The birthplace

Family-centered care is the cornerstone of the NCH Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum (LDRP) department’s philosophy. The hospital’s maternity area is designed to promote a comfortable, home-like atmosphere, and birth partners are encouraged to participate, from prenatal classes through the birth, to staying the night and caring for their babies. Among the unique services offered are

  • Specialized, highly-skilled nursing staff providing a
    continuity of care
  • Nantucket's family practice physicians who provide
    holistic care and meet the needs of the entire family
  • Perinatology through our partnership with Massachusetts
    General Hospital
  • Low patient-to-nurse ratio, providing personalized and
    quality care
  • Comprehensive, individualized post-partum education
  • Certified lactation counselors and consultants to assist
    you with breastfeeding in the hospital as well as after
    you return home
  • The added convenience of being only minutes from
    your family and home

Prepared Childbirth Education Classes
Nantucket Cottage Hospital offers a six-week childbirth education course that 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 course costs $150 (for the six session childbirth education), $50 for the refresher course and Silly Sibling is free. Most insurance companies will reimburse families for the cost of childbirth education. Please call 508-825-8227 by your 24th week to enroll, and bring pillow(s), a blanket to sit on and your labor partner/support person(s).


Expecting mothers and fathers will learn about:

  • 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
  • An introduction to the first hours and days after delivery
  • Education on postpartum depression


To sign up for the NCH childbirth education course, please contact the NCH Childbirth Education Department at 508-825-8227 for session availability, and complete the information form.


Bootcamp for Dads

In collaboration with the Nantucket Community School, we also offer “Boot Camp For Dads” during the final night of classes. 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 expecting 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 time 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? Don't need the whole class but want to review your relaxation and breathing techniques? Please call about our three hour refresher course being offered.

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


Childbirth Educator:

The NCH childbirth educator is trained through the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA). ICEA’s mission states that the organization “supports educators and other health care providers who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.”


“I present many options and encourage couples to have a dialogue with their doctors to find and make the choices that are right for them and the birth.” 

   - childbirth educator Sunny Daily



Visitor Guidelines

  • All visitors must be over 12 years of age unless a sibling
  • Siblings under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, not the patient
  • If the child has been ill within the last 24 hrs, with any type of illness, please DO NOT VISIT today
  • Visitors with fever cough or flu-like symptoms will be asked not to visit
  • For the safety of our patients, thank you for observing these guidelines.



Island resources:

  • Breastfeeding support group: La Leche League, a mother-to-mother breastfeeding support group, has meetings that are free and open to all expectant mothers and their babies. Website:

  • Newborn care classes: The Nantucket Community School offers free newborn care classes, however pre-registration is required. Gain the skills to feel prepared to care for your newborn. In this two-week class learn about preparing for your baby’s arrival, your baby’s senses in the first few weeks, how your baby communicates, the importance of playing with your baby, bathing and care of your baby, newborn hunger cues, feeding your newborn, growth spurts, nighttime parenting, how to take your baby’s temperature, when to call the doctor, new mother care including recovering from cesarean birth, realistic expectations, and baby proofing your relationship. Please call Pauline 508-228-7285 ext. 1166













Buy a Brick to honor the birth of a Nantucket Native and support the Birthplace!

The Warm Line

Have a question?

Call the warm line at 508-825-8228 to speak with a Maternal Child Health Nurse, 24 hours a day.










Sunny Daily, Childbirth Educator




Upcoming Prepared Childbirth Education Classes:

January 2015

Class 1: January 7

Class 2: January 8

Class 3: January 14

Class 4: January 15 (Tour Night)

Class 5: January 21

Class 6: January 22 (Boot Camp for Dads)

Silly Sibling Class: January 28

CBE Make Up Night: January 28

Refresher Class: January 29

February 2015

Class 1: February 4

Class 2: February 5

Class 3: February 11

Class 4: February 12 (Tour Night)

Class 5: February 18

Class 6: February 19 (Boot Camp for Dads)

Silly Sibling Class: February 25

CBE Make Up Night: February 25

Refresher Class: February 26

March 2015

Class 1: March 4

Class 2: March 5

Class 3: March 11

Class 4: March 12 (Tour Night)

Class 5: March 18

Class 6: March 19 (Boot Camp for Dads)

Silly Sibling Class: March 25

CBE Make Up Night: March 25

Refresher Class: March 26

April 2015

Class 1: April 1

Class 2: April 2

Class 3: April 8

Class 4: April 9 (Tour Night)

Class 5: April 15

Class 6: April 16 (Boot Camp for Dads)

Silly Sibling Class: April 29

CBE Make Up Night: April 29

Refresher Class: April 30

May 2015

Class 1: May 6

Class 2: May 7

Class 3: May 13

Class 4: May 14 (Tour Night)

Class 5: May 20

Class 6: May 21 (Boot Camp for Dads)

Silly Sibling Class: May 27

CBE Make Up Night: May 27

Refresher Class: May 28

June 2015

Class 1: June 3

Class 2: June 4

Class 3: June 10

Class 4: June 11 (Tour Night)

Class 5: June 17

Class 6: June 18 (Boot Camp for Dads)

Silly Sibling Class: June 24

CBE Make Up Night: June 24

Refresher Class: June 25


July 2015

Class 1: July 1

Class 2: July 2

Class 3: July 8

Class 4: July 9 (Tour Night)

Class 5: July 15

Class 6: July 16 (Boot Camp for Dads)

Silly Sibling Class: July 29

CBE Make Up Night: July 29

Refresher Class: July 30

August 2015

Class 1: August 5

Class 2: August 6

Class 3: August 12

Class 4: August 13 (Tour Night)

Class 5: August 19

Class 6: August 20 (Boot Camp for Dads)

Silly Sibling Class: August 26

CBE Make Up Night: August 26

Refresher Class: August 27

September 2015

Class 1: September 2

Class 2: September 3

Class 3: September 9

Class 4: September 10 (Tour Night)

Class 5: September 16

Class 6: September 17 (Boot Camp for Dads)

Silly Sibling Class: September 23

CBE Make Up Night: September 23

Refresher Class: September 24

October 2015

Class 1: October 7

Class 2: October 8

Class 3: October 14

Class 4: October 15 (Tour Night)

Class 5: October 21

Class 6: October 22 (Boot Camp for Dads)

Silly Sibling Class: October 28

CBE Make Up Night: October 28

Refresher Class: October 29

November 2015

Class 1: November 4

Class 2: November 5

Class 3: November 11

Class 4: November 12 (Tour Night)

Class 5: November 18

Class 6: November 19 (Boot Camp for Dads)

No silly sibling, refresher class or make-up night due to the holidays.

December 2015

Class 1: December 2

Class 2: December 3

Class 3: December 9

Class 4: December 10 (Tour Night)

Class 5: December 16

Class 6: December 17 (Boot Camp for Dads)

No silly sibling, refresher class or make-up night due to the holidays.






Nantucket Cottage Hospital is an affiliate of Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare.