Prenatal Classes/Childbirth Education

Preparing you for the most important moment of your life

At Ochsner a variety of prenatal classes are available.

These classes cover topics such as:

  • the labor and delivery experience
  • vaginal delivery versus Cesarean Section delivery
  • Epidurals
  • postpartum care
  • car seat safety
  • newborn care
  • sibling classes for siblings
  • breastfeeding

Classes are taught by our maternity nurses and our breastfeeding class is led by certified lactation consultants. We also have Lamaze classes that are taught by a certified Lamaze instructor.

Online Resources

Let Ochsner provide you with the information and care you need as you prepare for the joy of bringing a new life into the world. Learn the A’s to Z’s of your pregnancy. Click here to download the A to Z Guide to Pregnancy.

Visit our Health Library for additional articles about your journey through pregnancy to childbirth and after. 

Locations Where Childbirth Classes are Offered

Click on the location name below for additional details about the classes, including dates, times, schedules and registration information.

New Parent Classes at Babies "R" Us in Metairie

Ochsner Health System now offers new parent classes at Babies R Us in Metairie to help you and your family prepare for your new baby.

Sign up by calling 504-885-8242 or register online at


Babies R Us
6851 Veterans Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70003

Class Offerings and Dates:


Join us as a certified lactation consultant offers professional advice and practical tips to prepare you for a successful breastfeeding experience. Learn as much as you can and get a great start nursing your baby.

Cost: Free!

2015 Dates: November 5, December 1

2016 Dates: January 7, February 16, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2, July 14, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3,  December 1

Time: 6pm

Baby Basics

Baby Basics is a guide to the first 6 weeks of care for newborns. We will discuss baby’s senses, understanding of what baby is trying to tell you, crying and comforting, feeding, diapering, washing, sleeping, health and safety. Discussion will follow.

Cost: Free!

2015 Dates: November 12, December 3

2016 Dates: January 14, February 18, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 21, August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10, December 6

Time: 6pm

Infant CPR

Friends and family infant CPR is a video driven class that goes over hands-on demonstration and practice of CPR and choking from birth to 1 year of age. This is not a certification. Call 504-391-5529 to register.

Cost: $15 per person, 2 people for $25

2015 Dates: November 19, December 10

2016 Dates: January 21, February 25, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 28, August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17, December 8

Time: 6pm and 7pm