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Important Note: Sarasota Memorial has temporarily canceled most public events, classes and group meetings at all Sarasota Memorial locations. This includes OB Tours and in-person childbirth-education classes, Mother-Baby support group meetings and Latch Clinics. As the region’s largest hospital and employer, our top priority is everyone’s health and safety, and SMH wants to ensure we are doing all we can to protect our patients and community.

As an alternative to our standard in-person education and support programs, Sarasota Memorial is now offering a select number of childbirth education classes online, as well as offering video-conference meetings for the Mother-Baby Support Group and Latch Clinics. (See below for details.)

Online Classes: In addition to our existing "Online Prepared Childbirth Class" we are excited to announce the addition of "Online Baby Care Basics" and "Online Breastfeeding Basics" in both English and Spanish. New course descriptions are available below. 

Group Support: For instructions on how to join the virtual Mother-Baby Support Group, please email

Latch / Lactation Support: Nursing mothers who need assistance (including 1:1 help) should call SMH's Breastfeeding Support phone line at 941-917-7413.

This page will be updated with a link to join the Latch Clinic video conference once it is available. The video chat will enable moms to have their breastfeeding questions answered.

Moms also can access lactation and parenting help through our community partner program, Healthy Start Connect. Call 941-373-7070.



Childbirth Education Classes Childbirth Education Program

Sarasota Memorial offers a comprehensive range of expert-led educational courses to prepare families for baby’s arrival and to support them after the birth. The next best thing to an instruction manual for newborns, our courses include interactive instruction for parents-to-be, grandparents, and even siblings, to ensure that the whole family is ready to welcome baby home.

For the educational sessions, you'll need to sign-up in advance. We recommend signing up for classes by your second trimester and finishing them four weeks prior to your due date. Also, be sure to choose your preferred class location, Sarasota or North Port.  

Click to see our calendar of upcoming childbirth education offerings and to sign-up.

If you have any questions, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions or email


Preparing for a New Baby: Pre-birth Courses

Online Prepared Childbirth Class: Our popular Prepared Childbirth Class is now offered online, so busy parents-to-be can prepare for the birth experience whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for them. The interactive, online course closes with an in-person education session on labor support strategies and a walking tour of the Labor & Delivery and Mother-Baby suites at the Sarasota Memorial Hospital main campus. Online class participants will learn essential information about labor, comforting techniques for delivery, pain-management options, Cesarean birth and post-birth care for mom. The course includes birth-story videos and an opportunity to customize your own birth plan. The online materials take about five hours to complete, but participants can go at their own pace and will have access to the materials for six months, plus access to the bonus “Parents Toolbox” content for 18 months after puchase. To register for the online class, go to our Online Prepared Childbirth Class Eventbrite Page. Once you’ve registered and paid, look for an email with course-login instructions within three business days. COST: $80 per couple + processing fee

Prepared Childbirth Education: Designed to help expectant mothers and their partner or support person prepare for the birth experience, this course covers such topics as how to know when you are in labor, techniques to facilitate a smooth delivery, pain-management options and post-birth care for mom. The eight-hour class includes a tour of Labor & Delivery and Mother-Baby units. It is offered as an all-day Saturday class or as a four-week series (two hours once a week for four weeks). COST: $80 per couple + processing fee {NOTE: THIS CLASS IS TEMPORARILY NOT AVAILABLE.}

Online Baby Care Basics: Wondering how best care for your new baby? This program features real-life situations and videos on how to care for your new baby. Evidence-based topics included are newborn behaviors such as states of alertness, crying and comforting your newborn, bathing, nail care, diapering, infant sleep, newborn health and newborn safety. Parents often enjoy viewing the program before baby's birth and referring back after baby's birth. You will have access to the program for 6 months after purchase. To register for the online class, go to our Online Baby Care Basics Eventbrite Page. Once you've registered and paid, look for an email with course login instructions within 3 business days. COST: $50 + processing fee

Baby Care Basics: This two-hour class teaches parents-to-be the essentials for caring for a newborn. Increase your confidence and new-parent know-how with instruction on bathing and diapering, newborn sleep cycles, swaddling, how to calm a crying baby, infant safety and more. COST: $50 per couple + processing fee {NOTE: THIS CLASS IS TEMPORARILY NOT AVAILABLE.}

Online Breastfeeding Basics: Filled with step-by-step instructions, videos and 3D animation, this evidence-baed breastfeeding program includes: how breastfeeding works, getting the best start, breastfeeding positions and latching on, when to feed your baby, how to know that baby is getting enough milk and breastfeeding lifestyle. You will have access to the program for 6 months after puchase. To register, visit our Online Breastfeeding Basics Eventbrite Page. Once you've registered and paid, look for an email with course-login instructions within three business days. COST: $45 + processing fee

