Birth and Parenting Classes

Preparation for your baby’s arrival begins long before the day of his or her birth. Our expert instructors teach a wide range of classes for parents-to-be, current parents and family members.

Save 25% when you request the Combination Package.

Cost of the Combination Package is $90 per couple (a $120 value). The package includes the following classes:

  • Childbirth Preparation (your choice of interactive or online)
  • Baby Boot Camp
  • Breastfeeding Class

Perfect for first-time parents!

To register for individual classes or the Combination Package, download the registration form and mail it in with your payment.

A confirmation letter will be sent to you for all classes described below except the “Bear Essentials” class. If you are registering ONLY for the “Bear Essentials” class, you can email your registration to


Many health insurance companies reimburse clients for attending childbirth classes. Call your company to find out if you have this benefit. Scholarships are available for families unable to pay class fees. Place a checkmark by “Financial Assistance” under Class Selections on the registration form. The scholarship covers all class costs; however, a one-time materials fee of $20 per couple is charged.

Bear Essentials Class — Birthplace Preadmission

In this free, one-hour class, you’ll learn everything you need to know about delivering your baby at Holy Spirit Hospital. Qualified educators will instruct you on:

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  • Pre-admission paperwork
  • What to pack
  • How to tell when you are really in labor
  • When to come to the hospital after labor starts
  • How to come to the hospital during labor
  • How to correctly install your new baby’s car seat

At the class, you will receive a valuable packet of information for use in the hospital. This class is for adults only. There is also a noon class offered on the date(s) below marked with an asterisk (*). Please choose one.

Holy Spirit Auditorium (6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or *noon). Location for noon classes in 2016 is 4West Conference room.

January 14, 2016
February 11, 2016*
March 10, 2016  
April 14, 2016
May 12, 2016
June 9, 2016*
July 14, 2016
August 11, 2016
September 8, 2016*
October 13, 2016
November 10, 2016*
December 8, 2016

Baby Boot Camp

Join expert educators for this exciting and interactive two-evening class designed for expectant parents and parents of children up to one-year old. This class will provide you with up-to-date information on issues specific to parenting your child from birth to 12 months. Grandparents are also welcome to attend. Topics include:

  • Techniques for comforting and soothing your baby
  • Preparing for emergencies
  • The “how-tos” of bathing and dressing your baby
  • Age-appropriate play and discipline
  • How to understand your baby’s sleep patterns
  • Providing a safe and secure world for baby...
  • And much, much more

The cost is $35. (Fee is reduced if you enroll in the Combination Package.) Class availability is based on enrollment. The class series is held in the hospital auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m. on the following Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (or Mondays where noted). Starting in 2016, Tuesday series will be 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday series will be 7 to 9 p.m.:

2016 Dates

Tuesdays Wednesdays
Feb 9, 16, 2016 Feb 10, 17, 2016
April 12, 19, 2016 April 13, 20, 2016
June 14, 21, 2016 June 15, 22, 2016   
Aug 9, 16, 2016 Aug 10, 17, 2016   
Oct 11, 18, 2016 Oct 12, 19, 2016  
Nov 28, Dec 5, 2016 (Mondays) Nov 30, Dec 7, 2016   
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Childbirth Preparation Course - Interactive or Online

Whether you prefer face-to-face instruction from a professional nurse educator or an online learning experience, we have a course that is right for you! Both the interactive and online courses should be taken during the last four months of pregnancy. The fee is $70 per couple, and you can choose the course option that is best for you.

Childbirth Preparation Course — Interactive Option

Taught by experienced educators, this eight-hour course will prepare you and your partner for the last months of pregnancy, as well as labor and delivery. The fun, interactive class sessions cover labor and birth, coping strategies, medication options, comfort measures and the postpartum period. A tour of the Birthplace at Holy Spirit Hospital is also included.

