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Childbirth & Parenting Education and Support Groups

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, The Family Birthplace at Cape Cod Hospital is offering most prenatal classes and postpartum support groups virtually at this time.

We will resume all in person classes and events when we are able.

Join a Virtual Class or Support Group

The Family Birthplace

The Family Birthplace at Cape Cod Hospital has been bringing new life into the world for generations. We’re proud to provide the highest level of care possible for parents and their babies, close to home, and work hard to ensure a safe and rewarding birth experience for everyone involved.

Family-centered birth care

Family-centered care is provided in private labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) suites. You and your baby room together throughout your stay in a spacious room designed with comfort and safety in mind. Your partner is encouraged to stay as well and join in learning how to care for your new baby.

Advantages of family-centered care include:

  • An environment that fosters parent-baby bonding
  • Hands-on educational opportunities caring for your new baby
  • Earlier establishment of feeding and sleeping routines
  • Greater opportunity for breastfeeding success
  • Close, consistent communication with one nurse dedicated to you and your baby

Our welcoming birth suites include:

  • Private bathroom with shower
  • Recliner and rocking chair
  • Optional bed for your partner
  • Cable TV
  • Security measures, including a locked maternity unit and baby tagging alert system to ensure your baby’s safety

A customized birth experience

Your birth plan…your way. Our obstetricians, midwives and nurses will work with you to accommodate and support the style of delivery you choose. Our goal is to help you have the birth experience you desire, from different options available for labor and birth, anesthesia, breastfeeding and more.

Taking good care of you & your baby

When you choose The Family Birthplace at Cape Cod Hospital, you have a full support team here for you:

  • Partnerships with Tufts Floating Children’s Hospital and other Boston hospitals for specialized high-risk pregnancy care and neonatal intensive care when needed.
  • A wide offering of childbirth education and infant care classes
  • A dedicated team of pediatric hospitalists available 24/7 should your baby need medical care.
  • Breastfeeding support during your maternity stay and after.
  • Postpartum screening and access to a licensed social worker on staff.
  • For expectant mothers seeking substance abuse disorder support during pregnancy, Cape Cod Healthcare is committed to providing specialized and safe care for mothers needing addiction support and for infants affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

Preparing for the big day

Here are some helpful key points to remember prior to your maternity check-in:

  • Admission: after you have called your obstetrician or midwife and have been directed to go to the hospital, you can go directly to:
    • The main lobby entrance of Cape Cod Hospital.
    • If arriving after 8pm, you will use the emergency department entrance of the hospital.
  • Hospital stay: most women stay 48 hours after a vaginal birth and four days following a cesarean birth. You have the option of choosing early discharge after talking with your physician.
  • Privacy policy: Due to federal patient privacy laws, we cannot give any information regarding your labor and birth in person or on the telephone. Please tell family and friends that you or your family will call with information at the appropriate time.
  • Videotaping: videotaping is only allowed in labor and after the infant has been born, with physician or staff approval and the with the mother’s consent.

What to pack

  • Personal items: bathrobe, nightgown, underwear, pillows, toiletry items and clothes to go home in
  • Infant items: weather-appropriate baby clothes and blankets for discharge

Additionally, a federally approved, rear-facing and properly installed infant car seat is required for the infant to be discharged. Some insurance companies may cover the cost of the infant car seat.