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When should I attend classes? We suggest that you choose classes that finish at least 4 weeks in advance of your due date.

Why would I need to take a breastfeeding class...don't babies know what to do? Breastfeeding is an art that both mothers and babies have to learn. Having the knowledge base about breastfeeding helps facilitate this both for the mother and for her partner (so they can support the mother). Taking the breastfeeding class during pregnancy also increases confidence which can aid the mother with her breastfeeding endeavors.

Do private insurance companies cover the cost of classes? Please check with your insurance company. However, you will still need to pay for class(es) and submit to your company for reimbursement.

Does Medicaid cover the cost of classes? No

What is Healthy Start? Healthy Start of Sarasota County helps pregnant women before, during, and after pregnancy. They provide resources and support to ensure that all babies in Sarasota County get the healthy start they deserve.. To contact the Healthy Start Program of Sarasota County please call 941-861-2905 or go to

If I am not paying by credit card online, how do I register? You can call our Childbirth Education Office at 941-917-1700. It will save you time if, prior to calling us, you go online to complete the account information and look over the available classes.

What is the refund policy for classes I have paid for? As long as you notify us at least 7 days before your class starts, we can give you a full refund. To request a refund, you need to call our Childbirth Education office at 941-917-1700.

Do I need to register for the OB Tour? Yes. You do need to register for the Tour, even though it is free.

Can siblings attend the OB Tour?  Due to our infection control policy, no children under the age of 13 are permitted on the patient units for this Tour.

If I wish to speak with someone regarding the OB Tours or classes, whom should I call? Call our Childbirth Education Office at 941-917-1700.

Where are classes held? Classes are held on the second floor of the Waldemere Medical Plaza (1921 Waldemere St) which is located across Waldemere St from the hospital. See MAP

Who teaches the classes? Our classes are taught by Certified Childbirth Educators and Certified Lactation Counselors.