Parent Education Classes & Support Groups
Pelisyonkis Langone’s parent education program hosts numerous classes and groups that help you prepare for childbirth and provide you with the support you need when you bring your baby home.
We also offer ongoing programs. Our free Ready, Set, Baby! childbirth information session helps you learn what to expect from the childbirth experience at Pelisyonkis Langone. In addition, we have a special Boot Camp for New Dads. We also provide parenting tips through our .
We also offer the following groups and classes. For more information about any of these programs, please call -263-7201. To register for any of these classes or programs, please use our . You can also learn more by visiting .
Pregnancy and Childbirth Classes
This two-hour class explains how your baby grows and what physical changes you can expect throughout your pregnancy. Our certified childbirth educator provides practical tips for relieving the physical discomfort that women commonly feel as their babies grow. This class is most appropriate for women and their partners in the first trimester or early second trimester of pregnancy. .
Boot Camp for New Moms
Gain real-world tips, advice, insight, help, and stories to help moms-to-be and new moms navigate first-time motherhood. Boot Camp for New Moms is a no guilt, no judgment place for expectant and new moms to hear a variety of experiences about how to raise a baby, and find what works for your family. .
This five-week course is designed to prepare parents for labor and delivery. Our instruction is based on the Lamaze fundamentals of childbirth: birth is a natural, healthy process, and childbirth education empowers women to be active partners in their healthcare decisions.
This class explains the different ways that women experience labor and delivery, what happens to the body during the process, and what to expect after giving birth. We also discuss pain management options, labor induction, cesarean birth, and breastfeeding.
Included is a class on infant care that shows you and your partner how to diaper and bathe a baby. It prepares you for what to expect during those first few weeks after bringing your baby home.
Couples are encouraged to register by the 20th week of pregnancy. Class size is limited. .
Cost: $340 per couple
Ready, Set, Grandparent!
Soon-to-be grandparents are invited to our Ready, Set, Grandparent! class, which explores the transition to this new and exciting role. We discuss generational parenting differences, current maternity and infant care practices, and how to best help new parents. We also review and practice hands-on baby care, including feeding, diapering, swaddling, and more. .
Cost: $60 per couple
Birth Basics in Japanese and English
Join us for an introduction to the basics of healthy birth. Learn about laboring at home and at the hospital, practice a variety of pain-coping techniques, and connect with other couples. This class is taught in Japanese and English, and is intended for couples where one or both partners are Japanese. Topics include Lamaze healthy birth practices, stages of labor, pain-coping techniques, medical support, and postpartum healing. .
Understanding Doula Support Workshop
Join us to learn more about the ways in which a birth and postpartum doula can support you throughout your labor and beyond. .
Cost: $40 per couple
Accelerated Prepared Childbirth
For couples that cannot attend the weekly prepared childbirth class, we offer an intensive, weekend program that covers the same material in two seven-hour sessions. Space for this class is limited, so please register early. .
Cost: $340 per couple
Prepared Childbirth Review
If this is not your first pregnancy and you’d like a childbirth refresher course, the prepared childbirth review may be for you. This three-hour class, taught by a certified childbirth educator, is offered to couples that have completed the prepared childbirth course within the last three years. It is not adequate for couples having their first baby. .
Cost: $80 per couple
This two-hour class, taught by a certified childbirth educator, is offered to couples that already have a cesarean birth scheduled. This class reviews how best to prepare, what happens during cesarean delivery, and what to expect after your baby is born. .
Cost: $100 per couple
Introduction to Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Webinar
This complimentary online webinar provides an overview and discusses the facts about vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), as well as assists you in exploring your childbirth options. .
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Review
Vaginal birth is a safe and appropriate choice for many women who have previously experienced cesarean birth. This three-hour in-person session builds upon the complimentary online webinar (though it is not a pre-requisite for this session). Topics covered include facts about VBAC, common questions, and an overview of the labor process. There is also time for discussion and questions. .
Terrific Twins and Triplets
This course helps you and your partner prepare for the unique joys and challenges of raising multiples. From pregnancy to birth to parenting, we provide guidance, tips, and educational tools to help you plan for your new family. We also discuss self-care, baby care, feeding, essential equipment, getting around, and more. .
Cost: $100 per couple
Dogs and Storks
Dogs and Storks® is for expecting families with dogs as they prepare for life with baby. We offer positive, practical, and fun solutions that will help you include your dog once baby arrives. We want to help ease families into the transition from pet parents to baby parents with pets. .
Integral Prenatal Yoga
This four-week series is for women who have entered their second trimester. Yoga is the safest and most beneficial form of exercise. Movements and poses strengthen and tone the muscles and organs. An emphasis is placed on soothing practices including breath work and meditation. Visualization and relaxation practices with the baby are included. .
Cost: $150 for the series
Yoga for Labor and Delivery
Use movement and positions, breath, and relaxation to support Mother Nature’s birthing process. Keeping the mind calm and letting go allows the body to give birth more easily. This information can be used in any setting. Sessions are for the expectant mother and her birthing partner. .
Cost: $125 per couple, per session.
