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Manchester OB-GYN Associates

Childbirth Teaching Center

Our Mission

The physicians and midwives at MOAG are committed to providing the highest level of quality care for women in a professional and caring manner with consideration for individual needs and differences. We strive to provide a continuum of care that is personal, considerate, sensitive, and knowledgeable.

Why should I prepare?
Education offers the opportunity to prepare oneself in mind and body so that the normal fears and discomforts of pregnancy and childbirth may be reduced to a minimum.  The lectures, use of visual aids and charts, exercises, breathing techniques, and relaxation skills one acquires add up to learning how to give birth to a baby as comfortably and safely as possible.  Coaches and support persons will learn skills to enhance their roles in assisting and adding to the mother’s comfort and confidence.

When should I prepare?
Early registration is suggested for the best selection of class dates. Childbirth classes are usually 6-8 weeks prior to your due date.

How should I prepare?

  • By reading articles and books.
  • By attending preparation classes to:
    • Learn exercises; to tone and condition muscles for labor.
    • Learn relaxation techniques to help reduce pain and discomfort.
    • Learn specific breathing techniques to minimize discomfort and enhance control, comfort, and confidence.
    • Learn about available medications.
    • Learn about procedures and cesarean delivery.
    • Learn about the hospital and the physicians’ and midwives’ role during pregnancy and birth.
    • Answer your specific questions and concerns.


Prepared Childbirth Classes - $75.00 (Series Of 3 Classes)

388 West Center St. Manchester, CT

1st Class
Early signs of labor and physiology of labor; relaxation and early breathing.
2nd Class
Active labor and pushing; breathing techniques and relaxation; discussion of pain relief epidural; cesarean delivery
3rd Class
Review and practice of labor techniques; discussion of hospital stay and the postpartum period.

Nov 27, December 4, 11
Mondays 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Session 1 January 9, 16, 23
Session 2 February 6, 13, 20
Session 3 March 6, 13, 20
Session 4 April 3, 10, 17
Session 5 May 1, 8, 15
Session 6 June 5, 12, 19
Session 7 July 10, 17, 24
Session 8 August 7, 14, 21
Session 9 September 5 (Tuesday), 11, 18 
Session 10 October 2, 9, 16
Session 11 Oct 30, November 6, 13
Session 12  Nov 27, December 4, 11


Baby Care Class - $10.00

388 West Center St. Manchester, CT

A two-hour session to learn about infant bathing, diapering, cord care, emotional adjustments and much more. A time to plan ahead before birth.

Saturdays 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Session 1 January 14
Session 2 February 11
Session 3 March 11
Session 4 April 8
Session 5 May 11
Session 6 June 10
Session 7 July 8
Session 8 August 12
Session 9 September 9 (Sunday)
Session 10 October 14
Session 11 November 4
Session 12 December 9


Breastfeeding Class - $20.00

388 West Center St. Manchester, CT

For those choosing to breastfeed or who want to learn about it; covers the advantages of breastfeeding; how the breast functions; how to tell if the baby is getting enough; night time nursing; breastfeeding and sexuality; brief discussion of the employed mother and breastfeeding.

Mondays 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Session 1 January 30
Session 2 February 27
Session 3 March 27
Session 4 April 24
Session 5 May 22
Session 6 June 26
Session 7 July 31
Session 8 August 28
Session 9 September 25
Session 10 October 23
Session 11 November 20
Session 12 December 18


Hospital Visit – No Charge

You will receive a visit by Robin, our board certified lactation Consultant, after you have your baby to answer any questions and assist you with breastfeeding.

Mother’s Morning Out – No Charge

10:00 Am in the Tolland Office Every Tuesday Morning is set aside for new moms and babies to socialize and exchange ideas with one another and a leader; a great time for questions and lots of reassurance.

How to register or get more information:

Contact: Robin DeGemmis, IBCLC Lactation Consultant
860-742-6231 or degemmis@aol.com

Class size is limited, so please sign up early. Connecticare reimbursement available up to $50.00. Receipt given upon completion.

Request an Appointment

Looking to schedule time with one of our physicians? Request an appointment online!