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Best Beginnings Baby Friendly

Upstate New Family Support Cafés

Baby & Me- New Family Café - FREE
Thursdays: 10 am - 11 am
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Breastfeeding Café - FREE
Thursdays: 11 am - 12 pm
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Best Beginnings Childbirth and New Family Classes

Need Breastfeeding Support? Call Upstate’s Milkline at 1-315-464-MILK

Congratulations to you during this special time!

Upstate Best Beginnings Childbirth & New Family Classes will prepare you, caregivers, and all family members for the birth of your baby.

  • Parent education classes and groups help prepare you for childbirth and new parenthood
  • All Classes are Free (except On-demand, E-Classes)
  • Classes recommended to be taken during pregnancy

Class Listings and Descriptions

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Childbirth Class

Certified Nurse Educators will guide the expectant mother and her labor support person through an overview of labor, relaxation and breathing techniques, medication options, interventions, hospital procedures and the role of the labor support person.  Class options include:

  • Evening or daytime weekly class series (Live Webinar)
  • Saturday Class (Live Webinar)
  • On-demand, E-Classes ($50 fee)

Hospital Orientation and Tour

This class will provide a Virtual Tour of Upstate University Hospital's Community Campus and the Jim and Dede Walsh Family Birth Center. Learn where to go when you arrive at the hospital to give birth. Class concludes with a practice session of labor comfort measures, breathing techniques and relaxation skills.

Newborn Care Class

Open to all caregivers, newborn care covers how to care for a newborn and is for new parents, aunts, uncles, or new grandparents. this class will focus on all who will be caregivers in some way to your newborn. You will learn about newborn appearance, behavior, feeding, care and current safety recommendations.

4th Trimester Class: Preparing for Postpartum

Come prepare for the time after the birth of your baby during our 4th Trimester Class. The focus will be on physical recovery and emotional well-being during this important transition time from pregnancy to parenting. Tips for caring for yourself while caring for your new baby. Discuss emotional health and wellness during the transition from pregnancy to parenting.

Prenatal Breastfeeding - Planning For Success

Learn how and why breastfeeding is uniquely tailored to meet the needs of infants and babies. parents learn the health benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies. those who are uncertain about whether or not they will breastfeed have the opportunity to get more information and ask questions. tools and techniques to promote confidence in the ability to breastfeed are taught in this one, two-hour class.

My New Sibling

(for children ages 2-10 with caregiver)

Help siblings prepare for the birth of a new baby. This is a child friendly class focusing on the arrival of a new baby, positive changes to a family and the sibling’s role in caring for the newborn. class includes the sibling and a parent or caregiver. one, two-hour class.

Classes recommended to be taken after birth

Postpartum Breastfeeding

As you adjust to life with your new baby, come learn more about breastfeeding and lactation topics during the postpartum period. Babies are welcome! Topics will include the next phases including preparing to return to work or school, breast milk pumping, storage, supplies, and ongoing self-care.

Self-Paced, On-Demand E-Classes (for Fee)

These classes are accessible in: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Arabic, Japanese, and Chinese.

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Understanding Childbirth Online Class ($50 Fee)

InJoy eClass Preview: Understanding Birth

You can prepare for the experience of childbirth in the comfort of your own home. We realize this can be a busy time. We offer a self-paced, interactive program that can be completed from home anytime. An Upstate Community Hospital Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
will be available by email for questions. Register and attend a Virtual Hospital Tour session after completion for additional Upstate Family Birth Center information.

Understanding Fatherhood - On-Demand, Self-Paced Online Class ($50 Fee)

Expectant Fathers, partners, or support persons can learn more about their important roles supporting mothers during childbirth, new fatherhood, and adjusting to life with a newborn. Come to the ASK the Educator session after or reach out to the Certified Nurse Educator.


Understanding Your Multiples

Expecting more than one baby? This e-class will supplement the Childbirth Class with content specific to having multiples. Learn important information about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum including birth stories, as well as vaginal and cesarean birth.


Understanding Grandparenting

This fun, self-guided class geared specifically to Grandparents expecting a grandbaby covers evidence-based changes in birth, breastfeeding, baby care, and infant safety and provides ways for new grandparents to offer support and assistance to their growing family.


Sibling Preparation

This on-demand, self-paced Sibling class helps parents support their child in becoming a big sibling in preparation for a new baby. There are fun lessons families can do together with kid-friendly video clips, coloring pages, and activities.

Upstate New Family Support Cafés

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Baby & Me Café

Join us for the Upstate Baby & Me Café as you adjust to new parenthood. Come learn with other parents and caregivers as we discuss caring for your growing baby on topics requested by attendees. This informal support and information sharing weekly group is led by Upstate Family Birth Center Certified Nurses. All are welcome! Register to attend.

Breastfeeding Café

Join us for the Upstate Breastfeeding Café for informal lactation support and information sharing weekly group led by Upstate Family Birth Center Certified Lactation Nurses. Register to attend.

Class Registration

For specific class questions, contact the Best Beginning Coordinator at ChildBirthEd@Upstate.edu or call 315-492-5153.