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Best Beginnings Childbirth and New Family Classes

Childbirth and New Family classes are focused on preparing you, caregivers and all family members for the birth of your baby. Classes are offered online and in-person, and include everything from an overview of what to expect during labor and delivery to how to care for your newborn.

Several classes are intended to include the whole family. We focus on their important roles in welcoming and nurturing a new family member. We look forward to your attendance at our classes and hope they will foster a positive and rewarding family experience. 

All classes are FREE to attend (except the online program)
Classes include:

Expectant Parent Program Four Week, Weekend Class or Refresher Series

Skilled nurse educators will guide the expec tant mother and her labor support person through an overview of labor, relaxation and breathing techniques, medication options, interventions, hospital procedures and the role of the labor support person. the four-week class includes: a core 8-hour course, the newborn care class, and the Breastfeeding– planning for success class, and a labor and delivery tour (shown at right). the refresher class is for parents and runs for three weeks, for both evening and weekend class options; breastfeeding and newborn care are not included. please wear comfortable clothing to class and bring two pillows for the exercise session.

Online Education Program for Expectant Parents

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You can prepare for the experience of childbirth in the comfort of your own home. We realize that this can be a busy time for the expectant mother and her labor support person. We offer mothers-to-be and their labor support partners a self-paced, interactive education program that can be completed from home. You also can attend classes in person if you like: newborn care, Breastfeeding, and hospital orientation and tour classes are included in your fee. You can get the convenience of an online course, and the personal attention of our nurse educators before you give birth.

Newborn Care

Open to all caregivers, newborn care covers how to care for a newborn and is for new parents, aunts, uncles, or new grandparents. this class will focus on all who will be caregivers in some way to your newborn. You will learn about newborn appearance, behavior, feeding, care and current safety recommendations.

Breastfeeding – Planning For Success

Learn how and why breastfeeding is uniquely tailored to meet the needs of infants and babies. parents learn the health benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies. those who are uncertain about whether or not they will breastfeed have the opportunity to get more information and ask questions. tools and techniques to promote confidence in the ability to breastfeed are taught in this one, two-hour class.

My New Sibling (for children ages 2-10 with caregiver)

Help siblings prepare for the birth of a new sibling. this is a child friendly interactive class focusing on the arrival of a new baby, positive changes to a family and the sibling’s role in caring for the newborn. class includes the sibling and a parent or caregiver. one, two-hour class.

Baby & Me – Three Week Series

Congratulations on your new baby! You may now have more questions regarding new parenthood and caring for your growing baby. Join our new parents and caregivers with their babies ages 2 weeks to 6 months to cover topics such as child development, sleep patterns, infant feeding, childhood immunizations, infant safety, infant care, play time and positive parenting strategies. Bring a blanket for you and your baby to play on during class. (For baby and parent or other caregiver).

Free Hospital Orientation and Tour

This class will provide a walking tour of upstate university hospital's community campus and the Jim and dede Walsh Family Birth center and upstate Golisano after hours care. learn where to go and what to expect when you arrive at the hospital to give birth and where you can receive care for your newborn if needed. tour will conclude with a mini-practice session of labor comfort measures, breathing techniques and relaxation skills.

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