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Parent Education

Birth Center Class

To give birth in the Mary V. O'Shea Birth Center, you must be a patient of the Saint Peter's University Hospital Midwifery Practice and you must complete a two-session Birth Center Class by week 36 of your pregnancy. These classes are Orientation to the Birth Center and Early Discharge from the Birth Center.

Read more information about our baby care class here. Register Online

Meet the Midwife (6:00pm - 7:30pm)

In-Person Program - Location Mary V. O'Shea Birth Center
This is a complimentary in-person class for women who are interested in giving birth with our midwives in the Mary V. O'Shea Birth Center or in Labor and Delivery. During this informal session, you will have the opportunity to meet one of our certified nurse midwives, learn about the midwifery model of care and how birth plans can differ based on the planned location for birth. A tour of the Birth Center will be included, and each session will end with a Q&A.

Read more information about our Meet the Midwives class here. Register Online

Baby Care Class

Our baby care class is for expectant parents. You may register for our Monday evening class, which consists of two evening classes, or our Saturday afternoon class, which is held one Saturday every month. This class is provided by an experienced registered nurse.

Read more information about our baby care class here. Register Online

Spinning Babies Class (Morning or Afternoon Sessions Available)

This is an in-person class at Saint Peter's University Hospital.
During labor, the baby needs to pass through the three levels of the pelvis. This class will help you learn techniques to help your pelvis and its muscles that support or restrict your pelvic levels. Together, you and your birth partner can use these techniques before and during labor to help "make room” for baby! Spinning Babies reveals how the baby can find optimal positions for labor and make birth less painful.

Read more information about our Spinning Babies class here. Register Online

Prepared Childbirth/Lamaze

Childbirth classes cover all aspects of the later part of pregnancy, labor, delivery and the post-delivery period. Instruction includes: the general principles of relaxation; the support person’s role as a coach; focusing and breathing techniques; medications and anesthesia; and comfort measures to be used during labor.

Read more information about our prepared chldbith/lamaze classes here. Register Online

Childbirth Refresher Course

This two-evening course is offered only for those couples who have completed a prepared childbirth class during a previous pregnancy and need a refresher.
Register Online

Grandparents Class

This class has been designed to give grandparents helpful guidelines and the latest information on childbirth practices, child rearing and feeding practices.
Register Online

Infant Massage Class

In this class, you will learn basic massage techniques, infant cues and the many benefits of massage.

Read more information about our infant massage class here. Register Online

Hypnobirth Class

The techniques that are taught in this five-week series of classes and the power of positive thinking can be used to enhance your body’s ability to give birth naturally. Hypnobirthing classes are an excellent choice for the expectant woman who is looking for a natural approach to birthing and prefers not to use medication or anesthesia during labor. This series of classes is taught by a nurse who is a certified hypnobirth instructor.
Class is offered on Wednesdays 6:30-9:00 PM. Space is limited so please register by your sixth month of pregnancy. Learn more and register online here. 

Marvelous Multiples

This class is designed for expectant parents of twins, triplets or more.
Read more information about our marvelous multiples class here. Register Online

New Daddy Class

As an expectant or new dad, you will learn effective ways to be involved in your child’s life and keep your child safe and well.
Read more information about our new daddy class here. Register Online

Free - Prenatal Breastfeeding Class

Our breastfeeding class is for expectant mothers who are considering breastfeeding their newborns. The prenatal breastfeeding class is taught by a board certified lactation consultant and is offered one Saturday or Sunday each month.
Read more information about our breastfeeding class here. Register Online

Prenatal Yoga and Exercise Class

In this class you will explore breathing techniques, basic postures, meditation and deep relaxation techniques specifically designed for expectant mothers.
Register Online

Siblings Classes

These classes are designed to prepare brothers and sisters for the new baby sibling.
Read more information about our siblings classes here. Register Online

Strategies for an Easier Childbirth Class

This two-hour Prenatal Class focuses on techniques to manage early labor at home. To be eligible to attend this class you must complete a Prepared Childbirth/Lamaze Class or Hypnobirthing Class. Register Online here.


Maternity Tours

We know where you plan on delivering is just as important as your physician. Expecting parents can view our online or register for our at Saint Peter's University Hospital.

We know where you plan on delivering is just as important as your physician. Expecting parents can view our online maternity virtual tour or register for our free in-person maternity tour at Saint Peter's University Hospital.

Support Groups

Life Will Never be the Same

Our New Mom Support Group, called "Life Will Never be the Same" is offered the first Friday of every month from 12-1pm. Moms and babies are invited to attend. The focus of our group is to allow the opportunity for new moms to share their experience and feelings as they adjust to motherhood. Come meet other new moms! A social worker and a registered nurse facilitate the group and are available to answer your questions. Registration is required. Please call the Parent Education Department at 732 745-8579 to register.

Breastfeeding Support Group

Breastfeeding Support Group is offered the first Friday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you are currently breastfeeding, you and your baby are invited to attend our breastfeeding support group and share your experience with other new moms. The group is facilitated by a board certified lactation consultant. Please call the Lactation Department at 732.745.8600, ext. 8820 for the location of the meeting.

For more details download our Parent Education brochure (pdf).

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