*All women's classes are cancelled until further notice*

Hutzel Women's Hospital Obstetrics Classes

Whether you’re expectant parents for the first time or the fifth, we offer multiple Family Life Education classes to help you prepare for life with a baby. We believe the birth experience is shared by the entire family.

We recommend you register early as our classes fill up quickly. Hearing impaired assistance provided upon request.

Questions regarding our classes:

DMC Hutzel Women’s Hospital
Delicia Shimkoski
(313) 745-0203, pager 92759#
To register for a class, call (313) 577-7253.

Childbirth Education/Tour Schedule

Childbirth Education Class

Classes cover: Anatomy & Physiology of Pregnancy; What to expect in labor; Stages of Labor; Exercises & Breathing techniques; Medications & Equipment; Non-Medical Comfort Techniques; Your Labor Champion; Various procedures that might happen in labor; Hospital Tour.  Please bring 2 pillows and a blanket and wear comfortable clothing to class.  Please bring a bag lunch or plan to use our on-site Restaurants.   

Cost: $65 per family

Childbirth Class Dates: Please note: Class starts at 9 am

Infant Care Class

Topics covered:  Understanding Your Newborn; Sleep Patterns; Infant Safety; Newborn Nutrition; Circumcision; Diapering and Bathing Your Baby; Choosing a Pediatrician and Immunizations.  Please bring a newborn-size doll and baby blanket to class.  

Cost: $30 per family

Infant Care Class Dates:

Breastfeeding Class

Class covers: Benefits of exclusive breastfeeding; How Breastfeeding Works; Getting off to a good start in the hospital; Skin-to-skin; Working and Breastfeeding and sources of support after your baby is born. Please bring a newborn-size doll or stuffed animal and a baby blanket to class.  

Cost: $25 per family

Breastfeeding Class Dates:

Breastfeeding Class is on Tuesdays from 5:30p-7:30pm.

**Classes/tours may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Call Information Desk @ 313-745-7552 for questions on the afternoon of your scheduled class. Classes are for expectant moms and ONE champion.

Sign up for classes anytime after your 20th week of pregnancy.
To register and check available space in classes: Call the DMC Referral Service for Harper-Hutzel Hospitals at 1-888-DMC-2500.  Class sizes are limited.  There is also an enrollment minimum for each class.  Classes not meeting the minimum enrollment are subject to cancellation. You MUST pay for all classes at the Harper Cashier on the 1st floor of Harper Hospital 1 week prior to class date. You may pay in person or mail a check or money order payable to Hutzel Hospital-Childbirth Education to Harper/Hutzel Cashier’s office, 3990 John R, Detroit, Michigan, 48201. Include your name, address and telephone # along with name/date of class that you are registering for. A receipt will be mailed to you. Please bring receipt with you to class.

Sibling Class

Siblings ages 4-10 years are welcome for families having a Hutzel delivery.  Class Covers: Discussion of new baby, Coloring Book; Big Brother &/or Big Sister name tag; what to expect when mom is in hospital; safety; Tour of a Mother/Baby room, snack, and other issues of parental concern.  Bring your camera. Cost is $25/family. Parents must accompany child. To arrange a date, please call 313-745-7701. 

Cost: $25 per family

OB Hospital Tours


Daytime Tours – 11:30 AM: This tour is offered on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday each month.  
Evening tour – 5:30 PM: This tour is offered on the 1st & 3rd Monday each month. 

**Tours are cancelled on Legal Holidays.

You will receive a call from Customer Service verifying your tour registration.


Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to start time to sign in and get passes from Information Desk. All tours depart from the main lobby of Harper-Hutzel. Free parking is available in the parking structure. Please bring your ticket into the hospital for validation by Information Desk in lobby. Valet parking is also available for $10.00. There is metered parking on the street with a limit of one hour. Please make sure you park your car legally to avoid any tickets. This is a walking tour through various areas of our hospital with discussion of procedures that may occur in each area. Let us know if you will need a wheel chair for your support person to push you during the tour. Visitor guidelines and some of Hutzel’s Baby friendly practices are also briefly discussed. This tour lasts 45-60 minutes. This is not a class. However, we offer classes in Childbirth Preparation, Breastfeeding, and Infant Care.

Location: Classes are held at Hutzel Women’s Hospital, 3980 John R, 2nd Floor, Webber Building,  Rm #2349.
Have a question about the classes? You must call the DMC Referral Service to register for classes and check class availability.  Call Delicia Shimkoski (M-F from 7am-4pm) @ 313-745-7701 if you have questions about class content that are not answered by the DMC Call Center.