The birth of a new baby is one of the most memorable and cherished times in your life. WellSpan offers a wide variety of classes to help you and your family prepare for the wonderful journey that lies ahead. Our experienced educators provide comprehensive and up-to-date information in a kind, caring and respectful environment. All of our educators are registered nurses (RNs) with specialty experience in lactation, labor and delivery, or maternity nursing. Some of our educators also have additional certifications to teach childbirth classes.
Our education staff is committed to making our courses individualized to meet each person’s and family’s needs. We work with you to understand your needs and wants, and try to personalize your experience at WellSpan as much as possible. We offer classes at the following WellSpan locations:
While we offer a wide variety of courses that help you and your family prepare for the arrival of a new baby, our educational services don’t stop there. We continue to support you and your family throughout the first few years of your baby’s life. By choosing WellSpan, you are choosing a system that covers all spectrums of life. From childbirth classes and sibling classes to grandparent classes and safe babysitter courses, we support families throughout their journey of raising babies and children.
We offer education and support for couples and families expecting their first or subsequent babies, as well as support for the first few years of your child’s life.
How We Can Help
Several childbirth preparation classes offered online, from in the comfort of your own home. Available in English and Spanish.
Our nurse educators offer evidence-based childbirth classes to expectant mothers and their support persons, which include techniques for labor such as breathing and relaxation. We offer a variety of childbirth classes to fit your schedule, including six-week courses and accelerated, weekend-only courses. We also offer infant CPR classes that we recommend to all expectant parents.
We offer Breastfeeding 101 courses to help expectant moms and support persons be more prepared for what to expect for breastfeeding. We will provide information such as positioning, when you can expect your mature milk to come in, and how to tell that your breastfed baby is getting enough to eat. We will also cover related topics such as using a breast pump and mom returning to work.
Our nurse educators offer a sibling class to helps older siblings be prepared for the arrival of a baby. This class can help ease the transition to being a sibling and help the older child gain confidence before baby arrives.
WellSpan offers various support groups – such as Mommy Talk for those with babies under one year old and Toddler Time for moms of toddlers – to foster community among parents of young children. These groups feature monthly speakers on topics relevant to the development of children of parents in each group.
If an older adult in your family is expected to care for your new baby, some things may have changed related to baby care in the decades since he or she cared for a baby. This class provides the latest infant safety information, including car seat safety, infant CPR and safe sleep guidelines. We also provide caregivers with information on how to support mom and baby in their breastfeeding journey.
Our nurse educators also offer a safe sitter course, which provides older kids with the skills they need to confidently and safely care for younger siblings or other children in the home setting. We often offer these courses at the start of the summer vacation, so kids can gain the skills they need to stay home alone during the day.
This booklet will provide you with additional information and support as you begin to learn about caring for your new baby.
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