Childbirth Classes

Childbirth Education

The best experiences occur when you plan for them.

Our quality educational programs were designed to keep families fully informed and involved—preparing them to become active participants in every decision during this beautiful time of their lives. In addition to traditional prepared childbirth classes, we offer sibling-to-be classes, CPR, and safe-sitters courses as well as pet seminars to prepare your dog for your family's new addition. Class sizes are limited so you'll want to register early.

To register or learn more, go to ourClasses & Events page or call 1-800-818-4747.

Education Series for Expectant Parents

No two expectant parents or families are the same. That’s why we offer a comprehensive range of classes to accommodate every need. We'll be with you every step of the way so you can relax and enjoy this most wonderful experience.

Call 1-800-818-4747 and we'll help you find the perfect series of classes to coincide with your due date. We can also give you more details about all of our classes and help you determine the ones that may be most beneficial to you. You can also view our Classes & Events page for a full listing of our offerings. If you're having a cesarean birth, information about what to expect is available at your obstetrician's office. Should you have additional questions, please contact our Childbirth Education Department at 215-938-2998.

Prepared Childbirth Classes

Taught by registered nurses who are certified childbirth educators, these classes provide a primer on what to expect during labor, birth and the postpartum period. This four-session series also focuses on the role of mom's support person and comfort measures, including conscious relaxation and breathing techniques. The class also includes a tour of the Maternity Center. A condensed two-day course is also available. Recommended for women in their sixth and seventh months of pregnancy and their partners.

Weekend Childbirth Education Program

Provided as an alternative for couples who are unable to attend the traditional evening Prepared Childbirth series. Lunch is provided. The program also includes a tour of the Maternity Center. Recommended for women in their sixth and seventh months of pregnancy and their partners.

Mini-Refresher Class

This class reviews the labor and birth process with an emphasis on relaxation, breathing and other coping techniques. An optional tour of the Maternity Center is included. Recommended for those who have attended a childbirth education program in the past.

Infant Care

Bathing. Diapering. Feeding. Temperature taking. A new baby comes with lots of new responsibilities. Learn these skills from an expert so that you can relax and enjoy your new arrival. Recommended for expectant and new parents, grandparents and babysitters.

Breastfeeding Basics

Taught by an Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, this class helps prepare you for nursing your baby. You'll learn about the benefits of breastfeeding, getting started, dietary guidelines and managing breastfeeding while working outside the home. Recommended for women who are planning to nurse, or who are undecided, as well as partners and grandparents.

Sibling-To-Be Class

Help big brothers- and sisters-to-be prepare for their new role in the family. This class includes a visit to the newborn nursery, and even a celebration party. During the 90 minute session, participants discuss newborn care, what it's like to have a new baby in the house and their feelings about sharing time with mom and dad. Recommended for children ages three to seven who are about to become a big-brother/big-sister.

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