Childbirth Education

Is your family growing? We offer many courses to ensure a rewarding birth experience and a smoother transition into parenthood, including:

  • Breastfeeding Basics

Learn the art of breastfeeding with Kelly Duheme, our International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. We will discuss techniques and positions, benefits for both mom and baby, what to expect in the early days, and how your baby's feeding needs may change over time.

  • Breastfeeding Support Group

Join Kelly Duheme, IBCLC, for a free support group to connect with other breastfeeding mothers. We will celebrate our successes, share our struggles, and offer guidance and support. Expectant mothers are encouraged to attend, and the group is open to all mothers regardless of delivery location.

  • Childbirth Preparation Series3 Classes

This three-class series is designed to educate expectant parents on their options during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. We will discuss having a healthy pregnancy, the work of labor and birth, coping with labor, options for medications and other interventions, being an active participant in your care, the role of the birth partner, and the first 48 hours after birth.

  • Childbirth PreparationOne Day Course

This weekend course offers expectant parents the opportunity to enroll in a one-day program to learn about their options during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. We will discuss having a healthy pregnancy, the work of labor and birth, coping with labor, options for medications and other interventions, being an active participant in your care, the role of the birth partner, and the first 48 hours after birth.

  • Infant Care Class2 Classes

Expectant and adoptive parents are invited to join us and learn about a variety of care topics, including newborn characteristics and behaviors, hospital routines, daily care and bathing, diapering, swaddling, feeding issues, crying, and colic. we will also discuss health and safety information, including SIDS risk factors, and car seat safety training will be provided. 

  • Maternal Mental Health Support Group

More than 70% of women experience the "baby blues" after childbirth, but when these symptoms persist and combine with feelings of anxiety or despair, they could be warning signs of postpartum depression or postpartum anxiety. Although it is a frightening time, counseling and treatment are available. You are not alone.

Saratoga Hospital offers a bimonthly support group led by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Nurse who have completed specialized training specific to postpartum mental health. You do not have to have delivered your baby at this hospital to join. For more information, please call 518-580-2871.

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