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. Our classes are open to families delivering at the Pavilion for Women or any other hospital.
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:
Adult and family maternity tours
Maternity tours are designed to orient your family to the Pavilion for Women, and prepare you for the maternity hospitalization.
Baby massage & play
In this class, a certified infant massage instructor will help new parents deepen their bond with their baby through massage and play.
In this class, you learn the basics of baby wearing, including the types of carriers, and how to use them safely. You’ll receive a stretchy wrap carrier to take home, and will practice using the wrap in class.
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.
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.
A certified lactation consultant leads this free, weekly breastfeeding mothers’ group. Mothers come together to share information, provide support, and encourage 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.
Coaching for parents-to-be, parents, and grandparents
Private coaching sessions help individuals or couples gain an understanding of the changes they are facing, explore what's most important in their lives, and choose actions based on their values, goals, and sense of purpose.
Our family-centered childbirth classes are led by certified childbirth educators that help prepare you and your partner for the many possibilities of labor, delivery and the first few weeks after birth.
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.
Infant CPR & Safety
In this class, you’ll learn CPR for infants up to one year of age, and safety strategies for infants, toddlers, and children. 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.
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.
Preparing for multiples private consultation
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.
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.
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.
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.