WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital Childbirth & Family Education


Childbirth Preparation Classes

Though we do not list our class dates online, be assured that we will schedule you based on your due date and class availability. We advise you to register by the end of your fifth month as classes tend to fill quickly. Once you receive your class dates, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

  • Prepared Childbirth Series

    Stages of labor, comfort measures, relaxation and breathing techniques, labor interventions, cesarean delivery, anesthesia options and postpartum adjustments will all be covered. This series includes:

    • Four-week childbirth education class
    • Baby Care Class
    • Breastfeeding Class
    • Tour of Maternity Care Unit

    Cost: $70 per couple

    Register for this class

  • Condensed Childbirth Class

    This five hour class provides information on the stages of labor, comfort measures, labor interventions, cesarean sections and anesthesia options. Relaxation and breathing techniques will be covered briefly, and participants will also be able to tour of WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital Maternity Center. This class is offered every other month and fills quickly. Please register early.*

    Cost: $60 per couple
    * Baby Care and Breastfeeding classes are not included; however, these classes can be taken separately.

    Register for this class

  • Planned Cesarean Section Class

    Designed for parents experiencing a planned cesarean, this class will cover information on pre-operative routine, anesthesia, operative procedure and recovery at the hospital and at home.

    Cost: $15 per couple

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  • Planned Cesarean Series

    This series has been created to meet the needs of parents who will be experiencing a planned cesarean. It includes:

    • Planned Cesarean Class (description above)
    • Baby Care
    • Breastfeeding

    Cost: $40 per couple

    Register for this class

  • Refresher Class

    We offer a variety of class options for “experienced” expectant mothers and their support people to brush up on all things pregnancy and labor related. Your refresher program can be customized to meet your specific learning needs. We will contact you upon your registration to help create your customized class plan.

    Cost: $15 per couple

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  • Breastfeeding

    Learn the benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby along with techniques and positions to help you prepare for a positive breastfeeding experience. This class is included in the Prepared Childbirth Series or can be taken individually.

    Cost: $20 per couple

    Register for this class

  • Baby Care

    Learn the ins and outs of baby care including feeding, safe sleep, cord care and bathing. Participants will get hands-on experience in diapering and swaddling and learn about the day-to-day care of the newborn. Participants are asked to bring a stuffed animal/doll, diaper and blanket.

    This class is offered as part of the Prepared Childbirth Series, or it can be taken separately.

    Cost:$25 per couple

    Register for this class

  • Maternity Center Tour

    Take a free 30-minute tour of the labor & delivery and maternity facilities at Gettysburg Hospital. This tour is for adults only and is offered several times a month.  To schedule your own tour, call (717) 337-4184.

    Cost: Free

     Register for this class

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CPR & Sibling Classes

  • CPR for Family & Friends

    Designed for the general public, this course includes adult, child and infant CPR and choking management. There is an optional First Aid for Children module, which includes first aid training for medical, injury, and environmental emergencies. The class is approximately 2 hours in length. The course is physically demanding, so we advise you to consult your physician prior to attending. A $10 reservation fee is required to hold your space, but will be returned at the class. Call (717) 851-2660 for more details.

    Cost: Free

    Register for this class

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Refund Policy

  • Cancellation more than one week prior to start of class: Full refund.
  • Less than one week prior to start of class: Full refund less $15 processing fee.
  • After first class date: 75 percent of fee.
  • No refunds after second class date


The following plans fully cover the Prepared Childbirth Series or Condensed Class:

  • Medicaid/Access
  • United Healthcare Community Plan for Families
  • AmeriHealth Caritas Health Plan
  • Gateway
  • Aetna Better Health MA
  • Healthy York Network
  • UPMC for You

Need More Information?

For more information on classes or to register by phone, call WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital Childbirth & Family Education at (717) 339-2477.  Or contact us by email at: childbirth_and_fam_edu@wellspan.org.

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