Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, 801 Middleford Road, Seaford, will offer five-session childbirth classes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 5, 12, 19 and 26 and Aug. 2 in the ground-floor conference room.

The classes meet for a total of five weeks, four related to childbirth education and a breastfeeding class during the fifth week.

The maternity education classes are designed to offer information, counseling, support and hands-on experience to help prepare for a new family member. The classes will cover pregnancy in general and information to prepare the expectant mother for labor and delivery; and they will include a tour of Nanticoke’s Mother & Baby Care Center.

A refresher course is available for those who have previously taken childbirth classes. The refresher class covers breathing techniques, signs, symptoms and stages of labor, birthing options and a tour of Nanticoke’s Mother & Baby Care Center.

The cost of the childbirth course is $50, and the cost for the refresher course is $25. Mothers are encouraged to bring their partner or support person. Advance registration is required for either class.

Other sessions will be held Aug. 30 and Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 and Nov. 1; and Nov. 13, 20 and 27 and Dec. 4 and 11.