Congratulations! Expecting a baby is so exciting and it brings with it many questions that may include:
- What are the signs that my labor has begun?
- The normal progress of labor and birth
- What are some of the techniques and options for coping with labor pain
- How can my spouse/partner help during the labor
- When to call your doctor
Our Childbirth Preparation Classes are taught by RN's specially certified in Childbirth Education. You will learn important information about labor, delivery and postpartum care. It is important that you find out how to identify the signs of labor, concerns and what happens to your body as your baby makes his or her way into the world.
Address your questions: During childbirth classes, you'll have the chance to ask your questions and likely find that others in your class share the same concerns. Your instructor can dispel myths and help put your mind at ease.
The Labor Coach has an important role: Our classes offer your partner or labor coach the chance to understand the process of childbirth as they have questions, too. We will discuss how your Labor Coach (your spouse, partner, etc.) can help support you during labor.
Discuss options for handling pain: Many moms worry about how they will handle labor pain. Your instructor will discuss methods such as breathing techniques, relaxation and visualization for coping with contractions. Classes also cover the pros and cons of common medications, such as epidurals and analgesics used in labor.
Get the basics on hospital policies and procedures
Tour our Delivery Suite: If you register for our 1-Day Childbirth Class on a Saturday or Sunday, your tour is included that day. Your instructor will discuss where to park and where you will find our Labor and Delivery Suites, where you'll give birth in a private room and find out about policies and resources. Our tours do not visit the Post Partum floors.
Our goal is to provide you with information to prepare for childbirth, help you make informed decisions, and minimize your fears. Couples will be provided with a book to take home.
If your class is held on a Saturday or Sunday at the hospital, please park in the Zipley Garage. A free parking card is provided for the day of your class. You will have the opportunity to use the cafeteria for lunch or may choose to pack your own.
For the floor work exercises in our classes, please bring 2 bed pillows. You are welcome to bring bottled water/juice and snacks.
Please note- our Childbirth Preparation class does not cover Breastfeeding or Caring for Baby class content. You will feel more prepared to care for your newborn by attending those classes as well.
$105/couple payable when you register online. Please note- when registering for this prenatal class, the fee is per couple. You need only register the expectant mothers name. When you register a support person, our system counts it as 2 couples. There is no need to register an additional name with moms when you register. Thank you. Contact your insurance company about class fee reimbursement.
FOR CLASS CANCELLATIONS DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR E-MAIL AND PHONE NUMBER WHERE WE MAY BEST REACH YOU WHEN YOU ARE REGISTERING FOR CLASSES ONLINE. CLASS CANCELLATION INFORMATION WILL ALSO BE POSTED ON OUR WEB SITE OR YOU MAY CALL 215-481-6800 BEFORE 4 PM OR CALL 215-481-2000 AFTER 5 PM.
Expectant mothers and their partners learn the value of teamwork to optimize their delivery experience. Topics include when to contact your physician, breathing and relaxation techniques, stages of labor, medication options and delivery techniques. Various class options and locations are also available to accommodate busy schedules. Recommended to register during the fifth month of pregnancy to allow for optimal availability. Please visit our website @ www.amh.org under classes and events or call 215-481-6800 to register. THE EXPECTANT PARENT ORIENTATION IS OFFERED @ THE END OF THIS CLASS. IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO DO THE TOUR AFTER YOUR CLASS YOU MAY REGISTER FOR A WEDNESDAY EVENING TOUR ONLINE. PLEASE NOTE IN THE COMMENT SECTION OF YOUR REGISTRATION WHETHER YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THE TOUR AFTER CLASS. PLEASE WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHING, AND BRING 2 BED PILLOWS AND A EXERCISE/YOGA STABILITY BALL IF YOU HAVE ONE. FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER PLEASE CALL 215-481-2000 AFTER 5 PM TO CHECK FOR CLASS CANCELLATIONS.