Getting ready for a new baby is a fun and exciting time. Catholic Health is happy to provide classes to make this time as easy as possible for you, your family, and your baby.
Register for classes at around 20 weeks (4-5 months). These classes prepare you for the discomforts of late pregnancy, as well as delivery.
- Prepared Pregnancy – CLASSIC
OMG! Two lines on the stick! Now what? This comprehensive class gives you tools to keep yourself and your new baby as safe and healthy as possible throughout pregnancy. After coming to our two evening series or one weekend day class, join us for monthly support group meetings on different topics of interest during pregnancy. Class cost is $30 per couple.
- Prepared Pregnancy – COMMUNITY
A hands-on class to cover what to expect during pregnancy. This is a fast paced and interactive class for Mom and up to two friends or support people. May be taken instead of or with the CLASSIC class (see Prepared Pregnancy CLASSIC). No lecture at all, so bring questions and be ready to participate in activities! Class cost is $20 per Mom and 2 guests.
- Prepared Childbirth – CLASSIC
Childbirth classes are perfect for any expectant parent who wants to know what will happen in labor and delivery and beyond. Our fun and interactive classes will include tips on making your pregnancy easier, labor and delivery facts, and recovery at home. We will also talk about care for both Mom and baby after you leave the hospital. A tour is included! Please dress comfortably and prepare to have fun while learning. Class cost is $60 per couple.
- Prepared Childbirth – COMMUNITY
These three-hour classes cover all the basic topics in our longer classes. Bring one or two people with you and prepare to laugh and move your way through a fast paced, lecture-free learning experience! Basic Infant CPR and Car Seat Safety activities are included. (These can be taken instead of or with the lecture based series.) Class cost is $30 per Mom and 2 guests.
- Prepared Childbirth – REFRESHER
As medical care is constantly changing, we recommend coming to the full childbirth class, however, if you have had a baby before and want the shortened version, please come at 10:30 – 4 on our all day classes, or the two middle weeks of our four week series! This will shorten your class time and still go over active labor and delivery. Please let HealthConnection know when you register for class that you are taking classes as a Refresher. Class cost is $30 per couple.
- Lamaze Focus
These classes are geared towards parents who desire additional Lamaze focus for natural child birth. These classes have four sessions and the fifth is a tour at Sisters. All other topics covered in our standard Prepared Childbirth Classes are also covered. Class cost is $70 per couple.
- Prepared Cesarean Delivery
For parents who know they will be scheduled for a Cesarean Delivery, this class covers what to expect. We cover all the information in our Prepared Childbirth CLASSIC class, but without the labor section! We also discuss recovery at home, pain control techniques, and answer questions about the surgical delivery. A tour is included. Class cost is $25 per couple.
- Marvelous Multiples
The arrival of multiples is amazing! This class is intended to add to the Prepared Childbirth Class or the Prepared Cesarean Delivery class for parents expecting more than one new arrival. This class will give you more information about what is happening both during your pregnancy and tips from moms who have been there! We tour the NICU during this class, but not labor and delivery. Class cost is $25 per couple.
- High Risk Pregnancies and Deliveries
This class will cover special concerns during a high risk pregnancy. We will cover medical care, what to do at home, what to expect, and before and after delivery. Ask questions, become more informed, and be an active part of your healthcare team! Cost is $20 per couple.
- Parenting a Baby in the NICU
If you have been told you are at a high risk for early delivery or your baby is likely to be in the NICU for a while, this class is for you. We will take a tour of the NICU, discuss care of a baby in the NICU, and discuss parenting tips for while your baby is at the hospital. Many parents say seeing the NICU and having their questions answered beforehand greatly decreases fears and anxiety! Cost is $20 per couple.
- Preparing to Breastfeed
A lactation consultant will review common questions and concerns regarding the first weeks of breastfeeding. A good start makes the first few weeks much easier, so come and prepare with our expert instructors. Both parents are welcome or feel free to come with a friend! Cost is $25 per couple.
