Milton S. Hershey Medical Center offers a variety of educational opportunities for new and expectant parents, including childbirth, breastfeeding, and child safety classes.
If you have questions about our classes, please call
What to Expect When You're Expecting at Penn State Health
Preparing for the birth of your baby can be exciting and overwhelming. At the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, we want to make sure you have every question answered so you have the best birthing experience possible.
Meet our amazing team of obstetricians, midwives, anesthesiologists, family and community medicine providers and pediatricians.
- Tour the Labor and Delivery Department.
- Enjoy light refreshments.
- Open to pregnant women of any stage and their families.
Pre-Diabetes ClassJoin us for an interactive, healthy living class to help you prevent type 2 diabetes. The class is free and open to our patients, including family or friends. Class goals and focus:
- Losing weight
- Being active
- Understanding food labels
- Tracking and managing food intake
- Managing stress
- Coping with triggers
- Staying motivated
Space is limited. For information on upcoming sessions, please call:
Navigating Diabetes Classes
This class is specifically designed for those who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. This three-part class will review nutrition, proper testing protocols, long term care, and preventative needs. Daytime and evening classes are offered at Hershey and Lancaster locations.
Please contact your physician for referral into this program; there may be a cost associated with this class based on your insurance.
This class is designed for the expectant woman. It identifies the benefits of breastfeeding for the family. Topics include:
- Anatomy of breastfeeding
- Positions and latch
- Feeding on demand
- Potential problems and solutions
- Pumping and returning to work
Learn more about our Breastfeeding classes.
Prepared Childbirth Class
These classes are designed to educate and prepare the expectant woman emotionally and physically for the childbearing experience. The classes also help prepare your partner to be an active, effective support for you, the mother.
Learn more about our Prepared Childbirth class
Fathers' Parenting Class
This class is designed to help new fathers with their adjustment into parenthood. Content includes growth and development, parenting tips, and infant massage.
Learn more about our Fathers’ Parenting class
New parents have many questions about caring for their new baby. This very popular class covers key information regarding well baby care such as feeding, diapering, bathing, skin care, sleep patterns, crying and comfort measures.
Infant Safety and CPR
This two-part class provides parents with basic information on infant safety and CPR. Individuals practice on infant mannequins provided.
Learn more about our Infant Safety and CPR class
The Sibling Class is designed for future big brothers and sisters ages three to eight. It provides siblings and their parents with information to help adjust to the arrival of the new baby.
Learn more about our Sibling class
Sibshops are free, one-day workshops held each quarter at Children’s Hospital. They are open to siblings – ages six to 13 years – of patients and former patients with chronic medical needs.