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Maternity


To prepare you and your family for the newest member of your family, Mercy Medical Center Redding offers several classes, both at the hospital as well as online.

Breastfeeding Basics

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This class is recommended for new moms and for women in the 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy. This class will discuss a variety of topics: common issues about latch-on techniques, avoiding sore nipples, returning to work or school, and expressing and storing breast milk. If you are a new mom, you are encouraged to bring your newborn to the class. Dads/partners are also welcome.

For breastfeeding class dates, please call 888.628.1948

Place: Auditoriums A & B
Cost:  FREE

Childbirth Preparation

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Childbirth Preparation will be a two-week class series offered monthly and will last 2.5 hours each night. Class will run from 6:30 - 9 pm on Wednesday nights; the last class inculdes a tour of the Family Birth Center. This series helps prepare women and their partners for the labor and birth experience. The class covers topics from pregnancy to birth, Cesarean, and postpartum with an emphasis on options for labor and delivery and coping strategies for pain management. Plan ahead and enroll in a Childbirth Preparation Class during your 4th or 5th month of pregnancy. Classes fill up quickly.

The tour of the Family Birth Center will give you the opportunity to see firsthand our labor and delivery rooms, nursery and postpartum areas, and to ask any questions about obstetric services and programs we offer. 

The Childbirth Preparation class is offered in an "all-day" Saturday format. 

A Childbirth Preparation class designed for those who live or work out of town or cannot commit to a series of classes. The "all-day" session from 9 am to 4 pm will immerse both the expectant mother and her partner in an intensive that includes class­room work, skills practice, interaction and a maternity tour experience. Plan on a one­ hour lunch/snack time on your own.

Note: For the skills practice portion of class, expectant moms are encouraged to bring a pillow and blanket to the all-day Childbirth Preparation class.

Online Childbirth Education

We are now offering free Online Childbirth Preparation classes. Nothing can replace the warmth and personal connection you and your partner would feel in an in-person classroom environment. However, many couples find it hard to fit a series of classes into their schedules. This online program allows you to learn at your own pace and convenience.

Cost: FREE

Click here for eLearning childbirth education

Click here for Post-Partum Educational videos

Click here for online Demo of eLearning childbirth education (this is a Demo)

Class Registration Required

For information or to register for any of the above classes, please call 888.628.1948.  If you have questions for the Childbirth Educator, please call 530.225.7474.