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Childbirth Education


 Birthing Suite Class Registration

If one of our classes is full, it's noted in the schedule below; in addition, you can call the Birthing Suite at 283-7350 to check on availability. A printable class registration form is available for download here 

 Big Brother/Big Sister School 

Jun 13; Aug 29; Oct 10: 6 to 7pm at SMHC Biddeford

Free. Introduce your children, age three to six years old, to their new role as a sibling to a newborn. They’ll visit our birthing suite, watch a video, and talk about becoming big brothers or sisters. Please bring a stuffed animal or doll for holding and diapering. Pre-registration required, please call 283-7350.

 Breastfeeding Class  

May 23; Jul 18; Sept 26; Nov 28: 6 to 8pm at SMHC Biddeford

Free. This class, presented by one of SMHC Biddeford’s Board Certified Lactation Consultants, will cover how to breastfeed your baby, what's normal, and where to get help if needed. Pre-registration required, please call 283-7350.

 Childbirth Education Series 

This class will cover a variety of the birth information, as well as pain control, stages of labor, positions, breathing and much more. Let us help you become informed so you can create realistic goals and expectations for your most perfect day. MANY class dates offered - Please call for a complete list of dates. Specify what class when calling to inquire and register. Pre-payment is requested.

  • Celebrating Birth ~ One Day, held monthly on Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm (May 20; Jun 17; Aug 19; Sept 23; Oct 21; Nov 18)

Expectant mothers should be in their last trimester. 32-38 weeks pregnant; Fee: $75.00 per couple. (Pre-payment to reserve class date/time due 2 weeks prior to class date, refunds to those unable to attend due to medical reasons or early delivery. If financial assistance is needed, please call 283-7352 to make arrangements)

 Daddy Survival Class  

May 15; Jul 31; Sept 18; Nov 13: 6 to 8pm at SMHC Biddeford

Free. This class is for the 1st time Dads who will be looking to get more information in a brief version of the amazing year ahead. Topics include: Planning and preparing for your new addition, labor from a man's point of view and what to expect once you get home for the 1st few weeks to the changing year ahead.  Pre-registration required, please call 283-7350.

 Fast Pass to Home - Discharge Class  

May 10; Jul 5; Sept 6; Nov 1: 6 to 8pm at SMHC Biddeford

Discuss Postpartum Care for the new Mom, as well as basic newborn care. This will help expedite the discharge process from the Birthing Suite once you have delivered your baby and wish to go home. Free incentive gift upon completion - Free.

 Maine Child Passenger Safety Seat Program

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety Voucher Program provides income-eligible families with free car seats, in addition to instruction on proper car seat use and installation. For more information, please call the Biddeford Police Department, Officer Scott LaBrecque, at (207) 282-5127.

 Safe Baby - Infant Safety & Infant CPR 

Jun 29; Jul 27; Aug 31; Sept 28; Oct 12; Nov 30; Dec 28: 6 to 9pm at SMHC Biddeford

This class provides a non-certificate course by the American Heart Association to family and friends, as well as basic home safety for your baby as they grow. Fee: $35/couple; $20/person. Pre-registration required, please call 283-7350.

 Safe Travels - Car Seat Information  

May 9; Jun 20; Aug 22; Oct 17; Dec 5: 6 to 8pm at SMHC Biddeford

This class is designed to help parents/grandparents understand the importance of proper car seat use. Please bring your car owners manual/car seat manual and car seat (if you have already purchased a car seat). Pre-registration required, please call 283-7350.

 The "Grand" Parent

Sept 14: 6 to 8pm at SMHC Biddeford

A class for grandparents-to-be. Grandma/Grandpa, Nana/Pop, Mémère/Pépère, what's your name going to be? Information to prepare you for your baby's baby. So many changes and so many choices. Come join us to learn basic Infant CPR, Car Seat Safety and review new information since your child was a newborn. Free - Pre-registration required, please call 283-7350.

Where and how to sign up...

Most of our programs take place at SMHC Biddeford Biddeford (One Medical Center Drive), SMHC Biddeford Sanford (25 June Street) or at one of SMHC's Diagnostic and Therapy Centers in Kennebunk (2 Livewell Drive) and Biddeford (9 Healthcare Drive and 46 Barra Road). Locations are noted as either SMHC Biddeford, Saco, or Kennebunk. Other venues are clearly specified. Unless otherwise noted, there is no charge.

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