Healthy Start

Family Education Classes

Southcoast offers a variety of childbirth classes to suit every new family’s needs. Pre-registration is required for all classes. Please call during the 16th week (10 to 12 weeks for multiples) of pregnancy to assure placement in the class you need. Not all classes are offered at all locations.

Many health insurance companies cover the cost of classes. Be sure to contact yours to ask about coverage.

**If you have specific needs or are a young parent age 13-16 please contact us for class options.

Registration Information

To register for any of our family education classes please see the contact information for each site below:

Charlton Memorial Hospital
Gina Kiser, RN

St Luke's Hospital
Patricia VanDenBerghe, RN

Tobey Hospital
Gina Kiser, RN & Patty VenDenBerghe, RN

To secure a space in any class, payment must be made in full at the time of registration.

Available Classes

Prepared Childbirth Series
This 5-week series will cover the changes occurring in the third trimester. These include the normal/unexpected processes of labor and birth, comfort measures and labor support. Also included is a tour of our facility and hospital procedures. Instruction on infant care and safety are included.
(This is a 4 week series at Tobey with Infant Care offered as a separate free class)
Evenings 6 to 8:30 p.m., $100 per couple

Birthing Boot Camp
A course designed for parents who prefer a faster pace. We offer the same content as in our Prepared Childbirth Series, but in a condensed, all-day class. Two $6 vouchers for lunch are provided. A tour of the Family Centered Unit, infant care and car-seat safety are included in this class. Please register when you are 18 to 20 weeks pregnant.
$125/mother and companion

Newborn Care Class
This free class offers a hands-on approach to learning the basics of caring for your newborn. Offered every other month at Tobey Hospital.  Registration is required. Call for dates and times.

Breast-feeding Basics
This free class is designed for families that are planning to breast-feed or exploring their options regarding infant feeding choices. Topics include the benefits of breast-feeding, techniques and positions and the important benefits of contact with your baby. Expectant mothers and theirs partners are encouraged to attend before the birth of the baby. Please register at 18 to 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Baby Café/Breastfeeding Support Group
Call for dates & times
A friendly and comfortable drop-in session for pregnant and breast-feeding mothers to learn more about breast-feeding. Peer support and one-on-one help from specially trained health professionals is available, including professional lactation support.

Center for Women’s Health
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
300B Faunce Corner Road,
Southcoast Obstetrics & Gynecology
Thursdays, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
543 North Street,
New Bedford

Healthfirst Family Care Center
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Healthfirst – 387 Quarry Street,
Fall River
Rosebrook Medical Office Building
First & third Friday of the month
10 12 p.m.
100 Rosebrook Way,

Infant and Child CPR for Families and Friends
This course teaches adult, child and infant CPR for families/friends. Preregistration required. Please note that this does not provide a CPR certification. Classes are usually held at the Center for Women’s Health in Dartmouth.
$40/person, $60/two people.

Safe Sitter
A nationally recognized program designed to prepare adolescents ages 11 to 14 to babysit. Topics include babysitting as a business, safety of the sitter, developmental stages of children, behavior management, preventing problem behavior, injury prevention, basic first aid, choking infant and child rescue and CPR for infants and children. Class runs six times a year in the summer, spring and fall between the St Luke’s and Charlton campuses.
$65/student in advance to hold spot.

Find a Physician: 844-744-5544

Fathers/significant others/partners: 24 hours
Family/friends: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Children under 12, other than siblings of the infant, are not allowed to visit.

Charlton Memorial Hospital:

St. Luke's Hospital:

Tobey Hospital: