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We offer a number of Childbirth and Parenting Classes to help women and their partners to know what to expect at delivery and to prepare to care for their newborn child. We encourage you to participate in the classes that meet your needs as you prepare to welcome your newborn.

Important Notes

  • All classes are being offered via Zoom. 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.
  • Class material will be mailed to participants before the class.

Please call (805) 349-2229 with any questions.

Preregistration is required for all classes.

Childbirth Preparation

This four week series of Zoom classes provides the expectant mother and her coach with the knowledge and support necessary for a prepared and positive birth experience.

The classes include information on the third trimester of pregnancy, natural comfort methods, potential medical procedures during labor, medical pain management options, information on cesarean section, a comprehensive virtual Birthing Center tour, and what to expect during childbirth recovery. 

Breastfeeding and Infant Care information will be offered in separate classes. Please register for these classes separately. 

Please schedule classes to begin in your 30th to 32nd week of pregnancy. Ideal for first time parents, this series of evening classes is offered monthly on selected Tuesdays and Thursdays. After choosing the day and month, you will attend four consecutive weeks on the day selected.

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Thursdays: 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30
Tuesdays: 12/5, 12/12, 12/19

-- Register for this class using the button at top of page --

Big Brother/Sister Sibling Class

During this fun and informative class for children age five to ten, big brothers and sisters learn about life at home with a new baby.

Class is offered on selected Thursdays, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM:

May 11
November 19
And on selected Saturdays, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM:
March 11    
August 19

-- Register for this class using the button at top of page --

Baby Safe Infant CPR

An essential course for parents, Baby Safe covers cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid for choking, childproofing your home, and car seat safety for newborns and infants up to twelve months of age. Class is offered on select Mondays, 5:30 - 8:00 PM.

January 9
February 13
March 13
April 10
May 8
June 5
July 10
August 14
September 11
October 9
November 6
December 4

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Great Start Breastfeeding Basics

This one time class is ideal for first time parents or as a refresher for parents expecting again. Topics include: the benefits of breastfeeding, infant hunger cues, breastfeeding positions, attaining an effective latch, working while breastfeeding and much more! Partners are encouraged to attend. Class is available on select Mondays from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. 

January 23
February 27
March 27
April 24
May 22
June 19
July 24
August 28
September 25
October 23
November 27
December 18

-- Register for this class using the button at top of page --

Infant Care Basics

This one time class provides information and tips on caring for your newborn. Topics include: routine hospital procedures after birth, safe sleep, bathing, feeding, diapering, swaddling, and calming a fussy baby and more in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. This class includes a demonstration with a life-sized doll. Classes are offered on selected Mondays, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

January 16
February 20
March 20
April 17
May 15
June 12
July 17
August 21
September 18
October 16
November 13
December 11

-- Register for this class using button at top of page --

Mommy Meet Up Support Group

Join other new mothers, a lactation consultant and/or a Mother/Baby Care RN to ask questions and share information during this free support group. We discuss various topics related to breastfeeding, parenthood and adjusting to life with a new baby. Mothers, babies, and partners are welcome. There is Spanish translation available.

This group meets selected Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.


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


January 28
February 25
March 25    
April 29
June 24
July 29
August 26
September 30
October 28

-- Register for this class using the button at top of page --

Moms FIRST! Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Support Group

Are you looking for a supportive group to understand the emotional highs and lows of motherhood? Moms FIRST! is a weekly group designed for pregnant and postpartum women who probably have the same struggles and questions as you do. This casual, welcoming group is here for you whether you are looking for resources, seeking emotional support, struggling with anxiety and/or depression, or simply needing encouragement.

Research shows mental health issues are the most common complication of pregnancy, so know that you are not alone. Group facilitators include licensed mental health professionals, postpartum and lactation nurses, and childbirth educators.

For information to join this weekly support group for pregnant or postpartum moms needing emotional support, please contact Wendy Beres at 805-574-4244

Birthing Center Tour

A virtual tour of the beautiful Birthing Center at Marian Regional Medical Center is offered that includes a live Q&A session with a childbirth educator.

The tour is included in our Childbirth Preparation class. If you are taking Childbirth Preparation, you do not need to register for the tour separately.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
January 19
February 16
March 16
April 20
May 18
June 15
July 20
August 17
September 21
October 19
November 16
December 22

-- Register for this class using the button at top of page --

Natural Childbirth

This one time class is designed as an additional session of Childbirth Preparation and will focus on personal determination, coping strategies and comfort techniques for women and families interested in an unmedicated birth. Please have a pillow and a blanket/yoga mat.

Classes are offered on selected Thursdays, from 6:00 to 8:30PM:

May 18
August 24
October 19
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