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Childbirth Education Program

At Frisbie Memorial Hospital, we understand that caring for you and your baby goes beyond just the birth itself. That's why we provide extensive support before, during and after your baby is born, including comprehensive prenatal education, HypnoBirthing classes and a Newborn Baby and Moms group.

Whether you are a first-time or an experienced mom, Frisbie Memorial offers a variety of childbirth classes that will help you and your family prepare for the birth of your child.

Childbirth Classes

Our specially-trained childbirth educators are dedicated to bringing quality maternal education to moms. We offer a range of prenatal and postpartum education programs: 

Prepared Childbirth Series (six-week series)

Childbirth education is strongly recommended. By taking part in this excellent program taught by experienced professionals, parents-to-be can learn specific techniques, as well as the most technological advancement in birthing care.  Plan to start the series around the 16-22 week of pregnancy. Classes are held at Frisbie's Community Education & Conference Center from 6-8pm. The cost of the six-week Prepared Childbirth Series is $60 per couple. For more information, or to register, call (603) 335-8180.

First two classes: You will learn:

  • early pregnancy care
  • prenatal exercise
  • a tour of the birthing center
  • relaxation techniques
The remaining four classes: You will learn:
  • breathing techniques
  • the labor and birth process
  • newborn care
  • breastfeeding
  • parenthood experience

HypnoBirthing Classes (six-week class)

Frisbie Memorial was one of the first hospitals in New England to offer HypnoBirthing classes. HypnoBirthing is a unique method of relaxed and natural childbirth using self-hypnosis techniques, which allows women to experience a safer, easier, and more comfortable birthing experience. In six classes, you will learn relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques to:

  • Eliminate the fear-tension syndrome before, during, and after giving birth
  • Eliminate, or greatly reduce, the need for pain medication
  • Shorten the first stage of labor
  • Decrease fatigue during labor
  • Promote special bonding between you, your baby, and your birth companion
  • Create an integral role for the birthing companion

Classes are held at the Community Education & Conference Center on Tuesdays, from 6-8pm. Registration is required. The cost of the 6-week HypnoBirthing program is $150.00. For a listing of class dates, call (603) 330-7941.

Planned Cesarean Birth Class

This one-time class may be taken in conjunction with the Prepared Childbirth Class. In this class, you will:

  • Learn how to prepare for surgery
  • Learn about anesthesia options
  • Learn about your partner's role
  • Learn relaxation techniques
  • Learn what to expect before, during, and after surgery

Classes held at the Community Education & Conference Center on Thursdays, from 6-8pm. Registration is required. The cost for the Planned Cesarean Birth Class is $20.00.

Breastfeeding Classes

Breastfeeding & Newborn Care

In this class, you will learn:

  • The benefits of breastfeeding for Mom and Baby
  • The process of lactation 
  • The positions to optimize breastfeeding
  • The common problems with breastfeeding and their solutions
  • How to use a breast pump 

Pediatricians and/or family medicine providers will discuss how to adjust to parenthood, sleeping positions for baby, circumcision, and provide baby care tips. We will listen to your concerns and answer your questions! Fathers are encouraged to attend. Classes FREE and are located at the Community Education & Conference Center from 2:30-4:00pm. Registration is required, and can be made by calling (603) 335-8180.

Breastfeeding Hands-On Class

Class topics covered include:

  • Breastfeeding in the early weeks
  • Feeding cues and skin-skin
  • Techniques for successful breastfeeding
  • Common breastfeeding challenges
  • Breaking down barriers/myths
  • Positioning and latch
  • Breastfeeding resources

Class is FREE, and held on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:30pm at Frisbie's Community Education & Conference Center. Registration is required and can be made by calling (603) 335-8180.

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