• Birth and Parenting Classes


    Tours and classes are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

Birth and Parenting Classes


Memorial Hospital offers a variety of classes and support groups for those who will be delivering their babies, or have delivered their babies, at Memorial Hospital's 'Miracles on 34th Street' Birth Center.

Maternity Orientation and Tour

If you’re nervous about giving birth, come and see what we have to offer at Memorial Hospital. Attending our Maternity Orientation and Tour allows time to ask questions about policies and options open to you. A tour of the maternal child health area of the hospital will be given. Attending this class early in pregnancy will allow time to learn about our hospital as well as attend other prenatal courses offered.

All tours include Labor and Delivery triage, Labor and Delivery birthing suites, the postpartum room where patients will be transferred 1-2 hours after delivery, and information about how Memorial Hospital ensures that mom and baby are provided with exceptional care the moment they arrive at our hospital for delivery.     

This free tour group meets Tuesday mornings and begins promptly at 10 a.m. in the Main Lobby. Tours in Spanish meet Tuesdays at 11 a.m.  All Tuesday morning tours are led by Docent Patient Liaisons who work closely with the Labor and Delivery clinical team.

You're welcome to bring a support person(s) with you to this tour. In fact, we encourage all persons who will be supporting our parents to attend the tour.

For questions regarding Memorial Hospital’s birth center tours or to request additional information about our maternity services, please call the Docent Team at 661.241.3878 or email [email protected].

Private Tour

To schedule a private tour of Memorial Hospital’s birthing unit or to request additional information about our maternity services, please call the Docent Team at 661.241.3878 or email [email protected].

Virtual Tour

The Memorial Hospital Family Birth Center Virtual Tour offers a convenient preview of our facility, including:

  • The comfort and convenience of having the same suite for labor, delivery, and recovery
  • Private postpartum rooms with sleeping accommodations for support person
  • Private bathrooms with shower

Virtual Tour Birth Center

Memorial Hospital Docent Program

Whether this is your first child or your fourth, it helps having someone guide you on your journey so you feel confident and prepared. That’s where Dignity Health’s Docents come in! As a first-of-its-kind program in Bakersfield, our Docents (Patient Liaisons) serve as a helpful resource for you and your family.

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Preparing for Labor and Birth

Memorial Hospital’s Birth and Parenting classes are a free four-week series of classes that provides the mother-to-be and her support person with information on what to anticipate during labor and birth. The course is taught by certified childbirth instructors and covers many aspects of pregnancy, the process of birth, a variety of coping techniques to meet the concerns of parents expecting a baby, as well as breastfeeding and mother and baby postpartum care. 

To assure a place in these classes, we encourage registering before or during the fifth month of pregnancy.

Our labor and birth classes are free. Please dress comfortably for each class.

Upcoming Dates


Classes usually begin the first Monday of each month and run once per week (Mondays) for four weeks (exceptions include holidays and classroom conflicts). They are held from 6-8 PM in Founders Hall at Memorial Hospital.

For more information or to register, please call the Docent Team at 661.241.3878.