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We're glad you've chosen to give your new family a Strong Beginning! Listed below, you'll find a number of classes that we currently offer. To register please email us or for more information, call the Strong Beginnings office line at: (585) 275-4058.

Orientation Class and Walking Tour

It is suggested that you register for this class approximately three months prior to your due date.

  • Take part in a walking tour of the Obstetric Service at Strong Memorial Hospital.
  • Watch a short slide presentation of the areas not included in the walking tour.
  • Learn about what to expect during your hospital stay.

Fee: There is no charge for this class, however, a pre-registration is required.

Due to space constraints, registration is limited to two adults. Thank you.

2016 Dates

  • Sunday, October 9, 2016 2:00pm – 2:45pm - Now Full
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016 5:30pm – 6:15pm - Now Full
  • Monday, November 14, 2016 6:00pm - 6:45pm

Registration info

Prenatal Newborn Care Class

In this class, you will learn about:

  • Newborn appearance, behavior and reflexes
  • Feeding your baby
  • Caring for your newborn—including bathing, diapering, taking a temperature and cord care
  • Safety—newborn safe sleep environment, car seat safety
  • When to call the doctor

Fee: $30 includes mother and support person.

2016 Dates

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:00pm – 8:00pm Now Full
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm - Now Full
  • Saturday, November 5, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Now Full
  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Saturday, December 17, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Registration info

Prepared Childbirth Class and Tour

Childbirth Four Week Series Class

  • November 2016 Series, on Tuesday’s: November 1, 8, 15, 22 6:00pm – 8:00pm - Now Full
  • December 2016 Series, on Wednesday’s: November 30, December 7, 14, 21 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • December 2016 Series, on Thursday’s: December 1, 8, 15, 22 6:00pm – 8:00pm

One Day Childbirth Class and Tour

This class is another option for expectant parents and covers all of the weekly series content in one full day.

  • Saturday, October 15, 2016 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Saturday, October 22, 2016 9:00am – 4:00pm - Now Full
  • Saturday, November 5, 2016 9:00am – 4:00pm - Now Full

Fee: $100.00 (includes mother and support person)

This class also includes tour of our Obstetric Service.

In conjunction with this class you may attend our Breastfeeding: Best for You, Best for Your Baby class for $5. Please call to register.

You will learn about :

  • Process of labor
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Breathing techniques and positions for labor and birth
  • Comfort measures, including medications
  • Coach's role
  • What to expect during your hospital stay
  • Preparing for baby at home

Registration info

Online Childbirth Class

Can’t come to class?  We can come to you!

Our online childbirth class is the perfect alternative for expectant parents who can’t attend an on-site childbirth class due to work schedules, time constraints, or medical conditions. Have you given birth before? This online class is a great refresher course! While nothing can replace the personal connection of an on-site childbirth class, you’ll learn the same essential information.

The eight-chapter program is an interactive, web-based class that uses videos, personal birth stories, animations, activities, and games to teach all the essential information parents need to know to prepare for their birth.

Our online childbirth class will help you:

  • Understand pregnancy – what’s happening to your body, discomforts, warning signs, nutrition, exercise, and more
  • Learn about labor – preparing for birth, pre-labor signs, onset of labor, 3D animation of labor process, and more
  • See how the stages of labor unfold – watch amazing real-life birth stories
  • Discover helpful comfort techniques – breathing, relaxation, massage, visualization, focal points, hydrotherapy, labor and pushing positions,  advice for partners , and more

Your Online Childbirth Class registration fee is $90.00 and grants you unlimited online access for 60 days. You can preview a demo here.

Please call and also register for our Orientation Class and Walking Tour.

Call today to register!  (585) 275-4058

Breastfeeding: Best for You, Best for Your Baby

Today most women are choosing to breastfeed.  Breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby.  In this class, you will learn about the benefits for you, your baby and family. You will also learn about baby's feeding cues, feeding patterns, positioning techniques, and more. Additionally, we’ll discuss tools that promote confidence with your decision to continue breastfeeding successfully for when you return to work.

Fee: $35.00 (includes mother and support person), $5 for UR employees
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.


  • Sunday, October 9, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Sunday, October 30, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm Now Full
  • Sunday, November 20, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Sunday, December 4, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Sunday, December 18, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Registration info

Sibling Class

This class is structured for children 36 months and up.  If your sibling is under 36 months, our nurses can offer some helpful tips during your hospital stay. Each child attending should bring a doll or stuffed animal, and a photo of himself or herself as a newborn. Also, please encourage your child to bring a drawing of their family.

This class is ideal for children 3 to 10 years. You and your child(ren) will learn:

  • What it will be like to have a new baby in the family
  • Becoming a big sister or brother
  • How a baby is born (using a book and a doll)
  • What a new baby can do
  • Short tour to see where mommy will be

Those children planning to attend the birth of their new sibling are encouraged to stay for an additional 30 minutes. We will be giving more information on the process of labor (using charts and drawings) and a family centered birth video will be shown.

Fee: $25.00 for first child, $5.00 for each additional child

  • Sunday, November 13, 2016 10:30am – 12:30pm

Registration info

Grandparents Class

This two-hour class focuses on grandparents learning about "today's baby". Join other grandparents and learn the newest recommendations on safe sleep, car seats, breastfeeding and more.

Fee: $25 for one or two persons

  • Saturday, November 12, 2016 10:00am – 12:00pm 

Registration info

Marvelous Multiples Childbirth Class and Tour

Expecting twins or more? This interactive full day class is for you. In this class you will learn what to expect during your pregnancy, how to cope with possible complications and how to be prepared for your own delivery. Both vaginal and cesarean delivers will be discussed. We will also review postpartum, breastfeeding and your first weeks at home. The class includes a tour of the Obstetric Service and NICU units, as well as a guest from Greater Rochester Mothers of Twins Club(GRMOTC) a support group for mothers and mothers-to-be of multiples. You may bring a lunch or purchase in our cafeteria.

Fee: $95 includes mother and support person

  • December Series on Wednesday’s: December 7, 14 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Registration info


Please call the Strong Beginnings Office at (585) 275-4058 to register. Upon registration, you will be sent written confirmation including class location information. In the event you need to cancel, refunds will be granted if you notify us 24 hours prior to your class. Class may be cancelled if fewer than 3 participants are registered.

Send payment by mail. Please make check payable to Strong Beginnings and mail payment to: Strong Beginnings Office, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 619-12, Rochester, NY, 14642. All payments must be received 2 weeks prior to class.

Directions to Strong Beginnings Classes (located in Strong Memorial Hospital)

Directions to the A&B Conference Room: from the hospital main lobby you will take the silver elevators to the 2nd floor. When getting off the elevators come midway down the balcony and turn left, the A&B Conference Room is on the right.

Directions to the Lund Room: from the hospital main lobby you will take the red elevators to the 3rd floor. When getting off the elevators follow the signs to the Lund Room.

Directions to the Thiede Room: from the hospital main lobby you will take the green elevators to the 2nd floor. When getting off the elevators follow the signs to the Thiede Room.

Directions to the Young Room: from the hospital main lobby you will take the red elevators to the 3rd floor. When getting off the elevators follow the signs to the Young Room.