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Maternity Education

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Classes Offered

Baby Basics Dad Lab
Baby Talk Infant Massage
Becoming Dads & Moms Labor & Delivery Tour
Breastfeeding 1 Mommies & Munchkins Group
Breastfeeding 2 Moving with Mommy & Me
Caring For Your Baby Prenatal Yoga Class
Childbirth Preparation Class Sibling Preparation
CPR

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 – Jefferson Health's maternity education program prepares expecting parents for the arrival of their newborn. These comprehensive classes focus on labor preparation, what to expect during delivery, your hospital stay and caring for your newborn. Classes are taught by registered nurses who are certified in Childbirth Education and one certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor.

Baby Basics with our Pediatrician
  • This class is an open forum support group that discusses vaccinations, choosing a physician and newborn health concerns. 

  • Our Chair of Pediatrics attends this class with a Childbirth Educator. They present a power point review of common concerns including how to choose a pediatric care provider, feeding choices, safety, care in the hospital- what tests are performed, expectations of being a new parent, safe sleep guidelines, immunizations and more. You are welcome to bring your questions to ask during our open forum Q&A after the lecture.

  • This is a special class that does not replace our other classes. We do not review any DVDs or provide a book. There are no hands on practicing of newborn care in this class.

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

Baby Talk
  • Baby Talk is a daytime group that meets several mornings a month for moms and babies.

  • 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.

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

Becoming Dads & Moms
  • Becoming Dads and Moms is a parenting class facilitated by a Licensed Certified Social Worker where couples discuss how becoming parents will change your relationship.

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

Breastfeeding 1
  • Topics include: latching, milk supply, breast issues and building awareness.

  • It is very important that new moms receive support while breastfeeding. The best plan is to be prepared and attend a Breastfeeding class that shares information you will need to help you achieve your breastfeeding goals. We discuss common concerns and, very importantly, where you can get support and help with breastfeeding questions. This class will cover where to find assistance, what to expect, and other important support.

  • We welcome spouses, partners and support persons as we will discuss how you can help mom.

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

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

  • This class covers information on choosing a breast pump, how they work and information on how to help you choose one that best suits your needs.

  • You do not need to take Breastfeeding 1 before you attend Breastfeeding 2.

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

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

  • Learn how to diaper, swaddle, burp, hold, provide umbilical cord care, perform a sponge bath, discuss safe sleeping and basic newborn care. All of this is discussed and demonstrated using newborn sized dolls. We provide 2 dolls for each couple to practice on during this class.

  • Grandparents are welcome to register to attend if they would like to review care of a newborn baby.

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

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

  • This class will cover in-depth information about labor and birth physiology and provide a book with color photos and easy to follow reference information. Our books are used in conjunction with videos, discussion, practicing breathing and relaxation techniques.

  • Your Childbirth Educator will show your partner how to offer a massage to use in labor, discuss the role of the labor support person, the stages of labor, when to come to the hospital, comfort measures to assist you during labor, hospital practices and much more to prepare you for your birth experience.

  • We discuss non-pharmaceutical pain relief options and such as breathing, relaxation, positions using a yoga ball and our peanut balls. Medical options are also discussed and include the epidural for pain relief.

  • Both vaginal and cesarean deliveries are discussed along with recovery from childbirth known as the postpartum period.

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

CPR
  • We are pleased to offer 2 CPR options for parents and families. Infant CPR covers techniques used on newborns through 12 months of age. Child/Adult CPR covers techniques used on anyone age 1 year through adult.

  • These are not full certification classes. They provide you with an inflatable CPR manikin and DVD for you to take home to practice and share with friends and family.

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

Dad Lab
  • Dad Lab is a group for dads to attend both before and after the birth of your child. Meeting other fathers, hearing shared concerns and talking about your experiences are just a few of the great things that happen in a Dad Lab group. Mike Hardy, RN and father of 2 will facilitate Dad Lab. 

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

Infant Massage
  • Many new parents relay to healthcare providers that they want to know ways to interact with a newborn, help soothe them and offer tummy time. Massage offers this and both parents, grandparents and caregivers will benefit from knowing how to provide the massage.

  • This class instructs mothers on how to relax and stimulate the newborn, as well as the overall benefits of infant massage.We discuss different techniques that help with stretching, relieving gas and aiding in digestion, helping a baby to sleep and relax.

  • You can attend this class before or after your baby is born.

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

Labor & Delivery Tour
  • Tour of Abington Hospital and the labor & delivery unit. Meet a hospital nurse.

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

Mommies & Munchkins Group
  • Mommies & Munchkins is an evening group that is perfect for moms who have returned to work or who are looking for a group to join while pregnant.

  • This class discusses concerns and provides socialization for you and your baby.

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

Moving with Mommy & Me
  • This class 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.

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

Prenatal Yoga Class
  • Many expecting moms would like to learn gentle stretches and movements to assist with their changing body during pregnancy. Participants will learning to build strength and flexibility, as well as breathing awareness and relaxation. All of these techniques aid comfort during pregnancy and labor. 

  • Our certified prenatal yoga instructor welcomes you to join her in a monthly class that is just for pregnant mothers. You do not need to have any prior yoga experience to attend but you do need the waiver form completed by your OB office before your first class.

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

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.

Inclement Weather and Class Cancellations

There is a 72 hour cancellation policy for classes. If you find you are unable to attend your class, please e-mail our Lead Childbirth Educator and we will assist you in available class dates to transfer your registration.

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

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Weekdays 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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