****Announcement: The Alexandria New Moms Group will NOT meet on Tuesday, September 15th.****

 

Inova HealthSource is committed to helping you prepare for the birth and care of your newborn. We are pleased to offer a wide variety of childbirth education classes that are open to the community. Click the video below to learn more!

 

 

 

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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
  • *** Babies born on or after January 25, 2016 will be delivered at the brand new Inova Women's Hospital. To learn more visit www.inova.org/mom. If your due date is near January 25, 2016 we recommend that you tour both the current Inova Women's Hospital and the new Inova Women's Hospital.
  • 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.
  • Class fee includes participant and 1 adult partner.
  • 1 class session, 3 hours long
  • Cost: $65

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Baby Care for Dads

  • This class is a must for all dads-to-be! 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
  • Class fee includes 1 participant.
  • 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.
  • Topics include:
    • Latching
    • How to hold your baby
    • How often and how long to feed
    • How to avoid common problems
  • Class fee includes participant and 1 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 postpartum period
    • Medication and anesthesia
    • The basics of Cesarean birth
    • Relaxation techniques are introduced in class for partners to practice on their own at home.
  • Breastfeeding is not covered. Please register for maternity tour separately.
  • Class fee includes participant and 1 adult partner.
  • 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 postpartum period
    • Medication and anesthesia
    • The basics of Cesarean birth
  • Breastfeeding is not covered. Please register for maternity tour separately.
  • Class fee includes participant and 1 adult partner.
  • 4 class sessions, 3 hours each
  • Cost: $175

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Cesarean Preparation

  • This class is designed for parents who are either preparing for a birth by cesarean section or who are interested in learning more about the experience of an unexpected cesarean section.
  • 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
  • Class fee includes participant and 1 adult partner.
  • 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 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.
  • Class fee includes 1 child and 1 parent
  • 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.
  • Class fee includes 1 participant
  • 1 class session, 2 hours long
  • Cost: $40

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Twins, Triplets & More!

  • This class is designed for the unique needs of parents expecting multiples.
  • Class topics include:
    • Identifying preterm labor
    • Coping with bed rest
    • What to expect during birth
    • Breastfeeding multiples
    • Basic care of multiples
    • Information about Inova Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) services
  • Intensive childbirth, breastfeeding and baby care classes are still recommended.
  • Class fee includes participant and 1 adult partner.
  • 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 care 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.
  • 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.
  • Why should you visit New Moms?
    • Meet other new moms and babies
    • Share your experiences with other new moms and discuss subjects of mutual concern
    • Get support from an experienced maternal-infant health educator
    • No fee for participating in the groups; FREE
    • No registration required and free parking available
    • Babies are welcome!
  • Please call 703-698-2441 before attending the first time to ensure the group is not on a break.
  • Groups meet weekly throughout the area at different times on various days. Schedule and locations listed below:

 

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, Fairfax, VA 22031
  • Classroom 8

Inova Alexandria Hospital New Moms Group

*** The Alexandria New Moms Group will NOT meet on Tuesday, September 15th.

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

Inova Fairfax Hospital New Moms Group

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

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, Fairfax, VA 22033
  • Conference Room C

Franconia Alliance Church

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

 

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