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4/26/21: Mayo Clinic’s Perinatal Education Program here in Rochester, MN is still providing education and support during this unprecedented time with in-person classes, some virtual-interactive live classroom offerings on Zoom, and online eClass options. We are taking every precaution to ensure that the health and safety of our class participants and educators remain a top priority. Safety measures are in place for in-person classes that include reduced class sizes, room arrangement that supports safe distancing, health screening of participants, and a requirement for everyone to wear a mask through the duration of the class. If you choose not to take in-person classes, we still have the following eClasses available: Understanding Birth, Understanding Breastfeeding, Understanding Infant and Child Safety, and Understanding Your Newborn.

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Philosophy of the Perinatal Education Program

Mayo Clinic’s Perinatal Education Program believes the birth of a baby is one of the most important events in a lifetime. We strive to support the educational needs of each unique family during their childbearing experience. We are dedicated to deliver comprehensive information based on best practice. We believe Perinatal Education empowers families to develop confidence as they welcome and care for a new baby.


The Perinatal Education Program provides classes for families preparing to welcome and care for a newborn. All classes reflect the philosophy and services of the Mayo Clinic Family Birth Center. Class participants often share similar questions; however we discuss options that will individualize your birth and parenting experience. Your family is important to us.

All classes are taught by Registered Nurses who are experienced Perinatal Educators.

Mayo Clinic Family Birth Center Tours

A video tour of the Mayo Clinic Family Birth Center, Mother Baby Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is available. The Perinatal Educators are available to answer your questions and provide additional information. Please note: Childbirth Preparation Prenatal 4-week and weekend series already include a tour during class time.

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting (MBCP)

Looking for birth and parenting education that prepares you for more than just the day you give birth?

Mindfulness skills are for life.

Having a baby is often one of the most transformative experiences in a person’s life.

No matter how they go, pregnancy and birth are intense, both physically and emotionally, preparing one for the journey of parenting.

Choose between a: Nine-Week MBCP Course or The Mind in Labor: A Weekend Workshop Course.

During the course you will learn to:

  • Access your capacity for deep physical and mental relaxation.
  • Engage your mind to work with the sensations of labor.
  • Increase confidence and courage for the experience of labor and birth.
  • Practice prenatal yoga for strength and flexibility.
  • Develop skills for managing stress in pregnancy, parenting, and daily life.
  • Enhance partner communication skills.
  • Become more aware of your own approach to parenting.

For more information: Contact us at or by calling 507-266-7473.