Prenatal Education & Classes

Having a baby is one of life's most joyous events, but it can also be overwhelming. The choices you make now will affect your baby's health long after birth. The road to childbirth and parenting is full of physical, emotional and social changes. The more you know before your baby is born, the better prepared you will be to face these challenges.

We offer a series of informative prenatal classes taught by certified instructors. Classes are designed to help you prepare for pregnancy, delivery, and the arrival of your baby.

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Prenatal Classes

Maternity Tea

Expectant mothers in their first trimester, their partners, and those who are considering starting a family tour the Beginnings Maternity Center, meet our staff, and become acquainted with our programs.

Birthing Classes

This series is a traditional childbirth preparation program that includes ALL the information from All About Labor & Birth, and Comfort for Labor & Birth. Topics include signs of pre-labor and labor, timing contractions, when to call your healthcare provider, admission to the hospital, stages of labor, and more. You will also learn about pain management options to increase comfort during labor and birth. You will practice a variety of comfort measures, including breathing patterns, relaxation techniques, guided imagery, massage, positions and more. Learn all about pain medication option.

Birthing Class (Saturday)

Our birthing class gives expectant parents accurate information about labor and delivery. The following information will be covered: Signs of labor, Stages of labor, Relaxation techniques, Pain management (natural and medicinal), Differences between epidural, spinal, and general anesthesia, and Role of the support person. Lunch will be provided.

Doctor's Night

The road to childbirth and parenting is full of physical, emotional, and social changes. You naturally have a lot of questions. Here's a chance to get them answered! An obstetrician will provide a brief overview of the labor and delivery process. Pain medication options for labor and birth will be discussed by an anesthesiologist. A pediatrician will provide information about the baby's care after birth. Hear about Reading Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) from a neonatologist. Group tours of Beginnings Maternity Center are available before and after the presentations.

Cesarean Birth Night

We recommend that ALL expectant parents attend this class! Cesarean Birth is the surgical birth of a baby. Some Cesarean births are planned, but many others are unplanned. It is performed when there is concern about the well-being of the mother or baby. This class will tell you all you need to know to make a Cesarean birth as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Information is discussed about why Cesarean births are done, what to expect during the birth, and how to recover afterward. Group tours of Beginnings Maternity Unit are available before and after this class.

Becoming a Big Brother/Big Sister

The arrival of a new baby is very exciting! It is also a big change for older brothers and sisters. Two classes provide age-appropriate information to prepare children ages 3 to 5 and ages 6 to 10 for the arrival of a new baby. Children will learn about Mom's trip to the hospital, what a new baby is like, things a baby can and cannot do, ways to help, and safety around newborns.  This class includes a tour of Beginnings Maternity Unit that is designed especially for the new Big Brother or Big Sister.

Breastfeeding Education

If you are planning to return to work while breastfeeding, this class will provide answers to important questions: What features should I look for in a breast pump? When should I pump milk for my baby? How much milk will my baby need? How should I store and warm my milk? How and when should I introduce a bottle to my breastfed baby? This class will help you feel more prepared and confident!

Breastfeeding and Working

Prepare for the challenges and rewards of breastfeeding and working. Learn about pumping, how to store milk, and practical tips for managing this busy lifestyle. Fee: $25 per couple. A $10 discount will be given if you take Breastfeeding Education and the Breastfeeding and Working class.

Your Newborn Baby

Parenting is a wonderful journey, but it is also a time of challenges and uncertainty. You will find that you need patience, support, and information. This class is designed to help guide new parents during the newborn period. You will learn about routine care, including feeding your baby, sleeping patterns, how to comfort a crying baby, bathing your baby, safety concerns, playing with your baby, and much more.

Infant CPR

Be prepared to help your baby in an emergency. The American Heart Association Family and Friends (Infant only) CPR program teaches the basic skills of infant CPR and relief of choking in just one hour. A DVD shows CPR being taught and performed. Certified instructors use special infant mannequins to teach current American Heart Association lifesaving techniques. Attendees practice the skills under the gentle guidance of the instructors.

For dates and times of upcoming Prenatal Programs call 484-628 HELP(4357) or go to our Classes and Events Page.

Class sizes are limited. We recommend registering early.

Financial Assistance for Classes

Financial assistance is available. Many health benefit plans cover the cost of prenatal education. Check with your benefits provider for details.

For more information or to register, call 484-628-HELP (4357).