7 Ways to Prep for Baby in New York

Don’t just get bigger. Get smarter! Get ready for baby with one of these cool, local classes.

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Childbirth education

Get a primer in the stages of labor and the scoop on pain-relief techniques—whether you want drugs or not. Find out what happens if there are complications during childbirth and what to expect after delivery. And get tips on how to create the right birth plan for you.
Take it at Beth Israel Medical Center, $325 per couple, (212) 420-2999

Cesarean childbirth

If you know you’re having a C-section, this is the class for you. You’ll get details on what really happens during the surgery, including how the anesthesia works, plus advice on recovering after the birth.
Take it at NYU Langone Medical Center, $100 per couple, (212) 263-7201

Breastfeeding prep

Getting the knack of breastfeeding can be much easier if you already know the basics. This class covers how to properly position baby, get her to latch correctly and know if she’s feeding enough. You’ll also learn how to manage the early weeks of breastfeeding, to pump and store milk, and to wean and introduce solids.
Take it at Rosie Pope Maternity, $150 per couple, (212) 608-2036

Twins and other multiples

If you’re carrying more than one baby, you’ll want to take this class. You’ll learn what equipment you’ll need, how to find a nanny, tips for nursing multiples, and advice on preparing siblings, pets and your relationship.
Take it at Twinversity, $150 per family, (917) 442-2020

Infant care

Get information on making the transition into parenthood with this crash course. You’ll get how-tos on bathing, diapering, burping and more.
Take it at Momdoulary, $60, (347) 500-6038

Daddy boot camp

This class isn’t for you, but it can certainly help you out. Your partner can take part in the New Dad Boot Camp, where he’ll learn how to handle his new role as dad, get baby-care basics and find out the best ways to help you out as you recover.
Take it at Tribeca Parenting, $65, (646) 863-4500

Becoming a sibling

Kids ages three to seven are taught practical ways to help mom and dad with the new baby and are given a tour of the maternity ward. They also receive a certificate designating them as a future big brother or sister.
Take it at Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, $20 per child, (516) 663-2858

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