- Sibling Classes
Introduce your 3-8 year old child or children to being a big brother or sister. Parents accompany children on a guided tour of the nursery, view Mom’s room and see new babies through the nursery window. Children explore, with the help of a doll, how newborns are held, fed, diapered, and bathed. Class cost is $15 per family.
- Baby Talk
This enjoyable class helps make those first few weeks less stressful! We discuss care of your newborn, health concerns to watch for, and challenges all new parents face. There is plenty of both discussion time and practice time with our lifelike dolls. Class cost is $20 per couple.
- Grandparents Classes
It is amazing how much changes! Grandparents are experts in so many areas of child raising, but if you would like a refresher or just a look at what recommendations have changed, please join us. This class covers new infant care, (car seat and sleep safety), supportive care for the new parents, and fun activities to prepare for the arrival of your precious grandchild. Please fill out a separate registration form for each person taking this class. Class cost is $10 per person.
- Infant and Child CPR Certification/First Aid
This practical class will prepare you for emergency situations. We will cover how to respond if a child is choking, drowning, has an injury, or needs CPR. Since infants grow so quickly, we will cover both infant and child age groups. This class includes American Red Cross CPR certification. Please fill out a separate registration form for each person taking this class. Cost is $45 per person.
- Infant and Child CPR
This shorter class is for those who may not need certification or can’t fit the longer classes into their schedule. Including choking, drowning, CPR, and use of an AED, this class covers the basics but does not include certification. Cost is $25 per couple.
- Car Seat Safety
Proper car seat use saves lives! Many parents are shocked to find out that car seats are usually used incorrectly. Come to class where we will have both a class portion and a one-on-one car seat fitting with a certified Child Passenger Safety Tech. If you have a car seat, please bring your seat so you can learn how to use it most effectively. This class is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help other children in need of safe seats!
- Ready, Set, Parent!
EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) will provide positive parenting preparation for pregnant and new parents. In this session you will learn about the three "Terrific T's" of parenting: Taking Care of Yourself as a Parent; Tuning Into Your Baby's Needs; and Teachable Tips for Early Brain Development. These classes are free, but registration is required. Please call (716) 332-4127 to register.
Class Schedule by Location for 2017
Please see the class calendars for 2017. These calendars are organized by location.
- Mercy Hospital of Buffalo & Catholic Health Training Center - 2017 Class Schedule
- Mount St. Mary's Hospital - 2017 Class Schedule
- Sisters of Charity Hospital - 2017 Class Schedule
To register for class, please download a registration form:
- Childbirth Class Registration Form (PDF) for 2016 Classes
- Childbirth Class Registration Form (PDF) for 2017 Classes
When registering for class, this form will also be used to pre-admit you to the hospital. Pre-admitting will decrease your paperwork when you arrive in labor!
Can't attend an in-person class?
In addition to our in-person classes, Catholic Health offers a variety of online childbirth classes. You can learn more about our online childbirth classes here.
As a courtesy to you, Catholic Health will bill your insurance company for the classes that you have registered for.
If your insurance does not cover the cost of the class, you will receive a bill and will be responsible for applicable co-payments, co-insurance, deductibles or for any services not covered. Contact your insurance carrier to find out if they cover all or part of your cost. You may need to pay for the class and submit a receipt to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.
Frequently Asked Questions
Health education is essential to your personal well-being and that of your growing family. Please contact your insurer to see if they cover all or a portion of these services. Coverage may be included as part of your wellness and prevention health benefits.
Yes, a bill will be issued for this class. If you have insurance that covers all or a portion of these services, a bill will be issued to your insurer. If after payment from your insurer there is a copayment, deductible or remaining balance due as patient responsibility a bill will also be issued to you.
Please contact your insurer if you feel that you have received the bill in error. Catholic Health will only issue you a bill based on instructions from your insurer. If not, please remit payment as directed on the bill.
If you are in need of assistance in payment due to lack of insurance or financial hardship, Catholic Health has a Healthcare Assistance Program that offers discounts to qualified individuals. For more information, call our Billing Department at (716) 601-3600.
At Mercy Hospital and Sisters Hospital, you will receive a parking voucher at class to cover the cost of parking. At Mount St. Mary's Hospital, parking is free.