Classes & Support

Our family education programs are designed with the ever-changing family mind. Whether you are becoming a parent or easing an older child into a new role with added responsibilities, Nanticoke Health Services is dedicated to providing you with the information and skills necessary to meet these new challenges.

NOTE: Pre-registration is required for ALL classes. Class sizes are limited, so register early. (Our breastfeeding support group is FREE!)

Class & Support Directory


Childbirth Education

Presented by a certified childbirth educator, this four-week series is for expectant mothers and their partners.

Topics include:

  • Comfort measures during labor
  • Knowledge of the birthing process
  • Variations of normal labor
  • Cesarean childbirth
  • Risks and benefits of medication for childbirth
  • Communicating with your healthcare provider
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Role of labor companion during labor and delivery
  • Postpartum period
  • Introduction to breastfeeding

COST: $50.00 (Some insurance companies may offer reimbursement for the class fee)
For dates and registration, call 302-629-6611, ext. 2540.

Planning to breastfeed?  Breastfeeding is recommended by the American Academy for Pediatrics, the CDC and the WHO for the best start for your baby. Learn more.

Childbirth Refresher

This course is for parents who have attended childbirth preparation with a previous pregnancy. This class is held the 2nd and 3rd weeks of the Childbirth Education series.

COST: $25.00
For dates and registration, call 302-629-6611, ext. 2540.

Mother & Baby Care Center Tours

Tours of the obstetrical unit (Mother & Baby Care Center) are available for families who are not attending childbirth classes at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

To schedule a free tour, call 302-629-6611, ext. 2540.

The Mom’s Circle: A Breastfeeding Support Group

Breastfeeding is natural, but it doesn’t always come naturally! During the early weeks after birth, moms & babies experience challenges as they both learn how to breastfeed. Even the most dedicated nursing moms at times want to give up.

On the 1st Wednesday of each month at 10 AM, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold The Mom’s Circle, a free breastfeeding support group, in the Nursing Conference Room. The Mom’s Circle is a safe place for moms to come for support, advice and friendship from both experienced nursing moms and new moms. Registration is not required.

Activities will include:

  • Interaction with other nursing moms & babies to promote confidence
  • Mom-to-mom conversations
  • Opportunities to share parenting advice & information
  • Assistance with breastfeeding issues or concerns provided by our Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant
  • New topics each meeting geared toward the group, such as the first 2 weeks, night feedings, and returning to work

For more information, call 302-629-6611, ext. 2234.

Learn more about breastfeeding from Jacalyn Bradley, Nanticoke’s Lactation Consultant:

Safe Sitter Classes

This course is to train teenagers (ages 11-13) how to be safe baby/child sitters. Components include infant/child development and care, safety, injury prevention, first aid, accident management, rescue breathing and choking management.


  • $35.00 – 1 day class
  • $50.00 – 2 day class

For dates and registration, call 302-629-6611, ext. 2540.

Parenting Classes

Sponsored by CHILD, Inc. and funded by the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families, this FREE course fulfills the Parent Education requirements of Delaware’s Welfare Reform Program, “A Better Chance.”

This course is led by experienced instructors and are designed to strengthen parenting skills with the goal of raising healthy children in safe and nurturing environments. Classes are offered for specific age groups:

  • Birth to Three Years
  • Basic Parenting (4-11 years old)
  • Parents of Teens (ages 12 and up)

For dates and registration, call 1-800-874-2070.