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Online Childbirth Education Class

Now you can take a childbirth class in the comfort of your own home.

Holy Cross Hospital offers an online childbirth education class as an alternative to for parents who cannot attend a traditional childbirth preparation class due to time constraints, scheduling conflicts or bed rest. Parents who need a refresher class also may register.

This e-learning program includes information on: discomforts of pregnancy, the process of labor and birth, hospital routines, options for pain relief, postpartum care for mom, and newborn care and feeding. This program is an interactive, web-based tool that contains animated illustrations, videos, voice-overs and games.

Get Started

  1. View a free online demonstration of the class
  2. Register online or by calling 301-754-8800. Once registered, you will receive an access code and guidebook, "The Gift of Motherhood." The access code is good for 60 days from your initial login.
  3. Once you have registered, enter the class here.

Technical Information
The online childbirth education class is a flash-based online book that will allow you to understand all aspects of pregnancy.

System Requirements

Hardware Software
Sound card

Active-X controls enabled

Speakers or headphones

Pop-ups turned on

Approximately 512MB RAM

Java enabled

1 Ghz processor (recommended)

Latest version of Adobe Macromedia Flash Player

Access to a nearby printer (optional)

Latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader


Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Firefox or Safari


Full Accessories installed with Windows operating system


 High-speed Internet access

Troubleshooting Tips

  • What do I need in order to view the book?
    You'll need the most recent version of Adobe Flash, a fast Internet connection (DSL, Cable or other broadband) and Adobe Reader. You'll also need a computer with sound and speakers or headphones to hear the audio.
  • How do I use it?
    Read the eBook just like you would a traditional book - click on the edge of the book to turn the page. Also, be sure to click on all of the icons to learn more. Some icons open a movie or animation, others give you added information. If you see a word in green, be sure to move your mouse over it to learn the definition.
  • What if I'm having difficulty with the eBook?
    Some common problems may occur when using the eBook. First, make sure your Internet connection is working by visiting some other sites. Then, make sure you have the newest version of Adobe Flash. You may need to uninstall the previous version of Flash before you install the new version. For instructions on how to uninstall Flash, visit their support site.
  • What if I can't see anything?
    Wait a couple of minutes more to let the program load. When Internet access is slow, the eBook may load more slowly than normal. If, after a several minutes, nothing appears, try restarting your computer.
  • What if the videos don't work?
    Give the videos a moment to load and make sure you have the latest version of Flash. If it still doesn't work, try restarting your computer.
  • What if my code doesn't work anymore?
    Try re-entering the code, making sure there are no spaces before or after the code. Note that the access code is good for 60 days from your initial login, and all "0" are numerals.


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