Jefferson University Hospitals

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Jefferson Health Parent & Family Education team is here to answer all of your questions, starting with the frequently asked questions below. 

Why should I take a childbirth class?

Childbirth classes help increase your confidence in your body's ability to give birth. You can discuss any fears about labor and birth with the instructor and other class participants who may share your concerns. Your partner will learn about childbirth and how to support you when the day comes.

When should I take childbirth classes?

You should plan to take childbirth classes late in your second trimester or early in your third trimester. Our comprehensive classes cover a range of topics, including anatomy, stages of labor, techniques for labor, medical and non-medical interventions and postpartum care.

When can I attend a tour of the Labor & Delivery unit?

Now! You can tour our Labor & Delivery unit from the comfort of your home. You can access our virtual tour using this link. For an optimal experience, we recommend viewing the tour on Google Chrome or Firefox.

Is there a waitlist if the class I’m interested in attending is full?

If the class you are interested in is full or if you would like to see when it will be offered again, you can email us at parenteducation@jefferson.edu or call us at 215-955-6713.

Do my partner and I need to register separately for classes?

The registration will include a field for you to add your partner’s name. The price for most classes includes both you and your partner. The only class that has a different price for two attendees is the Friends and Family CPR class.

Where can I view the schedule and register for classes and tours?

You can view and register for our classes here. Tours of our Labor & Delivery unit are available virtually here.

Why should I attend a breastfeeding class?

If you are planning to nurse your baby or want to know more about breastfeeding, we recommend taking a prenatal breastfeeding class. Learning about breastfeeding while pregnant is one of the best things you can do to have a successful breastfeeding experience. While breastfeeding is instinctive, there can be a lot to learn. We encourage you to attend with your support person, if possible. Having a strong support system is important for your breastfeeding success.

As a certified Baby-Friendly® Hospital, our lactation team and all maternity nurses are specially trained to provide breastfeeding counseling to expectant parents. Learn more about the benefits of having your prenatal care and delivery at a Baby-Friendly® Hospital.

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Why should I attend Getting Ready for Baby class?

Becoming a new parent can be overwhelming! Our Getting Ready for Baby class will help ease your nerves as you learn basic baby care that is based on the latest evidence from the American Academy of Pediatrics. After you learn how to care for your baby, we use dolls to practice the basic baby care you just learned.

Why should I attend Grandparents class?

Over the years, we have learned so much more about baby care with new recommendations to keep our babies healthy and safe. The Grandparents class reviews updated ways to care for babies based on practice guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. This class also discusses the important role of the grandparent to open conversation before the arrival of their grandbaby. You can attend the class with or without your expectant children.

Why should I attend Car Seat Safety class and do I need to bring a car seat to the class?

While over 80 percent of people use car seats improperly, learning how to properly use car seats is critical for your baby’s safety. If you plan to bring your baby in a car, it is important that you use the correct car seat for your baby based on height, weight and developmental needs. 

We provide car seats for you to practice with during class though you can bring your own car seat if you would like to practice on your own. If you bring your own car seat, please bring the car seat manual to class as well.

Why should I attend Friends and Family CPR class?

The Friends and Family CPR class teaches the lifesaving skills of infant CPR and relief of choking. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment using the American Heart Association’s practice-while-watching technique to provide participants with hands-on CPR practice. Family and Friends CPR is designed for individuals who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card.

Can I get reimbursed by my insurance for childbirth classes?

You should confirm with your insurance provider if you will receive reimbursement. Some insurance providers reimburse all or a portion of childbirth education classes, while others offer no reimbursement. Additionally, if you have a Flexible Spending Account, you should be able to use this account to pay for childbirth education classes. 

You will receive an email receipt for your payment and a signed Certificate of Attendance at the end of class. Your insurance provider will need these two documents to process reimbursement.

More Questions?

Contact the Department of Parent Education at parenteducation@jefferson.edu or 215-955-6713.