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MUSC Health Women's Care Perinatal Education Classes

Whether this is your first pregnancy or your fourth, we are here to provide support through every step along the way. Classes are held in one of two locations:

Classes listed below are at the downtown Charleston location unless otherwise noted.

Childbirth Education
Tours of the MUSC Health Birthing Unit
Newborn Care
Breastfeeding
Infant CPR

Please call 843-792-5300 to reserve your seat and let us know which class you want to attend.

Payment may be made at the time of the class, by cash or check.

Childbirth Education Class

Learn what to expect during labor, delivery, and postpartum: relaxation and breathing techniques, pain management, basic newborn care, breastfeeding, how to take care of yourself and your family after the baby is born. The downtown classes include a tour of the unit during the normal class times. However, one-day classes at North Charleston have a separate schedule for unit tours as outlined below.

4 classes, 2 hours each, $50/$30*, bring a partner for free

2017 Classes on Mondays:

  • January 2, 9, 16, 23
  • February 6, 13, 20, 27
  • March 6, 13, 20, 27
  • April 3, 10, 17, 24
  • May 1, 8, 15, 22
  • June 5, 12, 19, 26
  • July 3, 10, 17, 24
  • August 7, 14, 21, 28
  • October 2, 9, 16, 23
  • November 6, 13, 20, 27

2017 Classes on Tuesdays:

  • January 3, 10, 17, 24
  • February 7, 14, 21, 28
  • March 7, 14, 21, 28
  • April 4, 11, 18, 25
  • May 2, 9, 16, 23
  • June 6, 13, 20, 27
  • August 8, 15, 22, 29
  • September 5, 12, 19, 26
  • October 3, 10, 17, 24
  • November 7, 14, 21, 28
  • December 5, 12, 19, 26

Or take a one-day class:

1 class, 7 hours, $50/$30*, bring a partner for free 

2017 Classes:

All classes are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the North Charleston Medical Pavilion location, Third Floor:

  • December 10, 2016
  • March 11
  • June 10
  • July 8
  • October 14
  • December 9

At the MUSC Main Hospital downtown, 2 West Classroom:

  • February 4
  • May 6
  • August 5
  • November 4

*Discounted rate for MUSC student, employee, or spouse

Tours of MUSC Health's Birthing Unit

Tours of the 5th floor Birthing Unit at MUSC are offered from 6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the dates listed below. Please schedule your tour by calling, 843-792-5300. Each tour is limited to 6 patients (12 individuals total). Tours meet at in the lobby of MUSC's hospital. Please use the entrance off of the Horseshoe on Ashley Avenue.

2017 Tour Dates:

  • January 17
  • February 21
  • March 21
  • April 18
  • May 16
  • June 20
  • July 18
  • August 22
  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 21
  • December 19

Newborn Care Class

Learn about normal newborn behavior, feeding patterns, signs of illness, safety, sleeping, bathing, immunizations, and solutions for other common concerns.

1 class, 1.5 hours, $10

2017 Classes:

All classes are from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

  • December 19, 2016
  • January 16
  • February 20
  • March 20
  • April 17
  • May 15
  • June 19
  • July 17
  • August 21
  • September 18
  • October 16
  • November 20
  • December 18

Breastfeeding Class

Learn how to make breastfeeding a success: why breastfeeding is important, why your breast milk is so special, what to eat while breastfeeding, latch, positioning, solutions for common breastfeeding concerns, breastfeeding and returning to work, pumping and storing breast milk, and breastfeeding resources.

1 class, 2 hours, $10

2017 Classes:

At the MUSC Main Hospital downtown, 2 West Classroom:

All classes are from 6 to 8 p.m.

  • January 12
  • March 9
  • May 11
  • July 13
  • September 14
  • November 9

At the North Charleston Medical Pavilion location, Third Floor:

All classes are from 9 to 11 a.m.

  • February 18
  • June 17
  • October 21

Infant CPR Class

Learn how to perform CPR for infants up to one year of age from our certified American Heart Association instructors.

1 class, 1 hour, $10 per individual (exact cash or check made out to MUSC). Note: There is a 6 person maximum per class. 

At the MUSC Main Hospital downtown, 2 West Classroom:

All classes are from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

2017 Classes

  • January 19
  • February 16
  • March 16
  • April 13
  • May 18
  • June 15
  • July 20
  • August 17
  • September 21
  • October 19
  • November 16
  • December 14