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Maternity Education

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A group photo from Baby Talk

 As one of the leading maternity hospitals in the Delaware Valley in number of babies born every year, we are committed to caring for expecting and new parents. In addition to providing advanced medical care and technology, we sponsor educational programs on topics covering planning for pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.

Abington Hospital’s maternity education program prepares expecting parents for the arrival of their newborn. These comprehensive classes prepare parents for labor and delivery, their hospital stay and caring for the newborn. Classes are taught by registered nurses who are certified in Childbirth Education and one certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor.

Classes Offered

  • Baby Basics with our Pediatrician - An open forum support group to discuss vaccinations, choosing a physician and newborn health concerns.

  • Baby Steps Group - An open forum support group for parents with babies six months to 12 months of age. This class discusses concerns and provides socialization for your baby.

  • Baby Talk - An open forum support group for parents with newborns through six months of age. Common discussions include: breast and bottle feeding, sleeping, comforting a newborn, returning to work or being a stay-at-home parent.

  • Breastfeeding 1 - Breastfeeding for the first month.  Topics include: latching, milk supply, breast issues and building awareness.

  • Breastfeeding 2 - Topics include: breast pumps, returning to work, when to begin pumping and milk storage.

  • Caring For Baby - Topics include: burping, diapering, swaddling, skin care, sleeping, newborn appearance and reflexes and parent concerns.

  • Childbirth Preparation Class - Topics include: stages of labor, timing contractions, relaxation and breathing, when to notify the doctor and C-sections.

  • Childbirth Preparation - Express Class - Condensed version of the regular class.  Topics include: stages of labor, timing contractions, relaxation and breathing, when to notify the doctor and C-sections.

  • Expectant Parent Orientation - Tour of Abington Hospital and the labor & delivery unit.  Meet a hospital nurse.

  • Infant Massage - Instructs mothers on how to relax and stimulate the newborn, as well as the overall benefits of infant massage.

  • Moving with Mommy and Me - Instructs moms on stretching and strengthening their bodies after birth with yoga-based exercises.  There is also a focus on bonding with the baby through movement and relaxation techniques.

  • Prenatal Yoga Class - Participants will learn to build strength and flexibility, as well as breathing awareness and relaxation, all to aid comfort during pregnancy and labor.  This class also focuses on alleviating pregnancy discomfort.

  • Sibling Preparation - Fun and interactive class for children awaiting the arrival of a new sibling.

Register online or call 215-481-6800 for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who registers for classes?

Our standard audience is any expecting parent.

When should I register for classes?

If possible, please register around the fifth month of pregnancy. This is an optimal time to learn about upcoming class dates, times and fees. It is recommended that all childbirth education classes be completed during the seventh month of pregnancy.

Can I bring food to class?

Yes. You may bring your own beverage and snacks. If your class is at the hospital or GIANT Community Center, there is the opportunity to purchase drinks and food.

How do I pay for my classes?

While most classes are free, some classes do have a fee.  If your class has a fee, you will be prompted to process your credit card payment when you register online. Please note: Insurance companies may reimburse you for a portion of your classes. Please contact your insurance carrier for more information.

Testimonials

"The Caring for Baby class was extremely helpful and informative. Expecting your first child is incredibly overwhelming; participating in this class made me feel prepared for our new adventure ahead." 
- Cinda

"I have found Baby Talk so helpful - so much so, that I’m here with my second baby! I learned the first time in 2013 that no matter what your baby is doing, someone else's baby has done or is doing the same thing. And now, in 2015 - it's deja vu! The group is structured so that each mom gets to ask their questions, but not overwhelmingly that you feel like it is a class. Amy is a great facilitator who answers questions and is very encouraging. I have recommended so many new moms to try Baby Talk so that they can meet people and see that they not alone on this motherhood journey!"
- Adrienne

"The Baby Talk group became my support system. With no family in the US, I got all of my questions answered here, from what toys to buy to how to sleep train my baby. Listening to other moms helped me feel that I am not alone."
- Ankita

Inclement Weather and Class Cancellations

In the event of questionable weather and class cancellations, please contact the hospital operator at 215-481-2000.

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