Expert prenatal care in Rochester, New Hampshire

At Frisbie Memorial Hospital, our comprehensive prenatal services are designed to keep you healthy during pregnancy and provide continued support until the arrival of your newborn.

We offer expert, compassionate care throughout your entire pregnancy, as well as access to courses and services to ensure you feel informed and prepared for childbirth.

For more information about our prenatal care services, call (603) 335-8180.

Prenatal education

The women and children's health department at Frisbie Memorial Hospital offers prenatal education and services to help new mothers prepare for parenthood. We offer many opportunities for learning about what happens before, during and after the birth of your baby. Registration is required for most classes and birthing center tours.

Childbirth review class

This class is for parents with previous birthing experience to provide a general overview of labor and the birthing process. We cover topics including, breathing, massage, relaxation techniques and positioning during labor.

Cost: $25

A tour of the birthing center is included.

Car seat information

Learn about how to purchase, install and use infant car seats. Class participants will also be offered contact information to schedule a personal car seat check.

Getting ready for childbirth

In this one-day Saturday class, you will learn breathing techniques and positioning used during labor. We will also cover relaxation and massage techniques. It is suggested to enroll in this class between the sixth and seventh month of pregnancy.

Cost: $80

A tour of the birthing center is included.


In this six-week class, you will learn hypnobirthing techniques that enhance the natural childbirth experience and promote relaxation and comfort during labor. Hypnobirthing helps to minimize fear and pain, shorten the first stage of labor and decrease fatigue.

It also helps to promote a special bonding between you, your newborn and your birthing support person. It is suggested to start this class between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy.

Cost: $150

A tour of the birthing center is included.

Newborn care class

In this hands-on class, you will learn the skills you need to care for your newborn at home. Topics covered include preparing for the arrival of your baby, general baby safety, sleep and car safety, feeding and bathing, growth and development, pediatrician care and baby calming techniques. It is suggested to take this class between the 32nd and 36th week of pregnancy.

Cost: $25

Planned cesarean birth

This class will help you and your birthing support person prepare for surgery. You will learn about anesthesia options, the birthing support person’s role, relaxation techniques and what to expect before, during and after surgery. This class may be taken in conjunction with the "Getting ready for childbirth" class. It is suggested to take this class between the 28th and 32nd week of pregnancy.

Cost: $25

A tour of the birthing center is included.

Prenatal breastfeeding class

This class helps soon-to-be moms learn the advantages of breastfeeding, the importance of breastfeeding exclusively and techniques for breastfeeding after the baby is born. This includes how to breastfeed successfully, how to continue breastfeeding once returning home and to work and the importance of rest. Your support person is encouraged to attend as well. It is recommended to take this class between the 32nd and 36th week of pregnancy.

Cost: Free

Additional prenatal services and resources

In addition to scheduled classes, we also offer tours, services and other resources to help new mothers feel prepared for the birth of their newborn.

For more information about our additional prenatal services and resources, call (603) 335-8180.

Baby massage techniques

We offer information to parents on how to soothe your baby with baby massage, calming a child with colic and how to help your baby sleep longer. All techniques are also meant to encourage bonding between you and your baby.

Birthing center tour

We encourage expecting parents to visit our birthing center between the 32nd and 36th week of pregnancy to learn about the birthing experience and what to expect while you are here. We also encourage you to complete a series of childbirth classes prior to the birth of your baby. If you will not be taking any classes, but wish to take a tour of the birthing center, you must register in advance.

If you plan to register for any of the "Getting ready for childbirth," "Hypnobirthing," "Planned cesarean" or "Childbirth review" classes, you do not need to register again for this tour.

Newborn Baby & Moms and Dads Group

The Newborn Baby & Moms and Dads Group provides continuing support, encouragement and advice to new moms and dads of newborns (eight months old and younger). A board-certified lactation consultant will be there to help answer your questions and address areas of concern. We also schedule guest speakers, including prenatal care doctors, pediatricians, dietitians, dental hygienists and experienced moms.

Discussion topics include breastfeeding challenges, caring for your newborn and coping strategies. Pregnant moms are also invited to attend. Parents with toddlers are encouraged to bring quiet toys or books for their child’s entertainment.

This group meets every Wednesday from 10am - 12pm at Frisbie Memorial Hospital Conference Center.

No registration is required to attend one of the Newborn Baby & Moms and Dads Group weekly sessions.