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Maternity Classes

We offer a number of classes to help women and their partners know what to expect at delivery and how to prepare to care for their newborn. We encourage you to participate in as many classes as you'd like as you prepare to welcome your baby.

Important Notes

  • For Zoom classes: you will receive a link via email 3-5 days before the class. At class time, simply click the link to join your class.
  • Please register each person who will participate in the class you are signing up for.

Please call (805) 542-6659 email [email protected] with any questions.

Preregistration is required for all classes. Please register using one of the buttons below:


Prepared Childbirth

This series of classes is designed to provide current information, practical tools, and techniques needed to promote a healthy birth experience. Plus, we have a good time! Partners and coaches are encouraged to participate. Please have a pillow and a blanket/yoga mat. There are printed materials provided with this class. Please pick up them up in the Main Lobby at French Hospital Medical Center (Mon–Fri 7am – 6pm and Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm) before your class.

Every Tuesday for four weeks, 6:00PM – 8:30PM

In person

  • January 10 – 31
  • February 7 – 28
  • March 7 – 28
  • April 4 – 25 
  • May 2 – 23
  • May 30 – June 20
  • July 11 – August 1
  • August 22 – September 2
  • September 19 – October 10
  • October 17 – November 14 (No 10/31)
  • November 28 – December 19

Saturday, on all day class, 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Via Zoom

  • January 28
  • April 15
  • July 15
  • October 14

Register for this class using buttons at top of page.


Natural Childbirth Class

This one-session class will focus on personal determination, coping strategies and comfort techniques for women and families interested in an un-medicated birth. Please have a pillow and a blanket/yoga mat.

Thursdays, 6:00PM – 8:30PM

Via Zoom

  • February 9
  • May 18
  • August 24
  • October 19
  • July 14

Register for this class using buttons at top of page.


Sibling Class

This one-time class is designed for children ages three to twelve and emphasizes the importance of being a big brother or big sister. 

Saturdays, 11:00AM – 12:30PM

Via Zoom

  • March 11
  • August 19

Register for this class using buttons at top of page.


Baby Basics Class

Information and tips on newborns and infants; sleeping, bathing, feeding, diapering, swaddling, medications, immunizations, remedies for fussy babies, milestones and more in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. There are printed materials provided with this class. Please pick up them up in the Main Lobby at French Hospital Medical Center (Mon–Fri 7am – 6pm and Sat & Sun 10am – 4pm) before your class. 

Thursdays, 6:00PM – 8:30PM

Via Zoom

2022 Classes

  • December 1

2023 Classes

  • January 5
  • February 2
  • March 2
  • April 6
  • May 4
  • June 8
  • July 6
  • August 3
  • September 7
  • October 5
  • November 2
  • December 7

Register for this class using buttons at top of page.


Breastfeeding Class

The benefits of breastfeeding, positioning baby for a successful latch and guidelines for knowing that your baby is getting enough breast milk will be discussed. Tips on returning to work and advice regarding pumps and milk storage is included. Partners are also encouraged to attend. 

Saturdays, 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Via Zoom

2022 Classes

  • December 3

2023 Classes

  • January 7
  • February 4
  • March 4
  • April 1
  • May 6
  • June 3
  • July 8
  • August 5
  • September 9
  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 2

Register for this class using buttons at top of page.


Infant CPR Class

You will learn lifesaving skills for infants from birth to one year of age. This is a non-certifying class but is packed with easy to remember information. 

Thursdays, 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Via Zoom

2022 Classes

  • December 15

2023 Classes

  • January 19
  • February 23
  • March 23
  • April 27
  • May 25
  • June 22
  • July 20
  • August 31
  • September 28
  • October 26
  • November 30
  • December 14

Register for this class using buttons at top of page.


The Pregnancy Hour

All pregnant women and their families are invited to join our fun, supportive, informational pregnancy support group. We welcome any stage of pregnancy. The last 15 minutes are dedicated to questions and concerns regarding Covid-19. We will end with a positive affirmation, breathing and relaxation.

Topics Include:

  • Nutrition and Hydration
  • Exercise: Everything Prenatal
  • Healthy Living
  • Discomforts and Health
  • Preparing
  • Meet the Doulas
  • Hyponobirthing
  • Epidurals
  • Birth Wishes
  • And More…

Thursdays at noon

To join the virtual group, call or email Tamra Winfield-Pace, RN at 805-542-6659 or [email protected].


The Mommy Hour

Looking for a supportive group to understand the emotional highs and lows of motherhood? The Mommy Hour is a weekly group designed for pregnant women and moms who are experiencing the need for additional support. This casual, welcoming group is here for you whether you are looking for resources, emotional support, struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety challenges or simply needing encouragement. Research shows emotional issues are the most common complication of pregnancy. Group facilitators include a Registered Nurse, Lactation Consultant, Childbirth Educator and an MSW.

Wednesdays 10:30 AM -12 PM

To join the virtual group, please contact Wendy Beres at [email protected].

For more information please call (805) 541-2229.


The Baby Hour

We invite all moms and babies to join our expert team of lactation consultants for the weekly breastfeeding support group at The Baby Hour. We talk about topics related to feeding your baby and early infant parenthood. The Baby Hour is free.

Topics Include:

  • Optimizing Breastfeeding; How to Make and Maintain a Good Milk Supply
  • Pumping and Returning to Work
  • Infant Milestones
  • Babies Oral Health
  • Birth Control
  • Postpartum Blues
  • Car Seat Safety
  • Introducing Solid Foods
  • Taking care of Mom - Healthy Meals at Home
  • Infant Vision - How to Take Care of Baby’s Eyes
  • Breastfeeding Beyond a Year
  • Weaning

Mondays 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

To join the virtual group, please contact [email protected].

For more information please call (805) 541-2229.

 


Family Birthing Center Tour

Take a virtual tour of the beautiful Stollmeyer Family Birthing Center at French Hospital Medical Center. For more information or questions, please call or email our Childbirth Education Coordinator, Tamra Winfield-Pace, RN, at (805) 542-6659 or [email protected].