We provide routine gynecological care for women of all ages as well as specialized care in the following areas:
High-Risk Pregnancy includes but is not limited to:
Advanced Maternal Age (AMA)
History of pre-term labor
Novasure (endometrial ablation)
Essure (non-surgical sterilization)
Minerva (endometrial ablation)
Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
Incontinence management and surgery including Urodynamic Procedures
Heel scans for osteoporosis screening
Making the most out of your visit
- About your symptoms
- About your diagnosis
- About your treatment options
- What your medications are for
- What, if any, are the side effects of your medications?
- If you do not understand, ask questions until you do
- You can take part in your care
- With your written permission, family and friends can ask questions too
Make sure you understand — after your visit, sometimes it's hard to remember everything:
- Take notes
- Repeat the information back in your own words
- Feel free to ask for a simple or more detailed explanation
- Make sure you know what to do in an emergency
Patient educations; ask if we have:
- Literature on your condition
Karen is an ICEA-certified childbirth educator who has taught Lamaze and Prepared Childbirth classes for over 27 years at Harrisburg Hospital and Partners in Women’s Healthcare, P.C. In addition, she has more than 20 years of experience as a Labor & Delivery and High-Risk Antepartum care nurse.
As a Nursing Mothers’ counselor, Karen has been assisting breastfeeding families with practical and “hands-on” advice for over 32 years. She has also taught two-day breastfeeding seminars for ten years, educating physicians, nurses, nutritionists, and lay counselors in the “art of breastfeeding”. Karen originated and developed the program for Harrisburg Hospital’s Breastfeeding Basics class, and serves on Pinnacle Health System’s Breastfeeding Task Force. As a part of her “research”, Karen has successfully breastfed her own four children.
In addition to hospital education programs, as a community volunteer, Karen has taught teenage pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting classes in various area high schools, and has gone on a mission trip to Sierra Leone.
As a mother of four children, Karen has the practical skills needed to create a relaxed learning environment. By combining her knowledge, clinical experience, and sense of humor, Karen enjoys preparing her expectant clients for their birth experiences. It is her hope that you will enjoy it too.
You are invited to our childbirth preparation classes
Goals and objectives:
These goals will be met in a relaxed and informal class emphasizing participation and fun:
- Provide information about the third trimester of pregnancy.
- Teach the latest information on the labor and delivery process and the tools to cope with fear, anxiety, and discomfort. This includes breathing and relaxation exercises.
- Enhance communication and teamwork with both caregiver and labor partner.
Prepared childbirth classes:
- Wellness in the 3rd trimester
- Physical and emotional changes during pregnancy
- Warning signs
- Role of the support person
- Introduction to relaxation
- Overview of labor
- Early labor
- Active labor
- Admission to the hospital and outpatient assessment period
- Comfort measures
- Slow chest breathing and accelerated chest breathing
- Making informed choices and birth plans
- Family-centered maternity care
- Stage II – pushing and birth
- Birth film
- Pant-blow breathing
- Positions and breathing for pushing
- Unexpected outcomes
- Emergency childbirth
- Variations of an average labor
- Medical interventions
- Cesarean birth
- Birth Film
- Relaxation and breathing practice
Class V (Stage 3)
- Immediate postpartum period (in hospital)
- Physical and emotional changes after birth
- Adjusting to the postpartum period
- New parenting concerns
- Infant feeding
- Labor rehearsal
- Tour of Harrisburg Hospital birthing facilities
- Newborn characteristics and behaviors
- Basic baby care
Childbirth Class 2017 Schedule
- Jan 10, 17, 24, 31
- Feb 7, 14
- Mar 7, 14, 21, 28
- Apr 4, 11
- May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
- Jun 6
- Jun 20, 27
- July 11, 18, 25
- Aug 1
- Aug 22, 29
- Sept 5, 12, 19, 26
- Oct 17, 24, 31
- Nov 7, 14, 28
Childbirth Class Information
Childbirth Preparation is a six-week course that meets once each week. This program is designed primarily for first-time parents who desire both physical and mental preparation for childbirth, postpartum, and early parenting.
Time: Tuesday evenings 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Partners in Women’s Healthcare, P.C., Lemoyne location in the waiting room!
Fee: $90.00 per couple
Karen Speelhoffer, RNC ICCE at (717)689-3365 for additional information or to register.
PLEASE REGISTER EARLY! CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED!