All of the childbirth education classes are held at Lourdes Hospital. All of our childbirth education classes are led by highly qualified, caring nurses.
Preparing For Birth Series
To prepare for the birth of your baby we explore the stages of labor, labor options, stress relaxation skills, induction of labor, epidurals, and cesarean birth. Each session includes lecture/discussion, videos, and practice time for stress relaxation skills (breathing & more). A tour of the Women's and Children's Center is included as a part of this class.
The sessions are designed for the mother-to-be and her labor support person (we ask that only one person come with the mother-to-be for class). Bring two (2) pillows and a blanket and wear comfortable clothing.
This class is offered in two locations:
- 196 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY
- 3101 Shippers Road, Vestal, NY - Because this class is not held at the hospital, an additional date is added at the beginning of the series to allow you to tour the Birthing Center at Lourdes Hospital.
Fee: $50 for a 4 or 5 Week Session (depending on the location you choose) - See our calendar for dates and times.
Preparing for Birth in a Day
This one-day class will prepare you for the birth of your baby by exploring the stages of labor, coping and relaxation skills, and medical interventions such as induction of labor, epidurals and cesarean birth. Time is spent on lecture/discussion, videos and time for practicing coping and relaxation skills (breathing & more). A tour of our Women's & Children's Center and PRIVATE birthing suites is included as a part of this class.
This class is designed for the mother-to-be and her labor support person (we ask that only one person come with the mother-to-be for class.) Bring 2 pillows and wear comfortable clothing.
Fee: $60 - See our calendar for dates and times.
Breastfeeding: Getting Off to a Good Start
To be breastfed is what your baby expects after birth - learn why. This class will also cover the importance of getting off to a good start, the benefits to mom, baby, and society as a whole, and when and where to get help if needed. Bring a doll to class for holding/positioning practice. Dads-to-be or other support person is encouraged to attend.
Fee: $10 - See our calendar for dates and times.
Baby Care Basics
This interactive class is designed to review the basics of newborn care. Topics include handling, bathing, feeding choices, diapering, and more. Common concerns discussed include: comfort measures, sun/cold exposure, sleeping positions, and more.
Fee: $10 - See our calendar for dates and times.
Big Brother/Big Sister
Designed for children between the ages of 3-10 to help prepare them for the arrival of a new baby into the family. Class will cover baby's development during pregnancy, why baby cries, feeding, toy safety, and more. A tour of the Women's and Children's Center is included as a part of this class. Parents will also learn tips on handling possible jealousy with the older child and how to make the older child feel as if they are not being replaced.
Fee: $10 per family - See our calendar for dates and times.
Infant massage is a beautiful way of incorporating nurturing touch into your family. Group sessions are designed for parents or other main infant caregivers who want to create a deeper connection to their babies. We will explore the importance of touch, communication, reading your baby’s cues, the benefits of infant massage as well as the massage strokes themselves. Group sessions provide a supportive, relaxed environment as well as an opportunity to meet other parents and learn from each other in your parenting journey. Classes are designed for infants between the ages of 6 weeks and pre-crawling.
Both parents/caregiver are welcome.
Please bring a towel, pillow, your baby, and anything you need to care for your baby while at class.
The class fee of $60 is for the baby and one or both parents and includes organic cold pressed vegetable oil for massage and class handouts. An infant massage book will be available at class for purchase if desired. Each session is 60-90 minutes.
Fee: $60 for a 5 Week Session - See our calendar for dates and times.
This class is ideal for parents and grandparents. It is led by a certified CPR instructor and is intended for those who want to learn CPR but don't need certification. This hand-on class will teach you how to prevent, recognize, and respond to cardiac and breathing emergencies. You will learn how to check an infant for consciousness, relieve choking, proper handling while performing CPR, and more.
Fee: $30/person or $45/couple - See our calendar for dates and times.
Registration for Childbirth Classes is through Women's and Children's services at Lourdes Hospital. Contact Lourdes Hospital at 1-877-9LOURDES, 24 hours a day, if you have any questions about classes or services. Check our calendar for dates and times of upcoming classes.