Childbirth Education Classes
The Childbirth Education Program of Mount Sinai West offers a full complement of childbirth and parenting courses. The Childbirth Education Program Course Catalog, below, contains a detailed description of each course.
Maternity tours of Mount Sinai West’s Labor and Delivery Unit, and Postpartum Units are available free of charge. Please refer to the Maternity Tour calendar under Upcoming Events on this page, and choose a tour that is convenient for you. Registration for a tour is required.
Childbirth Classes throughout the Mount Sinai Health System
If you are planning to deliver at Mount Sinai West, you are eligible to attend any childbirth class offered throughout the Mount Sinai Health System. You can view the Course Catalog at Mount Sinai West, or look online to see the classes offered at Mount Sinai Hospital. You can also enroll in the e-Learning Childbirth Education Program.
Mount Sinai West Childbirth Education Program Course Catalog
You must register in advance for all classes unless otherwise noted. Some classes fill up very quickly, and some classes can only be taken at specific times during your pregnancy.
To register for classes held at Mount Sinai West, leave a message at 212-523-6222. Tell us your due date, the courses you wish to attend, and a phone number where we can reach you between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. A staff member will call you back within three business days to enroll you. We accept payment by credit card at time of enrollment. Please check that the dates you request are convenient for your schedule; we grant refunds on a case-by-case basis. We charge a $25 processing fee per refund. The Program Manager of the Mount Sinai West Childbirth Education Program is Tris Carson, Tris.Carson@Mountsinai.org.
All classes take place at Mount Sinai West, 1000 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10019.
Audience: Women in the final few weeks of pregnancy and their partners. Register early, by your fifth month of pregnancy, to ensure your place. Class sizes are small.
Format: Fifteen hours of Lamaze™ instruction. You may choose evening classes over consecutive weeks, or a one-weekend, intensive Saturday and Sunday option. We recommend you finish the class three to four weeks before your due date.
Fee: $350 per couple
In this interactive Enriched Lamaze™ course, we emphasize that there is no one right way to give birth. You and your partner learn how to advocate for a personalized birth experience. You learn and practice breathing techniques; relaxation approaches that use music, sound, massage, imagery, and movement; and positions that will make labor quicker and more effective – including how to use and incorporate the birthing ball. You learn to recognize the beginning of labor; the variations of labor, including back labor; and when and how to push. We provide information about:
- Cesarean birth
- Labor induction by holistic and medical means
- Pain relief options, including medications and epidural analgesia
We tour the Mount Sinai West Labor and Delivery Suite, and postpartum suites.
The course also offers an optional two hour Prepared Parenthood Film/Discussion evening. The films feature vaginal birth, cesarean birth, and the use of epidural anesthesia.
We also hold a reunion class meeting for all the parents and their babies. Sharing birth stories and the joys and challenges of new parenthood creates the opportunity to continue bonding and networking. One group has now been together for 15 years.
Audience: Pregnant women and their partners
Fee: Free to Lamaze™ enrollees. Otherwise, $25 admission fee per couple, pay at door.
Date and Time: One Wednesday per month, 7:30-9:30 pm
Format and Content: We show and discuss a single two-hour session with films of vaginal birth, cesarean birth, and the use of epidural analgesia during labor and delivery. One of our certified Lamaze™ childbirth educator leads the post-film discussion.
Audience: Expectant parents who have already attended Lamaze™ classes during prior pregnancies
Format: One four-hour evening class. Class size is limited to eight women plus their partners
Fee: $150 per couple
The refresher childbirth course offers a review and practice session of the breathing, relaxation, and pushing techniques taught in your first Lamaze™ class. Discussions cover the expected differences between first and subsequent pregnancies, including labor and delivery, what did or did not work well the first time around, and the effect and logistics of having an additional child in the family.
Audience: Pregnant women considering or preparing for VBAC, and their partners.
Format: single four-hour class, limited to eight women and their partners.
Fee: $150 per couple.
If you are contemplating a vaginal delivery after having a cesarean birth for your previous child, this class will help you think through the decision. On an individualized basis, the class prepares the participants emotionally and physically for vaginal labor and birth. In addition, we offer a review and practice session of relaxation, breathing, and pushing techniques as well as a discussion about the effect on the family of an additional child. The class instructor is a certified Lamaze childbirth educator, a maternity nurse, and a mother of two who has experienced both cesarean delivery and vaginal delivery after having a cesarean birth.
Audience: Pregnant women anticipating a cesarean birth, and their partners.
Format: One 4-hour class.
Fee: $150 per couple.
