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Childbirth and Parenting Classes at UPMC Memorial

Breastfeeding Basics Class and Breastfeeding Support Group

The Breastfeeding Basics Class is taught by a certified breastfeeding counselor and focuses on 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.

  • Registration Fee: $60 (waived for those giving birth at UPMC Memorial)
  • Third Tuesday of each month, third floor Multipurpose Room, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The Breastfeeding Support Group is facilitated by a certified breastfeeding counselor and free to all breastfeeding moms. Group members are invited to share difficulties and successes and offer support to other attendees.

  • First and third Wednesdays of each month, third floor Multipurpose Room, 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Call 717-849-5594 for more information about breastfeeding services at UPMC Memorial. 

CPR for Family & Friends

This 2½ hour non-certification focuses on adult/child/infant CPR and techniques to use on a person who is choking. Labor and Delivery nurses 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. Once registered, if you are unable to attend, please give our office a courtesy at 717-849-5594. No refund will be issued to "no-shows".

  • Registration fee: $30/person; $50/couple (fee will be refunded for those who give birth at UPMC Memorial)

Grandparents Class: Times Have Changed!

This free, 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 UPMC Memorial's Labor and Delivery Department is offered following the class. Participation in the tour is optional.

  • First Tuesday of each month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Labor and Delivery Department Tours

A free tour of the Labor and Delivery Department provides the expectant mother and father/support person an opportunity to become familiar with UPMC Memorial and get answers to any questions you may have. You may tour the department at any phase of your pregnancy.

Please call the Labor and Delivery Department at 717-849-5650 for more information.

New Parent Night

New Parent Night is a one-hour information session on topics for parents of babies from birth to one year old followed by a casual hour of networking and bonding with other new parents. Topics will include family health and wellness.

New parents and babies in arms are welcome! No older children please.

  • Second Tuesday of each month, third floor Multipurpose Room, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

Online Tobacco Cessation Support Groups

UPMC Pinnacle 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.

Preparation for Childbirth Class

If you have questions about having a baby, you are not alone. At UPMC Memorial, we offer classes throughout the year to prepare you and your family for the birth of your baby. Our instructors are certified childbirth educators and maternity nurses committed to individualized support for each and every prospective parent. This class encourages your active participation during pregnancy, birth, and the first few weeks at home. The classes include education on the roles of the mother and her support person during labor and the delivery of both vaginal and cesarean births, types of anesthesia available, breast feeding, newborn care, and care of the new mother during the post-partum period. Please call 717-849-5594 for more information.

  • Classes are held monthly, and dates and times vary.
  • Registration Fee: $65 

Siblings Class: Big Brothers and Big Sisters

This free class is designed for children two to five years old 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 Labor and Delivery Department is included. Classes are held monthly. Dates and times very.

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