The Birthplace

 The Experience of a Lifetime

When it comes to making your birthing experience as joyous as possible, there’s no better place in Central Pennsylvania than The Birthplace at Holy Spirit Hospital. 

At The Birthplace you’ll experience: 

Single-room maternity care. While not always possible, most of our mothers spend their entire stay in the privacy and convenience of one beautiful, warm and comfortable suite for labor, delivery and recovery.

Our unique approach to maternity care. It allows for better bonding and initiates a host of health-related benefits for you and your baby. 

Continuity of care that allows the same team of highly skilled nurses to stay with you from start to finish so you have “partners” familiar with your entire stay. 

Peace of mind knowing we can provide special care through our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and our state-of-the-art technology and security system. Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is staffed by some of the area's most respected neonatologists, all ready to assist your physician or midwife with your baby's medical needs.

For more information on any of the above programs, or to learn more about The Birthplace, please call 717-763-BABY (2229). Or email us at

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Maternity Tour Information

Tours are available from your childbirth instructor in your Childbirth Preparation Course. This 30-minute tour provides the expectant mother and her partner an opportunity to visit The Birthplace. You can also schedule a tour by calling 717-763-BABY (2229). Due to the areas being toured, we are not able to accommodate children on this tour. (A tour especially suited for children is provided in our Children’s Hour Class.)

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Education Programs for Parents and Siblings

Preparation for your baby’s arrival begins long before the big day. To help you and your loved ones get ready, we offer a wide range of classes for everyone from mothers and fathers to grandparents, partners and children. 

Whatever class you choose, you will experience a fun and enjoyable experience with professional, passionate instructors. We welcome you and look forward to meeting you!



Registration is required for all programs.  To register simply download the form from the link below and mail it in with your payment. 

Save 25% when you request the Combination Package. Cost for the Combination Package – is $90 per couple (a $120 value). The package includes the following classes:  Childbirth Preparation (your choice of interactive or online), Baby Boot Camp and the Breastfeeding Class. Perfect for first time parents!

To register for individual classes or the Combination Package, click here to Download the form and mail it in with your payment.

A confirmation letter is sent to you for all classes detailed below except the “Bear Essentials” class. If you are registering ONLY for the “Bear Essentials” class, you can email your registration to

Bear Essentials Class - Birthplace Preadmission

Our free, one-hour pre-admission class allows you to complete your mandatory paperwork before going into labor. Qualified educators teach every mother-to-be what she needs to know when choosing to deliver at Holy Spirit Hospital. This free class includes:

• Vital pre-admission information
• Instruction on how and when to come to the hospital, as well as what to pack
• Information to know when you are really in labor
• Demonstration of how to correctly install your new baby’s car seat
• A packet full of valuable Birthplace information for use in the hospital

All classes are held at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the hospital auditorium. This class is for adults only. There is also a noon class offered on the date(s) below marked with an asterisk (*). Please choose one:

 2014 Dates

  Holy Spirit Hospital Auditorium (6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or *noon)

*January 9, 2014
February 13, 2014
*March 13, 2014
April 10, 2014
May 1, 2014
June 12, 2014
July 10, 2014
*August 14, 2014
September 11, 2014
October 9, 2014
*November 13, 2014
December 11, 2014

Baby Boot Camp

Join expert educators during this exciting and interactive two-evening class. Designed for expectant parents and parents of children up to one year of age, the evenings will provide you with up-to-date information on topics specific to parenting your child from birth to 12 months. Grandparents-to-be are also welcome in this class. Topics include:

• Techniques for comforting and soothing
• Preparing for emergencies
• The “how-tos” of bathing and dressing
• Age appropriate play and discipline
• How to understand your baby’s sleep patterns
• Providing a safe and secure world for baby...And much, much more!

The fee is $35, although this class is available in the Combination Package for a reduced fee. Class availability is based on enrollment. The class series is held in the hospital auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m. on the following Tuesday and Wednesday evenings:

2014 Dates

February 11, 18, 2014
February 12, 19, 2014
April 15, 22, 2014
April 16, 23, 2014
June 10, 17, 2014 June 11, 18, 2014
August 11, 18, 2014 August 13, 20, 2014
October 14, 21, 2014 October 15, 22, 2014
December 1, 8, 2014 December 3, 10, 2014


*Childbirth Preparation Course – Interactive or Online

Whether you prefer a live course with a professional nurse educator or an online course, we have an offering that is right for you! Both the interactive and online courses are meant to be taken in the last four months of your pregnancy. The fee is $70 per couple and you can choose the one that is best for you – either the interactive course or the online course.

Childbirth Preparation Course – Interactive Option

This eight-hour course, taught by experienced educators, will prepare you and your partner for the last months of pregnancy, labor and delivery. Designed to be interactive and fun, it includes more in-depth information about labor and birth, coping strategies, medication options, comfort measures and the postpartum period. A tour of The Birthplace is also included. To accommodate your schedule, we offer two different interactive childbirth preparation course options – evenings or weekends.

Evening classes are held from 7 to 9 p.m. Weekend classes meet Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All classes are held in the hospital auditorium. Please choose a Tuesday series, a Wednesday series or a weekend series.

