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Childbirth Education

At Lourdes, our family-centered approach to childbirth builds on each family’s beliefs and choices. Our compassionate, caring, expertly trained staff considers it a privilege to be with you as you start your family or make additions to it. We are committed to providing you and your family with individual attention and support during your entire pregnancy, through labor and delivery and into parenthood.

We believe that education is very important so you are better able to make the right choices for your childbirth experience and caring for your new family.  We offer classes for everyone in your family.

Classes are offered in two convenient locations:  Lourdes Hospital, 169 Riverside Drive, Binghamton and Lourdes Vestal 3101 Shippers Road in Vestal, NY (across from Sam’s Club).  There is ample parking at both locations and further detail will be provided to you upon registration.

Preparing For Birth Series

Our childbirth education classes are led by highly qualified, caring nurses.

This class helps to prepare you for the birth of your baby. We explore the stages of labor and the birthing experience, coping and relaxation skills, and medical interventions such as induction of labor, epidurals, and cesarean birth. Each session includes lecture/discussion, videos, and time for practicing relaxation and coping skills (breathing and more). A tour of our Women’s & Children’s Center and PRIVATE birthing suites is included as a part of this class.

These 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 pillows and wear comfortable clothing.

Fee:  $100 - See our calendar for dates and times

Preparing for Birth in a Weekend

This two-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 two pillows and wear comfortable clothing.

Fee:  $120 - See our calendar for dates and times.

Breastfeeding: Getting Off to a Good Start

Your baby expects to be breastfed after birth – learn why. This class covers the importance of getting off to a good start, the benefits breastfeeding gives mom, baby, and society as a whole. You will learn 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:  $25 - 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:  $40 - See our calendar for dates and times.

Big Brother/Big Sister

This class is designed to help prepare children ages 3-10 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 our Birthing Center is included. Parents will also learn tips on handling jealousy and ensuring older children still feel special.

Fee:  $15 per family - See our calendar for dates and times.

Infant CPR

This important class is ideal for parents, grandparents and caregivers alike. It is led by a certified CPR instructor and is intended for those who want to learn CPR, but don’t need certification. This hands-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. CPR Anytime practice kit available for purchase.

Fee: $30/person or $45/couple - This class is offered upon request by calling 1-877-9LOURDES (1-877-956-8733).

Lourdes Daddy Boot Camp

This class for new dads and dads-to-be is led by veteran dads (and their babies)!  Learn how they made it through the first months of parenthood and grew into confident, on-the-job fathers. Learn how to handle a baby.  Find out about issues you didn’t know were important and learn to let go of issues you thought were important. In this men-only environment, no question is stupid and no topic off limits.

Dads and dads-to-be will discuss issues including:

  • Changes in the new mom and your relationship with mom
  • Breastfeeding
  • Handling a newborn
  • How to calm a crying baby
  • Feeding and changing
  • Finding a work/home balance
  • Introducing pets to baby
  • Safety issues
  • Handling parents and in-laws

Fee: $30 See our calendar for dates and times.

Childbirth Refresher

This class is geared towards those who are giving birth the 2nd or greater time, who may want more information but do not need an entire weekend or series. We will review briefly the stages of labor and comfort measures associated with each stage, including medical and nonmedical relief measures. Families will be encouraged to explore different options for labor and birth. Hands-on support and relaxation exercises are included in the class.

Fee: $30 See our calendar for dates and times.

Nutrition & Wellness in Early Pregnancy

Get your pregnancy off to an informed, healthy start with this 2-part class designed for those up to 20 weeks pregnant. With so much information out there about what you can or cannot do or eat during pregnancy, it can be hard to know what to do. We will share with you the most recent, evidence-based information in a fun, personally meaningful way. This class will talk about nutrition, lifestyle, pregnancy discomforts, relaxation and teach some stretches and exercises that will help you feel great. The second class meets a month later so participants have time to try some of the recipes and exercises and meet for a follow-up and extra educational session.

Fee: $30 See our calendar for dates and times.

What About Mom? Preparing Your Postpartum Toolkit

After birth, there is so much focus and attention on the new baby, but what about mom? This one-time, moms-only session focuses on the health and well-being of mom after childbirth. Topics will include postpartum depression, returning to work, adjustments in mood and relationships, physical healing, and home remedies for discomforts. You will learn interesting facts about your own health, and about childbearing around the world. Women are welcome to discuss their experiences and concerns in a friendly, non-judgmental environment.

Fee: $15 See our calendar for dates and times.

Labor Support Intensive Workshop

This workshop is designed to specifically focus on hands-on labor support techniques for the laboring woman and her support person to learn and practice at home. Using a combination of massage, counterpressure points, audio and verbal relaxation, and positioning, participants will find ways to cope with the discomforts of labor.

Fee: $30 See our calendar for dates and times.

Preparing for Cesarean Birth

This class helps to prepare you for the cesarean birth of your baby, whether you are a first time parent, with a medical complication, or choosing a repeat cesarean. We will discuss the various reasons a woman has a cesarean and what will happen, including anesthesia, the operation, and post delivery procedures. This session will also include a tour of the operating room, recovery room, and postpartum rooms. Dad or other support person is encouraged to attend.

Fee: $20 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.

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