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Best Beginnings mother and infant

Please Note: During the COVID19 time in which social distancing is recommended by health authorities, all Upstate Best Beginnings Classes, including drop-in support and tours are being moved to web-based sessions online only. The link to access all in-person classes (except regular online classes) during this time is: https://upstate.zoom.us/j/6580362785

We are still available to support, answer questions, and help new families prepare for birth and new parenthood. Contact childbirthed@upstate.edu with questions.

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.

All Classes are Free
(except online childbirth education)

Class Listings and Descriptions

Classes recommended to be taken during pregnancy

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Childbirth Class

Certified Nurse Educators will guide the expectant 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. Childbirth Classes held at the Community Campus location include a hospital orientation & tour.  Childbirth classes held off-site or taken as refresher do not include a hospital tour. Please wear comfortable clothing to class and bring two pillows for the exercise session. Class options include:

  • Evening or daytime weekly class series
  • Saturday Class
  • Refresher Series (for those who have given birth previously)
  • Online Class Option

Hospital Orientation and Tour

This class will provide a tour of Upstate University Hospital's Community Campus and the Jim and Dede Walsh Family Birth Center. Learn where to go when you arrive at the hospital to give birth. Tour will conclude with an optional mini-practice session of labor comfort measures, breathing techniques and relaxation skills.

Online Childbirth Education

InJoy eClass Preview: Understanding Birth

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 Class

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.

Breastfeeding- Online Class

Learn more about breastfeeding with Lactation Education Resources Breastfeeding Videos "Breastfeeding: Getting It Right From the Start", "Avoiding/Solving Common Breastfeeding Problems", and "Supporting the Breastfeeding Mom: What Family and Friends Need to Know". Available online at: https://vimeo.com/album/5394316. Passcode: bfhiparent

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.

Classes recommended to be taken after birth

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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).

Breastfeeding Back to Work

Congratulations on the birth of your baby! As you prepare to move to the next phase of returning to work or school as a breastfeeding mother, this class will help you ready your plan, supplies, knowledge and process. It is for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers returning to work or school who plan to continue providing breast milk for your baby. Babies are welcome to attend this class. It is best to attend a few weeks before you return to work.


Class Registration

For questions, contact ChildBirthEd@Upstate.edu or 315-492-5153.


Drop-in Support and Education Hours

Questions and no time for a class?

Drop in between 1-3pm at Upstate's Community Campus, Physician Office Building South- 2A, for support and education sessions.

Sessions will NOT be held on the following dates:

  • 2/20/2020
  • 3/19/2020
  • 4/9/2020
  • 4/23/2020
  • 7/2/2020
  • 11/26/2020
  • 12/24/2020
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