To help prepare for the exciting adventures of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting, we invite you to take part in our wide variety of classes. Classes are open to all prospective parents, whether or not you plan to deliver at Manchester Memorial Hospital. All instructors are certified in their specialties.
All classes are held at the Family Birthing Center (FBC) at Manchester Memorial Hospital unless otherwise indicated. View our available classes.
Early Pregnancy Class
Congratulations on your pregnancy! You must have so many questions. This class is recommended for couples up to 25 weeks, and it covers all of the basics for a healthy pregnancy. Our certified educators are there to help you navigate through those first few months with evidence-based information and a solid knowledge of what to expect as you move through your pregnancy. There is no fee for this class, but registration is required.
Fit for Delivery
This prenatal exercise class is designed for expectant mothers. Taught by certified perinatal fitness specialists, classes include low-impact cardio training, strength exercise, stretching and relaxation techniques. Benefits of exercise during pregnancy include:
- Faster postpartum recovery
- Increased strength, stamina and energy
- Less pregnancy-related back pain and improved posture
- Relief of common pregnancy discomforts
- Relief of daily stress and tension
Childbirth Education Classes
To help prepare for the exciting adventures of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting, ECHN offers a wide variety of childbirth education classes to help expecting parents prepare for the journey through pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.
Taught by a board-certified lactation consultant, this class discusses the advantages of nursing, breastfeeding techniques and positions, breast milk expression and storage, what to expect during the first few weeks at home and more.
Baby Care Class
Learn what how to make the first few weeks with you newborn easier. Hands on instructions provided with diapering, swaddling and much more. Also learn what to expect with your recovery during the early postpartum period.
Advanced Comfort Skills for Labor and Birth
An interactive class that teaches more advanced coping and comfort skill. Perfect for parents who have completed another basic childbirth class or who have had a baby before.
This interactive class is for children ages 2-10 who will soon have a newborn in the house. This class includes a kid-friendly tour of the Family Birthing Center.
Expectant Grandparent Class
Expectant Grandparents will learn what is new with birthing practices, baby care, infant feeding and safety plus learn practical tips on how to best support the new family.
Breastfeeding Peer Mentor Program
This program offers one to one mother to mother support to help new mothers reach their breastfeeding goals by providing information and encouragement.
Fit after Delivery
This baby-friendly postpartum exercise class is designed for new moms and their babies up to 6 months old. Taught by a certified perinatal fitness specialist, this class is a welcoming environment where mothers can work on their fitness levels at a comfortable pace and with the new demands of motherhood in mind.
New Mother’s Group
Designed to help mothers with infants up to 6 months old as they adjust to parenting, the New Mother’s Group provides a supportive environment to explore different parenting options and receive answers regarding infant feeding and behaviors. It is also a great way to meet other new mothers in the area. This free group meets every Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and no registration is required.
CPR and First Aid Classes
Learn how to handle emergencies and how to keep your child safe. These classes are recommended for all parents, grandparents and others who will be caring for your child.