Birthplace Education

Classes for you and your family

At Prisma Health, we understand that the more you know about the childbirth experience, the more comfortable and more prepared you will feel.

Our Birthplace Education Programs offer a variety of classes to teach you and your family about childbirth, breastfeeding and other topics related to the care of your new baby. We offer convenient dates, times and locations, as well as package discounts. Each class description lists the time during pregnancy that we recommend you take the class. We recommend that you register for classes in your first trimester.

Contact us

If you have questions or would like more information about our Birthplace classes, please call us. Please register early for classes, as they fill up fast.

Please note: Any of the programs/classes sponsored by Prisma Health are subject to being cancelled or rescheduled up to 24 hours before the start of the class/program. In these instances, you will be notified by telephone and can be rescheduled for another date or receive a refund.

Class refund policy: You must cancel five (5) working days prior to class date in order to receive a refund. You will not receive a refund after the scheduled class date.


Class descriptions

Birthplace tours
When to register: Anytime
When to attend: Six weeks prior to delivery due date
Fee: No cost

Tours of the Birthplace are available at each of our birthing centers and are included in all of our Childbirth Classes. Children are permitted to tour but must be kept quiet in patient care areas.

  • To schedule a tour of the Birthplace at Prisma Health Baptist Hospital, call 803-434-4405
    • Tours are offered from 6–7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month
  • To schedule a tour of the Birthplace at Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital, call 803-907-301
  • To schedule a tour of the Birthplace at Prisma Health Richland Hospital, call 803-434-4405
    • Tours are offered from 6–7 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of the month

Baby Basics
When to register: First trimester
When to attend: Third trimester
Fee: $25 per couple

Baby Basics is just that, a class designed to prepare expectant parents in the routine care of their newborn baby. Topics include breastfeeding, diapering, bathing, safety and hospital expectations, as well as many other tips. There is even a time for hands-on practice to help you feel more confident in your exciting new role of mom and dad!

Breastfeeding Basics
When to register: First trimester
When to attend: Third trimester
Fee: $25 per couple

Designed for expectant mothers and their support person, this class provides information about breastfeeding including: the benefits of breastfeeding; how to prepare to breastfeed; feeding positions and guidance about how to tell if an infant is feeding well. We will also discuss how to avoid common problems related to breastfeeding, how to choose the correct breast pump and returning to work. 

Breastfeeding Basics Online – online breastfeeding education
When to register: Anytime
When to attend: Anytime
Fee: $25 per couple

Designed for expectant mothers and support persons unable to attend a traditional breastfeeding class. This class provides information about breastfeeding including: the benefits of breastfeeding; how to prepare to breastfeed; feeding positions and guidance about how to tell if an infant is feeding well.

This online class also includes videos, animations, quizzes, interactive exercises, notes pages and extended activities. Essential pregnancy, birth and new-parent tools are also included, with a document library, glossary and web links. The online childbirth program includes access for a nine-month period, beginning from the date of initial use. You will receive an access code after you register and pay for the class. Learn more and register »

Infant CPR
When to register: Anytime
When to attend: Anytime
Fee: $25 per person

All parents and caregivers should know the fundamentals of infant CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), should a child ever need it. This class will review the most current recommendations from the American Heart Association for infants from birth to one year of age. This class is not intended for certification purposes.

Just for Dads
When to register: Anytime
When to attend: Anytime
Fee: $25 per person

This class is a dad-to-dad training program that prepares new dads for the challenges and joys of fatherhood. The instructor encourages men to get involved from the beginning and stay involved in the life of their child. The “dad-in-training” will learn about life during pregnancy, helping at home, delivery room duties, caring for mom and baby after birth as well as balancing work and family. This class is for dads only!

Prepared Childbirth

When to register: First trimester
When to attend: Third trimester
Fee: $75 per couple

This class focuses on how to prepare for the birth of your baby including the birthing process, relaxation techniques, breathing techniques and using a coach/partner to aid in labor and delivery. Instruction includes variations in labor, birth and anesthesia. A tour of the Birthplace is included.

Prepared Childbirth – Express 

When to register: First trimester
When to attend: Third trimester
Fee: $50 per couple

Prepared Childbirth – Express is intended for those unable to attend a full-day childbirth class and those registered for our online childbirth class, or as a refresher class for those who have already had a baby.

This class provides condensed information about the birth process, potential medical procedures, pain management and post-partum procedures. Ample hands-on time will be provided to practice comfort measures and breathing and relaxation techniques.

Prepared Childbirth Online - online childbirth education
When to register: Anytime
Fee: $75

The online childbirth program is an interactive, web-based tool that contains animated illustrations, videos, voice-overs and games. It is the perfect option for: 

  • Moms-to-be who are on bed rest
  • Couples with time constraints or scheduling conflicts
  • Those who are unable to attend a traditional childbirth class
  • A refresher course

The online childbirth program includes access for a nine-month period, beginning from the date if your initial use. You will receive an access code and a book after you register and pay for the class. Click here for more information.

Prenatal class packages

Baby on Board prenatal class package
When to register: First trimester
When to attend: Third trimester
Fee: $100 per couple ($25 Savings!)

The Baby on Board prenatal class package includes all of the classes you will need as you begin to bring a new baby into your lives, plus a special class just for dads. Classes include: Preparation for Childbirth, Baby Basics and Just for Dads.

Bundle of Joy prenatal class package
When to register: First trimester
When to attend: Third trimester
Fee: $100 per couple ($25 Savings!)
The Baby on Board prenatal class package includes all of the classes you will need as you begin to bring a new baby into your lives, plus a special class just for dads. Classes include: Preparation for Childbirth – Express, Baby Basics and Just for Dads.

New Beginnings prenatal class package
When to register: First trimester
When to attend: Third trimester
Fee: $100 per couple ($25 Savings!)

The New Beginnings prenatal class package includes all of the classes you will need as you begin this new chapter in your life. Classes include: Preparation for Childbirth, Baby Basics and Breastfeeding Basics.

*The Prepared Childbirth –Express class cannot be substituted for the Prepared Childbirth class in a Prenatal Class Package. 

Online Prenatal Class package
When to register: Anytime
When to attend: N/A
Fee: $90 per couple ($25 Savings!)

The Online Prenatal Class package includes both the Prepared Childbirth and Breastfeeding Basics online prenatal classes. Our online classes are designed for expectant mothers and support persons unable to attend our traditional classes. They include videos, animations, quizzes, interactive exercises, notes pages and extended activities. Both online programs are available for a nine-month period, beginning from the date of initial use. 

Preparing for Baby prenatal class package
When to register: First trimester
When to attend: Third trimester
Fee: $125 per couple ($25 Savings!)

The Preparing for Baby prenatal class package includes all of the classes you will need as you prepare for your new bundle of joy. Classes include: Preparation for Childbirth; Baby Basics and Infant CPR for two people.

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