Birthing Classes & Tours

As an expectant parent, you probably have a lot of questions. If you are already a parent, you may be wondering about your growing family. Fortunately, childbirth and breastfeeding educators at Houston Methodist are here to help, before and after delivery.

Birthing Classes
We offer a variety of classes to teach you about childbirth and help you prepare for your new arrival, including:

Childbirth Classes
In our classes multiple topics are discussed, such as prenatal exercises and nutrition, labor and delivery process, postpartum care and infant care. This class is open to first-time parents or experienced parents who would like a refresher course. 

Breastfeeding Classes 
Breastfeeding has proven to have many benefits, including boosting your baby’s immunity and enhancing the bond between mother and child. The breastfeeding classes at Houston Methodist include information concerning the breastfeeding process, feeding techniques and breastfeeding in the hospital and at home. 

Birthing Center Tours 
A free tour of the birthing center, including the postpartum and nursery areas, is available for expectant parents and family members. Expectant parents are given the opportunity to ask questions and to become more familiar with the hospital and the services provided.

Sibling Classes 
Older brothers and sisters have a special role in the birth process. Visual aids, films, discussion and practice help to prepare the child for the addition of a new brother or sister to the family. 

Infant Care Classes
This class covers baby basics, newborn characteristics and infant safety and offers practical tips on caring for a newborn. Attendees will also gain experience diapering, holding and burping in the hands-on practice. 

To learn more or register for a birthing class, call 713.790.3333. 

Planning for Discharge
Having a baby is a family event, and we find that most moms and babies are eager to go home as soon as possible. We recommend moms stay with us at least 24 hours after a vaginal birth and 72 hours after a cesarean birth to make sure both of you are ready.

  • We want to make sure your baby is ready for the outside world (stable vital signs, temperature and ability to eat/nurse adequately)
  • The state requires certain tests be performed when the baby is 24 hours old

Lactation Support
If you have questions after you have been discharged from the hospital, please ask to speak to a lactation consultant.

The State of Texas requires that all infants be transported in a car seat when going home. Plan for transportation in advance with your family. Please bring an age-appropriate car seat to the hospital on the day the baby goes home.