Parent Education Classes & Support Groups
NYU Langone’s Center for Perinatal Education and Lactation offers numerous parent education classes and groups that help you prepare for childbirth and provide you with the support you need when you bring your baby home.
All in-person classes and support groups are suspended at this time, but we are providing online resources covering the following topics:
In addition, our free Ready, Set, Baby! childbirth information session webinar teaches you what to expect from the childbirth experience at NYU Langone. We also have special Boot Camp for New Dads. Parenting tips are available through our videos on NYU Langone’s YouTube channel.
Pregnancy and Childbirth Classes
Ask the Educator Live Webinar
During this free, one-hour live webinar, we invite expecting parents to ask questions related to pregnancy, childbirth, and delivering a baby at NYU Langone. These sessions are facilitated by our Lamaze-certified nurse coordinator of childbirth education. Sessions are recurring, and you may join as often as you like. Participants in Infant and Child First Aid and Safety, Understanding Breastfeeding, Understanding Fatherhood, and Understanding Newborn Care online classes are invited to register for this webinar as a follow-up to those sessions. Register online.
Prepared Childbirth Express Live Webinar
This one-day webinar is a fast-paced overview of the childbirth experience. Topics include physiology of labor, comfort measures, common practices and interventions, birth preferences, and postpartum adjustments. Register online.
Prepared Childbirth Live Webinar
The Prepared Childbirth Live Webinar is a three-week childbirth education series for pregnant women and their support persons. Topics are based on the Lamaze International philosophy and include birth physiology, including what’s going on before, during, and after labor; comfort techniques during labor; medical interventions, including pain medication; and how to prepare for the immediate and at-home postpartum experience.
Each 2.5-hour class is live-streamed, and participants are encouraged to ask questions and participate in discussions with the instructor and other class participants. Register online.
Ready, Set, Induction!
Ready, Set, Induction! is a brief, recorded presentation about induction of labor, which are interventions your doctor may use to stimulate uterine contractions before labor begins on its own. This session is intended for women who have been scheduled for induction of labor and their support person. Our instructor provides an overview of the common medical reasons for scheduling induction of labor, as well as information about what to expect when you arrive at the hospital. We also provide answers to the most frequently asked questions about induction of labor. Register online.
Babywearing, or carrying your baby on your body with an infant carrier, offers many benefits for parents and babies, from enhanced bonding to simple convenience. In this workshop, expecting 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 carrier for your family, ensuring comfort and safety, and troubleshooting, followed by a question-and-answer session. Register online.
Basics of Infant Car Seats Webinar
Learn the basics of your infant safety seat including strap positioning, proper harness adjustment for your baby, aftermarket products, and expiration dates. Other topics include height and weight limits, handle positions, and the importance of using infant safety seats even if you do not own a car. This session is ideal for those who already own a car seat. Please have a stuffed animal or infant doll available for the session. Register online.
Birth Basics in Japanese and English
This four-hour livestreamed class covers the basics of healthy birth. Topics addressed include the Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices, stages of labor, medical support, and postpartum healing. Learn about laboring at home and at the hospital and practice a variety of pain-coping techniques. This class is taught in Japanese and English and is intended for couples where one or both participants speak Japanese. Register online.
Cesarean Birth Webinar
This two-hour class, taught by a certified childbirth educator, is offered to people who 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. Register online.
Dogs and Storks Webinar
During the Dogs and Storks webinar, we help families that have dogs prepare for life with a baby. We offer positive, practical, and fun solutions that help you include your dog once the newest member of your family arrives. This workshop helps families transition from pet parents to baby parents with pets. Register online.
Healthy Families Webinar
Becoming parents can bring profound changes to a couple’s relationship. During the Healthy Families webinar, new and expecting parents learn ways to work through conflict with greater ease, improve communication, create positive parent–infant interactions, maintain relationship satisfaction, reduce the incidence or severity of postpartum mood disorders, and increase friendship in the relationship. This webinar is based on the work of researchers at the Gottman Institute, which teaches the Gottman Method of couples therapy. Register online.
Healthy Pregnancy Webinar
During this two-hour webinar, you learn 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. Register online.
