Carolinas HealthCare System

Carolinas HealthCare System University offers a full scope of maternity education classes to prepare parents and family for the arrival of their newest family members. Taught in the maternity center on the hospital's third floor, classes are designed to help parents become familiar with what to expect during the childbirth process, as well as with what options are available for childbirth. A variety of classes are offered, tailored to the new parent and partner, children and grandparents.

Our Staff

All of our childbirth instructors are registered nurses and certified childbirth educators.

Class schedules and costs will vary; please call 704-863-5858 for full details.

Available Classes

Childbirth Education Series

A childbirth series is a great way to prepare for labor and delivery. The four sessions will cover signs of labor, normal progress of labor and birth, techniques for coping with labor, including comfort measures, and epidurals. Your partner will learn ways to support you throughout labor. A discussion on cesarean births and postpartum care are also included. There will be a tour of the facility during one of the classes. The last night of class is dedicated to Taking Care of Baby and Infant CPR.

  • Tuesday, February 28th, March 7th, March 14th, and March 21st from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (Class is full)
  • Tuesday, March 28th, April 4th, April 11th from 6-8:30 p.m. (there is not a 4th class in this series, you will need to pick a date for Taking Care of Baby/CPR)
  • Tuesday, April 25th, May 2nd, May 9th, and May 16th from 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 23rd, May 30th, June 6th, and June 13th from 6-8:30pm

Register online.

Condensed Childbirth Education Series

This Friday and Saturday condensed class is for those that are unable to attend weekday classes. This class covers signs of labor, normal progress of labor and birth, techniques for coping with labor, including comfort measures and epidurals. Your partner will learn ways to support you throughout labor. A tour of the maternity center is also included during class. This class allows you to pick a separate date for Taking Care of Baby/Infant CPR at no additional fee.

  • Friday, March 10th from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 11th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, April 7th from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 8th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, May 19th from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 20th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, June 2nd from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 3rd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Register online.

Taking Care of Baby/Infant CPR Class

This class is included when you take any of our childbirth education classes. However, it is also available for those that do not need a childbirth class. You will learn baby basics, including everyday tasks such as diapering, holding the baby, feeding and burping, sleep behaviors, soothing the baby and signs and symptoms of illness during the infant period. The infant CPR portion is based on the American Heart Association’s Friends and Family class that teaches lay people emergency care for infant choking and newborn CPR techniques. This class is taught by registered nurses who are also certified American Heart Association instructors. Cost is $10.

  • Thursday, March 16th from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, March 27th from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 10th from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 20th from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 8th from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 11th from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 22nd from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Register online.

Breastfeeding Basics

Join our lactation consultants, and learn how breastfeeding works, how to establish a good milk supply, how to help your baby latch on for feeding, positioning for breastfeeding and knowing if your baby is getting enough milk. You will learn when and where to get help should you need it, both here at the hospital and when you go home. Learning the basics of breastfeeding and starting off with a positive attitude will give you a better experience breastfeeding your baby. Cost is $30.

  • Thursday, March 2nd from 6 to 8 p.m. (Class is full)
  • Wednesday, March 22nd from 6 to 8 p.m. (Class is full)
  • Thursday, April 6th from 6-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 18th from 6-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 8th from 6-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 6th from 6-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 13th from 6-8 p.m.

Register online.

Back to Work Breastfeeding Class

This class is designed for the breastfeeding mom to take before she goes back to work. Join our lactation consultants to learn more about the use of a breast pump, setting up a workable milk expression schedule, storing milk, maintaining a good milk supply and how to talk to your work colleagues and supervisors about your needs when returning to work. Cost is $10.

  • Thursday, March 16th from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 20th from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 25th from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 22nd from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Register online.

Boot Camp for New Dads

This popular program is presented by new dads and their babies for dads-to-be. They discuss and demonstrate real life experiences of what to expect when you take the baby home, newborn basics and dad’s new role. The program builds confidence to face the challenges of fatherhood. For men only. Cost is $15.

  • Class is held at CHS-Northeast Hospital
  • Saturday, March 18th from 10a.m. to 1p.m.
  • No April class
  • Saturday, May 20th from 10 a.m. to 1p.m.

Register online.

Maternity Adult Tour

This tour is designed for adults to answer all of your questions and give you the peace of mind you deserve for your special birth. The 45 minute tour walks you through our labor, delivery, recovery, postpartum single care private rooms and also answers your questions, from the admitting process and visiting hours, to family and infant security. You will receive a complete overview of our state-of-the-art facility which features all the comforts of home, with the most advanced technology, exceptional support services and experienced nursing staff.

  • Monday, March 6th at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 11th at 3:30 p.m. (Tour is Full)
  • Monday, March 20th at 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 3rd at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 8th at 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 24th at 6 p.m.
  • Monday, May 1st at 6pm
  • Saturday, May 20th at 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 22nd at 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 3rd at 3:30p.m.
  • Monday, June 5th at 6 p.m.
  • Monday, June 19th at 6 p.m.

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I’m Going to Be a Big Brother/Big Sister Tour

This tour is designed to help the soon-to-be big brother and/or sister get ready for your new baby. The sibling tour participants discuss what babies do, how the older sibling can help their parents and how important they are to the family. Siblings also learn and practice holding a baby using a doll and proper hand washing techniques in a relaxed, fun environment. Siblings walk through the maternity floor and room where mom will have the baby and are presented with a special certificate. This tour is for children 3 to 8 years old. Parents must be present.

  • Monday, March 6th at 5 p.m. (Class is full)
  • Monday, April 3rd at 5 p.m. (Class is full)
  • Monday, April 24th at 5 p.m.
  • Monday, May 1st at 5 p.m.
  • Monday, May 22nd at 5 p.m.
  • Monday, June 5th at 5p.m.
  • Monday, June 19th at 5p.m.

Register online.

Register for classes onlinecall the Carolinas HealthCare System University Baby Line at 704-863-5858, or contact us by email with Pre-registration is required for all classes.