At UPMC in Central Pa., we are committed to the health and safety of our patients, visitors, and staff. In light of precautions being taken to prevent any potential spread of COVID-19, and to limit the amount of traffic throughout the hospital, we have taken the necessary steps to offer classes virtually. As we move forward, some of our classes and support groups will be offered in a hybrid or in-person mode. Please note in-person classes will require masking and 6-foot social distancing. We will supply hand sanitizer and follow sanitation guidelines for your safety.
Please see the menu of online classes below developed to meet the needs of our patients and their families. Many of our classes may be covered or reimbursed by insurance. Please contact your insurance provider for details.
Thank you for your understanding as we work to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our community and especially our expectant mothers, new mothers, and infants.
If you have any questions please contact our Parent Child Education Coordinator by phone at 717-231-8916 or by email at email@example.com.
This virtual two-week series is recommended for expectant parents in the second trimester. Parents will learn how to care for a newborn and navigate early parenting. Discussion, demonstration, and class participation are used to teach basic information about baby’s bath, cord care, diapering, safety, and feeding. Other topics include the importance of skin-to-skin and rooming-in, normal newborn behaviors, symptoms of illness, and how to stimulate learning. CPR will not be covered in this class.
Registration fee: $40 (includes partner)
Register here for the Baby Care Basics Class
This virtual tour provides the expectant mother and father/support person an opportunity to visit Labor and Delivery, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Maternity Center. This will allow you to become familiar with UPMC Hospitals.
This free class is taught by an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), focuses on the joys and common concerns of breastfeeding. Discussion includes the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies, the importance of skin-to-skin and rooming-in, identifying baby’s feeding cues, maintaining a milk supply and other practical information. Additional topics include combining breastfeeding and working, expression and storage of breast milk, and use of breast pumps. Expectant fathers are encouraged to attend.
Saturday sessions meet for one 4-hour class.
Register here for the Breastfeeding Multiples Class. (Breastfeeding Basics is a prerequisite for registration)
This three-week virtual series, followed by one 90 minute in-person session at the Camp Hill Giant Community Center the Saturday after class three (morning and afternoon time options will be available), focuses on preparation for childbirth. Expectant parents will have an opportunity to receive answers to their questions about giving birth and reviews what typically happens when mom comes to the hospital in labor.
Through these classes, parents will learn the signs of labor and comfort measures including relaxation skills and paced breathing, as well as anesthesia options. Moms-to-be and their support persons rehearse for labor to help ease anxiety surrounding the birthing experience. This comprehensive course also addresses postpartum emotions.
The in-person session will give participants the opportunity for hands on practice of comfort techniques and positioning for labor and birth. All instructors are nationally certified childbirth educators.
This series is offered virtually via Microsoft Teams, followed by one in-person session at the Camp Hill Giant Community Center.
Registration fee: $55
Register here for the Childbirth Preparation Class.
Preparation makes all the difference in the world when it comes to safety and harmony between a new baby and family dog. This 2 hour Dogs and Storks TM program provides consistent and current information, offering solutions and addressing common challenges that expectant or new parents may experience. Topics covered include your pregnancy and your dog, concerns about jealousy and acceptance of the baby, setting up your home environment for safety, introducing your dog to your baby, the subtle body language of dogs, and fun ways to include your dog in daily activities from the start.
Registration fee: $25 (includes partner)
Register here for the Dogs and Storks Class
Women and their partners are encouraged to attend this free one-night class during the first half of their pregnancy. An experienced member of the UPMC Parent/Child Education team will discuss these pregnancy related topics; common physical and emotional changes, wellness, the importance of prenatal care, how to navigate UPMC services in central Pa., and so much more!
Registration fee: None (registration required)
This single evening virtual class focuses on the experience of the grandparent. New trends in medical practices and current recommendations for infant care and safety will be discussed. Suggestions on how grandparents can support the new family and play a valuable role in the lives of their grandchildren will be shared.
Registration fee: $10/person
This 3 hour one on one class gives families an opportunity to customize their childbirth instruction experience. The time, place and content is determined in coordination with a certified childbirth educator to meet the needs of an individual family. Topics could include, pregnancy, labor, comfort techniques and breathing, medical interventions and pain management, cesarean birth, newborn appearance/care and postpartum recovery. After registration you should hear from us within 3 business days, if you have questions or have not received a call please contact us at 717-231-8916.
This class can be offered in person or virtual per family preference.
Having a baby is a life-changing experience that can seem overwhelming at times. Even if you have older children, you may find that you have questions or concerns about parenting or need a place where you can talk with other parents who are having similar experiences.
New Mom Network is for new mothers and their babies aged zero to eighteen months, meets virtually from 1:00 PM-2:30 PM every Monday and Thursday. To register contact Betsy Newman at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Perinatal Wellness Program at UPMC is committed to women’s health and wellness. We guide women through their pregnancy and postpartum journey, as well as their child’s early development. Learn more about Perinatal Wellness Classes.
Registration Fee: None (registration required)
This one hour class is designed for new siblings ages 3-9 and their families to prepare for the birth of a new baby. It will help siblings with what to expect with the coming birth, understand the needs of a newborn, to navigate the challenges of a new baby, and find the joy in their growing family. This class will be offered virtually via Microsoft Teams.
Here are some important guidelines for this virtual program:
NOTE: Price listed is per family. Please be sure your email address is entered correctly at registration.
Registration fee is $10
UPMC Carlisle offers anytime, anywhere parent education powered by YoMingo®, an education program designed to give you convenient access to valuable information. It includes the tools and support you need at every stage.
YoMingo gives you access to:
This education powered by YoMingo is available on any device with an internet connection, or as a mobile app called myYoMingo.
Register for the program and follow the instructions. Once you have registered, you will receive an email invitation where you can create a unique password and login.
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Disclaimer: The information in YoMingo; is NOT intended to take the place of a healthcare provider or any information that your healthcare provider has discussed with you about your own personal health. It is imperative and advised that you find care and work with your healthcare provider to keep yourself healthy and safe. Always call your healthcare provider with any questions you may have. By creating an account in YoMingo, you have verified that you have read and agree to this disclaimer.
The HOPE Group is a Postpartum Adjustment Support Group for expecting and new moms. The group is facilitated by a caring nurse with peer support, who are experienced in women's health. Many new moms feel overwhelmed for weeks and/or months following the birth of their baby. They experience feelings such as exhaustion, insomnia, social withdrawal, feeling out of control, poor concentration, frequent crying, and forgetfulness. Having a safe atmosphere of recognition and support allows one to deal with feelings of inadequacy in caring for your child, guilt, and sadness.
Join us Monday evenings, where the group will be facilitated by a caring nurse with peer support, who are experienced in women's health. Sessions are held virtually on the second and fourth Monday evening of every month at 6 p.m. Please contact 717-960-3409 for information on how to join the virtual group.
American Heart Association Infant CPR classes can be accessed through the following links:
UPMC in Central Pa. now offers virtual support groups on Facebook! This convenient option offers members the latest information about tobacco use addiction, complications of use, benefits of quitting, treatment options, and access to other supportive resources. Moderated by our team of tobacco treatment specialists, our support groups are a place where current and former tobacco users come together to share ideas, discuss topics, and tell their stories. Interactive features include videos, posts, activities, and active discussions about the quitting process and staying quit. Join us and connect with other members who understand what you are going through. Signing up is quick, easy and free &; and you can join us whenever you're ready!
For more information and to register, call 717-849-5463.
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