Jefferson University Hospitals

Parent & Family Education Programs

Jefferson's first priority is the safety of you and your baby.  Due to current health concerns, our on-site classes have been transitioned to online Zoom sessions.

Disclaimer: Please read our Zoom Terms of Service for Community Sessions.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Parent Education at: ParentEducation@jefferson.edu or 215-955-6713.

Learn some of the necessary steps we’ve taken to ensure that all of our patients and healthcare providers are safe at all of our locations.

Childbirth education is a priority of obstetrical care at Jefferson. Our Parent and Family Education Programs help pregnant women and their partners prepare for the various stages of pregnancy; for labor and birth; and for the postpartum period.

Expectant parents are provided with coping tools and exercises, and you will learn about vaginal delivery, anesthesia, cesarean delivery and newborn care. Similar programs are also available for siblings and grandparents.

In case of questionable weather during the winter months, please call the Parent Education Office at 215-955-6713 or 1-800-JEFF-NOW to see if classes will be held.

Childbirth Academy

Childbirth Academy is designed to help you understand the process of labor and birth and to answer questions about the birth of your child.

Click here to learn more about Childbirth Academy.

  • Click "Enroll" to create an account.
  • The program will show a total price of $199. Use the access code BABYACADEMY to receive the course at a discounted rate of $49.95.

After registration, you will have 90 days to access the course. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at ParentEducation@jefferson.edu.

Breastfeeding Class

Currently available as an interactive online class.

Join us for a free class on learning the basics of breastfeeding. Lunchtime classes are offered once a month and evening classes are currently offered twice a month. Find the full details, and sign up for classes, below.

Fee: FREE

Getting Ready for Baby Class

Currently available as an interactive online class.

Sign up for the Getting Ready for Baby Class to learn everything you wanted to know about your newborn.

Fee: $30, for you and your partner to register together.

This is an evening class which is offered monthly. Topics include:

  • Newborn appearance and behaviors 
  • Care of the newborn
  • Burping
  • Diapering 
  • Swaddling
  • Safety issues
  • Parental concerns

Car Seat Safety Class

Did you know that up to 80 percent of all car seats are incorrectly installed in cars? Sign up for this free class to learn important safety tips and how to keep your children and grandchildren safe during car travel. To learn more about car seat safety, click here.

While we cannot host in-person classes for the time being, please feel free to contact Parent Education with any questions or to receive resources at ParentEducation@jefferson.edu or 215-955-6713.

Pediatrician's Night

Currently available as an interactive online class.

Babies are not just little people; their healthcare needs are different from adults.

Learn practical tips from a Jefferson pediatrician on preparing and caring for your little one.

Fee: FREE

Grandparents Class

Calling all grandparents!

Join us for a fun program on grandparenting and what's new in the world of babies.

Fee: FREE

Jefferson’s first priority is the safety of you and your baby, we are canceling in-person classes and tours until further notice. We are making every effort to prevent any possible spread of coronavirus to our patients. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Parent Education at: 215-955-6713.

Family & Friends CPR Course

The Family & Friends CPR Course for infant and children is for anyone who wants to learn CPR with an instructor in a hands-on setting. This course is for people who do not need a course completion card for a job or other requirements. This is not a certification course.

The course is very helpful for new parents, grandparents, caregivers and others who will be caring for infants and children.

The American Heart Association offers bilingual CPR Anytime kits which teaches CPR, relief of choking in adults, children and infants as well as infant CPR. These kits are ideal for family members, friends and members of the general community who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card.

All in-person Family & Friends CPR classes have been canceled until further notice. CPR Anytime kits can be purchased to learn the basic lifesaving skills you would learn in this class. You can purchase a CPR Anytime Kit at the American Heart Association Shop CPR website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Department of Parent Education at: 215-955-6713.

"Warm Line"

Jefferson Health has a "Warm Line" for breastfeeding mothers to call day or night with questions about breastfeeding. Calls are returned within 24 hours. Please call 215-955-6665.

The Abington-Jefferson Health Warmline number is 215-481-6104. 

The Jefferson Health- New Jersey Warmline number 609-941-2383 and can be reached daily from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

A Safe Haven for Newborns

If you're not prepared to be a mom or take care of your newborn, and you don't have anyone to ask for help, there's a place where you can take your baby to ensure his or her safety and health – a Safe Haven. All hospitals in Pennsylvania are Safe Havens. All you have to do is give your newborn (up to 28 days old) to any hospital. That's all. No one will ask questions. No one will judge you. If it's a secret, it will stay a secret.