Introduction to Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Webinar
Prepared Childbirth Review Webinar
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. Register online.
Ready, Set, Grandparent! Webinar
Soon-to-be grandparents are invited to our Ready, Set, Grandparent! webinar, 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. Register online.
Terrific Twins and Triplets Webinar
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. Register online.
Understanding Childbirth Education Online Class
Understanding Childbirth Education is an online childbirth preparation class that 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. An NYU Langone Lamaze-certified childbirth educator will be available via email for questions. You have 45 days from initial access to complete the class. Courses are available in English and Spanish. Register online.
Virtual Prenatal Yoga
This livestreamed class is for pregnant women who have entered their second trimester. Yoga is a safe and beneficial form of prenatal exercise. Movements and poses strengthen and tone the muscles and organs. An emphasis is placed on soothing practices including breathing, meditation, visualization, and relaxation. Register online.
Cost: $150 for a 4-week series
Virtual Yoga for Labor and Delivery
This livestreamed two-hour session uses movement, positions, breath, and relaxation to support the birthing process. Keeping the mind calm is helpful during childbirth. Sessions are for the expectant mother and her birthing partner. Register online.
When Your Partner Is Your Doula: Support During Labor and Birth
Having physical support during labor is crucial. This one-hour livestreamed class teaches techniques that partners and support persons can use to provide maximum comfort during all stages of labor. The importance of incorporating the five senses, movement, position changes, and relaxation breathing, both in and out of bed and with or without an epidural, are discussed. Register online.
Newborn, Infant, and Toddler Parenting Classes and Support
Going Home with Your Baby
This recorded presentation contains important information regarding your discharge from the hospital and caring for yourself and your baby in the early days after delivery. We encourage you to view this complimentary video both prior to and again after delivering your baby. Register online.
Babyproofing and Child Safety
During this 75-minute livestreamed class, participants learn about sleep and crib safety, childproofing, fire safety, emergency preparedness, safety products, and ways to prevent poisoning. This session covers safety measures for newborns through the toddler years and general home safety for all. Register online.
Cost: $40 for 2 participants
Potty Training Basics
Learn how to determine when your child is emotionally and physically ready for toilet training in this two-hour live online session. We provide parents of children ages 18 months to 2.5 years of age with strategies to make the process fun and help avoid setbacks. Each session includes plenty of time for discussion. Register online.
Sign, Say, and Play!
Sign, Say, and Play! is a live online baby sign language workshop series for hearing babies. Classes are a fun and entertaining way for parents and hearing babies to learn sign language together. Topics covered in this six-week series include mealtime, bedtime, bath time, getting dressed, pets, and the park. Through songs, activities, books, and instruction, six or seven signs are learned during each session. Siblings and other family members are welcome to join in. Register online.
Cost: $90 for the 6-week series
More Sign, Say, and Play!
This second six-week series of “play classes” helps provide parents with information on how they can support their baby’s social and emotional development through fun activities, games, and songs. The curriculum has been designed to follow the first series, although it can be taken as a standalone series. Topics covered in this six-week baby sign language series include feelings, outside, farm, safety, zoo, and birthday. Six or seven signs are learned each week. Siblings and other family members are welcome to join in. Register online.
Cost: $90 for the 6-week series. There is a 20 percent discount if you previously purchased the first baby sign language series.
Mothers with Toddlers Group
During our Mothers with Toddlers Group, moms meet virtually to discuss their children’s behaviors, share their experiences, and provide encouragement. The group is facilitated by our professional staff who share and offer guidance when needed. Register online.
Cost: Free for mothers who delivered at NYU Langone; $15 for the general public
Infant CPR Live Webinar
During this live, online course, a certified cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instructor teaches parents and caregivers the basic steps of CPR and choking relief for infants up to 1 year old. Participants are asked to have on hand a doll or stuffed animal to use for practicing chest compressions alongside the instructor. This webinar is designed to provide an overview of the basic steps of infant CPR and choking. It is not a certification course. The course includes time to ask questions and have group discussion with the instructor. Register online.
Sibling Class Webinar
This one-hour webinar uses discussion and educational play to help children prepare for their new sibling. The class is designed for children age 3 and older. Register online.
