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Birth and Parenting Classes


Having a baby is a special time, and Mercy Hospitals can help you get ready for the birth, whether it’s your first or your fifth. Attending a tour of our birth center or our other parenting classes will help you become familiar with the unit and have an opportunity to ask questions about the birthing process. We suggest registering for a tour early in pregnancy to allow time to learn about our hospital and attend other prenatal courses offered.

Please call 661.663.6067 to register for a tour of our Family Birth Center or other parenting classes listed below offered at Mercy Hospital Southwest.

Baby Basics

This course will assist you in learning to care for your newborn. Topics covered include: bathing, diapering, feeding, and comforting your baby. Also discussed are infant sleep patterns and car seat safety.

First Wednesday of the month; 6 PM – 9 PM; $40 per couple. Please call 661.663.6067 to register.

Introduction Tour

Having a baby is a special time, and Mercy Hospitals can help you get ready for the birth, whether it’s your first or your fifth. Attending a tour of our birth center will help you become familiar with the unit and have an opportunity to ask questions about the birthing process. We suggest registering for a tour early in pregnancy to allow time to learn about our hospital and attend other prenatal courses offered.

Second Wednesday of the month; 6 PM – 9 PM; $10 per couple. Please call 661.663.6067 to register.

Preparing to Breastfeed

This one day course covers breastfeeding minutes after delivery and beyond. You will learn about this valuable nutrition for your baby and the role it plays in developing your baby’s immune system and how milk is made. The course also covers correct positioning and latch, how to avoid common problems, and how to be successful with your breastfeeding experience. This course is taught by one of the International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) that will see you and your baby following delivery. This course is strongly recommended and both partners are encouraged to attend.

Third Wednesday of the month; 6 PM – 9 PM; $40 per couple. Please call 661.663.6067 to register.

Childbirth Preparation with Comprehensive Tour

This course is developed in a blended online and face-to-face format. This will walk you through the basics of what to expect during labor, birth, and the postpartum period. You are then invited to attend the 3 hour face-to-face portion of the class. This lecture class will review the highlights of the course and provide you with the opportunity to ask questions. The evening will end with a comprehensive personalized tour to further increase your comfort with our family birth center.

Fourth Wednesday of the month; 6 PM – 9 PM; $40 per couple. Please call 661.663.6067 to register.

Mom-to-Mom New Mothers’ Group

Meet other moms and babies up to 18 months old. This is the time to share your joys and frustrations of being a new mother. Share knowledge and ask questions about your baby's development. Breastfeeding assistance available.

There is no fee and preregistration is not required. Group meets Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 am.

Learn More About Birth And Parenting Classes

Please call 661.663.6067 for upcoming dates and to register.