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 $125, and most insurance companies will reimburse families for the cost of childbirth education. Please call 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.


Upcoming Prepared Childbirth Education Classes:
September 2014 3, 11, 17, 24
October 2014 1, 6, 8
November 2014 5, 12, 19, 26
December 2014 3, 11


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 second Tuesday 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



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













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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








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