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Best Beginnings mother and infant

Weekly Education & Support (via Zoom, Every Thursday)

Breastfeeding Support & Education
1:00pm-2:00pm, every Thursday
ASK the Educator
2:30pm-3:30pm, every Thursday

Best Beginnings Childbirth and New Family Classes

Parent education classes and groups help prepare you for childbirth and new parenthood.

All Classes are Free
(except On-demand, E-Classes)

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.  Class options include:

  • Evening or daytime weekly class series (Live Webinar)
  • Saturday Class (Live Webinar)
  • On-demand, E-Classes ($50 fee)

Hospital Orientation and Tour

This class will provide a Virtual 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. Class concludes with a practice session of labor comfort measures, breathing techniques and relaxation skills.

Understanding Childbirth Online Class ($50 Fee)

InJoy eClass Preview: Understanding Birth

You can prepare for the experience of childbirth in the comfort of your own home. We realize this can be a busy time. We offer a self-paced, interactive program that can be completed from home anytime. An Upstate Community Hospital Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
will be available by email for questions. Come to the ASK the Educator session after completion for additional Upstate Family Birth Center information.

Understanding Fatherhood- On-Demand, Self-Paced Online Class ($50 Fee)

Expectant Fathers, partners, or support persons can learn more about their important roles
supporting mothers during childbirth, new fatherhood, and adjusting to life with a newborn. Come to the ASK the Educator session after or reach out to the Certified Nurse Educator.

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 baby. This is a child friendly 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. (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. This class is for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers returning to work or school who plan to continue providing breast milk for baby. Babies are welcome. 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.