Childbirth Education, Parenting Classes & Tours

Classes and Tours

Families from across our region have warm memories of welcoming a new arrival at The Joyce Stock Snuggery. But the maternity unit is here for you before and after the birth of your child, as well, with a wide array of educational programs to help you prepare for childbirth and better enjoy the joys of being a parent. If your insurance is Blue Shield of Northeastern NY or Fidelis Care, check with these carriers to see if your plan will cover the cost of the classes.

To register for a GFH class, or sign up for a Snuggery tour you may register online, call 518-926-6095, email Geri Finnegan at gfinnegan@glensfallshosp.org, or go to the Event Calendar to find class times and postings.

Cost-saving packages available for those who register for more than one of our childbirth education classes!

This childbirth series is held during the week from 6:00pm – 9:00pm to fit your busy work or personal schedules. Whether you are expecting your first baby or need a refresher, this course prepares couples for the challenges of labor and the whole birth experience. Learn state of the art childbirth preparation over in two sessions over two weeks (class content is the same as the Childbirth Preparation Series). Please bring 2 pillows. Class size is limited. Please register in advance.

Class fee: $75 per couple

Register for Preparing for Childbirth (Two Sessions Over Two Weeks)

This full day childbirth series is held on Saturday’s from 9:00am – 5:00pm to fit your busy work or personal schedules. Whether you are expecting your first baby or need a refresher, this course prepares couples for the challenges of labor and the whole birth experience. Learn state of the art childbirth preparation all in one day (class content is the same as the Childbirth Preparation Series). Please bring 2 pillows. Class size is limited. Please register in advance.

Class Fee: $75 per couple

Register for Preparing for Childbirth (One Day Session)

This childbirth series is held on Friday evenings from 6:00pm – 9:00pm and Saturday mornings from 9:00am – 12:30pm to fit your busy work or personal schedules. Whether you are expecting your first baby or need a refresher, this course prepares couples for the challenges of labor and the whole birth experience. Learn state of the art childbirth preparation all in one day (class content is the same as the Childbirth Preparation Series). Please bring 2 pillows. Class size is limited. Please register in advance.

Class Fee: $75 per couple

Register for Childbirth Preparation (Two Day Session)

This special prenatal class is offered for women planning to breastfeed, as well as for those who are undecided. You’ll learn all the advantages and possible difficulties of breast feeding your baby. You will learn the basic techniques that will help you prepare for breastfeeding and feel confident about what to do. This class is presented by a member our Lactation Services Team and will answer any of your questions and concerns about breastfeeding. This is a fun, informational class that you will thoroughly enjoy! Register for Preparing for Breastfeeding and explore the advantages of a successful and rewarding breast feeding experience. This popular class fills up quickly. Please register early.

Class Fee: $25 per couple

Register for Preparing for Breastfeeding

Boot Camp helps prepare dads-to-be for the challenges ahead by bringing them in together with veteran dads and their newborn babies for a fun and interactive session. Included are hands-on demonstrations of burping, changing and swaddling a baby as well as bonding, forming a parenting team, child safety, preventing child abuse, and the “trouble shooter’s guide” to crying babies. There’s also a strong emphasis on providing new moms with the tremendous support they need following the arrival of a baby.

Click here for an inside look at Boot Camp for New Dads!

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Class Fee: $35.00 per person

Register for Boot Camp for New Dads

This is a private class for families who wish to have their child (or children) attend the birth. This class provides graphic, age-appropriate information so your child is comfortable with what will happen during the delivery. Class is intended for children ages 4 – 14 years old.

Class Fee: $55

Register for Sibling-Attended Preparation Class

 

Designed especially for parents in the seventh or eighth month of pregnancy, this course covers the practical how-tos of baby care. You’ll gain hands-on experience in bathing, positioning, handling, feeding and diapering your baby, and find answers to all your questions about newborn safety and signs of illness and infection.

Class Fee: $25 per couple

Register for Caring For Your Infant

 

During this two hour class you will learn about CPR basics for infants (newborn  – 1 year old),. Utilizing hands-on experiences, this class will cover near drowning accidents, choking, safety precautions, and more. You will leave feeling confident about your ability to respond to your infant in an emergency and how to create a safe environment.

Class Fee: $15 per person or $25 per couple

Register for Tot Saver Class

Safe Sitter is a medically accurate babysitting preparation program designed for boys and girls ages 11 – 13 years old. The nationally recognized program teaches sitters how to have fun with children as well as how to recognize a medical emergency and know the appropriate action to take. Students learn how to handle specific ages. Students learn safe, nurturing child care techniques, basic first aid & rescue techniques.

Class Fee: $35.00 

Register for Safer Sitter Babysitting Training

The Joyce Stock Snuggery tours are offered once a month for families who would like to know more about Labor & Delivery at the Joyce Stock Snuggery. An RN will give a guided tour of the unit, offering general information on your options for birth at the Joyce Stock Snuggery at Glens Falls Hospital.

Couples registered to the Two Week, Two Day or One Day Childbirth Preparation Sessions need not attend. A tour will be given at these classes.

All couples considering where to give birth and first time parents giving birth at Glens Falls Hospital are welcome. This tour is open to the public. Pre-registration is required.

Class Fee: Free

Register for Snuggery Open House for Expectant Parents

Are you pregnant and interested in breastfeeding? Already breastfeeding and want to meet other moms? Need answers to breastfeeding questions? The Bundle of Joy Baby Cafe is the place to go! This program is  led by nurses from the Joyce Stock Snuggery at Glens Falls Hospital.

Come stop in and enjoy some coffee, support, and educational information! The program is offered on select Saturdays at:

Washington County Annex #2 Meeting Room
411 Lower Main St.
Hudson Falls, NY 12839

Contact Us

For more information or to schedule a tour of the Snuggery please call 518-926-6095.

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