View our schedule of classes
for dates and times of the following childbirth classes. Please note, the Labor 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.
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.
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.
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.