classes are offered by Breastfeeding Outreach for Greater Washington

We offer a wide range of free and low-cost classes for expectant, new and experienced mothers of newborns to toddlers. Our classes are taught by our IBCLCs or instructors that are highly qualified in their respective fields. Please register through our calendar!

Babies are always welcome to come to class! Our free classes can be crowded due to our no turn away policy; please register in advance. Due to our limited space, we ask that you leave strollers and/or carseats at home and use a baby carrier instead. If payment is a hardship, please call and ask our Program Director for options.

All of the classes described below can be taught privately one-on-one or for a small group by one of our IBCLCs or instructors.

Childbirth Classes

*Please Note: All childbirth classes take place at GW Hospital*

Childbirth Express at GW Hospital

Join us on select Saturdays every month (see calendar for specific dates) from 9:00am-5:00pm for our Childbirth Express class!

Location: George Washington Hospital Washington Room
900 23rd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(**Please bring a photo ID to this class**)

Our Childbirth Express class is a condensed, interactive course that focuses on assisting moms and their partners in preparing for their labor and birth experience. The class is taught by a Certified Childbirth Educator with ten years of experience. Objectives include:

  • anatomy and physiology,
  • what to expect,
  • partner’s role,
  • comfort techniques,
  • pain medications,
  • common complications & possible interventions,
  • C-section basics,
  • postpartum, and
  • feeding the baby

Class includes digital notes, videos and other helpful resources (delivered via email) for further information and practice at home.

This class is designed for women and partners intending to have a vaginal delivery, with or without an epidural. You will need two pillows and a floor mat.

A lunch break will occur after the morning session. Please bring your own lunch (and snacks) or you can go to one of our restaurants on campus. Couples should plan to attend a class that begins early in the third trimester.

Class costs $180 per couple. Private classes are also available in our office, your office, or your home.

Click here to register.

Your Birth Experience Childbirth Education at GW Hospital

Location: George Washington Hospital Washington Room
900 23rd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(**Please bring a photo ID to this class**)

Your Birth Experience offers an unbiased, individualized approach to childbirth education. This comprehensive class uses simple and effective activities to help you create a satisfying birth experience. You will learn about the physiological process of childbirth, your options and rights, and how your unique personality can guide you in decision making and communicating with your childbirth care team. This class is taught by an experienced doula, which means students enjoy the benefit of personal insights on the experience of being in the labor room.

The $180 fee per couple includes the Your Birth Experience Parent Guide and workbook.

Click here to register.

Natural Childbirth at GW Hospital

Join us at GW Hospital for our Natural Childbirth Tuesday Series or Thursday series (most months – see calendar)! Now offering TWO series a month!

Location: George Washington Hospital Washington Room
900 23rd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(**Please bring a photo ID to this class**)

Allow natural childbirth to unfold beautifully in the hospital setting. This course will teach expectant parents physical and emotional signposts of labor, comfort measures, birth options for both normal birth and for unexpected situations and many birth positions that promote natural childbirth. Participants will gain confidence in the birth process through careful preparation. Partners are encouraged to attend.

This class is taught by a Certified Childbirth Educator. *Please note that this class is a four-week series. You only need to register for the first class*

Classes cost $180 per couple. Private classes are also available in our office, your office, or your home.

Click here to register.

1-Day Lamaze Class at GW Hospital

Join us on one Saturday a month (see calendar for specific dates) from 9:00am-5:00pm for the 1-Day Lamaze Class!

Location: George Washington Hospital Washington Room
900 23rd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(**Please bring a photo ID to this class**)

Enjoy some time preparing for your special “birth” day with a fun, informative, express 1-Day Lamaze Class!  You and your support person will learn anatomy, signs of labor, helpful hints for the coach and comfort measures such as breathing, relaxation techniques and various positions to help reverse back labor and failure to progress.  Hospital procedures and interventions, medications, cesarean birth and birth day care for mom and baby are also covered.  The goal of the course is to provide a balanced approach, combining the benefits of Lamaze with medical practices, if needed, to enable mom to enjoy a positive birth experience.

All moms who register for this class also receive free review videos and lots of additional resources!

Class is taught by Shelly Matthews, a Lamaze Childbirth Educator with over 15 years experience, who enjoys sharing what she’s learned about the mysteries of birth with expectant families.

This class costs $180 per couple. Private classes are also available in our office, your office, or your home.

Click here to register.

Extended Lamaze Class at GW Hospital

Join us on Mondays (most months – see calendar) from 7:00-9:15pm!

Location: George Washington Hospital Washington Room
900 23rd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(**Please bring a photo ID to this class**)

Enjoy some time preparing for your special “birth” day with a fun, informative, 4-Week Evening Lamaze Class!  You will learn practical pain management skills, including relaxation, positioning, breathing, comfort measures and massage, with ample time to practice.  In addition the class provides physical and emotional strategies to enable the Labor Partner to provide meaningful support.  Other topics include back labor, slow progress in labor, hospital procedures and interventions, medications, cesarean birth, and immediate postpartum care for mom and baby.  Lamaze provides a balanced approach combining benefits of Lamaze with medical practices if needed.

Classes are taught by Lamaze Certified Educator and Labor Doula, Sarah Sragg, LCCE, CD(DONA).

*Please note that this class is a four-week series. You only need to register for the first class*

Classes cost $195 per couple. Private classes are also available in our office, your office, or your home.

Click here to register.

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