Childbirth Classes

Class Descriptions

Centering Pregnancy

Centering Pregnancy is a model that incorporates facilitated groups that provide patient and family centered healthcare. Clinicians and other healthcare staff are prepared and trained to provide care in the group setting facilitating skill building and enhanced education, as well as peer-to-peer networking and sharing to ensure success.

Groups are established by similar due dates. Centering sessions are comprised around three components of care: assessment, education and support.

This evidenced based method of prenatal care positively demonstrates a reduction in maternal and fetal mortality, reduces preterm birth, reduces child abuse and domestic violence, promotes the development of parenting skills, and improves breastfeeding rates and overall satisfaction with prenatal care.

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Prepared Childbirth Class

A three-week series covering the basic anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, comfort during pregnancy, labor and delivery, postpartum care, Cesarean delivery, and breathing and relaxation techniques.

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Register for this class:

  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital: Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 568-3628. Maternity tour included. Bring (2) regular size bed pillows, plus paper and pen to take notes.
  • Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo: Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 878-7342

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Baby Basics and Beyond

A review of the latest issues in infant care and development of the child as it grows. Teaching includes newborn appearance and characteristics, basic infant care including feeding, bathing, sleep patterns, safety and much more. This class helps to boost confidence and ease the transition into parenthood.

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Register for this class:

  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital: See Happiest Baby on the Block class or please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 568-3628
  • Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo: Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 878-7342

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Birthing Basics for Busy Parents

A capsulated version of the 3-week Prepared Childbirth Class, taught on a Saturday and includes a maternity tour.

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Register for this class:

  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital: Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 568-3628. Maternity tour included. Bring (2) regular size bed pillows, plus paper and pen to take notes.
  • Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo: Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 878-7342

See additional registration details

Breastfeeding Class

Learn about feeding patterns, proper positioning techniques, tips on juggling work and breastfeeding, pumping and storage of breast milk, and more.

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Register for this class:

  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital: Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 568-3628. Bring paper and pen to take notes.
  • Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo: Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 878-7342

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Breastfeeding and the Working Mother

Master the art of using the breast pump and the proper storage of breast milk. This class is designed to help mothers whose busy lives may include returning to work or other challenges. Plan to attend class when baby is 3 to 5 weeks old. Held at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital only.

 See class calendar for dates and times

Register for this class:

  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital: Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 568-3628.
  • Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo:Through Suburban only

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Childbirth Refresher Class

A review of labor and delivery as well as breathing and relaxation techniques for parents who have already experienced birth.

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Register for this class:

  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital: Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 568-3628. Bring paper and pen to take notes.
  • Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo: Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 878-7342

See additional registration details

Maternity Tours

Register for this class:

  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital: Various Wednesdays 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at (716) 568-3628.
  • Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo: Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 878-7342

Prepared Childbirth for Teenage Parents

A 3-week series focusing on the special needs of teenage parents as they prepare for the birth of their baby. This includes labor and delivery, Caesarean delivery, postpartum and newborn care, and a review of breathing techniques. This class also includes a maternity tour. Held at Women & Children's Hospital only.

 See class calendar for dates and times

Register for this class:

  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital:Through WCHOB only
  • Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo: Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 878-7342

Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga

Yoga is the union between our mind, body, and spirit. Prenatal yoga bonds the mother and child throughout pregnancy with effective stretches and postures. Emphasis on breathing enhances focus and concentration. Prenatal yoga postures will increase flexibility and circulation. We end each practice with a relaxation and meditation to relieve tension and tightness.

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Register for this class:

  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital:Through WCHOB only
  • Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo: Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 878-7342

Ready, Set, Parent!

EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) and Baker Victory Services have collaborated to provide newborn classes at area birthing hospitals and FREE weekly workshops for parents of infants and toddlers at various community locations throughout Western New York, including Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

In the hospital, parents of newborns are greeted by a Ready, Set, Parent! hospital coordinator and are invited to attend a Newborn Class, which are currently held at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo. In the Newborn Class parents learn:

  • What to expect in the first few weeks
  • All about crying
  • Recognizing postpartum depression
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Beginning literacy

Free topical workshops in the community include discussions and activities on "Tuning In to Your Baby," "Coping with Stress and Helping Your Child to Cope," "Learning Through Play," "Establishing Routines," "Setting Limits," and "Promoting Literacy." Workshops are fun, informative and feature "Ask the Doctor," too! The series also includes two Doctor Talks on "Infant Sleep & Nutrition" and "Safety in the Home & Childhood Illnesses." Sessions are hosted by trained staff and medical professionals.

To find out more about area workshops, please visit www.epicforchildren.org. Please call  (716) 878-7342 for dates and times.

For Your Older Children

Sibling Class

This class introduces children to the hospital setting and the exciting new role of brother or sister. For children aged 2 to 8. Includes a tour.


Sibling at Birth Class

This Sibling at Birth class is designed to prepare older siblings for what they will see and experience when they attend the birth of their new brother or sister. Includes a tour.

Register for these classes:

  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital: Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 568-3628.
  • Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo: Maternity Tour Included. Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 878-7342

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For Grandparents

New Grandparents Class

This class initiates an attempt to bridge the communication between new parents and grandparents. Our goal is to acquaint grandparents with changes in maternity and pediatric practices so that they might understand changes reducing tension between the generations.

Register for this class:

  • Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo: Maternity Tour Included. Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 878-7342

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Adult Tours for Parents/Grandparents

Maternity Tours: Maternity tours include visits to the labor and delivery wing, nursery and postpartum room (as available). Additional, updated information about the latest trends in maternity and infant care will also be shared.

Postpartum

Mommy & Me

Bringing home a baby for the first time can be exciting, confusing and sometimes overwhelming. Mommy & Me is a class designed for new moms who are looking to gain a better understanding about caring for their postpartum self and baby.

Register for this class:

  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital:Through WCHOB only.
  • Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo: Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 878-7342

See additional registration details


Postpartum Depression (PPD) Support Group

 See class calendar for dates and times

Register for this class:

  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital: Please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 568-3628
  • Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo:Through Suburban only

See additional registration details


Additional Registration Information:

Please note: Advance registration is required for all classes and tours

To Register: Please have your insurance information ready (ID number, prefix, suffix, and date of birth).

  • For classes at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 568-3628 (Monday - Friday)
  • For classes at Women & Children's, please call the Childbirth Ed Department at  (716) 878-7342.

If you reach the voice mail, please leave a message with your name, phone number, due date, doctor, and classes of interest, and we will call you back in order to complete the registration process.