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Childbirth Classes

Helping you prepare for your labor of love

The Birthing Center at Inland Hospital is pleased to offer ongoing education and support for expectant parents. Our Childbirth Class consists of a one-day Saturday workshop for first-time parents. Parents, who have already experienced childbirth but want a refresher, are invited to attend the workshop as well. All classes are held in a relaxed, caring environment that is conducive to learning and sharing.

Location: Ford Grant Conference Room - Inland Hospital (Unless indicated otherwise)

Workshop overview: 9am-3pm (Saturday Class)

What to expect:
  • Introduction to prepared childbirth, labor process, stages of labor, breathing, relaxation, breaking the pain/tension/fear cycle.
  • Stages of labor, birth video, positions for labor, massage, breathing, and relaxation.
  • Medical interventions, medications, caesarian sections, breathing and relaxation, labor and delivery video.
  • Comfort measures, birth plan, what to bring to the hospital, emergency delivery, breathing and relaxation, caesarean birth, post-partum care.
  • Breastfeeding, basic baby care, newborn appearance, pediatrician and lactation consultant visit.
Space is limited - expectant mothers should register in fifth or sixth month of pregnancy so that class completion is approximately three to four weeks before due date. A support person is welcome and encouraged to attend the class. Please feel free to bring a snack. Water will be provided.

The cost of the program is $45.00. This includes all materials. Most insurance companies will not cover childbirth education classes (including MaineCare).  However, those that do may require a referral from your obstetrical provider; please check with your insurance company. We will be happy to sign any insurance form you may have.

Please Note: Payment is expected prior to class.

Payment Options include:
  • Contact (207) 861-3031 with credit card information.
  • Stop by Inland Hospital Patient Account Services to pay with cash (ask for Valerie McLaughlin)
  • Mail your check or money order to: (be sure to write your class date on the memo line)
Inland Hospital-Childbirth Class
c/o Valerie McLaughlin
200 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Waterville, Maine 04901

Gift Certificates are now available for purchase. Makes a great baby shower gift.

*** Saturday Childbirth Class Schedule 2016***

All Saturday classes are held in the Ford Grant Conference room from 9am-3pm
(Please bring a bag lunch as Inland's Cafe will not be available on Saturdays.) 

January 16, 2016
February 20, 2016
March 19, 2016
April 16, 2016
May 21, 2016
June 18, 2016
July 16, 2016
August 13, 2016
September 10, 2016
October 15, 2016
November 19, 2016
December 17, 2016

Register Here
Email or call (207) 861-3293 for more information about Childbirth Classes.

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