Childbirth Education

At Frisbie Memorial Hospital, we understand that caring for you and your baby goes beyond just the birth itself. That’s why we provide to all Frisbie moms 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 to all Frisbie moms a range of prenatal and postpartum education programs.

Early Pregnancy Class

This class is designed to be taken before your 24th week of pregnancy. In this class you will:

    • Learn how to get involved with your pregnancy care
    • Understand how to stay safe in pregnancy
    • Meet other expectant moms and dads
    • Learn about nutritional needs during pregnancy
    • Learn prenatal exercises and about comfort foods
    • Learn about the discomforts of pregnancy, warning signs, and precautions

For more information, or to pre-register, call (603) 335-8180.

Prepared Childbirth Class

This one-time class provides an overview of what to expect over the course of your pregnancy and during labor, and covers postpartum and newborn care. Learn about the different stages of labor, relaxation techniques, special circumstances, and the role of your partner/coach during labor. The class is taught by a registered nurse. A tour of the birthing center is included. For more information, or to pre-register, call (603) 335-8180.

HypnoBirthing Classes (six-week series)

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

For more information about the class and class dates, or to pre-register, call (603) 330-7941.

Planned Cesarean Birth Class

This one-time class may be taken in conjunction with the Prepared Childbirth Series. This class will help you and your birthing companion prepare for surgery and learn about the birthing partner’s role, provide information about anesthesia options, relaxation techniques, and what to expect before, during, and after surgery. For more information, or to pre-register, 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.

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 to all Frisbie moms. For more information about the class, or to pre-register, call (603) 335-8180.

Other Classes, Groups, and Birth Center Tours

We offer to Frisbie moms, free of charge, the following:

Sibling Class

This one-time class is designed to prepare children, ages 3-10 years, for the arrival of their new family member. For more information about the class, or to pre-register, call (603) 335-8180.

Newborn Baby & Moms Group

Our goal is to provide continuing support, encouragement, and advice to new moms of newborn babies (up to 8 months of age). A board certified lactation consultant/RN is present to answer your questions. Discussion topics include breastfeeding problems/concerns, newborn care, coping strategies, and more. Pregnant moms are invited to attend. Moms 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. For more information, call (603) 335-8180.

Baby Massage

Learn how to soothe your baby with baby massage. Massage can relax infants, calm colicky babies, help infants sleep longer, and encourage bonding. For more information about the class and class dates, or to pre-register, call (603) 330-7941.

Birthing Center Tours

We encourage you to visit our facility early on in your pregnancy to learn about the birthing experience and about our Birthing Center. To register, please call (603) 335-8180.