Pregnancy, Delivery, and Beyond – Prenatal Education for Families

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

Two lines on the stick! Now what?

This fun and interactive class gives you a look into how your body is changing, how the baby grows, and how to take care of both of you through this amazing time. Feel free to stay after class for a tour of Labor and Delivery and our Mother Baby Unit and follow-up later in your pregnancy for a prepared childbirth class.

Cost is $30 per Mom and one guest.

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Prepared Childbirth – ACTIVITY

This class covers 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. (This class can be taken instead of or with the CLASSIC series; it’s also a great refresher for experienced parents!)

Cost is $30 per Mom and 2 guests.

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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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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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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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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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Online Childbirth Classes

We offer online classes at our website at chsbuffalo.org/OnlineChildbirth. These classes cover the same topics as our Prepared Childbirth Classic series.

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.

Cost is $60 per Mom and one guest.

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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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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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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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Hospital Tours

Tours are available for all expectant parents. If you are not attending a class where a tour is already included, please call Catholic Health’s HealthConnection at (716) 447-6205 to sign up for a tour. Space is limited, so please call at least a month before your due date!

Gestational Diabetes

Instruction on diabetes self-care and nutrition is available. Call HealthConnection at (716) 447-6205 to learn more or schedule an appointment.

Q&A Sessions and Support Groups for Expectant Parents

If you take the online class and have additional questions or if you just have some questions that need answered, please register and come to one of our Q&A sessions! These monthly meetings are a great chance to meet other expectant parents, ask questions from a childbirth educator, and sometimes hear from fun guest speakers.

Natural Family Planning

The Catholic FertilityCare™ Center of WNY provides instruction in the Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System (CrMS) of Natural Family Planning. When using this system, a woman observes changes in her cervical mucus and menstrual patterns to determine when she is fertile and infertile.

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  • Prepared Childbirth – CLASSIC - Week 3 of 4 (Mercy Hospital of Buffalo)
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  • PREPARING TO BREASTFEED (Mercy Hospital of Buffalo)
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  • PREPARING TO BREASTFEED (Sisters of Charity Hospital)

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.