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Understanding Birth eClass

The Understanding Birth eClass is an online childbirth education class. It is an excellent option for expectant parents who have schedule or health conflicts that prevent attending an onsite childbirth education class. Also, the eClass is a great refresher for those who have given birth before.

The eight-chapter program is an interactive, web-based class that uses videos, personal birth stories, animations, and activities to present all the essential information parents may need to know to prepare for their baby’s birth. 

Chapter headings are: pregnancy, labor, birth stories, comfort techniques, medical procedures, cesarean birth, the newborn, and postpartum.

This online class will help you:

▪    Understand pregnancy – what’s happening to your body, discomforts, warning signs, nutrition, exercise and more.
▪    Learn about labor – preparing for birth, pre-labor signs, onset of labor, 3-D animation of labor process, and more.
▪    See how the stages of labor unfold – watch amazing real-life birth stories.
▪    Discover helpful comfort techniques – breathing relaxation, massage, visualization, focal points, labor and pushing positions, advice for birth coaches, and more.

Class fee is $45 and extends for 120 days. Click here to register online or call Mercy On Call at 358-2767 or 1-800-358-2767. Once payment has been received, you will be given a login and password to Understanding Birth eClass.

InJoy Productions, Inc. has developed the Understanding Birth eClass. InJoy is a leader in birth and parenting education and their resources are used in Mercy’s onsite childbirth education classes.

The Understanding Birth eClass website is optimized for the following browsers:


  • Chrome®6 and up (On Windows® and Mac® OS)
  • Internet Explorer® 7.0 and up
  • Firefox® 3.0 and up (On Windows® and Mac® OS)
  • Safari® 5 and up (On Windows® and Mac® OS)


Some of the eClass features may not function on older browsers. If you have an older version, please install a free update.

The minimum recommended screen resolution is 1024 x 768. High-speed Internet is required for viewing videos. For best function of the site, please turn off any popup blockers. Also, in order to watch videos and download PDFs, you must have Adobe® Flash® Player and Adobe® Reader® installed on your computer. Free download here.

These computer recommendations are fairly standard for computers.