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MMC Childbirth Education



Our Classes

New Parents Circle- weekly

Free

with Ellen Kunkle

Calendar Jan 1, 2021 at 10 am

Come together to share the story of your parenting journey and receive support, guidance, and inspiration.

Discussion topics include: sleep, feeding, nurturing yourself, relationship changes, and even infant massage and baby-wearing. This group is flexible to address your own needs and concerns. This group is facilitated by a childbirth educator who is also a trained doula and breastfeeding counselor.

This group is currently meeting in an online or call-in format. Please register here to receive log-in or call-in information for this weekly group which meets on Thursdays 10am-12pm.

FREE, registration required

 

This group was formerly known as the Mothering Circle.

Breastfeeding Support Group- weekly

Free

with Kara Kaikini

Calendar Jan 1, 2021 at 1 pm

This free peer support group is a great opportunity to meet other new breastfeeding parents in your community, share experiences, and receive postpartum and newborn care information and support. A lactation consultant faciliates the group and can answer your questions.

This group is currently meeting in an online or call-in format. Please register here to receive log-in or call-in information for this weekly group which meets on Tuesdays 1-3pm.

FREE, registration required

Giving Birth After A Previous Cesarean 04/20 5:30p-6:45p ONLINE
Registration Unavailable

Giving Birth After A Previous Cesarean 04/20 5:30p-6:45p ONLINE

Free

with Janet Oliver

Calendar Apr 20, 2021 at 5:30 pm

Registration is for mother and a support person.

Due to the changes in Maine Medical's visitor guidelines, we are temporarily offering this class online. After you are registered, shortly before the class starts you will receive an email with information as to how to participate in the class. Thank you for understanding.

For individuals who have previously given birth by cesarean delivery, and are considering a Trial of Labor after a Cesarean (TOLAC).

Please talk with your provider before taking registering for this class, to see if a Trial of Labor After Cesarean is an option for you.

 

This class is a one hour, one on one with a Labor and Delivery nurse to discuss options after a previous cesarean delivery. 

We will take time to discuss your previous birth experience, define what is most important to you as you consider options for this pregnancy, and what you can do to increase your chances of a vaginal delivery if you choose to labor this time. 

You will learn how to prepare for a TOLAC at MMC, and understand strategies to prepare for both a vaginal and repeat caesarean birth if needed.

We recommend attending this class during the second trimester of pregnancy.

Full Course
Giving Birth After A Previous Cesarean 04/20 7:00p-8:15p ONLINE
Registration Unavailable

Giving Birth After A Previous Cesarean 04/20 7:00p-8:15p ONLINE

Free

with Janet Oliver

Calendar Apr 20, 2021 at 7 pm

Registration is for mother and a support person.

Due to the changes in Maine Medical's visitor guidelines, we are temporarily offering this class online. After you are registered, shortly before the class starts you will receive an email with information as to how to participate in the class. Thank you for understanding.

For individuals who have previously given birth by cesarean delivery, and are considering a Trial of Labor after a Cesarean (TOLAC).

Please talk with your provider before taking registering for this class, to see if a Trial of Labor After Cesarean is an option for you.

 

This class is a one hour, one on one with a Labor and Delivery nurse to discuss options after a previous cesarean delivery. 

We will take time to discuss your previous birth experience, define what is most important to you as you consider options for this pregnancy, and what you can do to increase your chances of a vaginal delivery if you choose to labor this time. 

You will learn how to prepare for a TOLAC at MMC, and understand strategies to prepare for both a vaginal and repeat caesarean birth if needed.

We recommend attending this class during the second trimester of pregnancy.

Full Course
Baby Basics Express 04/21 6p-9p ONLINE
Registration Unavailable

Baby Basics Express 04/21 6p-9p ONLINE

Free

with Janet Oliver

Calendar Apr 21, 2021 at 6 pm

Due to the changes in Maine Medical's visitor guidelines, we are temporarily offering this class online. After you are registered, shortly before the class starts you will receive an email with information as to how to participate in the class. Thank you for understanding.

Expectant first time parents can learn about common newborn needs and behaviors and how to prepare for bringing baby home. This class includes information about feeding, how to bathe and swaddle your new baby, safe sleep, caring for and calming a newborn, ways to make sure your baby is safe at home, in the car and in an emergency, and tips on how to make this newborn period an easier transition for you.

We recommend attending this class between the 32nd and 36th week of pregnancy.

 

 

Full Course

Breastfeeding Basics 04/24 9-11:30am (Saturday morning) ONLINE

Free

with Elin Shartar

Calendar Apr 24, 2021 at 9 am

Due to the changes in Maine Medical's visitor guidelines, we are temporarily offering this class online. After you are registered, shortly before the class starts you will receive an email with information as to how to participate in the class. Thank you for understanding.

This class covers the benefits of breastfeeding, different breastfeeding techniques and positions, how to make enough milk, and local community and professional resources. Attending this class before your baby’s birth will help you meet your breastfeeding goals. Partners are highly encouraged to register and attend.

We recommend attending this class between the 32nd and 36th week of pregnancy.

 

Cesarean Birth Group Class 04/27 6:00-8:00p ONLINE

Free

with Janet Oliver

Calendar Apr 27, 2021 at 6 pm

Registration covers mother and one support person.

Due to the changes in Maine Medical's visitor guidelines, we are temporarily offering this class online. After you are registered, shortly before the class starts you will receive an email with information as to how to participate in the class. Thank you for understanding.

This is group class about Cesarean births.  If you are having a scheduled Cesarean and need education specific to your own health, please register for the Scheduled Cesarean Nurse Consult instead.  

Whether you are a first time parent or you would simply like more information on what a cesarean birth involves, everyone is welcome to attend a session. Come learn why and how cesarean births are done, what medication is used, medical equipment that is involved, and the recovery process after your birth. You'll learn how Maine Medical Center does "family centered" births, making your experience as natural and comfortable as possible for you.

We recommend attending this class between the 28th and 32nd week of pregnancy.

 

Childbirth Education 4-week Series 4/30-05/21 6p-8p (Friday) ONLINE

Free

with Janet Oliver

Calendar Apr 30, 2021 at 6 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Registration is per person.

Due to the changes in Maine Medical's visitor guidelines, we are temporarily offering this class online. After you are registered, shortly before the class starts you will receive an email with information as to how to participate in the class. Thank you for understanding.

These comprehensive classes are designed to provide you and your labor partner with the information, skills, and resources to prepare you for the birth of your baby.

  • Class#1: Introduction to Labor & Delivery
    • Recommended for all first-time pregnant women and their birth partners, this class covers the stages and phases of labor, what to expect physically and emotionally, the importance of labor support, and more. You will also see birth videos. This class also includes a teaching tour of the Family Birth Center.
  • Class#2:Practical Skills and Comfort Measures
    • This class will cover comfort measures such as relaxation, breathing, and positions that you can use both at home and while at the hospital. Even mothers planning to use medication for pain relief will utilize skills to manage labor prior to and in conjunction with the use of medication.
  • Class#3: Medications and Interventions
    • Be an active participant in the decisions that affect you and your baby. Learn about induction of labor, unplanned cesareans, vacuum, fetal monitoring and more. Whether you are planning on using pain medications, or just want to understand the available options, this class will provide you the information you need to make informed decisions regarding pain relief.
  • Class#4: Putting It Together
    • To wrap it up, this class puts into practice all of the skills and knowledge from the first three classes in a labor rehearsal and birth plan exercise. This class also includes an opportunity for Q&A.

We recommend attending this class between the 28th and 32nd week of pregnancy.

 





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