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Pregnancy and Parenting Classes

Pregnancy & Parenting Classes and Support Groups

At St. Bernardine Medical Center, we help you on your journey through pregnancy into the adventure of parenthood by providing a variety of offerings to educate and support you every step of the way. Find out when you can join us, below.

COVID-19 Guidelines

To attend a class or support group at the Baby and Family Center at St. Bernardine Medical Center, you will be asked health-related screening questions prior to class. Please do not attend the class if you are experiencing fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

To join us for our classes or support groups, contact us at (909) 881-4420 to register.

We also offer the My Baby App which guides you through pregnancy milestones, helps you identify symptoms and issues, and connects you with services like nurse support. Download My Baby App for iPhone or Android. 

Pre-admission form

In order to make your birthing process easier, you can submit this form to the Admitting Department prior to your labor so your paperwork will be complete and you can concentrate your efforts on a safe and healthy delivery. If you submit this ahead of time, all you will need to do at the time of admission is show your identification and medical insurance cards. Download the form here.

 

Class and Support Group Information
To help prepare you for delivery and parenthood and to support you throughout your journey, we offer classes that will inform and guide you as well as support groups that will mentor you and provide community in this transition in life. 

Classes

Embracing Motherhood
Our group offers new mothers free support in a welcoming environment by sharing struggles and triumphs with anxiety, depression, or sadness.

No Fee: Complimentary to new mothers

When: First & Third Wednesday (12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
Location: Baby & Family Center
403 E. Highland Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92404

 

Prepared Childbirth Class Series with Breastfeeding Class
This 3-week course is offered once a month on Wednesday nights. In this series of classes we offer the following prenatal education: Phases and Stages of Labor, Cesarean Sections, After Birth Care, Medications during labor, Breastfeeding and Newborn Care. 

The final class in this series is our Breastfeeding Class which can be taken by itself, without the other two classes in the series. This is a one time class for the expectant mom to learn basic breastfeeding education to better prepare her and her partner on early breastfeeding, benefits and risks of not breastfeeding, proper positioning and latch and breast care. 

Fee: Varies based on class ($10 - $20 per couple)

When: Wednesdays (6 p.m. - 9 p.m.)
Location: Baby & Family Center
403 E. Highland Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92404

 

Maternity Tea & Tour 
This is a presentation and tour where you will hear about our hospital’s medical staff as well as visit the labor & delivery area, mother/baby unit, and the NICU. You will also receive information regarding the hospital's visitor policy, parking information and pre-admit information. 

No Fee: Complimentary

When: First Tuesday of each month (6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.)
Location: Baby & Family Center
403 E. Highland Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92404

 

Support Groups

Embracing Motherhood, Perinatal Support Group
While pregnant we are often taught to think of and care for the expecting baby, but too often we forget to care for ourselves. Join our support group designed to assist mothers and mothers-to-be needing mental and emotional support during pregnancy and postpartum.

No Fee: Complimentary
For Support Group Information and Registration: (909) 881-4420

When: 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. (Starts at 1 p.m.)
Location: Baby & Family Center
403 E. Highland Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92404

 

Consultations

Breastfeeding Center
Our lactation consultants help you to make breastfeeding a positive experience with one-on-one consultations.

No Fee: Complimentary; appointment required

When: Monday to Friday (By appointment only)
Location: Baby & Family Center
403 E. Highland Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92404

 

Awards and Recognition

Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care

St. Bernardine Medical Center is a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care. Being a Blue Distinction Center means that St. Bernardine Medical Center has been recognized by BlueCross BlueShield as a facility with healthcare providers who have been recognized for their expertise in specialty care services. With a Level 3 NICU ready to receive you and your baby, you can rest assured that there are experts on hand to handle anything that comes your way.

Baby-Friendly® designation by World Health Organization

St. Bernardine is one of less than 450 U.S. hospitals and birthing centers designated as Baby-Friendly®. Becoming a Baby-Friendly facility is a comprehensive, detailed and thorough journey toward excellence in providing evidence-based maternity care with the goal of achieving optimal infant feeding outcomes and mother/baby bonding.

Healthcare Equality Index Top Performer Award

St. Bernardine Medical Center values all lives and makes an effort to treat each of their patients and visitors with the best quality care possible. The Healthcare Equality Index Award is given by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation who evaluates the hospital’s efforts to provide inclusive and equitable care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer patients and their families. With this award, you can be certain that everyone will receive the highest quality care at our hospital.