Women and Children’s Health at Frisbie Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes to better prepare you for the birthing process. Learn how to take care of your baby and yourself. 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.
Getting Ready for Childbirth
In this one day Saturday class, you will learn breathing techniques and positioning used during labor, and relaxation and massage techniques. Plan to start this class between the 6th and 7th month of pregnancy. A tour of the Birthing Center is included. To prepare for the arrival of your newborn, please register for the Newborn Care class.
Getting Ready for Childbirth: Register here
In this six-week class one class per week), you will learn Hypnobirthing techniques that 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. Plan to start this class between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy. A tour of the Birthing Center is included.
Hypnobirthing: Register here
Planned Cesarean Birth
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 between the 28th and 32nd week of pregnancy. A tour of the Birthing Center is included.
Planned Cesarean Birth: Register here
Childbirth Review Class
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.
Childbirth Review Class: Register here
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
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 between the 32nd and 36th week of pregnancy.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class: Register here
Newborn Care Class
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 between the 32nd and 36th week of pregnancy.
Newborn Care Class: Register here
Other Classes, Groups, and Birth Center Tours
You may be interested also in the following classes and resources.
Birthing Center Tour
If you plan to register for Getting Ready for Childbirth, Hypnobirthing, Planned Cesarean, or the Childbirth Review class, you do not need to register again for this tour. A tour is included with the Childbirth classes listed above. We encourage you to visit our Birthing Center between the 32nd and 36th week of pregnancy to learn about the birthing experience and what to expect while you are here. We also recommend that you complete a series of childbirth classes, the Childbirth Review class, prior to the birth of your baby. If you will not be taking any classes, but wish to take a tour of the Birthing Center, you must register in advance.
Birthing Center Tour: Register here
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 for 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. For more information, call (603) 335-8180.
Car Seat Safety Information Class: Register here
Expecting Multiples, Gestation Birth, and Adoption
We recommend calling for information between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy. For more information, or to register, call (603) 335-8180 or (603) 330-7941.
Newborn Baby & Moms / Dads Group
We provide continuing support, encouragement, and advice to new moms and dads of newborns (up to 8 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. Pregnant moms are also invited to attend. Parents with toddlers are encouraged to bring quiet toys/books for their child’s entertainment. Guest speakers include pediatricians, dietitians, dental hygienist, experienced moms, and more! This group meets every Wednesday from 10am – 12pm at Frisbie’s Conference Center.
Newborn Baby & Moms / Dads Group: No registration required