Birth Center Tours and Prenatal Classes at Portsmouth Regional Hospital
You’re pregnant and probably have many questions: What are the early signs of labor? How often should I feed my newborn? Do babies sleep on their stomachs or backs? And whether this is your first baby or your fourth, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by conflicting advice from well-meaning family members, neighbors, and friends.
Relax — you got this. The maternity experts at Portsmouth Regional Hospital in New Hampshire help you learn to trust your instincts and feel confident in becoming a parent. Our prenatal classes and birth center tours offer Seacoast families up-to-date information and advice about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood.
Take a Guided Tour of our Birth Center
Familiarize yourself with our birth center before you go into labor. During our guided tour, you’ll learn where to check-in on the big day, see our labor and delivery unit up close, peek in the well-baby nursery, and have an opportunity to ask questions about your hospital stay.
Group tours are given at the end of our childbirth education classes. However, you may also schedule your own personal tour by calling (603) 559-4163.
Enroll in a Class (or Three) or Get Support
Our classes and support groups cover a wide range of topics suitable to first-time parents and those in need of a refresher, and include many weekend and evening options. We offer:
- Childbirth Education Five-Week Series. Our comprehensive class answers your most pressing questions about labor and delivery. Topics include the signs and stages of labor, when to call the doctor or go to the hospital, pain control options, labor and birthing positions, and comfort measures such as relaxation, breathing techniques, and massage. We’ll also discuss Cesarean section. This class takes place over five, two-hour sessions (10 hours total).
- Childbirth Express. This is an abbreviated version of our Childbirth Education Five-Week Series. It offers the essentials about labor and delivery including breathing, positioning, and relaxation techniques. You’ll receive information to review and practice at home. This class takes place over three, 2.5-hour sessions (7.5 hours total).
- Childbirth Education One-Day Class. Our one-day course provides the same information as our five-week series, but is condensed into a single, eight-hour class that takes place on Saturday.
- Mindful Birth and Babies. This two-hour class, led by one of our experienced doulas, gives you and your partner the tools you need to manage labor naturally. We discuss techniques to keep you calm and confident, including breathing, meditation, visualization, and progressive relaxation.
- Doula Tea. Our monthly one-hour tea lets you and your partner meet our hospital-based doula team. You’ll learn about doula care and how we help you navigate the birth experience.
- Breastfeeding Basics. This two-hour class provides information and guidance to enhance your knowledge and confidence before you begin breastfeeding. We’ll discuss milk production, latching, breastfeeding obstacles and rewards, pumping, storage, and more.
- Daddy Boot Camp. This practical, 2.75-hour class is led by a dad with more than 30 years of parenting experience. He helps you understand what to expect immediately after your baby’s birth and during your baby’s first years. Topics include crying, feeding, diaper changing, and ways to support your partner.
- Baby Basics. If you’re feeling unsure about how to care for an infant, you’re not alone. During this 2.5-hour class we’ll discuss your newborn’s appearance, feeding, bathing, umbilical cord care, sleep safety, babyproofing your home, and more.
- Infant CPR for New and Expecting Parents. Our 90-minute course provides lifesaving information and hands-on training for treating infants who are choking or have stopped breathing. We’ll also discuss first aid, car seat safety, and appropriate use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). This program does not lead to formal CPR or First Aid certification, but provides important emergency skills for parents, grandparents, and other caregivers.
- Sibling Class. This one-hour class helps prepare children ages two through five to become a big brother or sister. We’ll help your child get ready for the new baby’s arrival with activities including storybooks, decorating a onesie, and a tour of the birth center.
- Breastfeeding Support Group. This free, two-hour group allows you to meet with other breastfeeding moms as well as our lactation consultant. You can have your baby weighed, ask questions, and learn from others. Together we share breastfeeding tips and discuss challenges, ranging from pumping to returning to work.
Ready to take one of these classes or participate in a support group? Register online. Note that our childbirth education classes include a tour of our birth center.