you every step of the way.
Having a baby is one of life's most joyous — and overwhelming — events.
The choices you make now will affect your baby's health long after he or
she is born. What's the healthiest diet for your baby? How should you
change your lifestyle now that you are pregnant? What should you expect
at each doctor's visit? How will you handle labor?
The road to childbirth and parenting is full of physical, emotional and
social changes. The more you know before your baby is born, the better
prepared you will be to face these challenges. We recommend that women
and their partners attend prenatal classes as early in their pregnancy
The Reading Hospital offers a series of informative prenatal classes
taught by certified instructors. Classes are designed to help you
prepare for pregnancy, delivery, and the arrival of your baby. Please
see our Prenatal Education
Calendar for upcoming dates.
Maternity Tea — for expectant mothers in their
first trimester, their partners, and those who are considering
starting a family. You’ll tour the Beginnings Maternity Center,
meet our staff, and become acquainted with programs offered to
expectant mothers and their families.
Birthing Classes — expectant parents between 29
and 34 weeks of pregnancy are encouraged to attend. We focus on
labor and delivery, including possible complications, and your
partner’s role as your coach.
$75 per couple for weekday series of three classes. $100 per
couple for all-day Saturday class.
Doctors Night — discuss pain management options
during labor with an anesthesiologist. Review the labor and
delivery process with an obstetrician. Learn from a pediatrician
what to expect after your baby is born. Tours of the Beginnings
Maternity Center will be available before and after each class.
Cesarean Birth Night — we recommend that all
expectant parents attend this class since many Cesarean births
are unplanned. Information on why Cesarean births may occur,
what to expect during the surgical birth of the baby, and how to
recover afterward helps to prepare parents for this birthing
possibility. Tours of the Beginnings Maternity Center will be
available before and after each class.
Becoming A Big Brother/Big Sister — this lively
class prepares children ages 3 to 6 for the arrival of the new
$15 per family.
Becoming an Older Brother/Sister — this lively
class prepares older children ages 7 to 10 for the arrival of
the new baby.
$15 per family.
Breastfeeding Education — this course answers
your questions about breastfeeding and helps you better
understand one of the most nurturing experiences you’ll have as
$20 per couple.
Breastfeeding & Working — this class
prepares couples for the challenges and rewards of breastfeeding
and working. Learn about pumping, how to store milk, and
practical tips for managing this busy lifestyle.
$20 per couple.
Your Newborn Baby — this course is designed to
help guide parents during the newborn period and into the first
year of child rearing. You will learn about routine care,
developmental milestones, and special concerns.
$25 per couple.
Class size is limited. Early registration suggested.
For more information, or to register, please call 610-988-HELP.
Regarding Your Privacy. The Reading Hospital and
Medical Center (TRHMC) is dedicated to the fundamentals of protecting
your privacy. TRHMC collects personal information only on a voluntary
basis. Personal information may include name, address, and phone number.
The personal information we collect is used by TRHMC to respond only to
an inquiry. TRHMC does not sell, rent, or transmit personal information
to other organizations.
Financial assistance available. Call 610-988-HELP for more information.
*Many health benefit plans cover the cost of prenatal education. Check
with your benefits provider for details.