Prenatal & Baby Classes in Albany

PLEASE NOTE: This post is from September 2011, so of course the schedules are now out of date. Check the links directly for updated information.

I’m not feeling creative. Lucky for me, I just received an email from a reader jam-packed with info. So I’m going to mindlessly share it. Ready?

It’s from Erin McKinney. She says, “I am a massage therapist who specializes in Prenatal and Postpartum massage, childbirth educator and doula.  I am affiliated with the Family Life Center.” Here are a bunch of their offerings, from Erin:

At the Midtown location ( 485 Western Avenue, Albany) they’ve got:
Prenatal Yoga on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12-1:30pm and Thursday evenings at 6-7:30pm.
Mommy/Daddy & Me Yoga is offered Mondays at 2-3:30pm, Wednesdays at 10-11:30am.  We will be offering an evening Mommy/Daddy & Me Yoga in the evening as well. The cost for these classes is $15 per class, or discount packages.  Kristen Mullaney is a Certified Prenatal/ Postpartum Yoga Instructor and can be reached at 859-3136 or
We are also offering Baby Massage every second Tuesday of each month at 10-11:30am.  I teach this class and can be reached at 339-1130 or  The cost for this class is $12-15 per person.
On the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month we have a Making Connections group which offers families a chance to connect.  All are welcome, pregnant, or with newborns and toddlers or alone! Free, donations are welcome to cover the space.  This group meets at 6-7:30pm.
We have a Birth Story Support Circle where women and/or families can share their birth experience in circle of healing.  Dates are Oct.3, 2011,  Jan. 16, 2012,  April 9, 2012, July 2, 2012. Also Free, donations accepted.
A Sibling Class is held every other month on Sundays from 3-4:30pm.  This class explores the newness of baby moving in!  Contact Erin McKinney for more information- 339-1130 or
Jeannine Jacobs IBCLC, is teaching a Back to Work and Breastfeeding class the second Saturday of each month from 10-12noon.  Cost for this class is $20 per person/couple.  Jeannine can be reached at 588-4343 or
I also offer The Bradley Method Childbirth Education Classes on Sunday evenings at 6pm.  Those interested can call me for more info or to register, 339-1130.
At the Downtown location (20 Elm Street, Albany), they’ve got:
VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) Preparation class 3 times this year.  Oct. 6, 2011,  Feb.2, 2012 and May3, 2012.  This class is taught by Melinda Kane, local ICAN leader, doula and VBAC mother.  $12-15 per person/couple.
Massage…. for Expectant Couples and Support Persons teaches fathers, partners, supports persons massage for pregnancy, birth and postpartum.  I teach this class as well the 1st Thursday of each month at 6:30-8:30pm.  $12-15 per couple
A Water Birth Class is offered 3 times per year on Sept.8, 2011, Jan. 5, 2012 and April 5, 2012  Maureen Murphy teaches this class. She is a doula, midwife and mother of 2.
The Art of Babywearing is also offered 3 times per year and give families the opportunity to try LOTS of different carriers.  This class is facilitated by Slingbabies leaders.  Nov. 3, 2011,  March 1, 2012 and June 7, 2012.
We also offer a monthly Father’s/ Partners Night on 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8pm, facilitated by new or not so new father’s and partners.  This group gives partners the chance to focus on their role in pregnancy, birth and postpartum.
Jeannine Jacobs is also teaching Breastfeeding Basics the 3rd Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm, those interested should call Jeannine at 588-4343.
An 8-week Active Birth Childbirth Class taught by Betsy Mercogliano, Licensed Midwife, Doula, Childbirth Educator, Birth Advocate and mother of 2.  Classes start Sept 13th and repeat every 8 weeks.  Families can take the entire series or drop in for classes you want.  Call the Family Life Center at 465-0241 for more info.


  1. Just wanted to let everyone know that this is no longer the most accurate schedule for the Family Life Center. You can pick up a new schedule at their main center on Elm St.

    For families looking for doula/birth coaching support, placenta pill preparation, in home birthing classes or postpartum services, you can also check out and submit an inquiry to set up your free consult! Resources are also available on the site and can be obtained free of charge as needed.

  2. Hi Cara, I added an extra note at the top to call people’s attention a second time to the date of this post (back in 2011). That’s the trouble with Google–it remembers. If you want to spread the word about activities for Albany Doula, you’ve already got a user account for, and I can re-send your user name/password if you want to list. Whenever you list something there, I’ll also put it on my events page, which IS updated:

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