Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center offers a variety of helpful educational materials and classes to prepare you for labor, birth and caring for your new baby. Maternity Center tours are also offered several times each month.

Pregnancy Education

 

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Schedule a tour or pregnancy/childbirth class.

Schedule an appointment online or call 614-293-5123

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November December January February
Pregnancy Care Classes

Pregnancy Care Classes

All class registrations include the patient and one adult guest, unless otherwise specified.

Childbirth Education

This class helps prepare you, your partner or supporter for labor and birthing. It features a comprehensive overview of the birth process, including signs and stages of labor, relaxation and breathing techniques, pain management options, and the birthing experience.

Class length: 8 hours

Cost: $80

Childbirth Education - Online Class

Can't attend a class in person? We offer online childbirth classes for expectant families. You'll learn about the stages of labor, comfort techniques, common medical procedures, such as epidurals and cesareans, plus newborn and postpartum care.
  • PC or Mac (internet access required; high-speed recommended)
  • Go at your own pace
  • Features engaging videos, personal birth stories, 3D animations, games and activities
Cost: $80

Register to receive additional information and an online access code. Access code expires 30 days after your first log in. 

For more information or to register, contact:
Courtney Tedesco
614-293-4599
Courtney.Tedesco@osumc.edu

Childbirth Education for Midwife Patients

This class is intended for patients of our midwives and will provide information about the natural process of labor & delivery. It will help prepare you and your partner/labor support person for the events of labor and birth. You will participate in a comprehensive overview of the birth process including signs and stages of labor, relaxation and breathing techniques, non-pharmacologic comfort methods, pain management options, reasons for a cesarean section, and the overall birthing experience.

Class length: 7 hours

Cost: $80

Please register using the links below:

Dec. 7: 6 - 9:30 p.m. and Dec. 8: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- Register now

Jan. 11: 6 - 9:30 p.m. and Jan. 12: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- Register now

Feb. 22: 6 - 9:30 p.m. and Feb. 23 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- Register now

Childbirth Education - Express Class

The Childbirth Education express class is a shortened version of our full day Childbirth Education class, designed to accommodate parents with busy schedules or those who just want to learn the very basics of childbirth. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of labor, when to go to the hospital and what to expect when you’re at the hospital. Information on breathing and relaxation provided, but not discussed.

This is also a great refresher course for those who have already had a baby!

Class length: 3 hours

Cost: $40

Marvelous Multiples

Find yourself blessed with twins, triplets or more? Ohio State's Maternity Center tailored this three-hour class just for you. Learn how to make your pregnancy more comfortable, recognize the signs and stages of labor, prepare for the birth (and bringing home) of multiples, manage daily routines, connect with community resources and more.

Cost: $40 

Class length: 3 hours

Sibling Class

Without a doubt, a new family member can change your family dynamics. In this class, we’ll help you prepare brother or sister for a smoother adjustment. Siblings receive extra attention, take a hospital tour and learn new skills, like holding and diapering. This class is geared toward children ages 2-10 years old.

Class length: 1 hour

Cost: $5/child

Pregnancy and the Pelvic Floor Class

Come learn from a pelvic floor physical therapist about your pelvic floor!  This class will cover pelvic floor anatomy, changes to your pelvic floor during pregnancy and birth, and conditions that can occur during pregnancy and postpartum. You will learn how to coordinate your pelvic floor muscles for proper contraction and relaxation to help prepare for birth. Conditions reviewed include: Urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, constipation, pelvic floor tears, episiotomies, pelvic organ prolapse, diastasis rectus abdominus (mommy tummy) and proper pushing mechanics.  

Location:
Martha Morehouse Pavilion
2050 Kenny Road
Room 1046
Columbus, OH  43221

Cost: $20

Class length: 1 hour

Payment will be collected before the class begins. We accept cash or check. This class is not eligible for payment by Medicaid. 

 

Newborn Care Classes

Newborn Care Classes

All class registrations include the patient and one adult guest, unless otherwise specified.

Baby Basics

This class will give you more confidence in caring for your newborn (or new grandchild). You’ll learn (or re-learn) everything from diapering to bathing, to choosing toys, to creating a safer environment.

Class length: 3 hours

Cost: $40

Understanding Your Newborn - Online Class

In this online course, you’ll learn about newborn traits and behaviors, crying patterns and comfort techniques, hunger cues and breastfeeding basics, diapering and bathing, and newborn health and safety.

Cost: $40

For more information or to register, contact:
Courtney Tedesco
614-293-4599
Courtney.Tedesco@osumc.edu

Breastfeeding Basics

Learn more about the basics of feeding baby the best nutrition. In this class, you and your partner or supporter talk with lactation consultants about the what, where, when, why and how of breastfeeding. To enroll, call 614-293-5123, option 3.

Class length: 2.5 hours

Cost: $40

Please note: This class is not scheduled far in advance. Please check MyChart 1-2 weeks before the start of the month for new class availability.

Understanding Breastfeeding - Online Class

In this online course, you’ll learn how breastfeeding works, how to breastfeed, newborn hunger cues and feeding patterns and how to embrace your new breastfeeding lifestyle. 

Cost: $40

For more information or to register, contact:
Courtney Tedesco
614-293-4599
Courtney.Tedesco@osumc.edu

Breastfeeding Support Group

Interested in sharing experiences and receiving breastfeeding advice from other new moms? If so, join Ohio State's Breastfeeding Support Group! Meetings will be facilitated by a certified lactation consultant and are open to all breastfeeding mothers; infants and small children may accompany each mom, but spouses and partners should not attend.

