Inova HealthSource is pleased to offer a wide variety of childbirth classes that are open to the community.



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Maternity Tour 

  • Join us for a free, up-close-and-personal tour of our Inova Childbirth Centers. Preview our facilities and get answers to all your questions. We're here to help you get ready for the birth of your new baby.
  • Location of Tours
  • General Visitation Guidelines
    • Visiting hours are 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (except for critical units)
    • Patient visitation is limited to two visitors per patient excluding the patient care companion 
    • Recommended visitation time is 30 minutes or less 
    • No visitors under the age of 18 are currently allowed
  • Cost: Free

Virtual Maternity Tour

Understanding Birth eClass 

  • This class is ideal for those expectant parents who can’t attend an on-site childbirth class due to work schedules, time constraints, or medical conditions. 
  • The eight-chapter program is an interactive, web-based class that uses videos, personal birth stories, animations, activities, and games to teach all the essential information parents need to know to prepare for their birth.  The childbirth eClass will help you:
    • Understand pregnancy
    • Learn about labor
    • See how the stages of labor unfold
    • Discover helpful comfort techniques
  • Cost $90
  • InJoy eClass Preview: Understanding Birth
  • After you complete your registration and payment online call 703-698-2441 and leave a voicemail stating that you have enrolled in the Understanding Birth eClass.  Leave your name and contact number and you will be sent an email with instructions on how to access the course.

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Baby Care

  • A must-have class for expectant parents or parents adopting a newborn. A skilled instructor introduces baby care basics and walks parents through hands-on practice. 
  • Topics include:
    • what to expect from your new infant
    • holding and swaddling
    • feeding
    • bathing and diapering
    • sleeping and safety
  • Parents who plan to breastfeed should take a separate breastfeeding class.
  • 1 class session, 3 hours long
  • Cost:  $65

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Baby Care for Dads-NEW!

  • A class just for expectant dads or dads adopting a newborn. A skilled instructor introduces practical baby care basics and walks dads through hands-on practice. 
  • Topics include:
    • what to expect at the hospital
    • holding and swaddling
    • diapering
    • sleeping and safety
  • 1 class session, 3 hours long
  • Cost:  $50

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Breastfeeding

  • This class will prepare you for a successful and rewarding breastfeeding experience.
  • You will learn how prepare for breastfeeding, how to hold your baby, how often and how long to feed, how to avoid common problems and much more.
  • Class fee includes participant and one adult partner. Coaches are encouraged to attend.
  • 1 class session, 3 hours long
  • Cost : $65

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Childbirth Express

  • Ideal for the busy couple, this condensed course is offered as one 6-hour class or as two shorter classes.
  • This class covers:
    • pregnancy
    • labor and birth
    • the early post-partum period
    • medication and anesthesia
    • the basics of Cesarean birth
    • Relaxation techniques are introduced in class for partners to practice on their own at home.
  • Please bring two pillows and a blanket for your comfort. You are also welcome to bring food and drinks for your enjoyment during class. Class fee includes participant and 1 adult partner. Breastfeeding is not covered. Please register for maternity tour separately.
  • 1 class session, 6 hours long OR 2 class sessions, 3 hours each
  • Cost: $175

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Childbirth Preparation

  • A four-week course that provides you and a support person with essential information as you prepare for birth. 
  • In addition to the following topics, instructors introduce relaxation techniques and offer feedback as you practice during class.
    • pregnancy
    • labor and birth
    • the early post-partum period
    • medication and anesthesia
    • the basics of Cesarean birth
  • Please bring two pillows and a blanket for your comfort. You are also welcome to bring food and drinks for your enjoyment during class. Class fee includes participant and 1 adult partner. Breastfeeding is not covered. Please register for maternity tour separately.
  • Other recommended courses include Breastfeeding and Baby Care.
  • 4 class sessions, 3 hours each
  • Cost:  $175

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Cesarean Preparation

  • What you and your family need to know about having a Cesarean birth.
  • This class covers:
    • what you can expect during preparation
    • the surgical procedure and anesthesia
    • the recovery period
    • the role of the birth partner during this type of birth
  • 1 class session, 2 hours long
  • Cost:  $55

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Sibling Classes

  • An interactive class for children ages 3 to 7 who are expecting a new brother or sister.
  • This class touches on what it means to be a big brother or sister. 
  • Siblings also work on a craft gift for the new baby. Please bring a baby picture of big brother or sister to class.
  • If big brother or sister has been exposed to a contagious disease within the last 2-weeks, please do not attend.
  • Please register under the child's name.
  • 1 class session, 1 hour long
  • Cost:  $30 per child

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Grandparenting

  • Learn about important medical updates and safety practices that every family member and care giver should know.
  • This class also discusses ways to support the new family, even from a distance.
  • 1 class session, 2 hours long
  • Cost: $40

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Twins, Triplets & More!

  • Join this class designed especially for parents expecting twins, triplets or more!
  • Class topics include:
    • adjusting to the news
    • financial considerations
    • nutrition
    • surviving bed rest
    • identifying preterm labor
    • a very special delivery
    • breastfeeding multiples
    • helpful tips when caring for multiples
    • information about Inova Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) services
  • This class addresses the unique experiences that parents expecting multiples may face during birth or caring for their babies and introduces parents to ongoing resources for multiples.
  • Intensive childbirth, breastfeeding and baby care classes are still recommended. 
  • 1 class session, 3 hours long
  • Cost:  $100

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9 Months in 90 Minutes

  • 1 day seminar consisting of 90 minute express versions of our 3 most popular classes including:  Baby Care, Childbirth Preparation and Breastfeeding.
  • Expectant parents will be introduced to:
    • Baby basics with hands-on practice
    • Information on labor, birth and early postpartum
    • How to prepare for a successful, rewarding breastfeeding experience
  • You are welcome to bring food and drinks for your enjoyment during class. Lunch will not be provided. Class fee includes participant and 1 adult partner. Please register for maternity tour separately.
  • Cost: $140

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New Mom's Group

  • Drop in to the New Moms Group when you are ready to meet new friends and talk about the challenges and joys of being a new mom.
  • An experienced maternal-infant health educator facilitates the informal discussion.
  • Groups meet weekly throughout the area at different times on various days.
  • Please call 703-698-2441 before attending the first time to ensure the group is not on a break.
  • Why should you visit New Moms?
    • Meet other new moms and babies
    • Get support from an experienced maternal-infant health educator
    • No fee for participating in the groups 
    • No registration required
    • Free parking
    • Babies are welcome!
    • Schedule and locations


Inova New Moms Return to Work Group

  • Every 2nd Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Inova HealthSource
  • 2700 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 100
  • Classroom 8
  • Fairfax, VA 22031

Inova Alexandria Hospital New Moms Group

  • Tuesdays, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • HEC 1&2
  • 4320 Seminary Road
  • Alexandria, VA 22304

Inova Fairfax Hospital New Moms Group

  • Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.to 12:30 p.m.
  • Inova HealthSource
  • 2700 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 100
  • Classroom 7 (Fitness Room)
  • Fairfax, VA 22031

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital New Moms Group

  • Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital Campus, 3580 Cancer Center Building
  • 3580 Joseph Siewick Drive
  • Conference Room C
  • Fairfax, VA 22033

Franconia Alliance Church

  • Mondays, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
  • 6315 Beulah Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22310



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