Preparing for Childbirth
covers healthy pregnancy, labor and birth process, breathing and relaxation techniques, anesthesia choices, cesarean delivery, recovery and post-partum and baby care. A tour of the maternity department is also included. This class is offered in two formats: a 5-week program that meets once a week for 2 hours and a condensed program that meets for 8 hours on one Saturday. (We try to reserve the Saturday class for those who cannot attend the traditional 5-week program due to work schedules or other weekly conflicts. Please be advised that due to time constraints, not all of the material presented in the 5-week program will be covered during the Saturday class.) This class is designed for women who are in their 7th
month of pregnancy. Class size is limited, so please register early. For more information, call (717) 316-2996. (Coming soon – online registration!)
Ready & Waiting/What to Expect
is a unique, free service for Moms-to-Be. This service will initiate the admission process and identify special needs prior to the patient presenting for delivery. It is for women in their last month of pregnancy, 36 to 37 weeks. (We recommend calling to make your appointment at about 32 weeks, or about two months before your due date.) An expecting mother will meet one-on-one with a member of the Hanover Hospital Maternity staff to initiate admission paperwork, review and sign forms, and discuss policies and procedures pertaining to her child’s birth. This will streamline the “laborious” process of admission when a mom-to-be comes to the hospital already in labor. Appointments are available Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1-4 p.m. and Wednesdays, 1-6 p.m., and last approximately 60 minutes. Each participant is encouraged to bring a support person to her appointment. Ready & Waiting is not a replacement for regular childbirth classes. For more information about this class, please call (717) 316-2996.
As a mother, one of the most important things you will decide is how to feed your baby. Breastfeeding is natural for you and your baby, but is a skill that needs to be learned. Call (717) 316-2262 for more information.
While older siblings are usually excited about the birth of a new baby, they may also have feelings of nervousness or jealousy. This class is designed to relieve some of their fears and help them understand the baby's needs and how they can help. Classes are offered quarterly. Call (717) 316-2996 for more information or to register for the next class.
Infant Massage Class
Infant massage provides mothers and fathers with an opportunity to deepen the bond with their new child. Private training over three sessions will include massage oil, informational handouts, and your own personal infant massage book. Research-based benefits include more restful and deeper sleeping habits for your child; colic, intestinal and pain relief; enhancement of simple learning skills and neurological development; improved confidence and competence as parents; stress relief for the parents and child. Call (717) 316-7337 for more information.
Infant Bereavement Support Group
is for parents who have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or newborn death. Hospital chaplain, Reverend Eric Stenman, will moderate the group. It will be held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month at 7 p.m. in the chapel. Please call Reverend Stenman at (717) 316-6905 for more information.
Prenatal Exercise Classes at the Medical Fitness Center
Prenatal Conditioning Class
This class incorporates cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility and balance for moms-to-be.
Prenatal Swimming Class
Join other moms-to-be as we exercise and move in the water to fun music—a great way to relieve stress!
A place to connect with your breath, your body, your emotions, and your baby. All levels and trimesters welcome.
For cost and information on any of these prenatal classes, please contact Ann Kress, M.Ed at (717) 316-3488.