This class provides information about third trimester issues, cesarean versus vaginal birth, the partner’s support and advocacy role, common concerns and fears, pain management, recovery, your next birth, and follow-up resources. You learn and practice adapted relaxation and imagery techniques, and develop ways to personalize your birth experience. A maternity nurse who is a Lamaze-certified childbirth educator teaches the class; she has personally given birth both vaginally and via cesarean.
Audience: Expectant parents planning to breastfeed.
Format: One 2 1/2-hour session, which serves as a foundation for the Breastfeeding and New Parent Support Class, held after the baby is born.
Fee: $75 per couple; $40 per individual
Taught by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, this class provides tools and techniques for expectant parents planning to breastfeed. To help launch successful breastfeeding during the first few weeks of your infant’s life, the class focuses strictly on breastfeeding, not bottle-feeding or pumping. We encourage partners to attend because it increases their ability to understand and provide support during those beginning days of breastfeeding. This is a foundation class for the Breastfeeding and New Parent Support class.
Audience: Children from ages 3 to 6 who are expecting a little brother or sister
Format: One 21/2--hour class, limited to seven children and an adult companion for each
Location: Mount Sinai West, Floor 11, Room 11A-29
Fee: $50 per child & 1 adult
This class prepares children and helps them feel special as they become a big sister or big brother. We use discussion, film, newborn dolls, and toys to help the child prepare for the new family member and to foster prenatal bonding between the sibling and the baby. We provide a tour of the hospital’s maternity area and give out a take-home folder of activities. We also have a surprise graduation party to celebrate their big-kid role.
Audience: Pregnant women
Format: Four 1 1/2-hour sessions, offered on consecutive Wednesday evenings
Fee: $25 per session
This course incorporates techniques for relaxation, meditation, yoga stretching, and breathing. Participants work with blocks, straps, and yoga mats. Our Certified Integral Yoga instructors are certified in prenatal yoga. When you sign up, you commit to attending a month of four Wednesday evening sessions – and you have the right of first refusal for reservations for the following month’s classes.
Audience: Men who are expecting a baby or raising a child
Format: One three-hour session
A father with a master’s degree in social work teaches this class. Topics include your impact as a father on your child’s development and personality; supporting the new mother in her new role, while affirming yourself in yours; developing the beneficial fathering behaviors you have experienced; fathering a daughter; sharing parenting (and other) responsibilities; and the importance of maintaining quality time alone, with your partner, and as a family.
Audience: Expectant, new, or adoptive parents or grandparents.
Format: One five-hour session, offered on weekday evenings, and occasionally daytime on a weekend. Class size is 8 to 10 women and their partners.
Fee: $150 per couple; $100 per individual
In this session, you learn how to calm a fussy baby, recognize illnesses and developmental milestones. We teach you to bathe and diaper an infant and explain what equipment is helpful. We focus on the first few months of the baby’s life and practice on newborn dolls. When it comes to feeding infants, we focus on breastfeeding, touching on pumping and feeding from bottles.
Audience: Expectant, new, or adoptive parents or grandparents. Infant CPR is appropriate for babies up to twelve months old.
Format: One 2 1/2--hour session, offered on weekday evenings, and occasionally, daytime on a weekend. Class size is nine.
Fee: $150 per couple; $100 per individual
In this session, we teach infant CPR. You will practice on infant-resuscitator mannequins. We also discuss what to know and do about choking and safety issues with an infant and how to use the Automated External Defibrillator found in public places.
Audience: Expectant or adoptive parents or grandparents
Format: The Baby Care and Feeding Course is a single five-hour session. The Infant CPR Course is a 21/2--hour session. You must take these classes on separate days and before birth. It does not matter in which you take them.
Fee: $250 per couple for class bundle; $175 per individual for class bundle
Audience: Designed for parents who already have a baby, including those who may be expecting another child. Babysitters and grandparents also benefit.
Format: Single four-hour session, offered on weekday evenings, and occasionally daytime on a weekend. Class size is nine individuals.
Fee: $225 per couple; $125 per individual
Our skilled facilitators teach appropriate CPR training for infants up to puberty. You learn infant and child CPR techniques, using both infant and child resuscitator mannequins; identification of choking and how to stop it in both infants and children; safety issues; and the use of the Automated External Defibrillator, which is often available in public places.
Audience: New mothers and their infants. Partners are also welcome.
Format: Every Monday, excluding holidays, from 11 am to 12:30 pm. No registration required. Location is Mount Sinai West, Floor 11, in Room 11A-29.
Fee: $30 per adult
The New Parent Breastfeeding Support Group provides encouragement and guidance for breastfeeding mothers and new parents. Discussion is open-ended, with topics including growth and development, successful breastfeeding, self-esteem as a parent, and time management. Come with your baby hungry for maximum benefit from the hands-on support of the Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant maternity nurse facilitator.