Birthing and Lactation Classes

Birthing and Lactation Classes

From pregnancy through the early weeks of your baby’s life, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital offers a wide range of classes for women and their families.

Getting Started Breastfeeding Class/Newborn Class

This class blends discussion, lecture, visual aids and information about the techniques and benefits of breastfeeding. We encourage expectant mothers to bring their partner/spouse, friend or a family member to the class. Please consult our calendar for dates and times of classes.

Topics covered in the class include:

  • Advantages of breastfeeding
  • Anatomy and physiology of the breast
  • Benefits of skin-to-skin contact
  • Practice of rooming-in with baby during the hospital stay
  • Positioning the baby at the breast
  • Breastfeeding during the early post-partum period
  • Overcoming difficulties
  • Life with a newborn
  • Normal newborn characteristics
  • Community resources for new parents

Childbirth Classes

Childbirth Classes are a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration, video presentation, and hands-on-practice. We'll discuss breathing strategies, relaxation skills, and labor support. You’ll get a chance to practice different techniques, ask questions, you will learn the signs and stages of labor, the role of the labor support person, the process of birth, and positions for labor and delivery. We will cover what to do during labor, when to go to the hospital, and details about pain medication options and medical interventions. Classes emphasize the process and the power of your body to do the work.

The instructor’s goal is that by the end of class participants will be:

  • more confident of ability to birth
  • more equipped with techniques to turn to in labor
  • more knowledgeable about the process and the paths you may take
  • more capable of making informed decisions regarding care
  • for the birth partner, more confident of your role

Grandparenting 101 Class

Tips for grandparents about supporting the breastfeeding mom, safety, basic baby care, safe sleep and other real-life skills.


For more information on childbirth and lactation classes, and support groups click here or please call 914-734-3896.