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Childbirth Education

Women & Children's Center


Childbirth Education & New Parent Support

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is taking steps to mitigate the spread of infections at this time. One of these steps includes offering alternative options to traditional perinatal classes. Classes will now be a combination of self guided education and a live virtual classes with one of our instructors.

We have also reduced the cost of our classes during this challenging time. If your family is experiencing hardship and the current cost prohibits you from signing up for class, please contact us at (603) 609-6964 or We are happy to help.

We want you to be confident and comfortable as you prepare to welcome your new baby into your life. The Women & Children's Center offers parents, grandparents - even new siblings - many opportunities to learn more about labor and delivery, as well as valuable skills for when you bring baby home.

Classes typically held at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital are being offered on-line at this time. Registration is required for all courses. Register on-line or contact us for more information. Many insurance companies will reimburse for the cost of these classes.
At Wentworth-Douglass Hospital we believe in the value of preparing for the changes ahead. If you are unable to attend a class due to financial concerns please call Lyndi Sargent at 609-6964 to discuss options.

Childbirth Education Classes

Prepared Childbirth Series (5 Classes)

This class covers traditional childbirth education, including an overview of labor, birth, medications, potential complications and postpartum care. This class involves weekly on line modules you complete at your own pace followed by a virtual class with one of our instructors. Class meets for 5 weeks from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Cost is $30/per couple.

Upcoming dates:

Wednesdays, April 15th - May 13th

Mondays, June 1st - 29th

Prepared Childbirth Series (Weekend)

This class has been designed as an alternative to the evening classes. The same information is taught. Couples enrolled in this class will be given online modules to complete at their own pace followed by hours of virtual instruction with one of our educators. Class will meet online from 10am-12pm both Saturday and Sunday.
Cost is $30/per couple.

Upcoming dates:  April 4th & 5th , May 16th & 17th

Prepared Childbirth Class (One Day)

*This class will resume once we can allow groups to meet at the hospital again.

Kriya Birth - Mind Body Birth Education

This 5 week series is designed for women or couples looking for a deeper exploration of the mind/body connection through pregnancy and birth. You will learn techniques to minimize fear and pain, and leave with increased courage in your bodies ability to birth. In this class you will learn how to:

~ Access deep relaxation allowing the body to move through labor with ease
~ Engage the mind to work with any discomfort you may experience
~ Communicate your needs with support people and providers
~ Use positioning and other techniques to encourage a gentle birth
~ Increase confidence in your bodies innate wisdom to birth and your ability to cope with any stress that may arise

Partners and support people will leave this class with the confidence to take an active role in the birth experience. Classes are offered (virtually) one night a week for 5 weeks from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Cost is $30 per couple

Upcoming dates:
Mondays: March 23rd - April 20th

Thursday: May 7th - June 4th

Beyond the Classroom

This hour and a half class is designed to help expecting couples navigate the tools available to them in their labor and delivery rooms at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. Couples will have a chance to “try out” the available tools in an actual labor and delivery room. This hands-on class is intended to help you feel more comfortable using the tools available to you. Investment in this class is $35.00. Weekday classes run 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, weekend classes run 10:00 am - 11:30 am.  Participants who are registered for or have attended a previous Childbirth Class with us can save 50% on this class. A code will be provided in an email. 

*This class will resume once we can allow visitors in the hospital again.


Adjusting with Ease - A Workshop for Expecting Parents

The transition from couple to parenting can be both wonderful and challenging. If you're looking for ways to prepare for the changes ahead, this is a great way to start! This class will help you set realistic expectations about life after baby and help you plan for the journey ahead. Through this informative and interactive workshop you'll gain some great skills and be better prepared to balance your own needs within your new roles as parents. This 2.5 hour workshop runs in the evening from 5:30-8pm pm several times a year. This class is $20.00 per couple.

Upcoming Dates: Thursday, April 30th and Monday, May 18th


Once a cesarean always a cesarean? It’s not that simple. Join us to learn about VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). We will share evidence based information about VBAC and repeat cesareans.  In this class you will:

  • Gain the skills and confidence required to help you build your birth team and communicate your preferences to them
  • Examine your previous birth experience(s) in relation to their impact on your future birth experiences
  • Identify ways that you can plan for the birth experience you would like
    • Information
    • Skills for coping with labor
    • Things you can do during pregnancy
  • Work on coping skills to help you find peace with what your birth experience may bring
  • Have a better understanding of what a VBAC looks like at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

Cost of class is $25  Time of Class: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Upcoming Dates:

 Breastfeeding Class

This class is intended for women who are planning on breastfeeding or who are considering breastfeeding. Lactation consultants/counselors will discuss the advantages of breastfeeding, how to get started and stay breastfeeding, how to continue breastfeeding once returning to work and much more! Partners are encouraged to attend as well. Classes are offered one Tuesday each month and occasional Saturdays. This class involves self-paced on line modules you complete prior to a virtual class with one of our instructors.  
Cost is $15 per couple.

