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Birth and Parenting Classes


Childbirth is an exciting time, with many important decisions and preparations to be made. To help all parents feel confident, we offer a comfortable, nurturing environment with an experienced and caring staff available to help prepare and educate you on what to expect with childbirth.


Boot Camp for New Moms and Dads

We are collaborating with the Merced County Human Services Agency to bring this workshop for first-time mothers and fathers to Merced. This is a three-hour workshop taught by mothers/fathers. Veteran moms, dads and their babies orient parents who are expecting their first baby. The rookies get to watch the veterans feed, burp, change, and care for their babies while hearing their experiences and advice. A strong sense of solidarity quickly develops between these parents and peaks when the veterans give their babies to the rookies for hands-on training. 

To Register:  There is no fee for this workshop, however registration is required.

Classes are held at:

Mercy Medical Pavilion
3rd Floor, Classroom D for the moms / Classroom C for the dads
315 Mercy Ave
Merced, CA 95340

2019 Workshop Dates and Time:

Saturdays
9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

January 19
February 16
March 16
April 20
May 18
June 15
July 20
August 17
September 21
October 19
November 16
December 21

 

Breastfeeding Class

The breastfeeding class covers the basics of breastfeeding, which include:

  • Reasons to breastfeed
• How to hold and latch your baby
• How your support people can help

There is no cost to attend this class, however, registration is required.

To RegisterYou must register in person at Education in the Mercy Outpatient Center to pick up your information packet for the class.

Mercy Outpatient Center
Education Center, 2nd Floor
2740 M Street
Merced, CA 95340

Classes are held at:

Mercy Medical Pavilion
3rd Floor, Classrooms C & D
315 Mercy Ave
Merced, CA 95340


2019 Class Dates and Time:
 

All breastfeeding classes are held from 6 - 9 p.m.

January 16 
February 20 
March 20 
April 17 
May 15 
June 19 
July 24 
August 21 
September 18 
October 16 
November 18 
December 20

For more detailed information about the breastfeeding class or to request a Spanish class, call Mercy Health Education at 209.564.4384.


Childbirth Preparation Class

The childbirth preparation class is a four week course that prepares expectant families for birth. Some topics covered include:

  • Last stages of pregnancy and the childbirth process
• Relaxation, breathing, and “coaching” techniques
• Post-partum, breastfeeding, and newborn care

We offer a one day abbreviated class for those who are unable to attend the 4 week series. This program requires registration and has a $10.00 fee.

To Register: You must register in person at Education in the Mercy Outpatient Center and pay a $10.00 fee by card, personal check, cashiers check, or money order (cash and American Express cards are not accepted).

Mercy Outpatient Center
Education Center, 2nd Floor
2740  M Street
Merced, CA 95340


Classes are held at:

Mercy Medical Pavilion
3rd Floor, Classrooms C & D
315 Mercy Ave
Merced, CA 95340


2019 Four Week Class Dates and Times:
 

All classes are held from 6 - 9 pm

Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 
Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 
Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27 
Apr. 3, 10, 17, 24 
May 1, 8, 15, 22 
Jun. 5, 12, 19, 26 
Jul. 10, 17, 24, 31 
Aug. 7, 14, 21, 28 
Sep. 4, 11, 18, 25 
Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 
Nov. 4, 13, 18, 25 
Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27

2019 One Day Abbreviated Class 

All classes are held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Jan. 5 
Feb. 9 
Mar. 2 
Apr. 6 
May 11 
Jun. 1 
Jul. 13 
Aug. 3 
Sep. 7 
Oct. 5 
Nov. 2 
Dec. 14

For more detailed information about the breastfeeding class or to request a Spanish class, call Mercy Health Education at 209.564.4384.


Childbirth Preparation Class for Cesarean Births

This is a one night class to prepare you for your cesarean birth.The Childbirth Preparation Class for Cesarean Birth will cover:

• Writing cesarean birth plans
• The role of support people
• Relaxation and breathing techniques to use during birth
• Post-birth exercises for a more comfortable recovery
• Post-partum, breastfeeding, and newborn care

To Register: You must register in person at Education in the Mercy Outpatient Center and pay a $10.00 fee by card, personal check, cashiers check, or money order (cash and American Express cards are not accepted).

Mercy Outpatient Center
Education Center, 2nd Floor
2740 M Street
Merced, CA 95340


Classes are held at:

Mercy Medical Pavilion
3rd Floor, Classrooms C & D
315 Mercy Ave
Merced, CA 95340


2019 Class Dates and Time: 

6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

January 30 
May 29 
July 3 
October 30 
December 30


Infant & Child CPR

This class teaches parents, family, and friends the basics of infant and child CPR. Registration for this class is required and it also has a $60.00 fee.

To Register: You must register in person at Education in the Mercy Outpatient Center and pay a $60.00 fee by card, personal check, cashiers check, or money order (cash and American Express cards are not accepted).

Mercy Outpatient Center
Education Center, 2nd Floor
2740 M Street
Merced, CA 95340

For more information, call Education at 209.564.4384.


Stork Tour

The first stop along the Stork Tour is held at the Mercy Medical Pavilion, next to the hospital, where you will have the opportunity to meet local community organizations specializing in helping expectant mothers before and after delivery. This is also where you will receive a complimentary gift.

The second part of the stork tour includes a tour of Mercy’s Family Birth Center where you will be shown each room you will be in during the different stages of your stay in the Family Birth Center, as well as where you need to go to register for your delivery.

To Register: There is no cost or registration required to attend this event.

Stork tours are held at:

Mercy Medical Pavilion
3rd Floor, Classrooms C & D
315 Mercy Ave
Merced, CA 95340


2019 Dates and time:
Stork Tour: 6 - 7 p.m.
Family Birth Center Tour: 7 p.m.

January 8
February 12
March 12
April 9
May 14
June 11
July 9
August 13
September 10
October 8
November 12
December 10