Life offers few experiences more moving than the birth of a child. “Having a baby" - those three simple words cannot do justice to the excitement, nervousness and reward that surrounds giving birth at Exeter Hospital’s Family Center. The center’s team of affiliated physicians, midwives, nurses and staff are committed to providing the best care and support for mother and baby before, during and after the birth.


The Family Center offers the very best in pediatric care for newborns and pediatric inpatients through a clinical collaboration with MassGeneral for Children, a nationally recognized leader in pediatric services. Pediatricians from MassGeneral for Children are available 24/7 at Exeter Hospital, and assess all of our newborn babies.

For additional information or directions, call 603-580-6668.

In the News:

April Henry, MSN, RNC-OB, CNL was awarded the Excellence in Nursing Award for Maternal-Child Health in NH. (NH Magazine, May 2022)

Exeter Hospital’s Family Center has received the 2021 IBCLC (International Board-Certified Lactation Consultants) Care Award. (Seacoast Online, July 15, 2021)

Breast is best: World Breastfeeding Week highlights lifelong benefits for women, children” - Shauna McMenimen, BSN, RN, IBCLC contributed to this story about the importance of breastfeeding as well as the services offered at Exeter Hospital with the breastfeeding nurses. (Seacoast Online, August 6, 2021)

Eliminating early elective deliveries has been identified by patient safety groups and hospital leaders as a major patient safety initiative. The procedure can lead to serious complications for both the mother and baby, including admission to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Exeter Hospital, through its collaboration in a Hospital Engagement Network run by the American Hospital Association's Health Research & Educational Trust, has reduced its rate of early elective deliveries from 35 percent to zero. In this special report, see how the hospital pursued this ambitious patient safety goal.

Learn about gestational diabetes in this video by Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialists at Exeter Hospital’s Healthreach Diabetes.

Initiative Reduces Use of Medications in Mothers, Babies at Exeter Hospital (Seacoast Online, Feb 13, 2020)

No Joke: More Moms Can Choose Laughing Gas During Deliver (Union Leader, June 21, 2015)

"Having a baby." Those three simple words cannot do justice to the excitement and reward that surrounds giving birth.

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The Family Center at Exeter Hospital offers a wide variety of classes to help prepare for the birth of your baby. Below is a brief description of each class.

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Breast feeding resources for moms

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This information is not meant to replace advice given by your healthcare provider.  If you have any questions, please contact your healthcare provider.

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The Family Center is proud to offer new parents a complimentary newborn home visit. 

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Healthy Sleep for Your BabyExeter Hospital is committed to educating families and caregivers on infant safe sleep.Exeter Hospital is a certified Cribs for Kids National Safe Sleep Hospital....

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Answers to frequently asked questions about childbirth

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