easier labor, delivery and a better recovery. The mind body approach to exercise offers other physical and emotional benefits as well.

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Mommy BootCamp

Looking to tone your body after baby? Or just interested in an overall body conditioning class? Then this class is for you! This energetic, motivational, and fun Bootcamp class combines cardio drills, strength training, and core conditioning intervals. All fitness levels welcome.

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Mommy & Me Yoga

Mommy and Me Yoga helps Mothers to gently bring their bodies back to balance through breathing exercises to reduce stress, and asana practice to strengthen the core, upper body, and open the heart.  Moms are welcome to bring their new babies along, as it is a safe space to care for yourself and your child.  Please bring a strap, two yoga blocks, and a mat.

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Infant CPR

  • This American Heart Association Family and Friends course teaches infant (birth to 12 months) CPR skills. Obstructed airway skills are also taught.
  • Designed for people who would like to learn the above skills but who do not have a need for a certification card
  • Please do not bring children to class
  • 2-hour course

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Family and Friends CPR – Adult, Child & Infant Skills

  • This American Heart Association Family and Friends course teaches adult, child and infant CPR skills and obstructed airway skills.
  • Designed for people who would like to learn the above skills but who do not have a need for a certification card
  • Please do not bring children to class
  • 3-hour course

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Strong With Baby Class

This class will combine appropriate strength and core training specifically tailored to the needs of the postpartum body. Baby can join you as you build strength through functional exercises that mirror some of the physical work required in caring for your baby; retrain your breathing patterns; learn about proper pelvic floor engagement; practice safe core exercises for core healing and strengthening, as well as stretching/flexibility techniques to relieve muscle tightness and discomfort. Bring a comfy blanket or seat for baby to chill on during the exercises that require free hands for mom! No prior exercise experience is required; suitable for all fitness levels. Must be cleared by your doctor to participate.

*This class is done with babies under 6 months.*

Cost: $15

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New Moms Groups

Drop in to one of our free New Moms Groups when you are ready to meet new friends and talk about the challenges and joys of being a new mom. An experienced maternal-infant health educator facilitates the informal discussion.

Why Should You Visit New Moms?

  • Meet other new moms and babies
  • Share your experiences with other new moms and discuss subjects of mutual concern
  • Get support from an experienced maternal-infant health educator
  • FREE – no fee for participating in the groups
  • No registration required and free parking available
  • Babies are welcome!

New Moms Schedule

  • Groups meet weekly throughout the area at different times on various days. Schedule and locations listed below.
  • We will only deviate from this schedule during times of severe weather or the week of a major holiday.
  • Information about cancellations due to inclement weather or an area emergency can be obtained by calling the Inova Well weather hotline at 571-472-1438. Class and New Moms group cancellations do not always follow local public school closings.
  • Due to holidays, New Moms group will NOT meet during the following timeframes:
    • 2019 Independence Day: Thursday, July 4, 2019
    • 2019 week of Thanksgiving: Monday, November 25, 2019 – Friday, November 29, 2019
    • 2019/2020 week of Christmas and New Year: Monday, December 23, 2019 – Friday, January 3, 2020

Find a New Mom's Group for You

Inova New Moms Return to Work Group

Every 2nd Saturday 
10 to 11:30 a.m. 

Inova Joan and Russell Hitt Center for Healthy Living
8100 Innovation Park Drive
Lower Level, Main Studio
Fairfax, VA 22031

Inova New Moms Groups – serving the Alexandria area

Tuesdays, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Inova HealthPlex-Franconia/Springfield
6355 Walker Lane
Alexandria, VA 22310

Park in patient parking or use the free valet service at the main entrance. Group meets in classroom 1-105. Enter through main entrance, go down the hall to the right of the elevators, first room on the right. Please note this space has a hard surface floor. Be sure to bring a blanket or mat if you wish to sit on the floor with your baby.

Inova New Moms Group – serving the Fairfax area

Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Inova Joan and Russell Hitt Center for Healthy Living
8100 Innovation Park Drive
Lower Level, Studio 2
Fairfax, VA 22031

Inova New Moms Group – serving the Fair Oaks area

Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Campus
Cancer Center Building
3580 Joseph Siewick Drive
Conference Room C
Fairfax, VA 22033