NORWAY — The Family Birthplace at Stephens Memorial Hospital will hold  their next Preparing for Birth class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 10, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10 11, in Harper Conference Room, Ripley Medical Building. Gail Martel, RN, will facilitate the course.

Expectant parents will explore how to relax and allow themselves to flow with their labor through breathing and relaxation techniques. The coach will learn how they can assist the pregnant woman through the process of labor and share in the joy of birth. Information on making a birth plan, comfort measures, stages of labor and cesarean delivery are all explored. A question and answer session is always part of the class.

Preregistration with payment or Mainecare information is required. The fee for this class is $50 if delivering at SMH or $60 if delivering elsewhere and is covered by insurance and Mainecare.

To register, call 743-5933, ext. 380, or online and send in your payment. For further information and future class offerings, visit, click on women and then on preparing for birth. Stephens Memorial Hospital is a member of MaineHealth. Visit Western Maine Health at

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