News | Published December 7, 2011

"Insights Into Choices" Provided to Expectant Parents

Mount Nittany Medical Center HEIR & Parents Class, which began in the 1990's, provides prospective parents with a preparation guide that gives insights into choices they're facing, such as deciding on a baby name, a birth plan, and how to find a pediatrician.

"We are so happy when expectant parents give us the privilege of caring for them and their baby at Mount Nittany," said Diane Elliott, clinical educator. "To help ensure that our patients get pertinent pre-labor information, we developed the HEIR (Hospital Education, Information and Resources) & Parents class.

Attendees learn about different areas of the hospital, including the labor and delivery unit, the nursery and the postpartum unit. To increase their familiarity of the hospital, they take a brief tour of each area. They are also shown which elevators to use when they arrive at the hospital.

A car seat demonstration, discussion on breastfeeding, and other relevant instruction round out the class. It concludes with a question and answer session. Expectant parents who have planned a caesarean section can stay after the class to learn more about this.

Taught by the Medical Center's nurses, the HEIR & Parents Class meets the third Thursday of each month. There are two times parents can choose from: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm or 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm. Classes are held at Mount Nittany Medical Center in Conference Rooms 1, 2 and 3 on the ground floor.

"We hope we can boost the confidence of expectant parents and their support people by providing an overview of birth at Mount Nittany Medical Center and the unit tour," said Dianne Barben, director of Women & Children's Services and current educator of the HEIR & Parents Class.

For more information on the class, contact Dianne Barben at, or call 814.231.3132.