Breastfeeding Basics: In this two-hour class, expectant moms and their partners learn what to expect, the benefits of nursing, positioning and latch techniques, how to maintain milk supply, and tips for breastfeeding success. COST: $45 per couple + processing fee. If your primary OB physician is a member of First Physicians Group, you are able to attend the Breastfeeding Class at no charge. Contact your physician's office for your indivudal discount code. {NOTE: THIS CLASS IS TEMPORARILY NOT AVAILABLE.}

Baby Bundle Class: This one-day class combines three classes into one! Baby Care Basics, Breastfeeding Basics and Infant CPR & Choking are now bundled into one learning experience for the ultimate in convenience and new-parent education. Check the calendar for upcoming dates. COST: $120 per couple + processing fee {NOTE: THIS CLASS IS TEMPORARILY NOT AVAILABLE.}
Tour for Parents-to-Be:
Come see, first-hand, our Labor & Delivery and Mother-Baby units during this free, 1.5-hour guided OB Tour. Two adults are allowed per registration, but due to our infection control policy, no children under 12 are permitted on the patient units for the OB Tour. COST: Free (Note: This tour is included in all Prepared Childbirth classes.) {NOTE: OB TOURS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY CANCELED.}

Education for the Whole Family

Big Sister / Big Brother Class: Designed for kids ages 3 – 10, this two-hour class teaches siblings-to-be what to expect when baby arrives, how they can help out, and safety concerns to consider. A children’s tour of the maternity unit is included. COST: $25 per family + processing fee {NOTE: THIS CLASS IS TEMPORARILY NOT AVAILABLE.}

Daddy 101: For dads, by dads, this free, three-hour workshop allows rookie dads to get insight from veteran fathers on the changes, challenges and joys that come with fatherhood. Topics include responsible fatherhood, mom’s changes, making time, newborn care, safety, finances, parents and in-laws, and community resources. COST: Free  {NOTE: THIS CLASS IS TEMPORARILY NOT AVAILABLE.}
CPR and Choking Rescue for Infants:
This class is a must for all parents, grandparents and babysitters—whether you take it before baby arrives or after. Participants learn lifesaving infant CPR and choking first-aid skills, using the American Heart Association’s proven practice-while-watching technique. This provides participants with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible during the 1.5-hour class. Note: This is not a certification course. COST: $55 per couple + processing fee {NOTE: THIS CLASS IS TEMPORARILY NOT AVAILABLE.}

Newborn Care for Grandparents: Being promoted from parent to grandparent is such an exciting time! No doubt, many things have changed since you parented your newborn(s). In this two-hour class, grandparents learn the latest recommendations around infant care and safety. Topics also include feeding, bathing, sleep, skin care, car seats, and much more. COST: $40 per couple + processing fee {NOTE: THIS CLASS IS TEMPORARILY NOT AVAILABLE.}


New Parent Support

* Please see "Important Note" above.

* Breastfeeding Support and Latch Clinics: Need help with breastfeeding, or just affirmation that you’re on the right track? Join an international board-certified lactation consultant and other new moms at one of our free, weekly drop-in breastfeeding support and latch clinics. New moms will get one-on-one help and guidance. You can weigh your baby, see how much milk he/she is eating, ensure proper latch, get your nursing questions answered, or simply visit with other breastfeeding moms. No registration required. COST: Free 
Tuesdays — 2 - 3:30 pm, Waldemere Medical Plaza (2nd floor) 
Thursday — 2- 3:30 pm, Forty Carrots Parenting Center (1500 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL)
First Tuesday of each month — 6 - 7:30 pm, Waldemere Medical Plaza (2nd floor)

(On days that Forty Carrots is closed, the meeting will be held at the Waldemere Medical Building.)  

Mother-Baby Support Group: Whether you’re a new mom or a veteran, the first year after baby’s arrival can be a rollercoaster. Bring baby along, and come share the celebrations and challenges of mommyhood during one of our free, weekly support groups. Listen to others’ stories, learn new tips and connect with others on the mom journey. Groups are split based on baby’s age/mobility. Meetings last an hour; come any time, and leave when you need to. No registration required. COST: Free
Every Wednesday, Clark Road Health Care Center/HealthFit
Group 1 (crawling to 1 year): 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Group 2  (3 weeks - crawling): 2 - 3 pm 


Class Registration & Payment

For the courses that require it, you can sign-up and pay class fees by credit card online. If you need to pay by check, please call (941) 917-1700. If you are participating in the Healthy Start Program, please contact your Care Coordinator. In the event you need to cancel, full refunds will be made (minus a 10% processing fee), if the cancellation is received at least seven days prior to class start. 

Note: We reserve the right to cancel classes at any time.

For more information, call 941-917-1700 or email