To accommodate your schedule, we offer both evening and weekend classes. Evening classes are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Weekend classes meet Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Starting in 2016, the Tuesday series will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. All classes are held in the hospital auditorium. Please choose a Tuesday series, a Wednesday series or a weekend series.

2016 Dates

Tuesday Wednesday Weekends
Jan 5, 12, 19, 26 Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 Jan 15, 16 (Snow 22, 23)
March 8, 15, 22, 29  March 9, 16, 23, 30 March 4, 5
May 3, 10, 17, 24 May 4, 11, 18, 25 May 6, 7
July 5, 12, 19, 26 July 6, 13, 20, 27 June 17, 18
Sept 5, 12, 19, 26 (Mondays) Sept 7, 14, 21, 28 Sept 9, 10
Oct 25, Nov 1, 8, 15 Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, 16 Nov 4, 5

Childbirth Preparation Course — Online Option

The online childbirth preparation course is a great alternative for those who cannot attend an in-person class due to scheduling conflicts or bedrest. This class includes animated illustrations, videos, voice-overs and games. Appropriate for couples delivering at the Birthplace or elsewhere. Cost is $70/couple. Once you enroll, you’ll be mailed a confirmation letter with an access code that is valid for 30 days after initial log-on.

To view the online program, you will need:
  • A PC, Mac or mobile device
  • The most recent versions of Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader. (These free downloads are included with the online program. Download links are located at the bottom of the front page of the online book.)
  • A fast internet connection (DSL, cable or other broadband is advised; dial-up will work but will take longer to download.)
  • A computer with sound and speakers or headphones to hear the audio
  • Every “0” assigned to the codes is considered numeric

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Online Course Login — Your login code is located on the confirmation email that was sent to you. If you have forgotten your code, please call 763-BABY or send an email to:

Breastfeeding Class

Whether you choose to breastfeed for many months or just a few weeks, this one-night class can make the process go more smoothly. The breastfeeding class can also be helpful if you are unsure about whether to breastfeed or bottle feed. Fathers are encouraged to attend and are actively included in the class. Topics include: preparation for breastfeeding, infant feeding cues, proper breastfeeding techniques and problem solving. The fee is $15 and this class is included in the combination package for a reduced fee. Classes are held in the hospital auditorium from 6 to 8 p.m.:

2016 Dates

Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays
Feb 1, 2016 Feb 2, 2016   Feb 4, 2016
April 4, 2016    April 5, 2016      April 7, 2016
June 6, 2016         June 2, 2016
Aug 1, 2016    Aug 2, 2016        Aug 4, 2016
Oct 3, 2016    Oct 4, 2016      Oct 6, 2016
Nov 21, 2016    Nov 22, 2016    Nov 23, 2016     

Big Brother, Big Sister Night

Designed for expectant brothers and sisters between 3 and 10 years of age, this class familiarizes children with newborns and the hospital environment. The class includes a tour of the Birthplace and big brother or big sister “practice.” Parents receive tips on how to make the new baby’s arrival a positive experience for their children. The fee is $15 per family and classes are held in the hospital auditorium from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

2016 Dates

January 28, 2016
February 25, 2016   
March 24, 2016
April 14, 2016
May 26, 2016
July 28, 2016
August 11, 2016
September 29, 2016
October 27, 2016
December 8, 2016

CPR for Family and Friends

In this one-evening course, you will learn how to perform CPR and relieve choking for infants and children up to 8 years of age. You will also learn about injury prevention, the leading cause of death, for infants and children. You will have adequate time to practice these skills and be coached by a trained CPR instructor. Please note that this is not a “certification” course as there is no examination. The fee is $15 per person, and you can register by calling 717-972-4262. Class is held in the hospital auditorium from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Additional Registration Information

Registration is required for all classes. To register for individual classes or the Combination Package, download the form and mail it in with your payment.

A confirmation letter will be sent to you for all classes listed above except for the "Bear Essentials" class. If you are registering ONLY for the “Bear Essentials” class, you can email your registration to

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