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St. Joseph Hospital’s Community Health Education Department Launches New Preparing for Parenthood Online and In-Person Learning Program


Flexible instruction caters to expectant parents’ learning preferences and busy schedules

Nashua, NH – March 7, 2019 – St. Joseph Hospital’s Community Health Education Department is excited to launch its new Preparing for Parenthood Online and In-Person Learning Program to accommodate expectant parents’ self-paced learning preferences and increasingly demanding schedules.

“As you await the arrival of your little one, it’s normal to wonder if you’re prepared for parenthood,” shared Kelly MacMillian, M.D., FACOG, St. Joseph Hospital OB/GYN. “At St. Joe’s, we strive to make you feel educated, cared for and confident as you embark on this experience of a lifetime.”

“Our team strives to accommodate the health education needs of our community. This new learning program for expectant moms and their birthing partners provides them an online option that’s appealing because its flexible,” shared Harmony Eberiel, Community Health Education Coordinator, St. Joseph Hospital. “For a variety of reasons, today’s learners often prefer an online model – and we’re delivering it with a personal touch.”

The new program, which is accessible from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection, features two online classes — Understanding Birth and Understanding your Newborn, along with one complementary Education and Support Session with Childbirth Educators in our Maternal Child Health Center.

  • Understanding Birth – This interactive, self-paced online course delivers essential information to help prepare expectant parents for a healthy, fulfilling birth experience. Engaging videos, life-like 3D animation and personal birth stories give you the knowledge and insight you need to make informed decisions about labor and delivery. You’ll even create your own birth plan.
  • Understanding Your Newborn – This eClass will help you gain the confidence you need to care for your baby. You and your support person will learn about the specific care your baby needs in the first six weeks and beyond as well as understand importance of baby cues, early brain development and bonding. You’ll also gain valuable insight into topics including newborn traits and behaviors, crying and comforting, feeding, diapering, bathing, nailcare, infant CPR and more.
  • Education and Support Session with Childbirth Educators – This class is designed to provide a hands-on experience to supplement your online learning. Together with other expectant parents, you’ll tour our Maternal Child Health Center, interact with staff, practice calming exercises and ask questions.

To learn more and register for this convenient learning experience visit or call 603.595.3168.

About St. Joseph Hospital St. Joseph Hospital, a member of Covenant Health, is a 208-bed acute care community hospital located in Nashua, New Hampshire. The main campus features the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies and is supported by a network of primary care providers and specialists focused on delivering personalized medicine. Our hospital is DNV-GL accredited and its extensive services include 24-hour emergency care and a certified stroke program, as well as a Cardiovascular & Diabetes Center, Breast Care Center, Cancer Center and Childbirth Center. To learn more about us, please visit

About Covenant Health Covenant Health is an innovative, Catholic regional health care system and a leader in values-based, not-for-profit health and elder care. Covenant’s family of facilities consists of hospitals, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, assisted living residences and community-based care organizations throughout New England. We’re fully committed to offering a continuum of high- quality, compassionate care to the individuals and communities we serve. Please visit to learn more about us or to review a list of associated locations.

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