Milton S. Hershey Medical Center offers a variety of educational and health-related opportunities.

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.

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Parkinson's Disease Move Again

This fitness class is designed for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) or other movement disorders. Exercise produces many benefits including increased physical functioning (motor performance, strength, and endurance), improved gait and balance, cardiovascular fitness and overall better quality of life. So don’t let PD or other movement disorders slow you down. Start enjoying life and “Move Again”.

This class is held every Thursday from 2-3 p.m. and is free to Parkinson's or movement disorder patients and their caregivers. This class is led by an APDA certified fitness instructor. This class is currently being held virtually, so join us from the comfort of your own home. Interested individuals should email ufcsocial@pennstatehealth.psu.edu requesting more information about the Parkinson's Disease Move Again class or call the Fitness Center at 717-531-7075.

Diabetes Classes

Pre-Diabetes Class

Join us for an interactive, healthy living class to help you prevent type 2 diabetes. The class is free and open to our patients, including family or friends. Class goals and focus:

  • Losing weight
  • Being active
  • Understanding food labels
  • Tracking and managing food intake
  • Managing stress
  • Coping with triggers
  • Staying motivated

Space is limited. For information on upcoming sessions, please call:

Navigating Diabetes Classes

This class is specifically designed for those who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. This three-part class will review nutrition, proper testing protocols, long term care, and preventative needs. Daytime and evening classes are offered at Hershey and Lancaster locations. 

Please contact your physician for referral into this program; there may be a cost associated with this class based on your insurance. 

Prenatal Classes

Breastfeeding Basics

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

  • Jan. 11, 2022
  • Feb. 8, 2022
  • Mar. 8, 2022
  • Apr. 12, 2022
  • May 10, 2022
  • Jun. 14, 2022
  • Jul. 12, 2022
  • Aug. 9, 2022
  • Sept. 13, 2022
  • Oct. 11, 2022
  • Nov. 8, 2022
  • Dec. 13, 2022

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). Weekend class location will be confirmed via class reminder call one week prior to session.

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 CPR and Safety

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

  • Jan. 18,  2022
  • Feb. 25, 2022
  • Mar. 15, 2022
  • Apr. 19, 2022
  • May 17, 2022
  • Jun. 21, 2022
  • Jul. 19, 2022
  • Aug. 16, 2022
  • Sept. 20, 2022
  • Oct. 18, 2022
  • Nov. 15, 2022
  • Dec. 20, 2022

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.

  • Jan. 25, 2022
  • Feb. 22, 2022
  • Mar. 22, 2022
  • Apr. 26, 2022
  • May 24, 2022
  • Jun. 28, 2022
  • Jul. 26, 2022
  • Aug. 23, 2022
  • Sept. 27, 2022
  • Oct. 25, 2022
  • Nov. 22, 2022

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.

  • Jan. 24, 2022
  • Feb. 28, 2022
  • Mar. 28, 2022
  • Apr. 25, 2022
  • May 23, 2022
  • Jun. 27, 2022
  • July 25, 2022
  • Aug. 22, 2022
  • Sept. 26, 2022
  • Oct. 24, 2022
  • Dec. 12, 2022

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: will be confirmed via class reminder call one week prior to session.

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 10:15 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 Hershey Public Library701 Cocoa Ave, Hershey, PA. Please call 717-531-1298 to to register and confirm group is meeting for your planned start date.

Sibling Classes

Sibling

Quarterly class, 6 to 7 p.m. 

  • Jan. 4, 2022
  • Apr. 5, 2022
  • Aug. 2, 2022
  • Nov. 7, 2022

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: location to be announced

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.

SibShops

Sibshops are free, one-day workshops held each quarter at Children’s Hospital. They are open to siblings - ages six to 13 years - of patients and former patients with chronic medical needs. 

Learn more about Sibshops.

Hospital Tours

Children's Hospital

In person tours are currently not offered at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions. We do offer a virtual tour of the newly expanded Women and Babies Center of the Children's Hospital.