Prepared Childbirth and Breastfeeding Education Programs

       

Congratulations!

The birth of a baby is a wonderful and exciting experience. As you prepare for your new arrival, you may consider taking advantage of some excellent resources we have for you here at Pocono Medical Center. 
Attending childbirth education classes can help you obtain the knowledge, confidence and support you need during your pregnancy and after the birth of your baby.


Prepared Childbirth Class 



All prepared childbirth classes are taught by registered nurses employed by Pocono Medical Center (PMC). Classes meet for four weeks as small groups in a comfortable classroom environment. During the two-hour class sessions pregnant mothers and their labor support persons will learn practical information about labor and delivery, breathing and relaxation exercises and caring for newborns. Classes are taught through interactive discussions, educational slides and videos.

Who Can Participate?

Expectant mothers and their partners are welcome, including those mothers planning on other birth locations.

Why Take Childbirth Classes?

Whether you are starting a new family or adding another member to your present family, PMC wants to support you through this exciting experience. 
This means offering family-centered care from the planning stage of your pregnancy through delivery, continuing on to offer a lifetime of world-class care close to home. 

Course Outline

Week 1: Welcome to Childbirth Education, Anatomy and Physiology,  What’s Normal/What’s Not, Stages of Labor, Breathing & Relaxation Tips
Week 2: Signs & Symptoms of Labor, Reviewing the Stages of Labor, Postpartum, Birth Video, Practice Breathing Techniques
Week 3: Caesarean Birth, Medications in Labor & Delivery, Understanding Medical Procedures, Variations in Childbirth
Week 4: Newborn Characteristics & Procedures, Breastfeeding, Bottle Feeding, Newborn Care

In addition to the course you are invited to join a tour of the Labor & Delivery Unit at PMC.


Breastfeeding Classes



Breastfeeding classes are taught by a trained professional at PMC.   

Who Can Participate?

Expectant mothers and their partners are welcome, including those mothers planning on other birth locations. Classes are open to grandparents and siblings as well.

Why breastfeed?

Breastfed babies have:
  • Stronger immune systems
  • Less diarrhea
  • Better vision
  • Less illness overall
  • A reduced rate of childhood obesity

Moms who breastfeed:

  • Have significant bonding time with their babies
  • Burn approximately 500 calories a day
  • Have reduced rates of breast cancer

Breast milk is best for babies because it:

  • Contains antibodies that protect against infection
  • Is always clean and the right temperature

During this two hour class you will learn about:

  • Benefits of breastfeeding
  • Anatomy of the breast
  • Getting started in the hospital
  • Coming home - those first weeks
  • Proper positioning
  • Sore nipples, engorgement, blocked ducts
  • Nipple confusion
  • Milk supply
  • What can I eat?
  • Dad and breastfed baby
  • Working and pumping


When to Register:

Registration for classes should be made as early as possible in your pregnancy. Plan to complete the Prepared Childbirth classes at least one month prior to your due date. Class sizes are limited and we want to accommodate you as much as possible.  
Refresher Classes: Provided for those who have taken prenatal classes before but need to review for their upcoming birth.
Register online at: www.poconohealthsystem.org and choose the events calendar on the homepage.
For more information, please call 570-426-1688

Prepared Childbirth Class 

  • 4-Week Class $100.00
  • Quick-Step Weekend Class $100.00
  • Refresher Class $75.00 
(PHS/PMC employees, please ask about discount)

Breastfeeding Class

  • One two-hour session $25.00
  • If also enrolled in PMC Childbirth Class $20.00


Our Vision

To Build a Healthier Community…
One Baby at a Time

The Mother-Baby unit at PMC offers personalized family-centered care for you and your new baby provided by our knowledgeable team.  
Breast-feeding support and education is provided by specially trained staff.   

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