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Pregnancy & Parenting Classes


At Dignity Health, we share your excitement as you prepare for one of life's greatest adventures - having a baby!

As part of Dignity Health's commitment to family centered maternity care, we are pleased to offer a variety of classes taught by experienced instructors. We encourage you to register early as classes and tours are generally filled far in advance of starting dates  Those registering by their fifth month of pregnancy are likely to have a wider variety of classes and dates from which to choose.  

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Great Expectations (Childbirth Preparation)

This series of classes helps prepare women and their partners for the experience of labor and birth. Class topics include the birth process, medical procedures, labor support such as relaxation and breathing techniques, and postpartum adjustments.  $100 per couple.

Comfort Measures for Labor

Practice non-pharmacologic methods such as relaxation, labor positions and massage techniques to help manage your labor contractions and help labor to progress. This class can be taken with our Great Expectations class for additional hands-on practice or it can be taken independently.   $40 per couple

Baby Basics (Baby Care)

Learn about newborn care; including feeding, dressing and comforting. A bath demonstration is also included. $40 per couple.

Moveable Feast (Breastfeeding)

Learn about breastfeeding advantages, techniques, family adjustments and dealing with common difficulties and concerns. $40 per couple.

Stork Tours

Take a tour of the labor and birth rooms, and postpartum unit at the Dignity Health hospital where you will be giving birth. Stork Tours are free to expectant parents.

Anesthesia Options (Mercy Hospital of Folsom ONLY)

Designed for those who would like more information regarding the use of regional anesthesia for pain relief during labor and the anesthesia options available for Cesarean birth. There is no charge for this class.

Baby & Me (Folsom New Mother's Support Group)

This ongoing group can help new mothers learn about themselves, their new roles and coping with the changes and challenges new mothers experience. Group meets Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Mercy Hospital of Folsom-Willow Creek Office building. All new moms are welcome. There is no charge to participate.

Preregistration and prepayment are required for classes, and preregistration is required for tours.

Please contact Dignity Health Women's Services (formerly Mercy Women's Center) at [email protected] for more information.


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