Doylestown Hospital
595 West State Street, Doylestown, PA 18901 (215) 345-2200
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Helpful Information for Parents


Childbirth & Parenting Education


Our Parent Education programs focus on all aspects of pregnancy, infant care, and parenting.
Register online (click on "Classes & Events" then go to the "Event Title" drop-down menu and look for childbirth classes), or call 215-345-2121 for class dates and additional information.

*Please note that a 48-hour class cancellation notice is required for a refund for all hospital childbirth and parenting classes.

Prepared Childbirth Classes

Our childbirth classes will help you prepare for your birth experience. You will learn about the labor process from one of our certified educators. Sessions include practicing comfort measures, relaxation, and breathing techniques, as well as a discussion of medications, cesarean birth, and more. Please bring a pillow and blanket to your class. Tour of the VIA Maternity Center is included.

We offer two choices for classes:

Register online, or call for dates and to register. Fee: $100 per couple (If you register on line, please leave the number 1 in Number of Attendees. One indicates a couple).

Childbirth Refresher

A one-session class for parents expecting a second or subsequent child. The class includes a discussion and review of the labor and birth process, birth options and medical interventions, and a video on maternity anesthesia. Tour of the VIA Maternity Center is included. Fee: $30 per couple (If you register on line, please leave the number 1 in Number of Attendees. One indicates a couple).  Held every other month in Doylestown Hospital.

Breast-feeding

Learn about the many benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and baby from one of our breast-feeding educators.  Learn about the basics of breast-feeding, breast-milk collection, and storage. Fathers are encouraged to attend.  Fee: $30 per couple (If you register on line, please leave the number 1 in Number of Attendees. One indicates a couple).  Classes are at Doylestown Hospital, 7:00 to 9:30pm.

Doylestown Hospital is committed to providing breast-feeding support for all of our new mothers. Breast-pump rental and sales, as well as 7-day/week lactation consultations, are available. Call for more information, including costs: 215-345-2200 ext. 4637.

Babywell

Nurse educators teach how to care for, feed, protect, and comfort a newborn.
Fee: $30 per couple (If you register on line, please leave the number 1 in Number of Attendees. One indicates a couple). Held monthly in Doylestown Hospital, 7:00 to 9:30pm.

Sibling Education

This class is designed to ease a child's separation anxiety and deal with feelings of jealousy toward the new baby. For children 3 to 10 years old. (Please bring your child's favorite doll or stuffed animal to class.) FREE.  Held quarterly in Doylestown Hospital.

Grandparenting

New to grandparenting? Come learn the latest in newborn care, parenting styles, and baby safety to help the next generation grow up healthy and safe. FREE  *Beginning in June, the fee for the Grandparenting class will be $20. (If you register on line, please leave the number 1 in Number of Attendees. One indicates a couple).  Held on Tuesdays, once a month in Doylestown Hospital, 7:00 to 8:30pm.

Birth Options With a Certified Nurse-Midwife

Interested in having your baby with a certified nurse-midwife? Call Joanne Ruth, CNM, on staff at Doylestown Hospital and a partner in Doylestown Midwifery, at 215-340-9027, or visit www.doylestownhealth.com.

VIA Maternity Center Tours

Held on Tuesday and Saturdays, twice a month in Doylestown Hospital's VIA Maternity Center.  A guided tour of the VIA Maternity Center includes a brief overview of what to expect during your stay. Registration is required. Tour begins in the Main Lobby of Doylestown Hospital. FREE. *Please note: If you are planning to take a Prepared Childbirth class at Doylestown Hospital, a tour is included. You DO NOT have to sign up for this tour.

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