Preparing for Childbirth

Obstetrical Services offer a wide range of classes and support groups that give you the information, skills, and resources you need to make the best choices for you and your family. You can rely on our experienced team to provide you with support and guidance throughout your pregnancy and after you bring your baby home.

Childbirth Support

For expecting parents we offer childbirth preparation classes taught by certified childbirth instructors. The class familiarizes parents with the childbirth process from labor and delivery through the postpartum period. These classes also discuss Cesarean birth, medication and complications, as well as provide techniques for relaxation, breathing and pushing.

Breastfeeding Support

We understand and respect your choice in your feeding method, whether it is breastfeeding, bottle-feeding or both. We are here to support you.

If you choose to breastfeed your baby, we provide you with guidance, education and resources to help you initiate and sustain successful breastfeeding. NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital received the Award of Excellence from the New York State Department of Health for its breastfeeding support programs and is accredited by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.

In addition, as a certified “Baby Friendly” hospital, our organization met the standards of The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) and the United Nations Children’s Fund(UNICEF), which developed a program to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.It recognizes and awards birthing facilities who successfully implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes.

From pregnancy through the early weeks of your baby’s life, we offer a host of breastfeeding support programs and resources for new mothers and their families. Our lactation consultants are available to work with you and your baby on the basics of breastfeeding positions and latching-on techniques so that you can achieve breastfeeding success. They are available by phone to answer any questions and concerns that may arise after you go home with your baby.

We invite you to learn more about our breastfeeding support groups held every second and fourth Friday of the month. At these support groups, mothers gather to discuss breastfeeding and parenting issues, exchange information and share experiences.


For more information about childbirth and breastfeeding support programs click here or please call 914-734-3896