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Childbirth and Parenting Classes at UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg

Baby Care Basics

This two-week series for expectant parents is recommended for the second trimester. Parents will learn how to care for a newborn and navigate early parenting. Discussion, demonstration, and class participation are used to teach basic information about baby’s bath, cord care, diapering, safety, and feeding. Other topics include the importance of skin-to-skin and rooming-in, normal newborn behaviors, symptoms of illness, and how to stimulate learning.

CPR is not covered in this class. Please enroll in our CPR for Friends and Family class for instruction on Adult/Child/Infant CPR and techniques for helping an individual who is choking. This is a 2 ½ hour non-certification class that is taught by Certified American Heart Association Instructors.

  • Registration fee: $45 (includes partner)

Birth Center Tours

This tour provides the expectant mother and father/support person an opportunity to visit Labor and Delivery, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Maternity Center. This will allow you to become familiar with Harrisburg Hospital and get answers to any questions you may have. You may tour the Birth Center at any phase of your pregnancy. Due to the areas being toured, we are not able to accommodate children on this tour. A tour especially suited for children is provided in the Siblings class.

Pre-registration is required. There is no fee.

UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg Campus, Hospital Lobby
111 S. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Breastfeeding Basics

This two-week series, taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), focuses on the joys and common concerns of breastfeeding. Discussion includes the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies, the importance of skin-to-skin and rooming-in, identifying baby’s feeding cues, maintaining a milk supply and other practical information. Additional topics include combining breastfeeding and working, expression and storage of breast milk, and use of breast pumps. Expectant fathers are encouraged to attend.

Saturday sessions meet for one 4-hour class.

Registration fee: $60 (includes partner) Fee is waived for those giving birth at Harrisburg Hospital.

Fee is waived for those giving birth at Harrisburg Hospital. If you are unable to attend after registering, please call 231-8900 to cancel and avoid a “no-show” charge. This will also allow us to make your space available for someone else.

Cesarean Birth

A single individual class designed for expectant parents who are anticipating a cesarean birth. Focus is on the physical and emotional aspects of a cesarean birth experience and touches on relaxation as a coping skill. Class includes information about the reasons for cesarean birth, medications and anesthesia, postpartum recovery and newborn appearance and procedures. The important role of the dad/partner before, during, and after birth will be discussed. A certified childbirth educator will contact you to schedule one 2 hour class.

Registration fee: $75 (includes partner)

To schedule individualized classes, please call 717-231-8916.

Childbirth Preparation

This individualized class focuses on preparing you for your birth experience. Course content includes information about the physical and emotional changes during labor, the important role of the dad/partner, relaxation and comfort techniques, common medical interventions and options, as well as a brief overview of cesarean birth, postpartum, and the newborn. Your instructor will address your specific needs and concerns. A certified childbirth educator will contact you to schedule two class sessions of 2 hours each or one 4-hour class at your request.

Registration fee: $150 (includes partner)

To schedule individualized classes, call the PhoneLine at 717-231-8916.

Childbirth Refresher

This class is for expectant parents who have previously attended a childbirth education program. Class includes a review of labor and birth, medical interventions, and comfort measures, including positions, relaxation, and breathing patterns. A brief overview of cesarean birth, postpartum, and newborn will be presented. The important role of the dad/partner and preparing siblings for your hospital stay are also discussed. A certified childbirth educator will contact you to schedule one 2 ½ -hour class.

Registration fee: $85 (includes partner)

Your children can also prepare for the new baby by attending one of our specially designed classes for siblings.

To schedule individualized classes, call 717-231-8916.

CPR for Family & Friends

This 2½ hour non-certification class focuses on Adult/Child/Infant CPR and techniques to use on a person who is choking. Certified American Heart Association Instructors facilitate this course, which is presented in a practice-while-watching format. A Family & Friends CPR participation card is included on the back cover of the student manual that you will receive.

Registration fee: $30/person; $50/couple

Payment must be received 3 weeks prior to the class date, at which time your CPR student manual will be mailed to you for review. We strongly suggest that you read this book prior to class.

Fee is refunded after attending, for those giving birth at Harrisburg Hospital. If you are unable to attend after registering, please call 231-8018 to cancel and avoid a “no-show” charge.

Early Pregnancy Class

Women and their partners are encouraged to attend this free one-night class during the first half of their pregnancy. An experienced member of the UPMC Pinnacle Parent/Child Education team will discuss these pregnancy related topics; common physical and emotional changes, wellness, the importance of prenatal care, how to navigate UPMC Pinnacle services, and so much more!

Registration fee: None (registration required)

Grandparents: Times Have Changed!

This single evening class focuses on the experience of the grandparent. New trends in medical practices and current recommendations for infant care and safety will be discussed. Suggestions on how grandparents can support the new family and play a valuable role in the lives of their grandchildren will be shared. A tour of the Harrisburg Hospital Birth Center is offered following the class. Participation is optional.

Registration fee: $10/person

HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Classes

The HypnoBirthing® childbirth method is as much a philosophy of birth as it is a technique for achieving a satisfying, relaxing, and stress-free method of birthing. HypnoBirthing® teaches you, along with your birthing companion, the art and joy of experiencing birth in a more comfortable manner. You will learn how to call upon your body's own natural epidural and thus lessen or even eliminate discomfort and the need for medication. When a woman is properly prepared for childbirth and when mind and body are in harmony, nature is free to function in the same well-designed manner that it does with all other creatures.

