Pregnancy and childbirth is a wonderful and exciting time, but it can also be a source of anxiety or concern for new parents who are unsure of what to expect or how to care for themselves and their newborn infant. The OB Department of Mount Desert Island Hospital offers several classes during your pregnancy to help you better prepare for this amazing time. Registration is required.
288-5082, extension 1352
Most of the classes are between an hour and an hour and a half long. Dads/coaches are encouraged to attend these classes with Mom. Fee for each class is $10.00 per class per couple.
Decide which classes you want to enroll in and the dates that work for you, then mail or fax the printable registration form to:
The following classes are offered throughout the year:
Labor Class #1 covers signs of labor, stages of labor, comfort measures, breathing techniques and coaches’ role. Take by Week 36.
Labor Class #2 covers the labor tub, labor pain management, anesthesia options, possible interventions, Cesarean Section information and maternal post partum changes. Take by Week 36
Breastfeeding Class covers importance of breastfeeding, how it works, how to get ready, breastfeeding positions & techniques. Take by Week 36
Newborn Care covers the newborn admission process plus the basics of newborn care including feeding, burping, diapering & bathing, sleep patterns, crying & soothing techniques. Take by Week 38
Sibling Class prepares big brothers & sisters for the arrival of their new baby. The class is geared toward younger children (toddlers to age 7). Please call instructor for older children. Take by Week 38
Infant & Child CPR. American Heart Association Friends & Family class provides instruction for new parents on what to do to help an infant or child in an emergency situation. Class can be taken anytime. For Moms’ comfort take by Week 36.
OB Department Tour helps familiarize you with where things are, how the rooms are laid out, our department security measures and more. Tour is held on the 15th of every month.
Please contact the OB department for the latest class schedule by calling 288-5082, extension 1352.