Participation is free and registration is not required. Light refreshments and lactation cookies will be provided.

First Saturday Every Month | 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital
Auditorium | Room 1213
452 W. 10th Ave. | Columbus, OH | 43210

Third Thursday Every Month | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Ohio State Outpatient Care Upper Arlington
1st Floor Conference Room | Room 1400
1800 Zollinger Road | Columbus, OH | 43221

Please note the following changes beginning January 1, 2019:

First Saturday Every Month | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Ohio State Outpatient Care Upper Arlington
1st Floor Conference Room | Room 1400
1800 Zollinger Road | Columbus, OH | 43221

Third Thursday Every Month | 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Ohio State Outpatient Care Upper Arlington
1st Floor Conference Room | Room 1400
1800 Zollinger Road | Columbus, OH | 43221

Grandparenting 101

Grandparents will learn all of the latest information and evidence based research behind the changes in infant care practices so they can be an invaluable support to the new parents! Topics include safe sleep and SIDS prevention, infant nutrition recommendations, basic baby care, and how to offer assistance to the new family. 

Class length: 3 hours

Cost: $20

 Please note: You do not have to be a patient of Ohio State Wexner Medical Center to take this class. Just click the "schedule an appointment online" button at the top of the page and choose "Grandparenting 101" as the type of appointment. If you need help scheduling, please call 614-293-5123 and choose option #3.

Infant and Pediatric CPR

Learn life-saving cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) taught by certified basic life support instructors. Parents, grandparents and childcare providers are encouraged to attend, but must register separately.

Class length: 2 hours

Cost: $40

Buckle Up with Brutus

Buckle up with Brutus to learn car seat safety including car seat types, installation guidelines and recommendations for your Buckeye Baby.

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Maternity Center Tours

Maternity Center Tours

Maternity Tour

Tours are one hour in duration and are offered several times each month. Tour dates and times can be found on our online scheduling system (click the button at the top of the page). You can also learn more by calling Ohio State's Maternity Center at 614-293-5123, option 3. Your registration includes you and your support person. If you would like to bring an additional guest(s) (caregiver, doula, grandparents. etc.) with you to class, you must enter them as a separate registration.

Please note: children are not permitted on maternity tours, but are permitted on family-centered maternity tours. Please be sure to select appropriately when scheduling.

Tour length: 1 hour

Cost: FREE

Family-Centered Maternity Tour

Tours are one hour in duration and are offered several times each month. Tour dates and times can be found on our online scheduling system (click the button at the top of the page). You can also learn more by calling Ohio State's Maternity Center at 614-293-5123, option 3. The Family Maternity Tour registration includes the expectant mother, one adult guest, and any number of children. 

Please note: children are permitted on family-centered maternity tours, but are not permitted on maternity tours. Please be sure to select appropriately when scheduling.

Tour length = 1 hour

Cost: FREE

FAQs

FAQs

Here are some of the questions we regularly get asked.

Why should I take a perinatal education class?

Our perinatal education classes will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence you need as you prepare for the most exciting and joyful, yet overwhelming time in your life. We continually update our education classes as new evidence based information and recommendations come forth so even if this is not your first pregnancy, it is a great idea to refresh your memory on the childbirth process and childcare practices. Plus, even if you may feel prepared for the childbirth experience, your support person might not. 

When is the best time to take a class?

While you can take a class as early or late as you like in your pregnancy, most choose to take a class at some point in their third trimester so the information is fresh your mind. If you can, try to take a class before the 36th week of your pregnancy. It’s a good idea to register far in advance as classes can fill up quickly.

How do I schedule a class?

There are three ways to schedule class:

1. Schedule online 

2. Schedule through your MyChart account

3. Call 614-293-5123 and choose option #3

You can cancel or reschedule using these same methods as well.

What should I wear to class?

Dress comfortably in clothes that will allow you to move freely and practice different labor positions.

Who should come to the class with me?

Your registration includes you and one adult guest. Classes are designed to educate and prepare both the expectant mother and her support person. If your support person cannot attend, we encourage you to bring a friend or relative.

Can I bring my partner and parents on the maternity tour?

Your registration includes you and your support person. If you would like to bring an additional guest(s) (caregiver, doula, grandparents. etc.) with you to class, you must enter them as a separate registration. This is applicable to all class types.

Are children allowed on the maternity tour?

We offer a Family Maternity Tour for those who will be bringing small children with them. We encourage you to register for the Family Maternity Tour vs. the Maternity Tour if you are planning to bring your child. The Family Maternity Tour registration includes the expectant mother, one adult guest, and any number of children. 

How do I pay for the class?

The class fee is collected at the time of class. The preferred method of payment is a credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards accepted), though we can accept check or cash. Health Savings Account (HSA) cards are also accepted. 

Does insurance cover the class?

Some insurances will cover childbirth education, but you should call your insurance company to find out their specific coverage. You will be required to pay the class fee upfront and then you can submit a receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement if applicable. 

The class fee is waived for those with a valid Ohio Medicaid Managed Care Plan card.
 

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Will any food be provided?

No meals or snacks are provided; however please feel free to bring dinner to class! You will be given a lunch break during the all-day childbirth education classes. There are several restaurants near the Upper Arlington building, as well as a refrigerator you can use if you prefer to bring food from home. 

What if I can't attend a class in person?

We offer three fully online education classes: childbirth, breastfeeding and understanding your newborn. To register for these classes, contact Courtney Tedesco at 614-293-4599 or email Courtney.tedesco@osumc.edu

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