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Childbirth & New Family Classes

View our schedule of classes for dates and times of the following childbirth classes. Please note, the Childbirth Preparation Classes are offered in a series. You must attend all classes within the series (e.g., December 9, 16 and 23 for the 6:30 pm to 9 pm class on Mondays).

Visit our Women & Children's Services classes homepage to find a class and register online.

Breast-Feeding Class

Learn valuable information about breast-feeding, including how the breast makes milk, how the baby gets milk from breasts, the benefits to both mom and baby, establishing a satisfying nursing relationship with your baby and much more.

Fit and Healthy Pregnancy Class

Attend this class early in your pregnancy to learn what to expect as the fetus develops and grows, how your body will change, and safe exercises and relaxation methods to maintain a safe pregnancy. Ask your doctor and/or midwife for our brochure or call (315) 448-5515.

Lamaze Weekend

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center offers an alternative childbirth preparation course to learn how the mother's body functions to deliver the baby, breathing and relaxation methods to help through labor, medical and non-medical options available during labor, information on cesarean births, and creating flexible birth plans. A tour of St. Joseph's maternity units is included. A continental breakfast and lunch are provided on Saturday. Call 315-448-5515.

Newborn Care Class

Features a presentation on newborn characteristics and a hands-on practice session where you learn how to bathe your baby, take a temperature, diaper and care for the circumcision. Also covered are feeding issues, preparation for baby's home and car safety. Call (315) 448-5515.

Labor Preparation Class

You will learn how the mother's body functions to deliver the baby, breathing and relaxation methods to help through labor, medical and non-medical options available during labor, information on cesarean births, and creating flexible birth plans. A tour of St. Joseph's maternity units will be scheduled.

Sibling Class

Preparing children about normal infant behavior, feelings children may have, ways to help mom and dad with the new baby.

Staying in Touch

Topics include breast pumps (types; buying or renting), pumping (when and how), storage and transporting milk, introduction of bottled milk, and juggling children, work and school. Babies are welcome. Ask your doctor and/or midwife for our brochure or call (315) 448-5515.

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
Women & Children's Services
Phone: (315) 448-5515  

The Birth Place 
Phone: (315) 448-5399

Lactation Services
Phone: (315) 448-5323

Birth Certififcate Office
Phone: (315) 448-5161

Childbirth & New Family Classes
Contact: Chris Vona, RNC
Phone: (315) 448-5515
E-Mail: Childbirth.classes@sjhsyr.org

Joseph's House
Contact: Jennifer Johnstone, 
Phone: (315) 744-1344
Website: josephshouseforwomen.org
Provides a nurturing home for mothers facing an unplanned pregnancy.