Hallmark Health System (HHS) provides childbirth education and other parenting classes conducted by clinical staff, Certified Childbirth Educators, American Heart Association trained CPR and First Aid instructors and other credentialed educators on a variety of topics aimed at promoting community safety, health and wellness. To fit clients’ busy schedules, classes are offered throughout the year, including evenings and weekends.

All Prenatal Education classes are taught by experienced Maternal/Newborn RNs and/or Certified Childbirth Educators. Some educators are also Certified Lactation Consultants. Prenatal classes offered include: 
• The Art of Becoming a New Mom
• The New Dad Difference
• Breastfeeding Basics
• Infant Care-Caring for Your New Baby (Part I) and Keeping Baby Healthy (Part II)
• American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR and First Aid
• Childbirth Education
• Online Childbirth Education Classes

Many of these programs are eligible for insurance reimbursement.

Community Health Education also offers other programs addressing a variety of wellness issues and health improvement for families with young children, including:
• HeartSaver™ Adult, Infant & Child CPR with AED
• “Feeling Good –Discovering Your Strong and Healthy Self” – an 8-session mindfulness wellness program
• Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs
• Safe Sitter™ Baby Sitter training (removed “Courses”)
• “Creative Coping” An 8-session parenting support program for new first time mothers

For more information or to register for classes, contact Community Health Education Program Coordinator Diana DeStefano at 781-338-7561 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional parent-child health education and other resources are provided by HHS through the following resources:
• North Suburban Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program. For more information, please call 781-338-7578 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
• Healthy Families and Massachusetts Home Visiting Initiative Programs for young first-time parents offering home visits, educational programs, groups and more. For more information, please call 781-338-7541 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
• North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network:
* Infant and Pre-toddler Programs
* Parent and Infant Group     
* Pre-Toddler Play and Learn Groups
* Toddler Play and Learn Groups
* Parent and Caregiver Education Classes
For more information, please contact Kathy Harlow at 781-279-0300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As part of HHS’s commitment to Baby-Friendly hospital principles, Lactation Support is also provided through three intimate and cozy Baby Cafes, located in Melrose, Malden and Everett. While breastfeeding is natural and ideal for both mother and baby, sometimes circumstances arise where guidance and support are needed, or simply reassurance that breastfeeding is going well. We are also available for telephone support or welcome you to schedule an appointment with us at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital by calling 781-979-MILK (6455). Contact us if you have questions or concerns about breastfeeding. 

Hallmark Health System also offers Maternal/Newborn services through the Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice Inc. All of the Maternal Newborn Nurses are trained Lactation Consultants.  To request services, simply call the Referral/Intake Department at 781-338-7900 and our team of experienced intake professionals will assist you.

For more information about HHS, visit www.hallmarkhealth.org.


Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.

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