SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
Community Health and Wellness
Expectant Family Education
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
- family planning
In addition, discussions will include speakers from:
- Department of Pediatrics
- Family Medicine
- Department of Obstetrics
- “Baby and Me” Program.
For those who are delivering at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 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 by calling 718-270-8846 or 718-270-8245.