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Call (831) 457-7099 for help with registration or to have your questions answered.

Childbirth Education Weekend Express Class - Virtual-Live 

This is a live, virtual childbirth class. You will learn about the stages of labor, when to go to the hospital, pain medication options, medical interventions, cesarean birth, postpartum recovery, and newborn procedures. There is also a focus on training your partner to be the best support they can be; learning effective hands-on techniques such as massage, acupressure points, breathing patterns, and guided visualization. We will explore the concept of optimal fetal positioning prior to labor onset, and we will actively practice positions of labor and birth, so please be dressed for movement! You will also learn several non-pharmacological pain coping techniques, such as mindfulness, sounding, etc. This is a fun and interactive class lead by a Nurse Midwife who is also a Certified Doula, Childbirth Educator and Prenatal Yoga Instructor. You will have fun, be amazed, and enjoy meeting other expectant moms!

Instructors: Journey Talkovic, CNM, WHNP and Sandra Wiley, BS, CPSP

Class Fee: $100 for mom and support person for 2 day class


Childbirth Refresher Course - Virtual-Live

This is a fun, practical 3 hour virtual training for families who are birthing again and that just need a quick refresher course! It will include:

  • A brief overview of the stages of labor (and most importantly, how things are likely to be different this time, as it’s not your first birth)
  • How hospital policies and procedures are different under COVID-19; AND most importantly…
  • How your birth partner can best provide you with the most support, as they are the ONLY support person allowed into the Labor and Delivery room with you.

We will spend time developing the birth partner’s knowledge on how to coach the birthing mother in effective:

  1. Breathing techniques
  2. Massage techniques
  3. Acupressure points for pain relief and to increase the rate of labor
  4. Guided visualizations
  5. Mindfulness meditation techniques for relaxation and pain relief
  6. Positions for labor and birth

There will be several handouts given to help partners remember the course content and to refer to during labor. 

Instructor: Journey Talkovic, CNM, WHNP

Class Fee:  $75 for mom and support person for 3 hour class


Newborn Care - Virtual-Live

This virtual class will give you great insights into newborn behavior and development, including: sleep-wake cycles, newborn reflexes, coos and cries, how to soothe a fussy baby and how to identify a baby who is sick and needs medical attention. You will have the opportunity to learn important hands-on skills, such as: bathing, diapering, dressing, swaddling, burping and soothing your newborn. You will learn some key breastfeeding skills as well, but won’t be able to offer much information in this class, as in the comprehensive breastfeeding class, which is offered separately. We will cover important safety considerations for cribs, car seats and other essential baby equipment. This virtual class is a great opportunity to meet other expectant parents in a fun, interactive virtual environment and build your new parents’ community. Your instructors are highly experienced health and lactation educators, who are also fellow parents. This is a fun, fast paced and practical virtual class that both you and your support team will enjoy together.

Instructors: Journey Talkovic, CNM, WHNP and Sandra Wiley, BS, CPSP

Class fee: $35 for mom and baby for this 4 hour class


Online Baby Sign Language Introductory Workshop - Virtual-Live (1 Session)

This virtual 90-minute workshop gives parents the opportunity to learn how sign language helps babies communicate effectively long before they can verbalize their wants and needs. Signing with babies has been proven to help accelerate language development, reduce frustration, enhance a child’s self-esteem and deepen the bond between parent and child. This workshop is based on American Sign Language (ASL). You will learn about the latest research and how to teach your baby to sign. Fun activities and songs will show you how easy it can be to integrate more than 20 simple signs into everyday routine. Recommended for babies from birth to 18 months. Expectant parents are welcome. Grandparents and other family members are very welcome to join the fun as well. Guests logging in from different locations are required to register separately. This class will be via internet due to the current ‘shelter in place’ situation. Only after you have completed the registration, the Zoom meeting information will be provided to you via email prior to class.

Instructor: William White, BS

Class fee per couple or participant: $45


Online Baby Sign Language Series - Virtual-Live (6 Sessions)

The introductory workshop is followed by this six-day virtual series. Build your signing vocabulary with themes like mealtimes signs, colors, animals, family, bedtime, and more! Eighteen sessions are split into two different six-day series. No need to take the in order. Just dive in and start learning now. Recommended for babies from birth to 18 months. Expectant parents are welcome. Grandparents and other family members are very welcome to join the fun as well. Guests logging in from a different location are required to register separately. This class will be via internet due to the current ‘shelter in place’ situation. Only after you have completed the registration, the Zoom meeting information will be provided to you via email prior to class.

Instructor: William White, BS

Class fee per couple or participant: $145


Breastfeeding Support - In-Person

Dominican Hospital is recognized as a Baby-Friendly Hospital ™ and prioritizes breastfeeding, skin-to-skin contact, and provides a weekly Latch Clinic. We provide information and resources for common concerns, as well as latch and positioning assistance, from an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. A Baby Weigh® Scale is also available when in person. The Dominican Hospital Breastfeeding Support Clinic is FREE and open to the community, regardless of where you gave birth! Call the Lactation Warm Line at (831) 462-7862 for more information.

Class Fee: No charge


New Moms’ Support Group - Virtual-Live

An opportunity for new moms and babies to get together virtually, meet other new moms, and discuss common concerns. Call (831) 462-7862 for more information. Open to the community regardless of birthplace.

Facilitator: Maternal Child Health Staff


Prenatal Support - Virtual-Live

Congratulations on your upcoming baby! Please join us to connect virtually and share your feelings, enjoy a Mindfulness Meditation exercise, and learn about latest updates of the local Pre-natal community offerings to keep you feeling connected and supported during this special time in your life.

PEP: (831) 457-7099

Facilitator: Journey Talkovic, CNM, WHNP

Funded by: Dominican Hospital 

Class Fee: No charge to participate