Classes & Tours
Prepare for life's big moments with educational classes
We understand that these big life events can be both exciting and overwhelming. We’ll give you hands-on instruction and tips to help you feel more confident about what’s ahead.
We recommend that you register early your pregnancy.
Classes are small, and instructors are skilled
Small class sizes
Our experienced educators have the highest credentials to teach childbirth and parenting classes. We keep each class size to 12 families at a maximum so instructors can easily answer your questions.
All of our classes are highly interactive to help you and family members practice newly learned skills.
Information for bed-rest moms
If you are on bed rest, you can still access educational information that our instructors provide online.
Our family-centered educational classes include:
Our certified childbirth educators teach a series of classes that help prepare you and your partner for the many possibilities of labor, delivery and the first few weeks after birth.
A certified lactation consultant teaches this class. You will learn about the benefits of breastfeeding, preparing for breastfeeding, positioning and latch-on techniques, common breastfeeding problems and how to manage breastfeeding and working. Learn more about our lactation program.
A certified lactation leads this free, weekly breastfeeding mothers’ group. Mothers come together to share information, and provide support and encouragement to each other. The lactation consultant guides the discussion and lends her expertise as needed.
Bringing baby home
This evidence-based and research-tested class developed by the renowned Gottman Institute, helps couples navigate the transition from life as a couple to life with a baby, with a focus on developing skills to remain connected with each other and bond with baby.
This class prepares grandparents-to-be for the arrival of their grandchild by focusing on what’s changed since they were new parents, and how to transition from the role of parent to grandparent.
Basic baby care
This interactive class provides you and your partner with a chance to practice basic infant care. You will learn how to handle crying, diapering and bathing and what to expect during the first weeks at home. Learn more about newborn care.
This innovative learning program is designed to teach core skills of infant CPR. You will practice infant CPR with an experienced educator who will guide you during class. You’ll take home the American Heart Association’s Infant CPR Anytime® kit so that you can continue to practice and teach others what to do in an emergency.
In this class, certified infant massage instructors teach the art of massaging infants. If you are pregnant, you can learn and practice with a doll. If your baby has arrived, you’ll learn with your baby.
New mother - New baby
Mothers and babies attend this class together in the weeks after birth. Mothers and babies learn how to thrive together in the sometimes challenging first months.
Scheduling & sleep
This class explores the evidence behind infant scheduling and sleep, and answers your questions so that you can determine the best approach for your family.
Preparing for multiples private consultation
You've received the surprise of your life - you're having twins, triplets or even more! Suddenly your pregnancy is filled with added delight and an increased dose of anxiety. You've discovered your expecting multiples, and life as you know it will never be the same. The questions and learning needs of families expecting multiples are unique to each family. In this one-hour private consultation, we'll customize information based on your questions and needs.
- Pregnancy, birth, and recovery after a multiples pregnancy
- Medical care during a multiple pregnancy
- Tools to cope with bed rest
- Special medical care that may be required for your babies after birth
- Breastfeeding multiples
- Getting help and support at home
- Scheduling with multiples
- Sibling considerations
- Resources for parents of multiples at the Pavilion for Women, in the community, and online
- Preparing for high-risk delivery and your newborn's hospitalization
Bringing a new baby into a family is an exciting but challenging time for every family. It can be especially intense for families expecting a newborn who will be hospitalized after birth. This one-day class, conducted by experts from across Texas Children's, helps parents prepare for their newborn's hospitalization in intensive care.
- What to expect during birth and immediately after
- Understanding your baby's care team
- Your role with the care team
- The Neonatal & Cardiovascular Intensive Care experiences (NICU & CVICU)
- Bonding with your hospitalized baby
- How partners and family can help each other
- Specialized infant feeding & nutrition
In addition to the topics listed above, participants will have the opportunity to meet and speak with families who have successfully navigated this challenging experience.
Texas Children's Hospital Child Life specialists conduct this 1-hour class designed to prepare siblings for the arrival of their new brother or sister.
The adult tour is designed to orient you to the Pavilion for Women.