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Childbirth Education

Women & Children's Center


Childbirth Education & New Parent Support

We want you to be confident and comfortable as you prepare to welcome your new baby into your life. The Women & Children's Center offers parents, grandparents - even new siblings - many opportunities to learn more about labor and delivery, as well as valuable skills for when you bring baby home.

All of the following classes are held at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. Registration is required for most courses. Register on-line or contact us for more information.

Childbirth Education Classes

Pregnancy Circle

Join THE PREGNANCY CIRCLE at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. This bi-monthly meeting is designed for women to gather together in support of one another and begin to grow your circle of support now - before your baby arrives! This open format is designed so you can discuss anything on your mind. Build your tribe and grow friendships as you travel this incredible journey! Each meeting will be hosted by one of our affiliated Birth Doulas or by our Childbirth Educators. These gatherings are free, but we ask that you register in advance.

Register here for these upcoming dates: 4/19, 5/3, 5/17, 6/7, 6/21, 7/5,7/19 and 8/2

Prepared Childbirth Series (5 Classes)

This class covers traditional childbirth education, including an overview of labor, birth, medications, potential complications and postpartum care. A tour of the Women & Children's Center is included in this class. Classes meet one night a week for 5 weeks from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Cost is $110/per couple.

Upcoming dates:

Monday May - June 5 (skipping Memorial Day)
Wednesdays June 14th - July 12th
Wednesdays July 24th - August 21st
Wednesdays September 6th - October 4th

Prepared Childbirth Series (Weekend)

This 2-day class has been designed as an alternative to the 5-week series. The same information is taught. A tour of the Women & Children's Center is included. Class is held Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Cost is $145/per couple.

Upcoming dates:
May 20th & 21st
June 10th & 11th
July 15th & 16th
August 19th & 20th

Prepared Childbirth Class (One Day)

This one day class provides you with the same information you would receive in the two-day weekend class (listed above). A tour of the Women & Children's Center is included. Cost is $145. This class is offered on either a Saturday or Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Upcoming dates:
 April 22nd, May 13th, June 17th, July 9th, August 13th, September 9th, October 15th and November 18th

Kriya Birth - Mind Body Birth Education

 This 5 week series is designed for women or couples looking for a deeper exploration of the mind/body connection through pregnancy and birth. You will learn techniques to minimize fear and pain, and leave with increased courage in your bodies ability to birth. In this class you will learn how to:

~ Access deep relaxation allowing the body to move through labor with ease  
~ Engage the mind to work with any discomfort you may experience
~ Communicate your needs with support people and providers
~ Use positioning and other techniques to encourage a gentle birth
~ Increase confidence in your bodies innate wisdom to birth and your ability to cope with any stress that may  arise 

Partners and support people will leave this class with the confidence to take an active role in the birth experience. A tour of the Women & Children's Center is included in this class. Classes are offered one night a week for 5 weeks from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 

 Upcoming dates:
June 1 - June 29th
July 20th - August 17th
September 14th - October 12th

Childbirth Refresher Class

This class is intended for women or couples who have already attended a previous Childbirth Class. In this two week series we will discuss any changes in what to expect since your last experience, revisit comfort techniques and allow lots of time for questions and answers.  As a part of this class we will take a tour of the Women and Chidren's Center.   *Childcare may be availalbe. Please contact Lyndi Sargent at 603-609-6964 if interested in childcare. 

Upcoming Dates:
Wednesdays May 24th and 31st
Thursdays July 6th and 13th and Mondays September 18th and 25th

Adjusting with Ease - A Workshop for Expecting Parents

The transition from couple to parenting can be both wonderful and challenging. If you're looking for ways to prepare for the changes ahead, this is a great way to start! This class will help you set realistic expectations about life after baby and help you plan for the journey ahead. Through this informative and interactive workshop you'll take home some great skills and be better prepared to balance your own needs within your new roles as parents. This 2.5 hour workshop runs in the evening from 6-8:30pm several times a year.  The investment is $35.00 per couple. 2017 Dates: March 16th, May 16th, July 18th, September 12th and November 14th. Click here for Registration.

Prenatal Yoga

This 4-week series is offered to you at any stage of your pregnancy and at any level of practice. Come and experience a deeper connection to your baby and a sense of well-being. Yoga will help you prepare to give birth in an active and intuitive way, stretch and tone your body for an easier delivery and faster recovery. Learn to use the whole breath to relax and release fears for a gentler transition into motherhood. Taught by our Women & Children's Center nurses trained at Kirpalu in prenatal yoga. Wear comfortable clothing. Each series is offered one day a week for 4 weeks from 6:00 - 7:00p.m. Cost is $60/per mom-to-be.

