Pregnancy and childbirth is an exciting time for most parents. As with most exciting events, there may be some anxiety as you have new experiences in an unfamiliar environment. Preparation is often the key to a successful and pleasant birth experience. We highly recommend that expectant parents, especially first-time mothers and fathers, prepare for childbirth. Sentara Princess Anne Hospital offers childbirth education classes, but they fill up fast, so we recommend that you sign up early.
COVID-19 UPDATE: The current COVID-19 pandemic has led to many changes with regard to how we deliver healthcare, and has impacted how prenatal education is delivered to expectant parents. For the safety of our patients and their families, all childbirth education classes at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital, as at most hospitals around the country, have been temporarily cancelled. In response to this challenge, Pampers has launched no-cost access to virtual Childbirth Education––and it’s available now! The new series consists of nine classes led by two clinical childbirth experts. You may access this free virtual childbirth education at the following link:
The in-person birthing center tours have gone virtual. You may access the Sentara Princess Anne Family Maternity Center virtual tour at this link:
New parents and childcare providers may also wish to consider an infant CPR class. These are available through the American Red Cross, the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad and various private organizations.
Many patients often ask if they should create a birth plan prior to their time of delivery. In order to assist you with this, we have created a document titled “The Birth Experience” for you to review that describes common delivery practices of our birthing center. We encourage you to review this document as a starting point for discussion with our providers regarding your preferences and expectations regarding your baby’s birth.