Maternity Classes

Preparing for Childbirth

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.

NEW – A third format is now available: online classes can be used as an alternative for busy parents with scheduling conflicts, time constraints or medical conditions. The online class may also be useful as a great refresher course for parents for whom this isn't their first baby.

For more information, call (717) 316-2996. (Coming soon – online registration!)

Ready & Waiting/What to Expect

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 so that we may schedule you for an appropriate class.) An expecting mother will meet 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. Ready & Waiting is a group program that is available on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. It lasts 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.

Breastfeeding Support

Hanover Hospital supports, protects, and promotes the breastfeeding relationship established between a mother and her newborn child. We do this by assisting you with breastfeeding during your hospital stay and beyond. During your stay, your nurses and lactation consultants are available to teach you how to get started with breastfeeding. After discharge, our lactation consultants, maternity staff, nurse midwives and your physicians are available if you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding. If your concern can’t be addressed over the phone, you can call the lactation office to schedule an outpatient appointment with one of our lactation consultants or counselors at no charge. Outpatient services offered include weight checks, breast checks, and feeding checks. If a medical problem is identified during this appointment, you will be referred to your physician for treatment and follow-up. Call (717) 316-2262 for more information.

Breastfeeding Support Group

Breastfeeding can be very challenging, especially during the first few weeks following childbirth. Our group will provide support and encouragement to new and experienced moms. Discussion topics will be based upon the concerns and challenges brought forth by our participants. In addition, we will offer opportunities for guest speakers and education.
Date: First Tuesday of every month
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 129 Charles Street, Hanover
Parking is available on Willow Street.
This program is designed for moms with babies from newborn – 12 months of age. Registration is not required and there is no cost for participation. Siblings are welcome to attend and are encouraged to bring things that will quietly keep their attention. For more information, please contact Lactation Services at (717) 316-2262.

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

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.