Expectant Family Education

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The Center for Community Health Promotion and Wellness offers free 2 series of 3–4 consecutive classes are usually held on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Time and day may vary depending on class size.

It is preferable that expectant mothers are 7 months (28 weeks) pregnant when registering for the childbirth classes.

The childbirth classes are interactive patient centered that includes:

  • Physiological/psychological changes
  • Discomforts of pregnancy and comfort measure
  • Signs of labor
  • Roles of the coach
  • Nutrition during pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding/lactation
  • Parenting
  • Family planning

In addition, discussions will include speakers from:

  • Department of Pediatrics
  • Nutritionist
  • Family Medicine
  • Department of Obstetrics
  • “Baby and Me” Program

For those who are delivering at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, the expectant parents will receive a tour of the Birthing Center.

The classes are held by a certified childbirth educator.

Registration for childbirth classes is REQUIRED. Call (718) 270-8846 or (718) 270-8245.