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Childbirth and Parenting Classes at UPMC Hanover

Breastfeeding Support Group

Breastfeeding can be very challenging, especially during the first few weeks following childbirth. This support group for discussion and education is offered twice a month and is designed for new and experienced moms with babies from newborn to 12 months of age. Participants may attend sessions in either (or both!) time slots as often as they would like. Registration is not required and there is no cost for participation. Siblings are welcome to attend and are encouraged to bring things that will quietly keep their attention.

UPMC Hanover

  • First Tuesday of each month, Conference Room C, 12:30 to 2 p.m.
  • Third Wednesday of each month, Conference Room A3, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Our team is also available if you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding after your discharge from the hospital after having your baby. If your concern can’t be addressed over the phone, you can call the lactation office to schedule an outpatient appointment with one of our lactation consultants or counselors at no charge. Outpatient services offered include weight checks, breast checks, and feeding checks.

Call 717-316-2262 for more information on upcoming classes and individual instruction. 

Infant Massage

Infant massage provides mothers and fathers with an opportunity to deepen the bond with their new child. This service is offered through the Pediatric Specialty Therapy office. Please call 717-316-7337 for more information.

Online Tobacco Cessation Support Groups

UPMC now offers virtual support groups on Facebook! This convenient option offers members the latest information about tobacco use addiction, complications of use, benefits of quitting, treatment options, and access to other supportive resources. Moderated by our team of tobacco treatment specialists, our support groups are a place where current and former tobacco users come together to share ideas, discuss topics, and tell their stories. Interactive features include videos, posts, activities, and active discussions about the quitting process and staying quit. Join us and connect with other members who understand what you are going through. Signing up is quick, easy and free – and you can join us whenever you’re ready!

For more information and to register, call 717-849-5463.

Preparing for Childbirth Class

Preparing for Childbirth covers healthy pregnancy, labor and birth process, breathing and relaxation techniques, anesthesia choices, cesarean delivery, recovery and post-partum, and baby care. A tour of the Maternity Department is also included. It is designed for women who are in their seventh month of pregnancy. This class is offered in three formats. Please be advised that due to time constraints, not all of the material presented in the five-week program will be covered during the condensed classes.

UPMC Hanover, Conference Room C

  • Childbirth Monday Class Series: five-week program that meets once a week for two hours
  • Childbirth Condensed Class: two-day program that meets for three hours on back-to-back Monday and Tuesday nights
  • Childbirth Saturday Class: condensed, eight-hour program

Registration fee: $65 (includes support person)

Pre-registration is necessary and class size is limited, so please register early. If you have any questions, please call 717-316-2996

Ready & Waiting

Ready & Waiting/What to Expect is a unique, free service for moms-to-be to start the admission process and identify special needs prior to delivery. It is for women in their last month of pregnancy, 36 to 37 weeks.

An expecting mother will meet with a member of the UPMC Hanover Maternity staff to start admission paperwork, review and sign forms, and discuss policies and procedures pertaining to her child's birth. This will streamline the admission process when a mom-to-be comes to the hospital already in labor. Ready & Waiting is a group program that lasts approximately 60 minutes. Each participant is encouraged to bring a support person to this group session. Ready & Waiting is not meant as a replacement for Childbirth classes. For more information about this program, please call 717-316-2996.

  • First and third Wednesday of each month, Maternity Department, 5 p.m. (does not include a tour) and 7 p.m. (includes a tour)
  • Second Tuesday of each month, Maternity Department, 2 p.m. (includes a tour) 

Sibling Class

While older siblings are usually excited about the birth of a new baby, they may also have feelings of nervousness or jealousy. This class is offered for children ages three to 10 and is designed to relieve some of their fears and help them understand the baby's needs and how they can help. A tour of the Maternity Department is offered. Children need to be accompanied by an adult and need to bring a doll/stuffed animal to practice diapering. Class is held quarterly on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 717-316-2996 for more information.

  • Registration fee: $20 for the first child; +$5 for each additional child


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