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Childbirth and Parenting Classes

Childbirth and Parenting Classes

Childbirth and Parenting Classes

Whether you are having your first baby or your fourth, PinnacleHealth has a class for you.

Our comprehensive childbirth and parenting education program offers classes on childbirth, baby care, breastfeeding and other topics. We even offer sibling classes for brothers and sisters-to-be.

Our classes are taught by certified instructors and are offered at several convenient times and locations. In addition to helping you take responsibility for your health and the health of your baby, you will gain knowledge that will help you make informed decisions regarding your birth experience and the future with your baby. 

The Parent/Child Education Team

Meet our Parent/Child Education team. We are Certified Childbirth Educators, Certified Lactation Consultants, and/or nurses who are eager to help you have the best birth and early parenting experience possible. We offer group and individual classes to meet the needs of the families we serve. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Childbirth Educators May 2016

Baby Care Basics and Co-Parenting

This four-week series for expectant parents is recommended for the second trimester. Parents will learn how to care for a newborn and navigate early co-parenting. Discussion, demonstration and class participation are used to teach basic information about baby’s bath, cord care, diapering, safety and feeding. Other topics include the importance of skin-to-skin and rooming-in, normal newborn behaviors, symptoms of illness, and how to stimulate learning. Based on current research, a strong emphasis will be placed on co-parenting. This part of the class will involve mom and dad/partner interactions guided by a team who have been professionally trained to introduce the concept of co-parenting. Our Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR/AED class complements this series by providing instruction on health and safety issues, CPR, and AED use.

Registration fee: $55 (includes partner)

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.

Baby Care Basics for Single Parents

This 2-hour session is designed for single parents and their support person. Parents will learn how to care for a newborn and navigate early single parenting. Discussion, demonstration and class participation are used to teach basic information about baby’s bath, cord care, diapering, safety and feeding. Other topics include the importance of skin-to-skin and rooming-in, normal newborn behaviors, symptoms of illness, and how to stimulate learning. Our Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR/AED class complements this series by providing instruction on health and safety issues, CPR, and AED use.

Registration fee: $40 (support person is welcome)

Call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900 to schedule class.

Birth Center Tours

This tour provides the expectant mother and father/support person an opportunity to visit Labor and Delivery, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Maternity Center. This will allow you to become familiar with Harrisburg Hospital and get answers to any questions you may have. You may tour the Birth Center at any phase of your pregnancy. Due to the areas being toured, we are not able to accommodate children on this tour. A tour especially suited for children is provided in the Siblings class.

Pre-registration is required. There is no fee.

PinnacleHealth Harrisburg Campus, Harrisburg Hospital Lobby
111 S. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.

Breastfeeding Basics

This two-week series for expectant parents focuses on the joys and common concerns of breastfeeding. Discussion includes the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies, the importance of skin-to-skin and rooming-in, identifying baby’s feeding cues, maintaining a milk supply and other practical information. Additional topics include combining breastfeeding and working, expression and storage of breast milk, and use of breast pumps. Expectant fathers are encouraged to attend.
Saturday sessions meet for one 4-hour class.

Registration fee: $60 (includes partner)

Fee is waived for those giving birth at Harrisburg Hospital. If you are unable to attend after registering, please call 231-8900 to cancel and avoid a “no-show” charge. This will also allow us to make your space available for someone else.

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.
 

Cesarean Birth

A single class designed for expectant parents who are anticipating a cesarean birth. Focus is on the physical and emotional aspects of a cesarean birth experience and touches on relaxation as a coping skill. Class includes information about the reasons for cesarean birth, medications and anesthesia, postpartum recovery and newborn appearance and procedures. The important role of the dad/partner before, during, and after birth will be discussed. A certified childbirth educator will contact you to schedule one 2 hour class.

Registration fee: $75 (includes partner)

To schedule individualized classes, call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.

