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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 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 two pillows and wear comfortable clothing.

$75 per couple - See our calendar for dates and times

One 7 hour Sunday session,  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Preparing for Birth in a Series

This three-part class will prepare you for the birth of your baby by exploring the stages of labor and birth, coping techniques, relaxation skills, and medical interventions such as induction of labor, epidurals, and cesarean birth. Time is spent on discussion, videos, and practicing labor coping mechanisms. This class is designed for the mother to be and one labor support person or her labor partner. We meet 3 consecutive Monday’s of each month. Note: please bring two pillows to the second class.

$75 per couple - See our calendar for dates and times

When to Attend: Anytime after 6 months of gestation or anytime during the third trimester.

Tour of the Lourdes Birthing Center

Join us for a free tour of the Lourdes Birthing Center.  See our cozy home-like PRIVATE rooms

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.

$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.

$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. The 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.

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

Infant Safety and CPR

After your new bundle of joy arrives, safety will be a top priority. This introductory class includes instruction on infant CPR and choking relief featuring the American Heart Association CPR Anytime DVD. Hands-on practice time is included. Other topics of infant safety covered include home safety, bath safety, car seat safety, and more! 

$20 per couple - See our calendar for dates and times

**Please note; this is not a certification course. No CPR certificate will be awarded at completion.


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.

LOURDES Hospital | 169 Riverside Drive • Binghamton, NY 13905 | Phone: 607-798-5111 / Directory | Email: info@lourdes.com