Birthing Center Classes


Prepared Childbirth Boot Camp

This one-day prepared childbirth course provides evidence-based information in a fun, relaxed environment. We will walk through the process of labor and birth in a way that increases confidence and lessens anxiety about the birthing process. Topics include when to go to the hospital, labor coping techniques (breathing, relaxation, positioning, massage, etc.), the role of the partner, medical interventions, medications, cesarean birth and care of the newborn. This class is designed to help couples feel ready and excited for this life-changing event. Lecture, dis­cussion, videos and hands-on practice is included.

Time/Day: 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. every 3rd Saturday of the month

Cost (can be paid online):
$50 per couple (for patients registered for childbirth at Waterbury Hospital)

To register to give birth at Waterbury hospital, call Patient Registration at (203) 573-6503.

Location: Bizzozero Conference Room

Parking: Free


Instructions: Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat if you have one (extras available). Snacks and water will be provided, but please bring a lunch.

To register, choose a date below:

3/21: Register

4/18: Register

5/16: Register

6/20: Register

7/18: Register

8/22: Register

9/19: Register

Note: the February 22 class is a rescheduled class, and therefore not the 3rd Saturday of the month.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes

Our prenatal breastfeeding class is taught by Bree, our nurse-midwife lactation consultant and is a two-hour program that introduces the basics of breastfeeding and prepares the expectant parents for a healthy and happy breastfeeding relationship with their baby. Topics include: the benefits of breastfeeding, how breastfeeding works, latch­ing on, positioning and signs that baby is getting enough. Partners are welcome to attend.

Time/Day: 6 pm to 8 pm, Every 2nd Tuesday of the month

Cost: Free

Location: Bizzozero Dining Room

Parking: Free


To register, choose a date below:

3/10: Register

4/14: Register

5/12: Register

6/9: Register

7/14 Register

8/11 Register

9/8 Register

Breastfeeding Support Group

(with International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Laura Piscioneri)

We strongly encourage breastfeeding and offer lactation support during your stay here and after discharge. We strive to make breastfeeding a positive and rewarding experience for you and your family

Time/Day: Every Tuesday, 11 am to noon
Family Birthing Center, 3rd Floor, Waterbury Hosptial

For more information email

To register, choose a date below:

2/25: Register

3/3: Register

3/10: Register

3/17: Register

3/24: Register

3/31: Register

4/7: Register

4/14: Register

4/21: Register

4/28: Register

5/5: Register

5/12: Register

5/19: Register

5/26: Register

6/2 Register

6/9 Register

6/16 Register

6/23 Register

6/30 Register

7/7 Register

7/14 Register

7/21 Register

7/28 Register

8/4 Register

8/11 Register


8/25 Register

9/1 Register

9/8 Register

9/15 Register

9/22 Register

9/29 Register

Pregnancy Self Care Class

This is a different class every month but will touch on subjects of interest specific to the class such as taking care of yourself during pregnancy, special exercises to encourage a smoother, quicker labor, nutrition during pregnancy, time management to fit in self-care, house prep for a baby, going back to work and prevention of postpartum depression.  We plan to bring in speakers such as Pediatricians, licensed counselors, massage therapists and life coaches.  It is meant to be a support network for moms-to-be no matter what baby you are on, as well as a place to hold yourself accountable for practicing self-care!

Date/Time: Every first Thursday of the month 1-3pm

Cost: $20 - FREE for the first-time attendee

Location: Bizzozero Dining Room 4th floor (from the main elevators).

3/5: Register

4/2: Register

5/7: Register

6/4: Register

7/2: Register

8/6: Register

9/3: Register

After-birth Self Care Class for moms

This is a different class every month but will touch on sleep issues, exercise, nutrition, stress and many more topics.  Babies are welcome at this class. 

We plan to have speakers, gentle exercises and a continual way to find support for the first year

after you have your baby. You are welcome to bring your babies!

Date/Time: Every third Thursday of the month 1-3pm,

Cost: $20 - FREE for the first-time attendee

Location: This class meets in the Bizzozero Dining Room 4th floor (from the Main elevators). 

3/19: Register

4/16: Register

5/21: Register

6/18 Register

7/16 Register

8/20 Register

9/17 Register

Newborn Care Class

For any newborn care-givers; during pregnancy or after

This class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for a newborn.   You will have the opportunity to practice swaddling, diapering, burping, feeding and discuss safety, crying, sleeping, bathing and development.  It includes fantastic videos of real babies and parents and a PowerPoint by Injoy health education.  It’s an evidence-based, video-rich, engaging class given by our childbirth educators at Waterbury Hospital.

Date/Time: Every third Sunday of the month 12-2:30pm,

Cost: $25 per couple

Location: Bizzozero Conference Room 4th floor (from the main elevators).

3/15: Register

4/19: Register

5/17: Register

6/21 Register

7/19 Register

8/23 Register – rescheduled from 8/6

9/20  Register

Prenatal Tour

Tours are offered with all of our classes, or call the Family Birthing Center at 203-573-6503 to schedule a tour without taking a class.

About our instructors

“Our goal is to facilitate a fun, interactive and personalized class based on each family’s goals for their birth experience. This goal stems from deep connections built during our own childbirth classes where friendships were made and play­groups formed all from families learning together at the same stage of life. We aim to provide a safe and encouraging environment, where becoming comfortable with the unexpected is the result.”

Jessica Perrault is a labor and delivery nurse at Waterbury Hospital and a certified Childbirth Educator. Having three children of her own, she likes to empower parents by providing them with insight and knowledge regarding what to expect. She has earned a Master of Public Health degree from Southern Connecticut State University and is completing a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Nursing Management and Executive Leadership. In her free time she enjoys traveling with her family and cooking.


Bree Grealis is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She loves helping families prepare for the toughest job we ever love: parenthood. Bree has two chil­dren of her own and has been participating in labor/birth and postpartum care of moms and babies for 20 years. She brings her experience and love for the expectant family into her classes and wants to help people grow their families feeling strong and confident.