Planning for Pregnancy Classes

Because we want you to be as comfortable and confident as possible in the days leading up to your baby's birth, during labor and when it's time to go home, UConn Health offers these preparing for pregnancy classes so you can learn what to expect.

Breastfeeding Class

A class offered on breastfeeding for expectant parents led by a certified lactation consultant. Discussion topics include the benefits of breastfeeding, how to get started, and how the rest of the family can help the breastfeeding mother as well as how to continue breastfeeding and working. Class is held online from 6 to 8 p.m. via Zoom. Fee is $25.00/family and limited to 20 couples. Call 860-679-7692 to register.

November 18, 2020
December 9, 2020

Childbirth Preparation Class

The class will cover anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and labor, emotions of pregnancy, nutrition, fetal growth and development, comfort measures for labor, working with unexpected events in labor, cesarean delivery as well as practice of relaxation and breathing techniques for labor. Class is held online from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. via Zoom. Fee is $75.00 and limited to 8 couples. Call 860-679-7692 to register.

November 15, 2020
December 13, 2020
January 10, 2021
February 14, 2021
March 21, 2021

Hospital Maternity Tours

While in person tours are currently not permitted due to COVID-19, we've created the ability to view our unit from the comfort of home.

Take a virtual tour of the Labor and Delivery Unit at UConn John Dempsey Hospital where we offer the private and intimate comforts of home but also advanced technology and specialized expertise in case you or your baby need them.

Prenatal Parenting

Becoming a new parent is exciting and challenging. Together we’ll learn what to expect – from welcoming your baby to first steps. Expecting moms and dads are invited to a supportive and educational group program on preparing for the transition from pregnancy to parenthood. This class does not replace hospital childbirth preparation classes.

Topics include: pregnancy and parenting adjustment, parent-child attachment, infant crying, infant feeding, infant sleeping, establishing routines, and postpartum planning/community resources. Parents receive free materials. Program is free and light snacks are included.

To register for the Prenatal Parenting program and for more information, visit the Parenting Program website.