Upcoming dates: Tuesdays:  April 14th & May 12th
Saturdays: March 21st, May 2nd & June 13th

Great Beginnings

Unsure of what the expect brining a new baby home? This class will provide expectant parents or caregivers great information on newborn development, and what to expect in the early weeks of parenting. Topics include diapering, bathing, sleep cycles, general wellness and safety. Parents/caregivers will also learn some simple techniques to help sooth fussy babies. This class involves self-paced on line modules you complete prior to a virtual class with one of our instructors. Cost is $30 per family and is offered monthly. 

Upcoming dates:
 April 9th , May 18th & June 2nd

Infant Massage

This is a 90 minute workshop intended for moms, dads, or caretakers, interested in learning how to communicate love and respect through the nurturing touch of infant massage. Benefits of infant massage include: Increased bonding, relaxation, better sleep, improved circulation, aids with digestion and assists with body awareness as babies develop. Cost is $15 Time: 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Upcoming Dates: TBD

Intro to Foods

Introducing new foods to infants can be both exciting and intimidating. In this one hour workshop you'll learn; the best foods to start with, how to introduce foods safely, how to chose the most nourishing store bought foods and how to make cost effective nutritious homemade foods and the best approaches to encourage a healthy relationship with foods as they grow.  We'll also offer a baby food cooking demo as a part of this class. Classes run from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.
Cost per couple: $15.00   

2020 Dates: June 5th


Babysitting Course

The Education/Organizational Development Department offers a babysitting course for 11 - 14 year olds to review various babysitting responsibilities and basic first aid. Class is offered one Saturday per month from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cost is $30. Visit or call (603) 740-2858 to register.

No Fee Childbirth Education - Registration is required

Women & Children's Center Tour   *Group tours are currently on hold until further notice. 

Take a virtual tour with us here.

Cesarean Delivery Class

This class is intended for those expecting to have a Cesarean birth (C-section). We will discuss what to expect when you arrive at the Women & Children's Center and the process of preparing you for your birth. This class is offered on Mondays from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. There is no charge for this course.

Upcoming Dates: 

 July 29th , & October 21st

Car Seat Safety Checks

We offer families an opportunity to see that their car seats are installed safely. Our certified car seat safety technicians will work with you one on one. Car seat safety checks are offered on the following dates:

Wednesdays:  April 15th , May 20th

Appointments are necessary. Please click on the date to make an appointment.

Please contact 740-2496 for questions and additional dates.

Sibling Class  * At this time siblings under 18 are not allowed as visitors in the hospital *
                         updated 3/24/2020

Brothers- and sisters-to-be will learn how the new baby will be born and talk about what it will be like to be a big brother or sister. This free class is intended for children ages 3 and older. Please bring a photo of your child as an infant. Classes are 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Upcoming Dates: April 15th CANCELLED  & May 20th , June 17th, July 15th


Siblings at Birth  * At this time siblings under 18 are not allowed as visitors in the hospital  
                              updated 3/16/2020*

This class is for big brothers and sisters who will be present during the birth of their new baby sibling! Children will learn about the hospital equipment they will see, the stages of labor, how they can help and what the new baby will look like during the delivery. Families will watch a movie and tour the Women & Children's Center. We work with each family to share this information in the way they are most comfortable. To schedule, call Child Life Services at (603) 740-2496.

Grandparents Class

This class is designed to help grandparents understand recent changes in childbirth and early infant care. In addition to this we discuss creative ways to support the new parents. A tour of the Women & Children's Center is included. This class is offered Saturdays ever other month from 10:00 a.m. - noon.

Upcoming Dates:   May 16th, July 11th, September 12th & November 14th

New Parent Support Group

Come and meet other new parents and discuss topics of concern to you. This group is facilitated by lactation consultants and child life specialists. It meets most Fridays from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. No registration is necessary for this class. In 2020 we will not meet on February 14th, April 17th, May 1st, July 3rd, July 17th, September 4th, November 13th, November 27th and December 25th.  
***This group is not meeting the months of March or April 2020. Please check back for updates ***


Finding Yourself in Motherhood

Becoming a mother, again or for the first time, can be joyful and challenging. If you're not feeling quite yourself or it's not what you expected, you're not alone. Many women feel overwhelmed, isolated or scared at times. Talking with other moms who are experiencing the same feelings can help. Join us for our free mothers support group where you can be real, valued and understood. - Babies are welcome and childcare is available. If you are interested in attending this group please call Marisa at 740-2431 or Lyndi at 609-6964
***This group is not meeting the months of March or April 2020. Please check back for updates ***


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