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In-Person Classes, Support to Resume. Virtual Options Available.


In-person Latch Clinics have resumed, and in-person Childbirth Education Classes will resume in November 2021. We will continue offering our selection of online childbirth education classes, virtual OB tour, virtual meetings for the weekly Mother-Baby Support Group and virtual/phone appointments for 1-on-1 lactation support after hospital discharge. (See below for details.)

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: Pregnant women are high risk for developing severe COVID-19. Developing COVID-19 during pregnancy increases a woman’s chances of having poor pregnancy outcomes, including pre-term delivery (before 37 weeks) and pregnancy loss. Vaccination before / during pregnancy is the safest way to prevent COVID-19 in pregnancy. It is highly recommended by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Sarasota Memorial and First Physicians Group. Click here to get the facts on COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy.


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. Our virtual and in-person courses provide interactive instruction for parents-to-be (and even grandparents), to ensure that the whole family is ready to welcome baby home. 

¿Preferiría usted o un ser querido tomar una clase con un instructor que hable español? Consulte a continuación para obtener información sobre nuestras clases en línea que se ofrecen en español.

Delivering at Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Sarasota Campus? Click here to watch a virtual tour of the hospital for parents-to-be, and be sure to register for our hour-long, livestreamed "Having Your Baby at SMH" virtual orientation class (see details below). 

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

Interested in giving birth at Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice Campus? Talk to doctor, and stay tuned for the virtual tour this fall.

For More Info

Call 941-917-1700

Useful Links

Video Tour: Having a Baby at SMH

Childbirth Education Calendar

Sign Up Here

Frequently Asked Questions

Course Locator Maps

SMH Main Campus
Waldemere Medical Plaza

Preparing for a New Baby: Pre-birth Courses

{Note that face masks are required for participants of in-person classes.}

For our in-person educational sessions, you'll need to sign-up in advance. We recommend signing up for classes by your second trimester and finishing them 4 weeks prior to your due date.  

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. COST: $80 per couple + processing fee 

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 

Education for the Whole Family

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 

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. 

Sarasota Memorial employees get 20% discount on all CBE classes; email (from your work email) for promo code.

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

Online Childbirth Education Classes

Online "Having Your Baby at SMH," Virtual Orientation & Tour: Learn what to expect when delivering a baby at Sarasota Memorial, get answers to your birth questions, and view a virtual tour of the SMH-Sarasota Campus during this hour-long, livestreamed webinar. Click here to choose a date and register for the online class.

Online Prepared Childbirth ClassOur popular Prepared Childbirth Class is now offered online — in English and in Spanish — so busy parents-to-be can prepare for the birth experience whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for them. 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 purchase. To register for the English-version 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. COST: $80 per couple + processing fee

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. COST: $50 + processing fee

Online Breastfeeding Basics: Filled with step-by-step instructions, videos and 3D animation, this evidence-based 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. COST: $45 + processing fee

En Español: Clases de Educación Sobre el Parto en línea

La Clase De Parto Preparado En Línea (en Español): Nuestra popular clase de parto preparado ahora se ofrece en línea, en español, por lo que los futuros padres ocupados pueden prepararse para la experiencia de nacimiento cuando y donde sea más conveniente para ellos. Los participantes de la clase en línea aprenderán información esencial sobre el trabajo de parto, técnicas reconfortantes para el parto, opciones para el manejo del dolor, parto por cesárea y cuidado post-nacimiento para la madre. El curso incluye videos de historia de nacimiento y una oportunidad para personalizar su propio plan de nacimiento. Los materiales en línea tardan unas cinco horas en completarse, pero los participantes pueden ir a su propio ritmo y tendrán acceso a los materiales durante seis meses, además de acceso al contenido de bonificación "Parents Toolbox" durante 18 meses después de la compra. Para registrarse en la clase en español, vaya a nuestra página de Eventbrite de La Clase De Parto Preparado En Línea. Una vez que se haya registrado y pagado, busque un correo electrónico con las instrucciones de inicio de sesión del curso. COSTO: $80 por pareja + tarifa de procesamiento

New Parent Support

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 1-on-1 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 for the Latch Clinics; however, space is limited to ensure proper physical distancing amid COVID-19 concerns. COST: Free 
Tuesdays: 2 - 3:30 pm, Waldemere Medical Plaza (2nd floor) 
Thursdays: 2- 3:30 pm, Waldemere Medical Plaza (2nd floor)

Mother-Baby Support Group Virtual Meetings: Whether you’re a new mom or a veteran, the first year after baby’s arrival can be a rollercoaster. Join us online for our weekly virtual meetup to listen to others’ stories, learn new tips and connect with others on the mom journey. Meetings last an hour, but you're welcome to join or leave any time. Registration is not required. COST: Free
For instructions on how to join the virtual Mother-Baby Support Group, please email
Wednesdays: 1- 2 pm, via WebEx video conferencing platform