Childbirth Classes and Support Services

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At Nuvance Health™ hospitals, families have access to childbirth, breastfeeding and postpartum classes, and support groups. We also offer lactation consultants who guide one-on-one and group settings.
Childbirth Classes and Support Services: Why Choose Us? Whether you are newly pregnant or gave birth recently, you probably have questions or could use a little extra support. Each of our six birth centers provides a variety of classes and services to offer education and help you welcome your new baby.  

All our hospitals have lactation consultations through one-on-one counseling or in breastfeeding classes. Many of our hospitals also offer classes for siblings and grandparents, so your whole family feels supported.

Please note: Classes are offered virtually due to COVID-19. You will receive specific instructions to log in virtually when you register for a class.

Maternity Support at Danbury Hospital

Instructors from the birth center lead classes that help both parents learn about pregnancy and prepare for childbirth. New mothers may also participate in a free postpartum support group. During the support group, mothers of newborns can ask questions, share concerns and build relationships with other new moms.

Classes and support groups

Classes and maternity support services at Danbury Hospital include:

  • Breastfeeding and Baby Care Basics Class
  • Bump to Birth Childbirth Preparation Class
  • Bump to Birth Interventions and Comfort Measures
  • Mother/Baby Talk, a free new mothers’ support group

Registration and resources

To register for one of our virtual childbirth classes, please call (866) 374-0007.

To register for the Mother/Baby Talk support group, please call (203) 739-7777.

We also offer a lactation phone line, available Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To receive support from lactation specialists, please call (203) 739-7777.

Maternity Support at Norwalk Hospital

We provide a variety of classes led by childbirth educators and lactation consultants. You may be new to childbirth, need a refresher or want to find information for older siblings or grandparents.

Classes and support groups

Childbirth classes and postpartum support services at Norwalk Hospital include:

  • Breastfeeding Classes
  • Mom’s Circle, a free new moms’ support group
  • Prepared Childbirth Class
  • Refresher Childbirth Class

Registration and resources

To inquire about cost, register for childbirth classes or learn more about Mom’s Circle, please call (866) NHB-WELL (642-9355).

To learn more about programs for grandparents, children and siblings, please call (203) 459-4687.

To contact a lactation consultant, please call (203) 852-3390.

We also provide a 24-hour New Mother’s Help Line. For support after you leave the birth center, please call (203) 852-2323.

Our patient education library supplies information on a variety of topics, including newborn care, immunizations, pregnancy and postpartum care. If prompted, enter password 02030.

Maternity Support at Sharon Hospital

At Sharon Hospital, you’ll find education about cesarean births, childbirth preparation and breastfeeding. You may also join one of our prenatal or postpartum support groups.

Childbirth classes and support groups

Maternity classes and support groups at Sharon Hospital include:

  • Baby Basics
  • Breastfeeding Preparation
  • Breastfeeding Support Group
  • Cesarean Birth Preparation
  • Childbirth Education
  • Prenatal Lunch Bunch

Registration and resources

For more information about classes or to schedule a virtual live tour, please call (860) 364-4238 or email

Maternity Support at Vassar Brothers Medical Center

At Vassar Brothers Medical Center, we provide specialized services for breastfeeding support. Breastfeeding helps your baby by:

  • Improving digestion
  • Providing excellent nutrition
  • Protecting against infection

New moms also benefit from:

  • Bonding time
  • Decreased postpartum blood loss
  • Increased bone strength

Registration and resources

We provide private lactation consultations. To learn more or schedule an appointment, please call (845) 483-6178.

Maternity Support at Northern Dutchess Hospital

Families have access to a range of classes and support services at Northern Dutchess Hospital. We provide childbirth education for your whole family, as well as breastfeeding and lactation support. New mothers may also participate in postpartum support groups.

Classes and support groups

The maternity classes and support services at Northern Dutchess Hospital include:

  • Childbirth Education classes
  • Infant and Preschool Support Play Group
  • Mom-to-Mom Breastfeeding Support Group
  • New Mothers Support Group
  • Postpartum Depression Support Group
  • Prenatal Breastfeeding Class
  • Sibling Class

Registration and resources

To inquire about childbirth classes and support groups, please call (845) 871-4355.

For more information about the Sibling Class and Infant and Preschool Support Play Group, please call (845) 871-3179

To contact a lactation specialist, please call (845) 871-3365.

Maternity Support at Putnam Hospital

Whether it’s baby boot camp, a sibling class or a grandparenting class, our goal is to help you prepare to welcome your new family member. Our partnership with the New York State Department of Health enables us to offer specialized breastfeeding classes and instructors.

Childbirth and breastfeeding classes

Birth and parenting classes at Putnam Hospital include:

  • Baby Boot Camp
  • Breastfeeding Class
  • Grandparenting Class
  • Prepared Childbirth Class
  • Sibling Class

Registration and resources

To register or learn more about our classes, please call (845) 279-5711, Ext. 2513.