Solid Foods and Your Baby Webinar
As your baby nears the sixth month of life, he or she approaches a major milestone: eating solid food. Learn what you need to know to feel confident when introducing your baby to solid foods. Register online.
Learn more about our Understanding Fatherhood online class, part of Boot Camp for New Dads. After completing this class, you are invited to register for the Ask the Educator live webinar.
Understanding Your Newborn Online Class
During this webinar, you discover newborn traits and behaviors, learn how to comfort a crying baby, how to diaper a baby, and how to meet your baby’s everyday needs, including providing for his or her health and safety. After completing this class, you are invited to register for the Ask the Educator live webinar. Register online.
Virtual Baby and Me Yoga
This livestreamed 45-minute yoga session is for mothers and newborns between 6 weeks and 12 months of age. 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. Register online.
Cost: $15 per session
Live Online: Learn and Play: New Baby & Parent Support Group
This support group is for birthing parents with new babies to have the opportunity to meet and talk with others about their discoveries and experiences as a new parent. Most weeks there will be an opportunity to expand your baby’s and your own knowledge with scheduled guests and professionals, including but not limited to Baby Sign Language, dental health, Baby and Me Yoga, Baby Minds Activities, traveling with baby, and participant–requested topics.
Registration for each session is required. Register online.
Boot Camp for New Moms
Boot Camp for New Moms is a unique workshop where moms-to-be get advice, insight, and tips on how to raise a baby. This 2.5 hour virtual session offers a judgment-free setting for expectant and new moms to discuss a variety of experiences about what happens in the early days after birth. The workshop shows that there's no one “right” way. Register online.
Breastfeeding Classes and Support
Virtual Breastfeeding Café
This online support group offers new mothers the opportunity to provide each other with encouragement and feedback on breastfeeding. The session is in a question-and-answer format. Registration for each session is required. Register online.
Cost: Free for mothers who delivered at NYU Langone; $15 for the general public
Breastfeeding Café Grande
This online group offers breastfeeding support and encouragement to mothers of babies 6 months of age and older. Register online.
Cost: Free for mothers who delivered at NYU Langone; $15 for the general public
Virtual Lactation Consultations
During this 60-minute, one-on-one online session, an international board-certified lactation consultant evaluates the breastfeeding relationship and addresses your questions and concerns. At the end of the session, you receive a personalized care plan to help you reach your breastfeeding goals.
All sessions take place through your NYU Langone Health MyChart account. If you are a patient at NYU Langone and do not have a MyChart account, you can create an account. We also recommend that you download the NYU Langone Health app to access your MyChart account from your mobile device.
To schedule virtual lactation video visit, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line: Lactation Consultation Request. Please include your full name, baby’s name, baby’s date of birth, and your phone number in your email.
Cost: Visits are covered by most insurance plans. Check with your insurance plan to ensure there is no out-of-pocket expense.
Prenatal Breastfeeding Basics Webinar
This livestreamed 2.5-hour class for expectant mothers and their partner or family member is taught by an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. Topics covered include the benefits of breastfeeding, proper positioning and attachment, maintaining milk supply, learning feeding cues, what to expect in the early weeks, and strategies to deal with early breastfeeding challenges. There will be opportunities for questions and answers. Partners and support persons are strongly encouraged to attend. Register online.
Understanding Breastfeeding Online Class
Participants learn about the health benefits of breastmilk, how it is produced by your body, proper breast care, and ways to breastfeed comfortably and effectively. You learn how to recognize when your baby is hungry, why he or she needs to breastfeed often, and how to be sure your baby is getting enough milk. This course is available in English and Spanish. After completing this class, you are invited to register for the Ask the Educator live webinar, which is offered in English only. Register online.
This live, 90-minute class, taught by a board-certified lactation consultant, is for those who want to learn more about pumping breast milk for their baby. Topics include how to choose the right pump to meet your needs, how to combine breastfeeding and pumping, when and how to pump, techniques to effectively express your milk, best practices for storage and handling of breast milk, and more. There will be ample time for questions and answers at the end of the session. Register online.
Postnatal Breastfeeding and Returning to Work Webinar
Taught by a lactation consultant, this 90-minute 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. Register online.