HypnoBirthing® will teach you the art of using your own natural birthing instincts. With HypnoBirthing®, you will not be in a trance or a sleep state. You will be aware and fully in control but profoundly relaxed.

This six-week series is taught by certified HypnoBirthing® instructors. A tour of the Harrisburg Hospital Birth Center is included.

Class size is limited to 5 expectant mothers and their birth companions.

For more information or to register, please call 717-231-8916.

Registration fee: $200 (includes birth companion)

Call 717-231-8900.

Individual Baby Care Basics

  • This 2-hour individual session focuses on newborn care and navigating early parenting. Discussion, demonstration, and class participation are used to teach basic information about baby’s bath, cord care, diapering, safety, and feeding. Other topics include the importance of skin-to-skin and rooming-in, normal newborn behaviors, symptoms of illness, and how to stimulate learning.
    CPR is not covered in this class. Please enroll in our CPR for Friends and Family class for instruction on Adult/Child/Infant CPR and techniques for helping an individual who is choking. This is a 2 ½ hour non-certification class that is taught by Certified American Heart Association Instructors.
  • Registration fee: $80 (includes partner)
  • To schedule individualized classes call 717-231-8916.

Lamaze® Childbirth Classes

This six-week series provides information on the process of labor and birth, common medical interventions and options, and the important role of the dad/partner. Comfort techniques, including positioning, breathing and relaxation will be taught and practiced. A brief overview of cesarean birth, postpartum, and newborn are presented. These classes promote the Lamaze® Philosophy of Birth and the six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices of the Lamaze® Institute for Normal Birth. Additional time is spent practicing comfort measures, so these classes are a half-hour longer than Prepared Childbirth classes. They are taught by childbirth educators certified by Lamaze® International. A tour of the Harrisburg Hospital Birth Center is included.

Registration fee: $100 (includes partner)

Parenting With Your Partner

  • This two-week series is for expectant parents and parents in the early postpartum period. The focus of these two classes is the importance of creating an emotional home for your baby and how to navigate conflict, with your partner, when it arises. The connection and cohesiveness between parents is truly at the heart of parenting. These classes will involve interactions with both parents and is guided by a team who has been professionally trained to introduce key concepts of parenting.
  • Registration fee: $45 (includes partner)

Siblings: “Big Brothers and Big Sisters”

Babies and Toddlers
This class is designed for two and three year olds who are about to become big brothers or sisters. Children will learn about newborns and how to interact with them. Some safety lessons will be shared. There will be a celebration of their role as big brothers and big sisters. A short tour of the Maternity Center is included, but no video will be shown.

Babies and Big Kids
This class, designed for children four to nine years of age, includes discussion and a children’s video about becoming a big brother or sister. Children also have the opportunity to practice holding dolls and learn how newborn babies look and behave. Class includes a child’s tour of the Maternity Center.

Registration fee: $10/child

Prepared Childbirth Classes

This six-week series focuses on preparation for childbirth, emphasizing the experience of labor and birth and the important role of the dad/partner. A variety of comfort measures are taught and practiced in class, including relaxation and breathing techniques. Medical interventions and options are discussed, as well as a brief overview of cesarean birth, postpartum, and newborn. Taught by certified childbirth educators, these classes will provide valuable information to help you prepare for your birth experience. A tour of the Harrisburg Hospital Birth Center is included.

Registration fee: $90 (includes partner)

Call the PHoneLine at 717-231-8900.

Twins, Triplets & More

There are two options for this class. There is a four-evening series for first time parents expecting multiples and replaces the need for a childbirth class. The second option is a one-night class that is intended for parents who are expecting multiples and already have birth experience. Both options will provide information specific to your family’s unique needs. These classes include information about the different types of twinning, the process of labor and birth with multiples, what you need “two or more” of, feeding multiple babies and ways of supporting the new family postpartum. A tour of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is included. It is recommended to take this class in the second trimester.

Registration fee:

  • Four-week option for first time parents: $75 (includes partner)
  • One-week option for parents with birth experience: $30 (includes partner)

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

Instruction is available for parents who have previously had a cesarean and want a vaginal birth for this pregnancy. Guidelines for a vaginal birth and the additional needs of a VBAC mother are discussed. A certified childbirth educator will contact you to schedule one 2-hour class.

Registration fee: $75 (includes partner)

Parents preparing for a VBAC, who have not had a previous vaginal birth, are also encouraged to schedule a Childbirth Refresher Class to learn comfort techniques and medical options. A certified instructor will arrange a combined Refresher/VBAC class, two 2-hour sessions, at your convenience.

Registration fee: $150 (includes partner)

To schedule individualized classes, call 717-231-8916.

Weekend Childbirth Seminar

This seminar condenses the material taught in the six-week Prepared Childbirth course. There is a one-hour lunch break on Saturday. This class does not include a Birth Center Tour.

Registration fee: $100 (includes partner)

Weekend Lamaze® Seminar

This seminar condenses the material taught in the six-week Lamaze® Childbirth course. There is a one-hour lunch break on Saturday. This class does not include a Birth Center Tour.

Registration fee: $110 (includes partner)

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