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Maternity Classes

Please note: Classes Have Changed Due to COVID-19

Due to visitor restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Breastfeeding and Caring for New Families classes and Infant/Child Heartsaver classes are temporarily postponed. Prepared Childbirth classes are now being offered via videoconference. If you have already registered for an upcoming class, a member of our staff will be in touch with you. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Car-Freshner Center of Women and Children at Samaritan welcomes expectant mothers to learn all the important details about pregnancy, birth and care after the baby is born. This free series is offered every month for moms-to-be and their partners.

The Pregnancy Workshop

The March of Dimes has developed an Early Pregnancy class designed for both first-time and experienced mothers and their partners in the first and second trimester of pregnancy. This national program, taught by trained maternity nurses, is designed to promote optimum newborn outcomes. This class will talk about:

  • Your developing baby and the physical and emotional changes that mom will experience.
  • Hints about the developing baby, nutrition, exercise and preparing for the new arrival.
  • Ways to deal with pregnancy discomforts and warning signs to report to your healthcare provider.

Two-hour class • FREE to everyone • 4:30pm – 6:30pm one Sunday per month.

Co-Sponsored by the Car-Freshner Center of Women and Children at Samaritan, North Country Prenatal Perinatal Council, March of Dimes and Excellus Blue Cross.

The Breastfeeding and Caring for New Families Classes

We have combined our two most popular classes – Caring for New Families and Breastfeeding – into a two-part course designed to be taken after the first trimester. Feel free to sign up for just one part, but we hope you’ll take both!

Part 1: Breastfeeding Basics – 9:30am – 12:00pm (on scheduled Saturdays) and 6:00pm – 8:30pm (on scheduled weeknights)

Topics include how to get the best start, achieving a good latch, positioning, establishing a good supply, managing common challenges, community resources, choosing a pump and returning to work. Partners are encouraged to attend.

Part 2: Caring for New Families – 1:00pm – 3:00pm (Saturdays)

Learn about the mother and baby unit at Samaritan Medical Center. Topics include how to care for yourself and your newborn, bathing and diapering, circumcision care, safety, when to call the doctor, the difference between the baby blues and postpartum depression and more. Partners are encouraged to attend.

Classes are free and held on Saturdays. Breastfeeding Basics is also offered one evening every other month. Call the Car-Freshner Center of Women and Children at Samaritan at 315-785-4050 for class dates and to schedule. All classes are held in the Conference Room area at Samaritan Medical Center on the 2nd floor.

Other Local Breastfeeding Resources:
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County – Breastfeeding Support
North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council – Breastfeeding Support

Prepared Childbirth Class

What is labor exactly? How can I stay as comfortable as possible?

Find out in this course designed to be taken near the seventh month of your pregnancy. Topics include relaxation and pain control options for labor, how to stay comfortable and healthy during those last weeks, stress reduction techniques and a tour of The Maternity Place. Find out how to make your experience enjoyable and satisfying.

This free course is offered from 9:30am – 1:30pm one Sunday per month.

Infant/Child Heartsaver Class

The course is designed for the expectant parents, but is open to anyone wishing to learn CPR and how to help a choking infant or child.
Enrollment is limited, so call early!

This free course is offered from 2:00pm – 4:00pm one Sunday per month.

To attend any or all of our classes, call The Maternity Place at Samaritan Medical Center at 315-785-4050 for dates and times.

All classes are all held in the 2nd floor Conference Rooms at Samaritan Medical Center, use the Pratt Elevator (C).