Childbirth Education

The Childbirth Center at Frisbie Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes to better prepare you for the birthing process. We offer many opportunities for learning before, during, and after the birth of your baby. Registration is required for all classes and Birthing Center tours. If you have questions, or need additional information, please call (603) 335-8180.

Childbirth Classes

Prepared Childbirth Classes

Plan to start a Childbirth class before the 28th / 32nd week of pregnancy. A tour of the Birthing Center is included with each Prepared Childbirth class. We offer four Prepared Childbirth class options (See class descriptions listed below): Hypnobirthing, One-Day Class,  Two 2-Hour Classes, and Understanding Birth Online Class.

Hypnobirthing Class

Cost: $150

In this six-week class, participants will learn Hypnobirthing techniques that aim to enhance the natural childbirth experience and promote relaxation and comfort during labor and childbirth. Hypnobirthing helps to minimize fear and pain, shorten the first stage of labor, decrease fatigue during labor so that you feel more awake and alert, promote special bonding between you, your newborn and your birthing support person, and create an important and special role for your birthing support person. A tour of the Birthing Center is included. For more information or class dates, call (603) 330-7941.

One-Day Prepared Childbirth Class

Cost: $80

To make the most of this one-day class, instructor will assign before class reading and a video to watch from home. Plan to bring to class your favorite beverages, snacks and/or a pre-packed lunch. Topics covered include breathing techniques, stages of labor, comfort measures, medical interventions, and immediate postpartum care. Tour of Birthing Center included.

One-Day Prepared Childbirth Class: Register here.

Two 2-Hour Prepared Childbirth Classes

Cost: $80

Topics include what to expect before, during and after birth, breathing and comfort measures during labor, options for managing labor, medical interventions, labor partner assistance and immediate postpartum care, and newborn care. Tour of Birthing Center is included.

Two 2-Hour Prepared Childbirth Classes: Register here.

Understanding Birth Online Class

Cost: $99
Moms planning to deliver at Frisbie receive a 25% discount ($74.25); Enter discount code: BIRTH25

This interactive online course is provided by Acelleron Medical. Topics include labor, stages of birth and delivery. Register and pay at Understanding Birth eClass.  For more information, call (603) 738-6183. Tour of Birthing Center included and can be scheduled by calling (603) 335-8180.

Other Childbirth Classes

Planned Cesarean Birth

Cost: $25

This class will help you and your birthing support person prepare for surgery. You will learn about anesthesia options, the birthing support person’s role, relaxation techniques, and what to expect before, during and after surgery. This class may be taken in conjunction with Getting Ready for Childbirth class. Plan to take this class before the 28th / 32nd week of pregnancy. A tour of the Birthing Center is included.

Planned Cesarean Birth: Register here

Childbirth Review Class

Cost: $25

This class is for parents with previous birthing experience to provide a general overview of labor and the birthing process including breathing, massage and relaxation techniques and positioning during labor. A tour of the Birthing Center is included. For class dates, call (603) 330-7941.

Breastfeeding Classes

Breastfeeding provides many benefits to both babies and moms. We encourage all new moms to breastfeed their newborn baby. Our Certified Lactation Consultants will teach you what you need to get started with breastfeeding, providing support and encouragement during your hospital stay and when you return home after discharge. For more information about breastfeeding, visit Breastfeeding and Newborn Care Resources.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

Cost: Free

We strongly recommend you take this class before the birth of your baby to learn the advantages of breastfeeding, the importance of breastfeeding exclusively and breastfeeding soon after the baby is born, how to breastfeed successfully, how to continue breastfeeding once returning home and to work, the importance of rest, and much more. Your support person is encouraged to attend. Plan to take this class before the 32nd / 36th week of pregnancy.

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class: Register here

Caring for Your Newborn Class

Cost: $25

In this hands-on class, you will learn the skills you need to care for your newborn at home. Topics covered include preparing for the arrival of your baby, general baby safety, sleep and car safety, feeding and bathing, growth and development, pediatrician care, baby calming techniques, and much more. Plan to take this class before the 32nd / 36th week of pregnancy.

Caring for Your Newborn Class: Register here

Other Classes, Groups, and Birth Center Tours

You may be interested also in the following classes and resources.

Birthing Center Tours

If you are planning to sign up for one of our childbirth classes, including Hypnobirthing, One-Day Prepared Childbirth Class, Two 2-Hour Prepared Childbirth Classes, Understanding Birth Online class, Planned Cesarean, or Childbirth Review class, you do not need to register for this tour because it will be included with the Childbirth classes listed above. Plan to visit our Birthing Center before the 32nd / 36th week of pregnancy to learn about the birthing experience and what to expect while you are here. If you will not be taking any classes, but wish to take a tour of our Birthing Center, you must register in advance.

We offer two tour options:
1. Birthing Center Information Tour: This tour is for parents in the process of deciding where to have their baby to learn more about Frisbie’s Birthing Center, meet staff and ask questions.
2. Birthing Center Tour: This tour is for parents who are planning to have their baby at Frisbie.

Birthing Center Tours: Register here

Baby Massage

Learn how to soothe your baby with baby massage, calm a colicky baby, help your baby sleep longer, while encouraging bonding between you and your baby. For more information or class dates, call (603) 335-8180.

Car Seat Safety Information Class

Learn about how to purchase, install and use infant car seats. Class participants will also be offered contact information to schedule a personal car seat check. To schedule an appointment, call the Rochester Fire Station at (603) 335-7545.

Infant CPR

Learn “bystander” CPR & choking management skills. This course is intended for anyone who wants to learn CPR in a group environment. For more information and class dates, call Frisbie’s Education Department at (603) 332-3100 ext. 8140.

Newborn Baby & Moms / Dads Group

We provide continuing support, encouragement, and advice to new moms and dads of newborns (up to 12 months of age). A board certified Lactation Consultant/RN will answer your questions and address areas of concern. Discussion topics include breastfeeding challenges, caring for your newborn, coping strategies, and more. This group meets every Wednesday from 10am – 12pm at Frisbie’s Conference Center. No registration required.


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