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Childbirth & Parenting Classes


Dominican Hospital is proud to offer a number of classes to help women and their partners prepare for their newborn.

Childbirth Classes

Aquatic Exercise for Pregnant Women

The aquatic environment helps reduce weight bearing on all joints, which helps reduce joint and back pain. Learn safe exercise techniques to strengthen core muscles: abdominals, pelvic floor, back and leg muscles. Also learn safe flexibility exercises. There is a light cardiovascular exercise portion of this class. Posture and body mechanics will be emphasized. All exercises can be modified for individual needs.

Birth Center Tour

Learn more about your birth options as well as the comfortable, safe, and secure care for mom and baby at Dominican Hospital. Visit our private birthing rooms and postpartum rooms where mom, baby and partner can stay together. Also peek in to see the sweetest and smallest patients in our Level III NICU, a partnership with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Tours are free, but registration is recommended. 

Prepared Childbirth

Expectant moms, do you want to:

  • Know when to come to the birth center during labor?
  • Shorten labor and reduce discomfort?
  • Become familiar with all your options for pain relief?
  • Be comfortable asking questions during labor?
  • Understand what 'inducing' labor means?
  • Decrease your risk factors for cesarean birth?
  • Have a support person who knows how to help you in labor?
  • Discuss personalized birth options?
  • Learn more about the days after birth? 

Successful Breastfeeding

Make breastfeeding more comfortable and enjoyable by learning what to expect as well as practical techniques for preventing and solving common breastfeeding problems. This class is recommended for mothers during mid-to late pregnancy. A support person is welcome.

Parenting Classes

Baby Care: Head to Toe

Your baby is here, now what? This class covers newborn care such as diapering, bathing, cord care, safe sleeping, car seat safety, crying, and realistic expectations.
Please only register the mom. The fee covers her and her support person. 

Baby Sign Language Introductory Workshop 

Baby Sign Language gives parents the opportunity to communicate with babies 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 introduces basic baby signs that are 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 30 simple signs into your everyday routine to jump-start your child's verbal skills. Babies from birth to 18 months are welcome but not required to attend.

Infant CPR

Designed for the general public, this course covers infant CPR (ages 0-12 months), what to do if a baby is choking, how to assess a victim and know when to call 9-1-1. This course is ideal for new parents and is not for those who must take CPR for work or a credential. No certification is issued. Ages 12 and up to participate. Babies under six months are welcome. 

New Mom and Baby – Aquatic Exercise

Bring your baby and join us for a fun, interactive gentle water workout. Babies enjoy the water while moms socialize and enjoy gentle group exercises with a light cardiovascular component. Use your baby for resistance to help rebuild overall body strength, especially your core. Participation in this class includes a fun environment in which to improve your posture and overall well-being while spending time with your little one! Moms are encouraged to bring their infants 6 to 18 months of age. This is a 45 minute class. Drop-ins are allowed if space is available.

New Moms’ Support Group

An opportunity for new moms and babies to get together, meets other new moms, and discusses common concerns. There is no charge or registration required for his class. It is open to all new moms in the community regardless of birthplace.

Learn More About Dominican’s Pregnancy & Parenting Classes

In most cases, pre-registration and pre-payment are required for classes.

For more information on class dates, times and locations, please call the PEP office at 831.457.7099 or visit our Classes & Events page to register.