Best Beginnings Childbirth and New Family Classes
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Congratulations to you during this special time!
Upstate Best Beginnings Childbirth & New Family Classes will prepare you, caregivers, and all family members for the birth of your baby.
- Parent education classes and groups help prepare you for childbirth and new parenthood
- All Classes are Free (except On-demand, E-Classes)
- Classes recommended to be taken during pregnancy
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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.
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.
4th Trimester Class: Preparing for Postpartum
Come prepare for the time after the birth of your baby during our 4th Trimester Class. The focus will be on physical recovery and emotional well-being during this important transition time from pregnancy to parenting. Tips for caring for yourself while caring for your new baby. Discuss emotional health and wellness during the transition from pregnancy to parenting.
Prenatal 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 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
As you adjust to life with your new baby, come learn more about breastfeeding and lactation topics during the postpartum period. Babies are welcome! Topics will include the next phases including preparing to return to work or school, breast milk pumping, storage, supplies, and ongoing self-care.
Self-Paced, On-Demand E-Classes (for Fee)
Upstate New Family Support CafésExpand all
Baby & Me Café
Join us for the Upstate Baby & Me Café as you adjust to new parenthood. Come learn with other parents and caregivers as we discuss caring for your growing baby on topics requested by attendees. This informal support and information sharing weekly group is led by Upstate Family Birth Center Certified Nurses. All are welcome! Register to attend.