Childbirth Classes

Getting ready for a new baby is a fun and exciting time. Catholic Health is happy to provide classes to make this time as easy as possible for you, your family, and your baby.

Register for classes at around 20 weeks (4-5 months). These classes prepare you for the discomforts of late pregnancy, as well as delivery.

Classes Include:

Prepared Pregnancy – CLASSIC

OMG! Two lines on the stick! Now what? This comprehensive class gives you tools to keep yourself and your new baby as safe and healthy as possible throughout pregnancy. After coming to our two evening series or one weekend day class, join us for monthly support group meetings on different topics of interest during pregnancy.

Class cost is $30 per couple.

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Prepared Childbirth – CLASSIC

Childbirth classes are perfect for any expectant parent who wants to know what will happen in labor and delivery and beyond. Our fun and interactive classes will include tips on making your pregnancy easier, labor and delivery facts, and recovery at home. We will also talk about care for both Mom and baby after you leave the hospital. A tour is included! Please dress comfortably and prepare to have fun while learning.

Class cost is $60 per couple.

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Prepared Childbirth – REFRESHER

As medical care is constantly changing, we recommend coming to the full childbirth class, however, if you have had a baby before and want the shortened version, please come at 10:30 – 4 on our all day classes, or the two middle weeks of our four week series! This will shorten your class time and still go over active labor and delivery. Please let HealthConnection know when you register for class that you are taking classes as a Refresher.

Class cost is $30 per couple.

Prepared Cesarean Delivery

For parents who know they will be scheduled for a Cesarean Delivery, this class covers what to expect. We cover all the information in our Prepared Childbirth CLASSIC class, but without the labor section!

We also discuss recovery at home, pain control techniques, and answer questions about the surgical delivery. A tour is included.

Cost is $25 per Mom and one guest.

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NICU Tour with Q&A for Higher Risk Moms and Babies

If you have been told you are at a higher risk for early delivery or if you have serious medical concerns during your pregnancy,spending an afternoon with us can greatly decrease your concerns or anxiety. Come tour the NICU, get questions answered, and find out what to expect if you deliver early.

Cost is $20 per Mom and one guest.

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Preparing to Breastfeed

A lactation consultant will review common questions and concerns regarding the first weeks of breastfeeding. A good start makes the first few weeks much easier, so come and prepare with our expert instructors. Both parents are welcome or feel free to come with a friend!

Cost is $25 per Mom and one guest.

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Baby Talk

This enjoyable class helps make those first few weeks less stressful!

We discuss care of your newborn, health concerns to watch for, and challenges all new parents face. There is plenty of both discussion time and practice time with our lifelike dolls.

Cost is $20 per Mom and one guest.

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Car Seat Safety

Proper car seat use saves lives! Many parents are shocked to find out that car seats are usually used incorrectly. Come to class where we will have both a class portion and a one-on-one car seat fitting with a certified Child Passenger Safety Tech. If you have a car seat, please bring your seat so you can learn how to use it most effectively.

This class is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help other children in need of safe seats!

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Prepared Pregnancy – COMMUNITY

A hands-on class to cover what to expect during pregnancy. This is a fast paced and interactive class for Mom and up to two friends or support people. May be taken instead of or with the CLASSIC class (see Prepared Pregnancy CLASSIC). No lecture at all, so bring questions and be ready to participate in activities!

Class cost is $20 per Mom and 2 guests.

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Prepared Childbirth – COMMUNITY

These three-hour classes cover all the basic topics in our longer classes. Bring one or two people with you and prepare to laugh and move your way through a fast paced, lecture-free learning experience! Basic Infant CPR and Car Seat Safety activities are included. (These can be taken instead of or with the lecture based series.)

Class cost is $30 per Mom and 2 guests.

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Lamaze Focus

These classes are geared towards parents who desire additional Lamaze focus for natural childbirth. These classes have four sessions and the fifth is a tour at Sisters Hospital. All other topics covered in our standard Prepared Childbirth Classes are also covered.

Cost is $70 per Mom and one guest.

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Multiple Miracles

The arrival of multiples is amazing!

This class is intended to add to the Prepared Childbirth Class or the Prepared Cesarean Delivery class for parents expecting more than one new arrival. This class will give you more information about what is happening both during your pregnancy and tips from moms who have been there! We tour the NICU during this class, but not Labor and Delivery.

Cost is $25 per Mom and one guest.

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Sibling Classes

Introduce your older child or children to being a big brother or sister. Parents accompany children on a
guided tour of the nursery, view Mom’s room and see new babies through the nursery window. Children explore, with the help of a doll, how newborns are held, fed, diapered, and bathed.

Cost is $15 per family.

Total class time: 1.5 hours.

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Grandparents Classes

It is amazing how much changes! Grandparents are experts in so many areas of child raising, but if you would like a refresher or just a look at what recommendations have changed, please join us. This class covers new infant care, (car seat and sleep safety), supportive care for the new parents, and fun activities to prepare for the arrival of your precious grandchild.

Cost is $10 per person.

Please fill out a separate registration form for each person taking this class.

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Infant and Child CPR

This class covers what to do in emergencies. Choking, drowning, CPR, use of an AED, and a first aid summary are included. This knowledge can save your child’s life in an emergency!

Cost is $25 per Mom and one guest.

Please fill out a separate registration form for each person taking this class.

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Ready, Set, Parent!

EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) will provide positive parenting preparation for pregnant and new parents. In this session you will learn about the three “Terrific T’s” of parenting: Taking Care of Yourself as a Parent; Tuning Into Your Baby’s Needs; and Teachable Tips for Early Brain Development.

This class is free, but registration is required. Please call (716) 332-4127 to register.

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Health Insurance Coverage

Catholic Health hospitals are able to bill your insurance company for many of the classes we provide. Most insurers, including Medicaid, cover the cost of almost all of our programs. Please contact your insurance provider to verify what coverage they offer.

In the event that your insurance does not cover all of the cost, you may receive a bill for the outstanding amount. If costs are an issue, please call (716) 601-3600 for additional assistance and payment options.