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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Community Health and Wellness

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 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.