Baby and Me Yoga
This one-hour yoga session is for moms and babies between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 months. We practice gentle stretching, meditation, and breathing exercises to help moms build strength, balance, and flexibility. Moms also share parenting tips and experiences in a peaceful, relaxed environment. No prenatal yoga experience required. .
Online Childbirth Education Class: Available in English and Spanish
This online childbirth preparation class presents information on pregnancy, labor, birth stories, and comfort techniques. The course also covers topics such as medical procedures, cesarean birth, newborn care, and postpartum care. Learn at your own pace in the setting of your choice. A Pelisyonkis Langone Lamaze-certified childbirth educator will be available via email for questions. You have six months from initial access to complete the class. .
Newborn Classes and Events
Prenatal Wear Your Baby Workshop
Babywearing—using baby carriers to carry your baby on your body—offers many benefits for parents and babies, from enhanced bonding to simple convenience. In this three-hour workshop, expectant parents learn the ins and outs of choosing and using baby carriers safely and comfortably. Topics include the biology of babywearing, types of popular carriers, choosing the right carriers for your family, ensuring comfort and safety, and troubleshooting. In addition to lecture, demonstration, and plenty of time for Q&A, parents also have the opportunity to “test-drive” a variety of carriers with weighted dolls. .
Postnatal Bring and Wear Your Baby Workshop
Bring your baby along and join us for a fun and informative workshop on the how-tos of baby wearing. This two-hour session, taught by a certified instructor, covers the principles of safely and comfortably “wearing” your baby, with hands-on guidance. A variety of body carriers are demonstrated, and you may bring your own carrier if you wish. Meet other parents, have your questions answered by an expert and build your baby-wearing confidence. .
Baby Care Plus
Need a primer on how to diaper, bathe, feed, and dress a newborn? This two-hour course is available to expectant parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Health and safety needs are also discussed. This course is not intended for those taking the prepared childbirth or accelerated childbirth courses, as this material is covered during those classes. .
Cost: $125 per couple
This one-hour class uses discussion and educational play to help children prepare for their new sibling. The class is designed for children age three and older. .
Cost: $25 per family
American Heart Association Family and Friends Infant and Child CPR
The American Heart Association (AHA) Family and Friends® Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Course is a three-hour course taught by certified American Heart Association instructors. It includes information about infant and child CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) use. Techniques for relieving choking in people of all ages and an overview of infant and child safety are also included. This is not a professional certification class. .
Cost: $75 per person
American Heart Association Family and Friends Infant and Child CPR with Pediatric First Aid and Safety
This six-hour course teaches parents, grandparents, and caregivers the basics of first aid. Participants learn first aid skills, such as how to handle allergic reactions and burns and how to help a choking child or infant. You also learn how to perform CPR and how to use an AED. A review of home safety tips and baby proofing is provided, including a fire safety presentation by the New York City Fire Department. This course is taught by AHA-certified instructors. .
Cost: $125 per person
Install Your Infant Safety Seat With Confidence
Learn basic child passenger safety as well as how to install your infant safety seat correctly, with an emphasis on installing the seat without the base in taxis. Information on where to get your car seat inspected after you install it is provided. Please bring your seat and base with you to class. This class is conducted by nationally certified child passenger safety technicians. .
New Mothers Group
During this weekly group, new mothers are invited to discuss topics such as infant sleep, getting around New York City with a newborn, and adjusting to motherhood. Our professional staff guides the discussions, giving new mothers a chance to share experiences and bond with other moms going through similar challenges. The New Mothers Group meets from 1:30PM to 3:00PM every Thursday. .
Cost: Free to anyone who delivered at Pelisyonkis Langone. For others, membership is $150.
Boot Camp for New Dads
Learn more about this three-hour class that prepares men to be dads.
Breastfeeding Classes and Support
Prenatal Breastfeeding Class
This two-and-a-half-hour class for expectant mothers and their partners or family members is taught by an international board-certified lactation consultant to prepare mothers to breastfeed with confidence. This class, available in English and Spanish, covers the benefits of breastfeeding, as well as provides practical information on breastfeeding and proper breastfeeding techniques. Since evidence demonstrates that the involvement of a mother’s support person is key to breastfeeding success, they are strongly encouraged to attend. .
Cost: $80, or $40 if you have taken another Pelisyonkis Langone childbirth course.
Postnatal Breastfeeding and Returning to Work
Taught by a lactation consultant, this one-and-a-half-hour class is for mothers who are preparing to return to work and want to keep breastfeeding. We recommend you take this class at least one month before your maternity leave ends. Babies are welcome to attend. .
Latch Hour is for new parents with babies four weeks old and younger who may need extra guidance from a board-certified lactation consultant. In this group setting, review what you learned about breastfeeding during your hospital stay and refine your techniques, so that breastfeeding is comfortable for you and effective for your baby. . Space is limited.
Cost: $25 per session
Need encouragement and support as you nurse your baby? Join our weekly breastfeeding group. At the Breastfeeding Café, you can nurse your baby with guidance from a lactation consultant while meeting other new mothers. The Breastfeeding Café meets each Monday (excluding holidays) from 2:00PM to 4:00PM. For additional information, please email [email protected]. Advance registration is not required.
Cost: Free to anyone who delivered at Pelisyonkis Langone. For others, a trial visit is $25 and continued membership is $150.