Child Education Support Groups and Classes

Childbirth education class
Childbirth Education Classes cover pregnancy, labor, newborn care and breastfeeding. We offer a combination of online and in-person learning. Our e-class is an eight chapter interactive class that uses videos, personal birth stories, animations, activities, and games to teach all the essential information parents need to prepare for their birth. We also believe that it is important for parents to have time in person with a childbirth educator and there are two in-person classes. The first is to discuss the information learned in the e-class, have time for questions, and tour the maternity unit. The second in-person class is a breastfeeding class.

Class sizes are limited to provide individualized attention. We reserve the right to cancel a class if minimum enrollment has not been met. Class prices are subject to change. Class series should finish about 3-4 weeks before your due date.

Registration:  $90.00. Payment can be made over the phone with debit or credit card. A receipt will be mailed to you.  Please check with your insurance, as some will reimburse payment.  An invitation to the e-class will be emailed to you once payment is received so make sure your current home email address is on the registration form. Also, please give yourself plenty of time to complete the e-class prior to your first in-person class. Scholarships are available to those with financial need. Please call the Childbirth Education Office at 207.973.8742 to make payment for classes and with questions.

To register, please call 207.973.8742 or click here to register online

Boot camp for Dads [no cost for this class]
Congratulations, you’re having your first baby!

New babies don’t come with owner’s manuals. But don’t worry! Join a veteran dad (and his baby) to hear how he made it through the first months of parenthood and became a confident, on-the-job father.
In this men-only environment, no question is stupid and no topic off limits.

Dads-to-be will talk about:

  • How to calm a crying baby
  • Finding work/home balance                            
  • Feeding and changing
  • Handling parents and in-laws
  • Safety issues
  • Introducing pets to baby
  • And anything else on your mind!

Time: 6-9 pm at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center

To register call Christine McMillen at 207.974.2481

Sibling class [no cost for this class]
It is important to prepare your older children for the new baby's arrival. Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center offers a free class to help brothers and sisters know what to expect when their new sibling arrives, and how to adjust.
Classes are offered monthly at the Medical Center’s State Street campus in Bangor. For more information and to learn when the next class is scheduled, please call Betsy Philbrick at 207.973.8737 or email at


Safe babies [no cost for this class]
This class will include:

  • Car Seat Safety
  • Safe Sleep
  • Periods of Purple Crying
  • Introducing Baby to Pets
  • Milestones
  • Self Care 

Location: Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
Dates: 2/20/19, 4/17/19, 8/21/19, 11/13/19
Time: 6.00 to 8.00pm
Cost: Free

For more information or to register call Christine McMillen at 207.974.2481.


Baby massage class [no cost for this class]
Learn the basics of baby massage – a wonderful way to show your baby love through gentle touch. Classes are ongoing, once per month. You may attend as many classes as you and your baby want.
For more information contact Betsy Philbrick at 207.973.8737 or email her at


Breastfeeding support group [no cost to attend] CANCELLED UNTIL THE SPREAD OF THE FLU HAS SUBSIDED
This group is a fun way to meet new moms who are also breastfeeding their babies.

This group offers breastfeeding support and guidance to nursing mothers in our area. Our Certified Lactation Consultants and Certified Lactation Counselors will lead discussions regarding breastfeeding in the early weeks, common problems and solutions, going back to work, nutrition and long-term breastfeeding success.

  • Every Friday: 10 – 11 am at Northern Light Medical Center, Penobscot Pavilion 8th floor conference room. Snacks provided. Siblings are welcome!

For more information contact Lactation Consultants at 207.973.8673, or Childbirth Education at 207.973.8742.


Tree of HOPE postpartum support group [no cost to attend]
Tree of HOPE (Healthy Outlook on Postpartum Experience) is a postpartum support group backed by Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. We offer an honest and safe place to listen, talk, and gain education on postpartum experiences. We were created by a group of moms who have gone through challenging postpartum experiences. No registration necessary.

Join us every Tuesday from 10 am - 12 pm.

Location: Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
Penobscot Pavilion Level 8 Conference Room
489 State Street, Bangor

For more information please contact: Erica Davis, RN, IBCLC or Carol Giggey, RNC, MSN by calling 207.973.8673

Empty arms - A support group for parents grieving infant and pregnancy loss [no cost to attend]
The mission of Empty Arms is to serve those whose lives are touched by the tragic death of a baby through pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or in the first few months of life.

The loss of a child – at 9 weeks, 40 weeks, or after birth can be earth shattering in its magnitude. The feelings of sadness and emptiness are overwhelming and difficult for most to understand.

We understand. We are parents who have lost babies of our own and have found that being part of a community of parents who understand is often the first step toward healing.

In this monthly, open meeting, we share our experiences and reflect upon our struggles to grieve, heal, and grow. Empty Arms meetings take place on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 - 8 pm.

For more information, please contact Erin Hatch, Coordinator at 207.356.5551, or email at Web site:


Bangor area twins and more support group [no cost to attend]
Why do it on your own? You can benefit from a knowledgeable group of parents going through the same remarkable journey as you, raising twins (and more)!

Our mission is to provide a welcoming atmosphere where parents of multiples can share their experiences and offer support to other parents.
For more information, contact Marci McCafferty (

Lactation consultant warm line and lactation clinic
Do you have questions about breastfeeding?
Our board-certified lactation consultants and lactation counselors are just a phone call away. Call us for professional advice, support, and encouragement at 207.973.8673.  Outpatient lactation clinic visits are also available by appointment.

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