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Childbirth Education

Birth Center

Childbirth Education & Parent Support

We want you to be confident and comfortable as you prepare to welcome your new baby into your life.  We offer 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.  

Whether you feel you know a little or  know a lot we would love to have you join us. 

Most insurance companies reimburse for childbirth classes. If your company does not and cost prohibits you from signing up for class, please contact us at 603 609-6964 or lsargent@mgb.org.

*If a class is filled up, be sure to put your name on the waitlist and check back frequently as we're always adding classes, or contact us at: perinatalresources@wdhospital.org


Birth Center In-Person Tour

For tours offered in 2024, please click here

**If you are attending a Prepared Childbirth Class, Kriya-Mind, Body, Birth Class, or Weekend in-person class, note that a tour is included. 


Childbirth Education Classes

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Prepared Childbirth Series (5 Classes)

This class covers traditional childbirth education, including an overview of labor, birth, medications, potential complications and postpartum care. Class meets one night a week for five weeks for about two hours. Class includes a tour of our Women & Children's unit. Come meet other expecting couples and learn what it's all about. One ticket is good for a couple

See available classes and register

Prepared Childbirth Weekend classes:

Week nights too busy? The Prepared Childbirth Classes, Weekend edition is a way to get some of what is offered throught the 5-Week series. This highly condensed class meets at the hospital both Saturday and Sunday for about 3 hours each day.  This is an intensive class. A tour is included.

See available classes and register

Kriya Birth, Mind Body Birth Education

This four-week series is designed for birthing persons 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 body's ability to birth.

Partners and support people will leave this class with the confidence to take an active role in the birth experience. This class meets in-person and a tour is included.

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Vaginal Birth after Cesarean

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. 

*Please reach out to us if you are interested in this class - PerinatalResources@wdhospital.org 

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. 

*Please reach out to us if you are interested in this class - PerinatalResources@wdhospital.org 

Breastfeeding Classes

Breastfeeding 101 - This class is intended for people who are planning on breastfeeding, who are considering breastfeeding, or who are just curious about breastfeeding. Class material covers the basics of breastfeeding: recommendations, anatomy, latch, supply & demand, and more! During class, one of our lactation consultants / counselors will go over key points and answer any remaining questions you may have.

*Partners are highly encouraged to attend*

Breastfeeding 102 - This class builds upon the information shared in Breastfeeding 101. Topics covered include:  components of breastmilk, pumping, storage, returning to work or school, and more! During class one of our lactation consultants / counselors will go over key points and answer any questions you may have.

*Partners are highly encouraged to attend*

Great Beginnings

Unsure of what to expect bringing 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 soothe fussy babies.

  • For 2024 dates click here

Infant Massage Class

In this introductory workshop you will learn to communicate love and respect through the nurturing touch of infant massage. Some of the benefits of infant massage include: ~Increased connection/bonding~Increased relaxation for both baby and caregiver~Better sleep ~Improved circulation and Increased body awareness as babies develop.

This class is intended for moms, dads, or caretakers. Class can be taken prenatally or it can be taken with infants up to 3 months.  One ticket covers attendence for up to two caregivers.

  • For 2024 class dates, click here

Car Seat Safety Checks

We offer families an opportunity to see that their car seats are installed safely prior to the birth of their new baby. Our certified car seat safety technicians will work with you one on one. Please contact us at (603) 740-2496 to make an appointment or click on the links below to see our scheduled dates. We hold scheduled events every-other month

Winter appointments (February & December)

Spring, Summer & Fall appointments (April, June, August, October)

Appointments are required. Please contact (603) 740-2496 for questions and additional dates.

Sibling Class

During this special time we have prepared a class for you and your family. Once you register you will receive a confirmation email. On the day and time of class you will meet with one of our Certified Child Life Specialists where brothers and sisters to-be will participate in an engaging activity together. This free class is intended for children ages 3 and older. 

*One registration is good for each family regardless of the number of children attending.

  • To register for our 2024 dates, click here

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. Both grandparents are encouraged to attend. 

For 2024 class dates click here

Support Groups

New Parents Support Group

Come and meet other new parents and discuss topics of concern to you. This group is facilitated by someone from our lactation department and child life specialists. We meet in-person every Wednesday from 1:30 - 2:30pm.

  • For 2024 dates, register here   Please register in advance.

Milk Break - this class is currently on hold. If you have questions, please reach out to our lactation team 603-740-2233

A virtual group for parents with babies up to the age of 2 years. This group is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy lunch with other working parents to chat, vent, and ask questions. You will have the support of a lactation consultant and child life specialist to answer questions related to pumping, bottle feeding, introducing foods, development, sleep and so many other hot topics. The transition from being home with baby to then returning to work is not an easy one. The goal of this group is to validate the struggles you experience and emotions you may be feeling as a parent juggling a whole lot. Through monthly support we want to help you find a balance that helps you thrive in your role as parent and employee

This group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 12:30 - 1:00pm. Please register in advance to have access to the Zoom link. 

  • For 2023 dates, register here - Please contact Alison Zirpolo with any questions - 603-740-2496

Please reach out if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing you!

Finding Yourself in Motherhood

This class is currently on hold.

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. If you are interested in attending this group please email Lyndi Sargent at lsargent@mgb.org.

Prenatal/Postpartum Fitness at The Works Family Health and Fitness Center

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Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Childbirth Education at (603) 740-2867 or email us

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