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Family Focus

Family Focus emphasizes the joys of our nation’s most enduring and fundamental institution:  the family unit.


We provide a number of interesting and fun classes to help expecting parents learn about the birthing process.  New parents go through the experience together as a team and know exactly what to expect.  Family Focus helps new parents understand how to care for and nurture their new family member.


For more information about any of the following programs, please call 240-566-4367. 

To see the upcoming class schedule, please see the Family Focus Calendar (PDF).

Childbirth Education

Our focus is to prepare expectant parents for the experience of a lifetime. There’s nothing that compares to hearing the sound of that first cry and reaching out to touch your newborn baby for the very first time. Our childbirth education classes provide the specific knowledge to fully participate in the unique and joyful experience of childbirth. Our instructors explain the physical and emotional journey from pregnancy, labor and delivery to postpartum recovery. We’ll present detailed explanations about what to expect from the time of onset of labor through delivery. Instruction includes a comprehensive presentation of labor pain management such as breathing and relaxation techniques, as well as medications to include analgesics and anesthesia. As your healthcare partner, we’re there for you every step of the way.

Options include:

Saturday Express
 - single session - Saturday - 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday Split - Class held on 2-consecutive Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday Sprint - One-session Sunday class, 9 a.m. - 5:00   p.m.
Sunday Run - 2 consecutive Sunday afternoons - 1-5 p.m.

*The itinerary for each format is identical. Select the format of your choice for a fee of $155.00 per couple (includes all materials).
*Pre-registration is required, call 240-566-4367.


Baby Care 101

Since babies don't come with instructions, we're here to lend a hand with the basics. While nurturing may be a natural instinct for parents, proper care is learned. This class is highly recommended for first-time parents as well as grandparents!

Prepare for baby's arrival by learning and rehearsing care essentials such as proper holding, diapering, burping, dressing and bathing. Discussions include feeding issues, what to do when baby gets sick (including how to take a temperature), vaccinations, sleeping issues, home/car safety and much more!

This two-session class is held monthly on two consecutive weekday evenings from 6:30-9:00 p.m. A single-session class held on a Sunday is available on selected dates.
The class fee is $100/couple (includes all materials) - call 240-566-4367 to register.
*Pre-registration is required, call 240-566-4367.

Baby Best Breastfeeding Education

Our “Baby Best” class is taught by a certified lactation consultant.  It provides an overview of the proven benefits of breastfeeding for both infants and mothers, along with nursing basics including:  what to expect in the hospital and following discharge home, techniques and tips, advice on keeping up a good milk supply,  pumping/storing milk, and how to maintain breastfeeding success.  Class fee: $45/couple

 FMH BirthPlace Tour

We invite your to take a “sneak preview” of our BirthPlace.  Our state-of-the-art facility offers top-notch skilled medical care and comfortable private-room accommodations. Tours are scheduled at a variety of times for your convenience. The duration of a tour is approximately one hour. Hospital policy requires that children must be at least age 12 in order to accompany parents on the tour. 

*Special fee-based programs are available for siblings-to-be age 3-7. 
*Pre-registration is required, Pre-registration is required, call 240-566-4367.

To view our latest FMH BirthPlace guide and information, please see our BirthPlace Announcements (PDF)

Please Note:

  • Pre-registration is required for all classes & tours
  • REGISTER EARLY (by approximately the 4th month of pregnancy) to help ensure class availability.   
  • Class payment is due at time of registration.
  • Couple fee covers class and materials for one pregnant participant and one coach.  A couple may not include two pregnant participants.
  • A minimum of 48-hours cancellation notice prior to start of first class is required.
  • Refunds for cancelled classes are conditional upon satisfaction of the aforementioned requirement.
  • All refunds are subject to a 10% administrative fee.
  • Class fees are subject to change.
  • Sign Language Interpreter available upon request.
  • For dates and times, see our Calendar of Events (PDF)  


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