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Get Ready for Baby with Childbirth Classes


Classes provide detailed information about pregnancy and birth in order to prepare expectant parents for labor, delivery, and parenthood.

At Dignity Health, our team of medical professionals are experts in obstetrical care and are dedicated to providing the highest quality care from pregnancy to birth. Our hospitals at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz and Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City offer childbirth classes in the Bay Area.

Why Take Childbirth Classes at Dignity Health?

Childbirth classes give women and couples the information and tools they need to make confident, informed decisions about labor and birth. They also help women learn about what happens in their bodies during pregnancy and what will happen during labor and birth. The classes also cover typical medical procedures used during labor and delivery. 

You’ll also learn about important topics, including:

  • Birth center orientation
  • Signs and symptoms of labor
  • Preparation for labor and birth
  • What to expect during labor and birth
  • Possible Pain relief options for labor and delivery, including epidural
  • Birth scenarios, including C-section
  • Hospital routines
  • Care for mom and baby after birth
  • Newborn care
  • Infant CPR
  • New moms support group
  • Breastfeeding support

Our childbirth classes offered at Dominican Hospital and Sequoia Hospital vary in duration and format. Talk to your doctor about what classes they recommend for your unique needs, and let us know how we can further support you during your pregnancy.

Dignity Health offers childbirth classes in the Bay Area, including Santa Cruz and Redwood City.