Maternity Classes and Support Services

Find a Maternity Unit Near You

Nuvance Health offers a variety of classes to help growing families prepare for the arrival of a new baby. Our comprehensive approach also includes tips and resources to support new parents as they adjust to life with a newborn. Families have access to childbirth, breastfeeding, newborn and postpartum classes. We also offer lactation consultants who guide one-on-one and in group settings.

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.


Registration and resources


To register for a class, please call (203) 739-6831.

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

Pregnancy, Childbirth and Newborn Classes

  • Meet the Family Birth Center   

    Take a tour of our family birth center. We offer modern facilities and a home-like environment. Special services help moms and babies feel cared for throughout their stay.

    Additional information

    • When to attend: By the 36th week of pregnancy
  • Baby Care Basics   

    Learn the basics of caring for your newborn baby, including bathing, swaddling, feeding, diapering, burping, etc.  Discussion on SIDS, finding a pediatrician, and immunizations. A Registered Nurse from the family birth center and a hospital Doula teach this class.

    Additional Information

    • When to attend: Third trimester
  • Breastfeeding Basics – Getting It Going, Keeping It Going and Being Successful  

    This class reviews breastfeeding basics for mothers of newborns. A certified lactation consultant guides these discussions. Topics include:

    • Benefits of breastfeeding
    • Breastfeeding positions
    • How to establish milk supply
    • Troubleshooting common problems

    Additional information

    • When to attend: By the 32nd week of pregnancy
  • Bump to Birth  

    This virtual class will provide an overview of pregnancy and childbirth.  Topics to be discussed are pregnancy, labor, comfort measures and interventions during labor, medical interventions, cesarean birth, and breastfeeding after delivery.  DONA/CAPPA certified doulas and certified childbirth educators teach this class.

    Additional information

    • When to attend: Third trimester
  • Cesarean Birth Preparation  

    If you are scheduled for Cesarean birth, this virtual class explains what to expect from admission to recovery. Partners learn how to provide support to expectant mothers throughout the process. 

    Additional information

    • When to attend: Second or third trimester
  • Pregnancy and Childbirth Comfort Measures  
    We teach techniques that help expectant mothers stay comfortable during pregnancy, labor and delivery. This information can help you have a more calm, peaceful experience. 

    Additional information
    • When to attend: Second or third trimester
  • Postpartum Life  

    This class educates new moms and their partners on what to expect during baby’s first weeks of life. We provide tips new families can use to adjust to common challenges. Topics may include:

    • Emotional wellness
    • Healthy lifestyle habits
    • Physical changes and care

    Additional information

    • When to attend: Third trimester or shortly after delivery

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.


To register for a class, please complete this form.


Pregnancy, Childbirth and Newborn Classes

  • Breastfeeding and Caring for your Newborn    

    This class is open to all expectant mothers and their partners. A certified lactation consultant leads discussions covering:

    • Breastfeeding
    • Newborn cues and reactions
    • Parental adjustment

    Additional information

    • When to attend: By the 36th week of pregnancy
  • Parent's Circle  

    Support group for parents of newborns. Discussion topics may include:
    • Becoming a new parent
    • Changes in sleep
    • Making time for yourself
    • Returning to work

    Additional information

    • When to attend: After birth and until baby is six months old

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
  • Breastfeeding Support Services
  • Mother-to-Mother Support Group
  • Prenatal Breastfeeding Class


Registration and resources

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

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

For more information about the Mother-to-Mother Support Group, please call (845) 871-4377.

Milk Bank Depot

Northern Dutchess Hospital is a Milk Depot for the New York Milk Bank. All donors go through a screening process. To become a donor, call the New York Milk Bank at 212-956-MILK (212-956-6455).To make an appointment to drop off frozen milk, registered New York Milk Bank donors can call the birth center at 845-871-3355.


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.

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