Birth Center Tours and Prenatal Classes at Johnston-Willis Hospital in Richmond
You’re pregnant and probably have many questions: What are the early signs of labor? How often should I feed my newborn? Do babies sleep on their stomachs or backs? And whether you’re a new mom or a seasoned pro, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by conflicting advice from well-meaning family members, neighbors, and friends.
Relax — you got this. The maternity experts at Johnston-Willis Hospital in Chesterfield County help you learn to trust your instincts and feel confident in becoming a parent. Our prenatal classes and birth center tours offer up-to-date information and advice about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood.
Take a Guided Tour of our Birth Center
Familiarize yourself with our birth center before you go into labor. During our one-hour guided tour, you’ll learn where to check-in on the big day, see our labor and delivery and postpartum rooms up close, peek in the well-baby nursery, and have an opportunity to ask questions about your hospital stay.
In the meantime, you can take a virtual tour of our birth center.
Enroll in a Class (or Three) or Get Support
Our classes and support groups cover a wide range of topics suitable to first-time parents and those in need of a refresher. Most are free or low-cost and are available at two convenient locations in Richmond — here at Johnston-Willis Hospital and at nearby Chippenham Hospital. We also have many evening and weekend options. We offer:
- Labor Basics I and II. This class will answer your most pressing questions about labor and delivery. Topics include the stages of labor, when to call the doctor or go to the hospital, comfort measures, pain control options, birth options, and postpartum recovery. You can take this class as a two-part course (two separate, two-hour classes) or as a single, three-hour weekend session.
- Let’s Talk Breastfeeding. This hour-long, introductory class is for expectant parents who are still early in their pregnancy and considering breastfeeding. We’ll address frequently asked questions and you can meet our lactation consultant.
- Breastfeeding Class. Our three-hour class provides more in-depth information about breastfeeding. Topics include milk production, breastfeeding obstacles and rewards, pumping, storage, and much more.
- Baby Basics I and II. If you’re feeling unsure about how to care for an infant, you’re not alone. We’ll discuss your newborn’s appearance, feeding, bathing, umbilical cord care, sleep safety, and babyproofing your home. We’ll also provide tips for selecting your baby’s pediatrician. You can take this class as a two-part course (two separate, two-hour classes) or as a single weekend session that runs 3.5 hours.
- Boot Camp for New Dads. This practical, three-hour class is led by experienced dads, some of whom bring their own babies to class. They’ll help you understand what to expect during your baby’s first year. Topics include crying, feeding, diaper changing, and ways to support your spouse or partner.
- Keeping Your Baby Safe in an Unsafe World. This two-hour class covers child safety at home and in your car. The car seat portion of the class is led by a certified technician from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This course is for new parents and caregivers, including grandparents and daycare providers.
- 2SpeakDog – Fostering a Happy Pack. Learn how to prepare your pet for baby’s arrival in this 90-minute class led by a master trainer and behavior specialist from 2SpeakDog. Topics include how to introduce your baby to your dog and what to do when your child becomes mobile. Not only will you learn helpful dog-baby skills, you’ll also pick up new dog-training basics.
- Multiples. If you’re expecting twins, triplets, or more, this two-hour course will provide invaluable information about what to expect during pregnancy and beyond. We’ll discuss the signs of preterm labor, preparing for delivery, and immediate care of multiple newborns. We’ll also discuss your own recovery, and how to begin caring for your babies at home. We recommend you take this class by your second trimester.
- Postpartum Support Group. Having a baby can be both exciting and stressful. Spending time with other women who share the same feelings as you can be comforting and healing. Our free support group offers frank, peer-to-peer conversations and a safe place to share coping strategies. You are welcome to bring your baby with you.
- Breastfeeding Mother’s Meeting. This free group allows you to meet with other breastfeeding moms as well as our lactation consultant. You can have your baby weighed, ask questions, and learn from others. Together we share breastfeeding tips and discuss challenges, ranging from pumping to returning to work.