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Childbirth Education Classes


Pregnancy and childbirth can be a wonderful and exciting time. However, it can also be a time for anxiety and/or concern for new parents who are unsure of what to expect or how to care for themselves and their newborn infant. With this in mind, the OB Department of Mount Desert Island Hospital and the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center offer several classes during your pregnancy to help alleviate these stresses as you prepare to embark on the magnificent journey of parenthood. The following classes are offered throughout the year:

Prepared Childbirth Class

Drawing from years of experience supporting mothers and educating new families about their newborn, the MDI Hospital Obstetrics Nurses welcome expectant parents to experience Prepared Childbirth through a holistic format.

Prepared Childbirth is a day-long class and intended for the pregnant mother and her support person. Topics will include: Employing Mindfulness Skills in the Labor Process; Relaxation and Positions in Labor; Managing Pain; Possible Interventions; the Role of the Partner; Bonding with the Newborn; and Feeding and Caring for the Newborn.

The class will be held from 9 am to 4 pm at the Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center at 330 Main Street in Bar Harbor. The class includes a tour of the OB Unit. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a bagged lunch.

There is no charge for this class, but space is limited. Please complete our Childbirth Education Class Registration Form to enroll and request your preferred date.

Breastfeeding Class

For further preparation in Breastfeeding and Infant Care, the Certified Lactation Consultants and Counselors at MDI Hospital offer a monthly Breastfeeding Class.

Classes will be offered once a month from 6 pm to 8 pm.

The class meets at MDI Hospital and includes a unit tour. Class is free of charge. Please complete our Childbirth Education Class Registration Form to enroll and request your preferred date.

OB Tours

For those families not interested in taking a Prepared Childbirth or Breastfeeding Class, OB tours can be arranged with the nurses. These tours are an informal and comfortable way to experience the birthing unit before it is time to become our guests. Sibling tours for expectant siblings can also be arranged with the OB nurses. To arrange either tour, please call 207-288-5081 and ask to speak with the OB Nurse on duty.


Register for Childbirth Education Classes
Visit our online registration form to enroll and request your preferred date!