Childbirth Education classes and parenting resources are offered in Austin and Albert Lea. Search the Classes & Events section of the Mayo Clinic Health System website for local class dates, conference room locations and costs. Registration is required for most prenatal and postpartum classes. Class sizes are limited. All in-person classes are free. Offerings are subject to change during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If class is canceled, Mayo Clinic Health System will make every attempt to reach you by phone or email. Mayo reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet minimum size requirements. If there are severe weather warnings in the area, classes will be canceled. Alternative classes will be offered whenever possible. Classes that reach maximum capacity will be closed. If you must cancel your registration, you should call at least three business days prior to your class so those on the waitlist can have your spot.
You also can call to ask about class status:
Albert Lea Public Health: 507-377-5100
Austin Family Birth Center: 507-434-1380
Breastfeeding Education class
This class is designed for women who are considering breastfeeding or those who have decided to breastfeed. It covers the benefits of breastfeeding and information needed to achieve breastfeeding goals. Support people welcome. Babies are encouraged to attend.
Available in Albert Lea; hosted in partnership with Freeborn County. Available in Austin as part of the Childbirth Preparation class; hosted in partnership with Mower County
Childbirth education — offered online
This interactive online class covers essential labor and delivery information through videos and quizzes. Get organized with tools, planning checklists and trackers. This class is great for mom and her support person. Once you purchase the online class, you will receive an email with login instructions. Allow four to six hours to complete the class. You will have access to the class for 240 days. The class costs $50. Preview the course. Register and pay with your credit card.
Childbirth Preparation class
This class is designed for women in their sixth or seventh month of pregnancy. Topics include maternal/fetal aspects of the third trimester, labor and delivery, relaxation skills, breathing techniques, cesarean birth, the “normal” newborn, postpartum adjustments, car seat information and a tour of Family Birth Center. Wear comfortable clothing. Those attending in Albert Lea should bring a towel or yoga mat with to the first class. Those attending the evening classes are welcome to bring a light snack.