Childbirth Preparation

This class focuses on preparing you for your birth experience. Course content includes information about the physical and emotional changes during labor, the important role of the dad/partner, relaxation and comfort techniques, common medical interventions and options, as well as a brief overview of cesarean birth, postpartum, and the newborn. Your instructor will address your specific needs and concerns. A certified childbirth educator will contact you to schedule two class sessions of 2 hours each or one 4-hour class at your request.

Registration fee: $150 (includes partner)

To schedule individualized classes, call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.

Childbirth Refresher

This class is for expectant parents who have previously attended a childbirth education program. Class includes a review of labor and birth, medical interventions, and comfort measures, including positions, relaxation, and breathing patterns. A brief overview of cesarean birth, postpartum, and newborn will be presented. The important role of the dad/partner and preparing siblings for your hospital stay are also discussed. A certified childbirth educator will contact you to schedule one 2 ½ -hour class.

Registration fee: $85 (includes partner)

Your children can also prepare for the new baby by attending one of our specially designed classes for siblings.

To schedule individualized classes, call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.

CPR for Family & Friends

This 2½ hour non-certification class focuses on Adult/Child/Infant CPR and techniques to use on a person who is choking. Certified American Heart Association Instructors facilitate this course, which is presented in a practice-while-watching format. A Family & Friends CPR participation card is included on the back cover of the student manual that you will receive.

Registration fee: $30/person; $50/couple

Payment must be received 3 weeks prior to the class date, at which time your CPR student manual will be mailed to you for review. We strongly suggest that you read this book prior to class.

Fee is waived for those giving birth at Harrisburg Hospital. If you are unable to attend after registering, please call 231-8900 to cancel and avoid a “no-show” charge. This will also allow us to make your space available for someone else.

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.

Early Pregnancy Class

The Early Pregnancy Class is for pregnant women in the first half of their pregnancy and their partners. The class covers wellness during pregnancy, early symptoms, how to support mom and her partner, resources and much more! The class is presented by an experienced PinnacleHealth maternity nurse. Registration fee includes partner.

Registration Fee: $10

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.
 

Grandparents: Times Have Changed!

This single evening class focuses on the experience of the grandparent. New trends in medical practices and current recommendations for infant care and safety will be discussed. Suggestions on how grandparents can support the new family and play a valuable role in the lives of their grandchildren will be shared. A tour of the Harrisburg Hospital Birth Center is offered following the class. Participation is optional.

Registration fee: $10/person

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.

Heartsaver CPR/AED

This 3½ hour certification course focuses on Adult/Child/Infant CPR, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and techniques to use on a person who is choking. Certified American Heart Association Instructors facilitate this course, which is presented in a practice-while-watching format. Upon successful completion of the CPR/AED skills tests, a certification card will be mailed to your home within 20 days of course completion.

Registration fee: $55/person

Payment must be received 3 weeks prior to the class date, so your Heartsaver CPR/AED textbook can be mailed to you for review. We strongly suggest that you read this book prior to class.

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.
 

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR/AED

This 7-hour, 2-session certification course, is specifically designed for day care workers, baby sitters, parents, guardians, and other caregivers of infants and children. The course includes information on basic first aid for a variety of medical and injury emergencies, CPR for infants and children, and the use of an AED in children. Certified American Heart Association Instructors facilitate this course, which is presented in a practice-while-watching format. Following attendance at both sessions and successful completion of the First Aid and CPR/AED skills tests, a certification card will be mailed to your home within 20 days of course completion.

Registration fee: $75/person

Payment must be received 3 weeks prior to the class date, so your Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid CPR/AED student manual can be mailed to you for review. We strongly suggest that you read this book prior to class.

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.
 

Heartstrings

Heartstrings is a perinatal bereavement support group for those who have experienced a pregnancy loss or death of a newborn. You are welcome to join us, no matter where you are in your grief process or how long it has been since your loss. You may choose to talk or just listen. Meetings typically include brief presentations and time for sharing. Two registered nurses, who are also perinatal bereavement counselors, facilitate the meetings. The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

PinnacleHealth Community Campus
Conference Room 3, 2nd Floor
4300 Londonderry Road
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.