2014 Dates

Wednesdays Weekends
January 7, 14, 21, 28
January 8, 15, 22, 29

January 17, 18

March 11, 18, 25; April 1
March 12, 19, 26; April 2
March 7, 8
May 6, 13, 20, 27
May 7, 14, 21, 28
May 2, 3
July 8, 15, 22, 29 July 9, 16, 23, 30 June 20, 21
Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 Sept. 10, 17, 24; Oct. 1 Sept. 5, 6
Oct. 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18 Oct. 29; Nov. 5, 12, 19 Nov. 7, 8


 Childbirth Preparation Course – Online Option

The online childbirth preparation course is an alternative for those who cannot attend an interactive prepared childbirth course due to bedrest and scheduling conflicts. The program is a web-based program that includes animated illustrations, videos, voice-overs, and games. This online program is appropriate for couples delivering at The Birthplace or elsewhere.

Fee: The cost is $70/couple and includes:

• An access code that will be mailed to you with your confirmation letter valid for 30 days after initial log-on

In order to view the online program you will need the following:

• A PC or Mac
• The most recent version of Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader. These downloads are available free and are included with the online program. The download links are located at the bottom of the front page of the online book.
• A fast internet connection (DSL, cable, or other broadband advised; dial-up will work but will take longer to download)
• A computer with sound and speakers or headphones to hear the audio
• Every “0” assigned to the codes is considered numeric

Childbirth Education eLearning Tool:

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Online Course Login - Your login code is located on the confirmation email that was sent to you. If you have forgotten your code please call 763-BABY or send an email to:

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Breastfeeding Class

Breastfeeding is a unique experience for every mother. This one-night class is beneficial whether you choose to breastfeed for many months or just a few weeks. It can also be helpful if you are unsure about whether to breastfeed or bottle feed. Fathers are encouraged to attend and are actively included in the class. Topics include: preparation for breastfeeding, infant feeding cues, proper techniques and problem solving. The fee is $15 and this class is included in the combination package for a reduced fee. Classes are held in the hospital auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m. on the following dates:

2014 Dates

Monday Tuesday
February 3, 2014
February 4, 2014
February 5, 2014
April 7, 2014
April 8, 2014  
April 9, 2014 
June 2, 2014
June 3, 2014    June 4, 2014       
August 4, 2014 August 5, 2014 August 6, 2014
October 6, 2014 October 7, 2014 October 8, 2014
November 24, 2014 November 25, 2014 November 26, 2014

Big Brother, Big Sister Night

Designed for expectant brothers and sisters between 3 and 10 years of age, this class familiarizes children with newborns and the hospital environment. It includes a tour of The Birthplace and big brother or big sister “practice.” It will give parents tips on how to make the arrival of a new baby a positive experience for their children. The fee is $15 per family and classes are held in the hospital auditorium from 6.00 to 7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

2014 Dates


January 23, 2014
February 27, 2014
March 27, 2014
April 24, 2014
May 22, 2014
July 24, 2014
August 14, 2014
September 25, 2014
October 23, 2014
December 4, 2014


Registration is required for all classes. 

To register for individual classes or the Combination Package, click here to Download the form and mail it in with your payment.

A confirmation letter is sent to you for all classes detailed above except the “Bear Essentials” class. If you are registering ONLY for the “Bear Essentials” class, you can email your registration to

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 Mom’s Place

A pregnancy and new moms’ support group offers understanding, information and sharing for pregnant women and new mothers with babies less than 1 year of age. The purpose of the group is to prevent perinatal depression and anxiety by providing support. It is a free, drop-in support group run by the Women’s Behavioral Health staff each Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments are served. The group meets at 20 Erford Road, Suite 11, Lemoyne. Free parking is available. For more information, please call 717-763-2200.

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 CPR for Family and Friends

In this one-evening course, you will learn how to perform CPR and relieve choking for infants and children up to 8 years of age. You will also learn about injury prevention, the leading cause of death, for infants and children. You will have adequate time to practice these skills and be coached by a trained CPR instructor. Please note that this is not a “certification” course as there is no examination. The fee is $15 per person and you can register by calling 717-972-4262. Class is held in the hospital auditorium from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on the following dates:

2014 Dates

January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, August 21, September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18.

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 Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System

The Center for Women’s Health is also known for a unique and specialized service that draws couples from across the state and nationally.  This highly successful approach utilizes the Creighton Model FertilityCareTM System (CrMS).  This program incorporates FertilityCareTM and NaProTECHNOLOGY.

As you look forward to the birth of your new baby, you may already be thinking about your family planning needs.  Are you looking for something that is natural, highly effective (over 99%), with no side effects for Mom or baby?  If so, please join us for a free introductory session.  The CrMS can be used by the breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding mother and during the postpartum period.  It is a wonderful tool in tracking the return of your fertility.  Taking the class now, during pregnancy, will make it even easier for you to use the system following delivery. 

Spirit FertilityCare Services at the Center for Women’s Health offers free introductory sessions to the Creighton Model FertilityCareTM System monthly at our Camp Hill and Colonial Park offices.  You do not need to be a patient of the Center for Women’s Health to attend.  For more information or to register to attend an introductory session call (717)909-9414 or email: .

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 Addiction Assistance for Pregnant Women

The Capital Region Maternal Assistance Program (MAP) is designed especially for pregnant women who have a substance abuse problem, including nicotine. The program:

• Assures you access to medical care
• Coordinates community agency services
• Provides transportation to and from the program
• Is FREE to women in Dauphin, Cumberland, Lebanon, and Perry counties. For more information, call 717-763-3008 or 800-773-0280.

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Many health insurance companies reimburse clients for attending childbirth classes. Call your company to find out if you have this benefit.  Scholarships are available for families unable to pay class fees. Place a checkmark by “Financial Assistance” under class selections on the registration form. The scholarship covers all class costs; however, a one-time materials fee of $20 per couple is charged.


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