Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital will offer several courses in the coming weeks, including:

Postpartum Support Group — A free group for families who want to connect with other families for support. Thursdays, January 2 through 30, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Pen Bay Medical Center (PBMC) in the cardiac rehabilitation solarium, 6 Glen Cove Drive, Rockport, and Waldo County General Hospital (WCGH) in the community room, Biscone Building, 119 Northport Avenue, Belfast. The group alternates locations weekly — the first and third Thursday at PBMC, second and third Thursday at WCGH. No registration is required. For more information, call 505-4140.

Childbirth Preparation Class — Topics will include signs of labor; what to expect at the hospital; stages of labor; pain-relief options; complications; cesarean birth; and others of interest to participants. Saturday, January 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Waldo County General Hospital in the ground-floor classroom. Registration is required; call 505-4140 to register.

Breastfeeding Support Group — Offers support and guidance to breastfeeding mothers from certified lactation consultants and counselors. Siblings are welcome. Mondays, January 6 through 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Waldo County General Hospital, Women and Infants Unit, ground floor. For more information, phone WCGH lactation services at 505-4109.

Empower Yourself with HeartMath — Gilda Joffe, certified HeartMath trainer and coach, will teach participants how to manage stress with scientifically proven strategies. Mondays, January 6 and 13, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Picker Family Resource Center, 756 Commercial Street, Rockport. Registration fee is $13; to register, visit or phone 301-3950.