Lamaze® Childbirth Classes

This six-week series provides information on the process of labor and birth, common medical interventions and options, and the important role of the dad/partner. Comfort techniques, including positioning, breathing and relaxation will be taught and practiced. A brief overview of cesarean birth, postpartum, and newborn are presented. These classes promote the Lamaze® Philosophy of Birth and the six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices of the Lamaze® Institute for Normal Birth. Additional time is spent practicing comfort measures, so these classes are a half-hour longer than Prepared Childbirth classes. They are taught by childbirth educators certified by Lamaze® International. A tour of the Harrisburg Hospital Birth Center is included.

Registration fee: $100 (includes partner)

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.

New Mom Network I

New Mom Network I is an informal time of sharing and support for new mothers and their babies aged 0-9 months. This group is facilitated by a nurse experienced in maternal/child health and lactation.
Join other new moms for one of these groups:

Every Monday: 1-2:30 p.m.
Community Center at Linglestown GIANT
2300 Linglestown Road
Linglestown, PA 17110

Every Tuesday: 1-2:30 p.m.
Community Center at Camp Hill GIANT
3301 Trindle Road
Camp Hill, PA 17011

No older children please. Walk-ins welcome.

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.
 

New Mom Network II

New Mom Network II is an informal time of sharing and support for new mothers and their children aged 10-17 months. This group is facilitated by a nurse experienced in maternal/child health and lactation. Join other new moms for one of these groups:

Every Monday: 1-2:30 p.m.
Community Center at Linglestown GIANT
2300 Linglestown Road
Linglestown, PA 17110

Every Tuesday: 1-2:30 p.m.
Community Center at Camp Hill GIANT
3301 Trindle Road
Camp Hill, PA 17011

No older children please. Walk-ins welcome.

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.
 

New Parent Night

The second Tuesday of every month PinnacleHealth will be hosting a "New Parent Night." New Parent Night is a free one hour information session on topics for parents of babies from birth to one year old.
New parents and babies in arms are welcome! The sessions are presented by a PinnacleHealth expert.

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.
 

Postpartum Infant Massage

Loving, nurturing touch between parent and infant has a positive impact on the child’s development. Bring your baby (six weeks to six months old) and learn the techniques and benefits of infant massage. Massage oil is provided in the class. Our certified infant massage instructor will contact you to schedule three 1-hour sessions. Classes can be arranged for 1-3 families, focusing on the individual needs of each and offering an opportunity to meet with other new parents. Fee varies based upon number of participants.

Registration fee: (includes parent and baby):
$150 – one family
$90 – two families
$60 – three families

To schedule individualized classes, call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.

Prenatal Infant Massage

This is a program of early touch experiences using the World Institute for Nurturing Communication’s (WINC) “Welcome Baby Massage” as the basis for the class. Parents will learn the value of touch to the newborn, as well as the connection between touch and baby’s adjustment to life outside the womb. How to interpret your baby’s behavior and identify their cues will be discussed. Why, when, and how to add touch strokes to early infant care, and the father’s important role will be covered in this 1-hour class. Our certified infant massage instructor will contact you to make arrangements, based on your individual needs.

Registration fee: $40 (includes partner)

To schedule individualized classes, call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.

Prepared Childbirth Classes

This six-week series focuses on preparation for childbirth, emphasizing the experience of labor and birth and the important role of the dad/partner. A variety of comfort measures are taught and practiced in class, including relaxation and breathing techniques. Medical interventions and options are discussed, as well as a brief overview of cesarean birth, postpartum, and newborn. Taught by certified childbirth educators, these classes will provide valuable information to help you prepare for your birth experience. A tour of the Harrisburg Hospital Birth Center is included.

Registration fee: $90 (includes partner)

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.

