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Childbirth, New Baby and New Parent Programs

Before Your Baby Basics

A series of 10 classes to help prepare for the arrival of your newborn. Topics include Lamaze, breastfeeding, nutrition, infant care and parenting, feeding, development, well-child visits, and first aid and CPR. Certain criteria must be met to be eligible for this program. Offered Thursday evenings, Bellevue Woman’s Center, 2210 Troy-Schenectady Road, Niskayuna, 346-9410.

ICAN of the Capital District

A local chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network, the group offers education and support for cesarean prevention, cesarean recovery and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Latham. Online discussion group and lending library also available. For more information, call Amanda at 577-1222 or email ICANofCapDist@gmail.com.

Prepared Childbirth

In this seven-week course, mothers-to-be and their partners will learn about breathing techniques, labor exercises, techniques for managing labor pain, delivery, post-partum and newborn care and breastfeeding. Seton Health Childbirth Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy. For dates and information, call 268-5979.

Prepared Childbirth Refresher Course

A shorter version of our Prepared Childbirth class, geared toward experienced parents. Seton Health Childbirth Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy. For dates and information, call 268-5979.

Infant Care

Learn the basics of infant care. Attend class after fifth month of pregnancy. Family members welcome. The Birth Place at Albany Medical Center, 43 New Scotland Ave., Albany, 262-5162.

Infant Massage

Learn the specialized techniques of infant massage. This gentle touch technique is designed to calm, comfort and quiet babies. Free. Seton Health Childbirth Center at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy. For dates and information, call 268-5979.

Childbirth Classes

A series of four, two-and-a-half hour classes focusing on labor, birth, and early postpartum. Topics include physical and emotional changes, the labor process, viewing a childbirth video, relaxation and breathing techniques, pain relief in childbirth, and the postpartum period. Offered Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. Bellevue Woman’s Center, 2210 Troy-Schenectady Road, Niskayuna, 346-9410.

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