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Educational Classes and Offerings

mom and baby

Learning about pregnancy, childbirth and newborn care begins with your first prenatal visit and continues through your hospital stay and beyond. In addition to individual in-hospital teaching provided by our specialized nursing staff on breastfeeding, baby care and other topics, we also offer a wide range of pregnancy-related classes for you and your family. Additionally, we offer tours of our facility for families who are looking for the right place for their birthing needs.

We are happy to offer these classes free of charge for our patients in our beautiful new education room. All patients should plan on taking classes starting in the 6th or 7th month of pregnancy. For more information or to attend a class, please call 845.331.3131 ext. 2241. For class schedules, please click on the tabs below or view the HealthAlliance events calendar.

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Preparing for Childbirth

Bringing a baby into the world is a momentous experience.

We at the Family Birth Place at HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), offer free classes so you can give birth with confidence. We encourage partners to take the class too.

The classes are held once a month on a Saturday, usually on the third Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They take place in the Maternity Education Room, on the Fourth Floor of the Broadway Campus, 396 Broadway, just outside the Family Birth Place maternity unit.

In the class, we discuss your goals, expectations and concerns. We also help you trust your instincts, establish a dialogue with your doctors or midwives, and define your roles as a birth partner.

The class addresses signs of labor, the stages of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, positions for labor, knowing when to go to the hospital, admitting procedures and pain management. It also explores the emotional aspects of labor.

We additionally address special circumstances, such as inductions, back labor and cesarean births. The class likewise shares information about postpartum preparation and typical newborn care.

The class is interactive, so you will have many chances to ask questions. To make an appointment, please call 845.331.3131 ext. 2241.

2020 Class Dates

  • Jan. 25
  • Feb. 22
  • March 21
  • April 18
  • May 30
  • June 27
  • July 18
  • Aug. 15
  • Sept. 19
  • Oct. 24
  • Nov. 21
  • Dec. 12
Maternity Tours


Along with the class, you will also have an opportunity to receive a free tour of the HealthAlliance Hospital maternity unit.

If you prefer, you are also welcome to arrange for a separate tour.

Please talk with your childbirth preparation instructor or call the Family Birth Place at 845.331.3131 ext. 2241.


Breastfeeding

As a new parent, you will want your baby to have a good nutritional start. This free, one-time class, held from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, usually on the fourth Monday of the month, will help you succeed with breastfeeding. The class, given to parental partners before childbirth, is held in the Maternity Education Room, on the Fourth Floor of the Broadway Campus, 396 Broadway, just outside the Family Birth Place maternity unit.

We cover the anatomy and physiology of the breast, the process of establishing breastfeeding, how birth practices affect breastfeeding and the benefits of breastfeeding for baby and mother.

Learn what to expect during the first weeks, how to get a good latch, breastfeeding positions, preparing for separation and returning to work, and the importance of encouragement and support.

To make an appointment, please call 845.331.3131 ext. 2241. 

2020 Class Dates

  • Jan. 27
  • Feb. 24
  • March 23
  • April 20
  • May 11
  • June 22
  • July 27
  • Aug. 24
  • Sept. 28
  • Oct. 26
  • Nov. 23
  • Dec. 7

A Commitment to Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding

HealthAlliance’s recognition as a Baby-Friendly hospital — awarded to hospitals by Baby-Friendly USA as part of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative for delivering optimal infant care — is an acknowledgment of our commitment to breastfeeding and chestfeeding education and support.

We at HealthAlliance Hospital are also committed to ensuring that all patients receive quality care in an unbiased culture of inclusion and acceptance. If you want to nurse your baby, whoever you are, whatever your story is, we’re here to help.

As part of this commitment, we support transgender men and women and nonbinary individuals who choose to nurse their babies. You do not need to have given birth to nurse.

We at HealthAlliance are working to create a standard of care that supports transgender parents as key to building happy, healthy transgender families.

Why do we support breastfeeding? Because we believe parents and babies both deserve the healthiest chances in life.

Breastfeeding can reduce infant hospitalizations and pediatrician visits, studies show.

Breast milk helps prevent ear and chest infections, stomach upsets, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome and eczema. Breastfeeding can also reduce a mother’s chances of getting ovarian cancer, breast cancer, cardiac disease or weak bones later in life.

Our lactation consultants and counselors will provide you with the support you need to get off to a good breastfeeding start, continue after returning to work and overcome any nursing challenges you face along the way.

We also support parents who choose to formula-feed their babies, providing support, information and education about safe formula-feeding.

To learn more, please call the Family Birth Place at 845.331.3131, ext. 2241.