Rainbows: Pregnancy After Loss Support

PinnacleHealth Rainbows: This program provides support to families who have had pregnancy losses and are considering becoming pregnant again, are currently pregnant, or have recently given birth. Please contact Marianne Allen at (717) 782-5906 or Liz Shaeffer at (717) 231-8472 to schedule an appointment.

Siblings: “Big Brothers and Big Sisters”

Babies and Toddlers
This class is designed for two and three year olds who are about to become big brothers or sisters. Children will learn about newborns and how to interact with them. Some safety lessons will be shared. There will be a celebration of their role as big brothers and big sisters. A short tour of the Maternity Center is included, but no video will be shown.

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.

Babies and Big Kids
This class, designed for children four to nine years of age, includes discussion and a children’s video about becoming a big brother or sister. Children also have the opportunity to practice holding dolls and learn how newborn babies look and behave. Class includes a child’s tour of the Maternity Center.

Registration fee: $10/child

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.
 

The Happiest Baby

Join the growing number of parents using Dr. Harvey Karp’s method to calm their crying babies. In a single class you will learn Dr. Karp’s secrets for making babies happy. Practice the 5 S’s used to engage your baby’s “calming reflex.” These techniques are most beneficial for babies birth to two months of age. Childbirth and lactation educators teaching this class have completed the Happiest Baby Certification Program. Class fee includes “The Happiest Baby on the Block” DVD and “Soothing Sounds” CD.

Registration fee: $35

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.

Toddler Time

Toddler Time is an informal time of sharing and support for mothers and their 1 to 3-year-olds. 

The group meets every Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at:

Community Center at Linglestown GIANT
2300 Linglestown Road
Linglestown, PA 17110

No older children please. Registration is not required. Walk-ins are welcome.

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.
 

Twins, Triplets & More

There are two options for this class. There is a four-evening series for first time parents expecting multiples and replaces the need for a childbirth class. There is also an option to come only to the first two weeks of this series. This option is intended for parents who are expecting multiples and already have birth experience. Both options will provide information specific to your family’s unique needs. These classes include information about the different types of twinning, the process of labor and birth with multiples, what you need “two or more” of, feeding multiple babies and ways of supporting the new family postpartum. A tour of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is included. It is recommended to take this class in the second trimester. 

Registration fee:

  • Four-week option for first time parents: $75 (includes partner) 
  • Two-week option for parents with birth experience: $45 (includes partner)

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

Instruction is available for parents who have previously had a cesarean and want a vaginal birth for this pregnancy. Guidelines for a vaginal birth and the additional needs of a VBAC mother are discussed. A certified childbirth educator will contact you to schedule one 2-hour class.

Registration fee: $75 (includes partner)

Parents preparing for a VBAC, who have not had a previous vaginal birth, are also encouraged to schedule a Childbirth Refresher Class to learn comfort techniques and medical options. A certified instructor will arrange a combined Refresher/VBAC class, two 2-hour sessions, at your convenience.

Registration fee: $150 (includes partner)

To schedule individualized classes, call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.

Weekend Childbirth Seminar

This seminar condenses the material taught in the six-week Prepared Childbirth course. There is a one-hour lunch break on Saturday. This class does not include a Birth Center Tour.

Registration fee: $100 (includes partner)

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.
 

Weekend Lamaze® Seminar

This seminar condenses the material taught in the six-week Lamaze® Childbirth course. There is a one-hour lunch break on Saturday. This class does not include a Birth Center Tour.

Registration fee: $110 (includes partner)

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.

Working Moms

Facilitated by working moms, this group is for moms who work outside the home and their babies. Informally discuss the challenges of returning to the workplace and share tips on how to adjust. The group meets the second Saturday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at:

Community Center at Camp Hill GIANT
3301 Trindle Road
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Registration is not required. Walk-ins are welcome.

Visit our Classes & Events page for the latest schedule or call the PHoneLine at (717) 231-8900.

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