Penn State Children’s Hospital offers a variety of educational opportunities for new and expectant parents, including childbirth, breastfeeding, and child safety classes.

*All classes are presently in person (subject to change due to COVID) and held at 25 Mohler Senior Center, Hershey, PA 17033. No payment should be sent in with registrations due to patient insurance will be billed after completion of class. Any fees over what the insurance company will pay, the patient will be responsible.

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What to Expect When You're Expecting at Penn State Health

Preparing for the birth of a baby can be exciting and overwhelming. Participants will hear from our team of obstetricians, midwives, anesthesiologists, family and community medicine providers and pediatricians.

Register today for this virtual event

Prenatal classes

Breastfeeding Basics

Second Tuesday of each month, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: $25

This class is designed for the expectant woman.  It identifies the benefits of breastfeeding for the family.  Topics include:

  • Anatomy of breastfeeding
  • Positions and latch
  • Feeding on demand
  • Potential problems and solutions
  • Pumping  and returning to work

Fathers are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Facilitator(s): All classes are taught by certified childbirth educators and registered nurses.

Location: Mohler Senior Center, 25 Hope Drive, Hershey

For more information, please call 717-531-6981 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Prepared Childbirth

Wednesday, 6 to 8:30 p.m. (three week series), Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (one day session), or Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (one day session)

Cost: $50 (Most insurance plans will reimburse payment, including Medicaid.) 

The Prepared Childbirth Class is designed to prepare the expectant woman and her support person intellectually, emotionally, and physically for the childbearing experience. Topics covered in this course include: 

  • Stages of labor and delivery
  • Comfort measures for labor and delivery
  • Pain management options
  • Possible interventions in labor and delivery
  • Cesarean delivery
  • Postpartum care and adjustments
  • Virtual tour of Labor and Delivery Unit

Facilitator(s): All classes are taught by certified childbirth educators and registered nurses.

Location: Mohler Senior Center, 25 Hope Drive, Hershey (Wednesday classes)

For more information, please call 717-531-6981 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Additional information: You may bring pillows, a towel or yoga mat, birth ball, snacks/drinks. A confirmation letter will be sent to you. If you take the prepared childbirth class, there is no extra charge for the breastfeeding class.

Parenting classes

Infant Safety and CPR

Third Tuesday of every month, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Included in Early Parenting Series. If purchased separately, $30. 

This class provides parents with basic information on infant safety and CPR. Individual practice on mannequins is provided.  Topics include:

  • CPR for infants up to one year
  • Management of the choking infant
  • Car seat basics
  • Safe sleep
  • Around the home safety

Facilitator(s): All classes are taught by certified American Heart Association BLS instructors and registered nurses.

Location: Mohler Senior Center, 25 Hope Drive, Hershey

For more information, please call 717-531-6981 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Additional information: A confirmation letter will be sent to you.

Infant Care

Fourth Tuesday of every month, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Included in the Early Parenting Series. If purchased separately, $16. 

New parents have many questions about caring for their new baby. This popular class covers specifics expectant parents will need to care for their newborn infants from birth to three months of age. Topics include:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Comforting
  • Feeding
  • Safe sleep

This class is designed to be interactive, dolls will be provided.

Facilitator(s): All classes are taught by certified childbirth educators and registered nurses.

Location: Mohler Senior Center, 25 Hope Drive, Hershey

For more information please call 717-531-6981 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Additional information: A confirmation letter will be sent to you.

Specialties Combination Class

Most sessions fourth Monday of the month (see schedule for dates), 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $32 (Breastfeeding is included at no charge with this class)

This class combines Infant CPR and Safety, Infant Care, and Prenatal Breastfeeding into a one day class for those who may work evenings or fluctuating schedules.

Facilitator(s): All classes are taught by certified childbirth educators and registered nurses.

Location: 30 Hope Drive, Hershey, room 2702 A/B

For more information please call 717-531-6981 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Additional information: You may bring snacks/drinks. There will be a lunch period with this class, you may bring your lunch or purchase in Hope Drive cafeteria. A confirmation letter will be sent to you.

Postpartum classes/support groups

Postpartum Breastfeeding Support: Mothers and Babies

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cost: No charge for this class.

This class is designed for after the birth of your baby. It provides nutritional information for your new baby and open discussion on breastfeeding and mothers who are returning to work. This support group is for all mothers to share, learn, and have fun with their babies. Topics include:

  • Is baby getting enough?
  • Dealing with family
  • Pumping and storage
  • Supplementing and weaning
  • Helpful hints

Facilitator(s): All classes are taught by certified childbirth educators and registered nurses.

Location/Registration: Tuesday and Thursday groups meet from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Mohler Senior Center25 Hope Drive, Hershey, PA. Please call 717-531-1298 to to register and confirm group is meeting for your planned start date.

Other

Sibling Class

Quarterly class, please see schedule for dates, 6 to 7 p.m. 

Cost: $20 per family

The Sibling Class is designed for future big brothers and sisters ages three to eight. It provides siblings and their parents with information to help adjust to the arrival of the new baby. Siblings will become prepared for separation from their mothers during the time when she is at the hospital. A parent must accompany children attending the class.

A virtual tour of our Women's Health postpartum unit is included.

Facilitator(s): All classes are taught by certified childbirth educators and registered nurses. 

Locations: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive, Hershey (you will be notified of room location).

For more information, please call 717-531-6981 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Additional information: A confirmation letter will be sent to you.

Tours

Virtual tours are scheduled through Childbirth Education:

  • First and third Monday evening of the month beginning at 7:00 p.m.
  • Second Sunday of each month during scheduled times between 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

There are a limited number of openings. Please call 717-531-6981 to reserve your spot.

If you're participating in our Prepared Childbirth class, a virtual tour will be included.