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)
The Family Birth Center recommends the following classes be taken during your pregnancy:
- Expectant Parent Program Childbirth Class
- Evening or daytime weekly class series
- Saturday Class
- Refresher Series (for those who have given birth previously)
- Online Class Option
- Newborn Care Class
- Breastfeeding – Planning for Success Class
- My New Sibling (for 2-10 year old siblings in the family)
- Hospital Orientation and Tour (for those not attending the Expectant Parent Program Childbirth Classes on the Community Campus)
The Family Birth Center recommends the following classes be taken after you give birth:
- Baby and Me Series
- Breastfeeding and returning to work or school.
Online Education Program for Expectant Parents
Expectant Parent Program 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.
Breastfeeding – Planning For Success
My New Sibling (for children ages 2-10 with caregiver)
Baby & Me – Three Week Series
Labor and Delivery (Hospital) Orientation and Tour
Breastfeeding and Returning to Work or School
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. The class content will include:
- Making your Return "Plan"
- Breast Pump options
- Pumping and Storing Breast Milk
- Tips to Maintain Milk Supply
- Current NYS Legislation
- Creating freezer supply
- Introducing a bottle
Register for classes (in-person and online):
- Online Registration Form
- call 315-464-2756
For questions, please contact the Coordinator at ChildBirthEd@Upstate.edu or 315-492-5153.