Support Groups & Classes

Family Birthplace

Breastfeeding Support Group

For moms and babies every Tuesday and Thursday from 10-11:30 at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UM UCMC). For more information call 443-643-2948.

Support groups provide a way for mother to ask questions and receive support with breastfeeding from the lactation staff at UM UCMC and WIC. Support groups are free and no registration is required! The group is a collaboration between UM UCMC and the Harford County WIC program. Weight checks for babies available.

* (Group meetings are canceled if on a holiday or in bad weather that closes Harford County schools.)

Registration for the following classes is required by calling HealthLink at 1-800-515-0044 and all programs are held at UM UCMC unless otherwise noted.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes

The class provides information to expectant parents to help them get off to a successful start at breastfeeding. Parents will learn about the benefits of breastfeeding, how to get started breastfeeding in the hospital and how to avoid common pitfalls with breastfeeding. Classes are taught by a registered nurse/ internationally board certified lactation consultant.

Want to learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding? 

Expectant Parent Classes

Registration for these programs is required. University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) Family Birthplace patients will be given preference to classes. All programs are held at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (UM UCMC).

Call 443-643-2904 for updates on inclement weather.

Car Seat Safety Check - Offered monthly 9am-1pm at UM UCMC: top floor parking garage, by appointment only. Call 1-800-515-0044.

Car Seat Safety Lecture - Learn the proper way to install child safety seats and what seat is right for your child. Offered periodically throughout the year.

Childbirth Refresher Class

Infant CPR - Infants to 1 year of age. Not a certified class.

Infant Safety

  • Maternity Unit Tour
  • Newborn Baby Care 

Sibling Class

Sitter Safety - For ages 13 and older, $40 registration fee

6-Week Prepared Childbirth Classes - $50 for couples delivering at the UM UCMC and $80 for those delivering elsewhere. Call 1-800-515-0044 at your 20th week to register.

Weekend Prepared Childbirth Classes - $50 for couples delivering at the UM UCMC and $80 for those delivering elsewhere. Call 1-800-515-0044 at your 20th week to register.

La Leche League - Community based breast feeding support group. For more information, call 443-512-8467.

Perinatal Bereavement - For parents and family who have experienced a perinatal loss from conception up to one year of age. For more information, call HealthLink at 1-800-515-0044.