UI Hospitals and Clinics

UI Childbirth and Parenting Education

We have designed this program to promote a healthy pregnancy and help you achieve the most rewarding and fulfilling birth experience possible. We provide excellent and comprehensive preparation, information, and support for all expectant parents and their support persons. We encourage you to attend these special classes to prepare for labor and delivery and the time afterward.

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Registration and Payment

Classes are designed for expectant families between the 25th and 35th week of pregnancy, early registration is recommended as classes fill quickly. Registration is required. Due to limited space, we cannot accept walk-ins. Confirmation emails will be sent to your email address. Payment instructions will be included in the email. If you need to cancel or reschedule a class, please call 319-353-7877 or email childbirthclasses@healthcare.uiowa.edu at least 24 hours in advance.

Please wear comfortable clothing, check individual class descriptions for items you may want to bring to class; such as a pillow for comfort, baby picture, doll or stuffed animal and plan for any special dietary needs.


Participants will be notified by phone by 5 p.m. the day of the class if evening classes need to be cancelled for any reason, such as weather or instructor illness. Notification for weekend classes will be made by 8 a.m. Cancellation of classes may also take place due to low enrollment. For more information, call UI Health Access 800-777-8442 toll free