Upcoming dates:
Thursdays: June 1st - June 29th, August 3rd - August 31st and September 14th - October 12th (skipping 9/21).

Breastfeeding Class

This class is intended for women who are planning on breastfeeding or who are considering breastfeeding. Lactation consultants will discuss the advantages of breastfeeding, how to get started and stay breastfeeding, how to continue breastfeeding once returning to work and much more! Partners are encouraged to attend as well. Classes are offered one Tuesday each month from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Cost is $10.

Upcoming dates:  May 16th, June 13th and July 18th, August 22nd, September 12th and October 10th

Great Beginnings

This is a fun, hands-on class where expectant parents or caregivers will learn about newborn development, and what to expect in the early weeks of parenting. Topics include diapering, bathing, sleep cycles, general wellness and safety. Parents/caregivers will also learn some simple techniques to help sooth fussy babies. Cost is $35 per family and is offered monthly.  Tuesday classes run from 6pm-8pm and Saturdays from 9am-11am.

Upcoming dates: Saturdays:  June 3rd, August 26th and October 28th
                         Tuesdays:  May 23rd, July 25th and Sept. 19th

Infant Massage

This three week series is intended for moms, dads, or caretakers, interested in learning how to communicate love and respect through the nurturing touch of infant massage. Benefits of infant massage include: Increased bonding, relaxation, better sleep, improved circulation, aids with digestion and assists with body awareness as babies develop. Cost is $40 per family.  This class runs from 12:30-1:30 and is immediately followed by our FREE New Parents Support Group.  - All are welcome to stay and attend.
* If you are interested in Infant Massage but can not make the times below please reach out to Lyndi Sargent at 609-6964 to discuss other options.

Upcoming Dates:
March 20th - April 3rd
May 1st - May 15th
July 17th - July 31st

Babysitting Course

The Education/Organizational Development Department offers a babysitting course for 11 - 14 year olds to review various babysitting responsibilities and basic first aid. Class is offered one Saturday per month from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cost is $30. Visit or call (603) 740-2858 to register.

No Fee Childbirth Education - Registration is required

Birth Center Tour

This is an opportunity for expecting women and families to see the Women and Children's Center and ask questions regarding what to expect while here. Please note that a tour of the Women & Children's Center is given during all childbirth classes. Tours are offered one Tuesday and one Saturday each month. Tuesday tours are at 7pm, Saturdays tours meets at 1:30. There is no charge for this, however registration is required.

Register for a Saturday Tour
Register for a Tuesday Tour

Cesarean Delivery Class

This class is intended for those expecting to have a Cesarean birth (C-section). We will discuss what to expect when you arrive at the Women & Children's Center and the process of preparing you for your birth. A tour of the Birth Center is included. This class is offered on Mondays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. There is no charge for this course.

Click here for dates and registration details

Car Seat Safety Checks

We offer families an opportunity to see that their car seats are installed safely. Our certified car seat safety technicians will work with you one on one. Appointments are necessary. Please register through the link below.

Upcoming Dates: April 19th, May 17th and June 21st

Sibling Class

Brothers- and sisters-to-be will learn how the new baby will be born and talk about what it will be like to be a big brother or sister. This free class is intended for children ages 3 and older. Please bring a photo of your child as an infant. Classes are 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Dates: May 3rd, June 7th, July 5th, August 2nd, September 6th and October 4th

Siblings at Birth

This class is for big brothers and sisters who will be present during the birth of their new baby sibling! Children will learn about the hospital equipment they will see, the stages of labor, how they can help and what the new baby will look like during the delivery. Families will watch a movie and tour the Women & Children's Center. We work with each family to share this information in the way they are most comfortable. To schedule, call Child Life Services at (603) 740-2496.

Grandparents Class

This class is designed to help grandparents understand recent changes in childbirth and early infant care. In addition to this we discuss creative ways to support the new parents. A tour of the Women & Children's Center is included. This class is offered Saturdays ever other month from 10:00 a.m. - noon.

Click here to see dates and register for this class

New Parent Support Group

Come and meet other new parents and discuss topics of concern to you. This group is facilitated by lactation consultants and child life specialists. It meets most Monday from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. No registration is necessary for this class.

There will be no group meeting on these dates in 2017:  January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 1, June 10, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13 and December 25.

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Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Childbirth Education at (603) 740-2867 or



What's Your Plan? - Creating a Birth Plan

Join us on May 10 for a discussion about birth planning with Dr. Janet Perkins and childbirth educator Lyndi Sargent.