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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

Celebrating Pregnancy Events

Join us at these free monthly events as often as you would like while you prepare for the birth of your baby. You'll have an opportunity to tour the Women and Children's Center, meet some of our staff and participate in fun hands on workshops. Each month two new topics will be presented.

Click on the dates below to register for these events.
2017 Dates TBA

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:

Mondays Feb. 6th - March 6th
Wednesday March 22nd - April 19th
Monday May - June 5 (skipping Memorial Day)

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:
January 21st & 22nd 2017
February 11th & 12th 2017
March 11th & 12th 2017

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:
January 28th, February 18th and March 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:
January 5th - February 2nd
February 23rh - March 23rd
April 13th - May 11th
June 1 - June 29th

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: January 19th, March 16th, May 18th, July 20th, September 14th and November 16th. 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    February 23rd - March 23rd

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:  January 17th, February 7th and March 21st, April 18th, May 16th, June 13th and July 18th

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 $30 per family and is offered monthly.  Tuesday classes run from 6pm-8pm and Saturdays from 9am-11am.

Upcoming dates: Saturdays: February 25th
                         Tuesdays:  January 24th and March 7th

Infant Massage

This class is intended for moms, dads, or caretakers, interested in learning how to communicate love and respect through 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 $15 per family.

Upcoming Dates: 2017 Dates TBA

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: January 18th, February 15th and March 15th

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: November 2nd, December 7th, January 4th and February 1st

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