Jefferson University Hospitals

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Parent & Family Education

Virtual Classes during COVID-19

Jefferson’s first priority is the safety of you and your baby. Due to current health concerns, on-site classes will now be held as interactive, online classes via Zoom video conferencing.

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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.

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Empowering expectant parents and families through education

At Jefferson Health, patient education is a top priority. We offer a variety of Parent & Family Education classes throughout the year to ensure you feel prepared during every step of your pregnancy journey. Class topics range from childbirth to breastfeeding to newborn care.

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Benefits for You

Our classes will give you the knowledge, tools and resources to feel confident from pregnancy to delivery to caring for your newborn.

Expert Instructors

All of our classes are taught by Jefferson Health nurses who are certified in the particular subject matter of the class. Our nurse instructors not only teach the classes, but are also involved in creating the course content.

Family Resources

Having a baby is often a family affair. We encourage you to take the classes with your partner and offer classes designed for siblings and grandparents. We want to help your whole family feel prepared and excited for what’s to come.

Affordable Opportunities

At Jefferson Health, we believe all expectant parents should have access to prenatal education. Our classes are open to everyone, not just Jefferson Health patients. We strive to make our classes as affordable as possible, offering many classes free of charge.

Sense of Community

Our classes go beyond education to build a sense of community among expectant parents. We create a welcoming environment to make everyone feel comfortable asking questions. Chances are, you’ll get answers to questions you didn’t even know you had!

Message from our Director

“Welcome to Parent & Family Education at Jefferson Health. We invite you and your family to participate in our classes to gain the tools and knowledge to feel confident during this exciting and special stage of life. Our interactive classes are led by registered nurses who are certified in the subject matter of each class they teach.  

Attending our classes will help you become familiar with Jefferson Health’s vision and policies as you and your family prepare for the arrival of your new baby. We look forward to seeing you in class and we encourage you to bring all of your questions with you!”

- Megan Kelly, MSN, RNC-NIC, CBC, CPST, CPhT, CNS

Our Parent & Family Education Classes

We offer Parent & Family Education classes throughout the year that are open to Jefferson Health patients and the broader community. Browse the list below to learn more about our classes, check availability and register online.

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. 

You can also view Frequently Asked Questions about our program and classes at any time.

Make an Appointment

Our Parent & Family Education program opens up a network of resources for you. Please contact us to be added to the waitlist for any full class or if there is another topic you are interested in that is not currently covered. 

We’re here to answer any of your questions. Feel free to contact us by email, ParentEducation@jefferson.edu, or by phone 215-955-6713.