Prepared Childbirth Classes
The Prepared Childbirth Classes at the N.C. Women's Hospital at UNC Medical Center will help you prepare physically and mentally for labor. Whether you're a first-time parent or need a refresher, these courses can help you feel ready for labor and delivery.
Classes focus on the normal birth process with emphasis on how mother and partner or labor support person can work together to have a healthy, positive experience. Of course you can take this class at any time during pregnancy, but we recommend that you register when the mother is between 12 and 20 weeks pregnant and plan to start the class between 20 and 27 weeks. We offer 12 hours of instruction with different class schedules, some last four weeks and others two weeks. $85 per couple: $51 with Medicaid, $68 for UNC employees/students.
Prepared Childbirth: Refresher Course
If you are pregnant but have given birth before and you would like to refresh on techniques and information regarding child labor, this class was designed for you!
This class is taught by experienced, certified childbirth educators. Topics include the normal labor and birth process, and positions for labor and pushing. Emphasis is placed on working together to have a healthy and positive birth experience. This class is for the mother-to-be and one labor partner. $25 per couple.
Online Prepared Childbirth
Can’t come to all of the Prepared Childbirth on-site classes? We now offer another option!
Our online childbirth class is the perfect alternative for those wanting a flexible class schedule and fewer on-site class hours, or for those living or working too far from our hospital.
Have you given birth before? This online class is also a great refresher course! While nothing can replace the personal connection of an on-site childbirth series of classes, you’ll learn essential information, including what’s happening to your changing body, how you’ll know when you are really in labor, helpful comfort techniques, advice for partners or support people, an overview of medical procedures, and much more. Plus, the one-time on-site session we offer along with the e-Class will give expecting parents a great opportunity to ask questions or clarify any information. $120 per couple: $72 with Medicaid; $96 for UNC employee/student.