Pregnancy & Parenting Resources

We can help you prepare for the joys and challenges of parenthood


Beyond the excellent medical care for expecting mothers and babies at Nantucket Cottage Hospital, we also provide a range of pregnancy and parenting resources to help you prepare for and handle the challenges of parenthood. From childbirth education classes to certified lactation counselors available to moms, Nantucket Cottage Hospital can help ease the transition into this exciting new chapter of your life.

Prepared Childbirth Education Classes

This six-week course prepares expectant mothers and their partners for delivery and beyond. The weekly classes include a combination of lectures, video presentations, and hands-on practice. Women and their partners should enroll by the 24th week of pregnancy. The six-session course costs $150, and most insurance companies will reimburse families for this expense. Please call (508) 825-8227 to enroll, and complete the Childbirth Education Information Sheet. Also, make sure to bring pillows, a blanket and your labor partner/support person(s).

Expecting mothers and fathers will learn about:

  • The Birthplace at Nantucket Cottage Hospital
  • How to know labor is coming
  • The stages and phases of labor
  • Breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Pain-coping techniques
  • Massage
  • Cesarean birth
  • The importance of movement in labor
  • Navigating medical options
  • Newborn procedures
  • Breast feeding
  • The first hours and days after delivery
  • Postpartum depression

Boot camp for Dads

In collaboration with the Nantucket Community School, this special class is an opportunity for expecting couples to meet with new families and their babies. Trained leaders facilitate conversations between new fathers and the expected dads, and between new mothers and the pregnant women participating in the class. Dividing the class allows the men to discuss their unique needs and gives women an opportunity to talk about their needs as new mothers. These conversations focus on everything from sharing birth stories, to going back to work, changing diapers, and changing relationships.

Refresher Courses

Having a second child and don’t need the whole childbirth education class but want to review your relaxation and breathing techniques? Please call (508) 825-8227 about our three-hour refresher course offered for $50.

“Silly Sibling” Class

These classes include books, photos and videos that teach young children how to interact with their newborn sibling. They are free for the newborn’s sibling(s) and parents, and are held on the last Wednesday of every month from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment. Please call (508) 825-8227 to sign-up.

Breastfeeding Support

Our 24-hour breastfeeding support hotline is 508-825-0131 and available for new moms to talk through any issues they’re having and/or to set up an appointment any day of the week to be seen by a certified lactation counselor or one of the nurses from the Labor and Delivery unit.

Nantucket Cottage Hospital also holds a lactation clinic every Wednesday at the hospital’s labor and delivery unit from 9 a.m. to noon. All are welcome to attend. Call 508-825-8228 with any questions.

La Leche League, a mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group, also meetings that are free and open to all expectant mothers and their babies. Please visit its web site for times and locations.

Immunization schedules for Infants and Children: 

Read the CDC’s vaccine recommendations for infants and children’s by clicking here. 

Health Imperatives

Health Imperatives – Nantucket offers several programs for island families, including Healthy Families, WIC, and Nantucket Family Planning. Visit its web site by clicking here.

Zika virus – what you need to know: 

Those who are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant should read this advisory from the federal CDC about the Zika virus

Honoring Nantucket Natives

History of the Program: Since 1999, Nantucket Cottage Hospital has honored Nantucket Natives who were born at the hospital with our Wall of Natives. This wall is located outside The Birthplace and includes bricks engraved with the native’s name and date of birth. For a $100 donation, the bricks have been a beloved ritual for many island families with new babies.

Future of the Program: The bricks in the current hospital are unable to be relocated to the new hospital building which is expected to open in 2018. However, all Nantucket Natives who have a brick in the current building will be acknowledged in the new building in a new way – such as a tile wall or etched glass plaque. Until the new building is complete, we will accept pre-orders for new additions but their names will not be displayed until the new building opens.

Click here to pre-order your native’s spot in the new hospital building. For questions, please call the Foundation at (508) 825-8250.