Childbirth Education Classes

Bringing a new baby into the world is a momentous experience. The Mount Sinai Hospital Childbirth Education Program offers a wide range of classes to help you prepare. The broad selection allows you to choose classes that best fit your learning style, schedule, and priorities.

Choosing Classes

We discuss your goals, expectations, and concerns at the beginning of each class. Our childbirth classes help you trust your instincts, establish a dialogue with your doctors, define your role as a birth partner, and give birth with confidence. We use lecture, interactive discussion, demonstrations, and practice, supplemented by visual aids and videos.

Our childbirth classes address signs of labor, the four stages of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, positions for labor, knowing when to go to the hospital, admitting procedures, and pain management. We also address some special circumstances such as inductions, back labor, Cesarean birth, and postpartum preparation. You have the chance to practice breathing techniques and relaxation techniques as well as to ask questions. When you choose classes, remember to give yourself time to review and reflect on the class materials.

We also offer a variety of classes about caring for infants and toddlers and breastfeeding. Many parents take more than one class. If you attend multiple childbirth classes with us at The Mount Sinai Hospital, the add-on classes are discounted. For registration instructions, contact Michele Reinbach, michele.reinbach@mountsinai.org.

Prior to your class, we will send a reminder with class details including date/time, location, instructor, parking, what to bring to class, and what to wear.

Registering for Classes

Our classes fill up quickly. We advise you to register early for your classes so you don’t get closed out of your first choice options.

If you are interested in a class that is full, please contact michele.reinbach@mountsinai.org. We do our best to accommodate all class requests.

Cancellation Policy

If you are registered for a class and find you cannot attend, please let us know as far in advance as possible. Our refund policy is:

  • Seven days’ notice for a full refund
  • 48 hours’ notice for a 50 percent refund
  • Less than 48 hours’ notice, no refund

If you give birth prior to your class, you will receive a full refund.

Childbirth Education Class Offerings

We offer a variety of childbirth education classes at The Mount Sinai Hospital and online to fit your needs and schedule.

Childbirth Sundays or Weeknights Series
This class meets three times for 2.5 hours each day. Sessions open with a review and/or questions from the previous class. We cover breathing techniques (including practice), positions for labor, and relaxation exercises. During the second session, we take a tour of the maternity facilities.

Condensed Childbirth
We divide this one-time, seven-hour class into morning (10:30 am to 1:30 pm) and afternoon (2:30 to 6:30 pm) sessions with a break for lunch. We focus on practice of breathing, positions for labor, and relaxation techniques. The maternity tour generally takes place at the end of the class from 6 to 6:30 pm.

Fast-Paced Childbirth
This 3.5-hour, one-time “express” childbirth class prepares you for the “big day” by addressing the goals of the class participants. We emphasize the role of the partner during labor, delivery, and post-partum. We teach and practice breathing techniques and take a tour of the maternity facilities.

Intensive Childbirth
This one-time 7.5-hour small group class (limited to five couples) is a tour of the essentials you need to know to have and care for an infant. We spend four hours on childbirth, one hour on the basics of newborn care, and 1.5 hours of breastfeeding instruction. We teach and practice breathing techniques and positions for labor. We also tour The Mount Sinai Hospital’s maternity facilities.

Planned Cesarean Birth
This one-time three-hour class is for parents anticipating a Cesarean birth (C-section). You learn the indications of Cesareans, pre-admission testing, what happens on the “big day” in both the operating and recovery rooms as well as about pain management, recovery, and your next birth. We discuss the role of the partner, emphasizing the importance of support and making decisions together for an optimal birth and recovery experience. We also tour the maternity facilities.

e-Learning Online Course

For parents whose schedules make it difficult to attend onsite classes, we offer an e-learning online course, through the YoMingo® platform. Once you log in, you have access for six months to this interactive program that covers childbirth, breastfeeding, and caring for a newborn. We recommend taking this class if you’re looking to fit childbirth education into your busy schedule or if you are on bed rest.

Add-On Classes

In addition to offering childbirth education classes, we offer many other classes to prepare you for the birth of your baby.

Caring for a Newborn
Welcoming a new baby into your life is exciting—and also overwhelming. Be patient with yourself and your new baby and focus on learning how to best take care of your baby’s health and safety. This one-time 2.5-hour lecture and hands-on class teaches baby basics from newborn to a one-month old. Learn what you can expect right after the birth of your baby (including appearance and hospital procedures), general care focusing on diapering, skin care, sponge bathing, and umbilical cord care. Learn how to use a bulb syringe, swaddle your baby, and take your baby’s temperature, and recognize signs of illness. We discuss why babies cry and how to soothe them in an open forum format, with the goal of providing information and building your confidence.

Newborn Care and Parenting Guidance
This five-hour class covers two essential content areas in one day. You receive essential information and guidance about caring for your baby and healthy attachment and bonding. This lecture/hands-on class focuses on the general care of your baby, including diapering, skin care, sponge bathing, and umbilical cord care. Learn how to comfort and swaddle your baby, take your baby’s temperature, and recognize signs of illness. We discuss parenting models, styles, and behaviors and address expectations(how to be positive, yet realistic about parenting), finding support (determining who and what will be your best resources), and decision making (how to parent intentionally and resolve conflicts over parenting issues).

Breastfeeding
As a new parent, you want your baby to have a good nutritional start. This one-time 2.5-hour class will help you succeed with breastfeeding. We cover the anatomy and physiology of the breast, the process of let-down, 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. We encourage partners to attend this class. New moms can attend a free postnatal breastfeeding class to help them build on the knowledge and skills they learn in this lecture/hands-on class.

Dad’s Boot Camp
Our master coach teaches this three-hour one-time class for dads only. It focuses on the importance of communication, it helps you develop confidence in your new role as a dad. Your coach discusses your role during the birth process and the weeks following the delivery of your baby, with emphasis on post-partum baby blues for both mom and dad. You learn how to prepare for the first weeks at home with a new baby and how to reach out to family and friends for assistance. We discuss financial concerns to help you problem solve and negotiate as a couple. The class also addresses the return of intimacy and date nights. Remember you came first, then the baby.

Life after Baby - Postpartum Guidance
A mother is born during the weeks and months following the birth of her baby. This is a challenging transition. Although touched upon in our childbirth classes, this class focuses solely on the emotional changes after birth: what to expect the first days and weeks and how to make them work for your unique birth and recovery. During this informative class, you will be given a candid list of what you need to do the last weeks of your pregnancy and will review your needed baby supplies. In addition, with the guidance of an experienced postpartum doula, you will create a post-partum plan which is essential to establishing a routine and rhythm around the baby's sleep patterns and your self-care. This plan will enable you to put things in place before your baby is born. Learn how to ask for help, delegate responsibilities, find your helpers, plan your meals, get rest, and get outside daily. Time allotted for questions and answers. Optional maternity tour included.

Tot-Saver Class
Our three-hour one-time Tot-Saver class covers CPR techniques for infants and children. You learn how to recognize choking and what to do if it happens, how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and safe sleep positions for babies. We also address infant and child safety (both indoors and outdoors) and review safety products. We discuss burn care, poison control, and when to call 911.