Labor & Birth Preparation Classes

Choose a Labor and Birth program and register online, or call (360) 514-BABY (2229).

Labor, Birth, Breastfeeding and Baby Care 5-week series (1 night a week for 5 weeks):

Learn about the wonderful process of birth and everything you need to know for those first few weeks at home with your new baby. This comprehensive series prepares you for both. Topics addressed include breathing techniques, relaxation skills, medications and anesthesia options for pain management. Other topics covered are variations of labor, cesarean birth, newborn care and breastfeeding basics. Register early and plan to take this class during the last two or three months of your pregnancy. This will help insure space availability and that your class finishes before your due date. Sign up here.

  • FREE for patients with state medical insurance. Sign up here.

Labor, Birth, Breastfeeding and Baby Care Weekend 3-day series (2-Saturdays and 1-Sunday):

Learn about the wonderful process of birth and everything you need to know for those first few weeks at home with your new baby. This comprehensive three day series prepares you for both. Topics addressed include breathing techniques, relaxation skills, medications and anesthesia options for pain management. Other topics covered are variations of labor, cesarean birth, newborn care and breastfeeding basics. Register early and plan to take this class during the last two or three months of your pregnancy. This will help insure space availability and that your class finishes before your due date. Sign up here.

  • FREE for patients with state medical insurance. Sign up here.

Labor, Birth, Breastfeeding and Baby Care Series 

Labor, Birth, Breastfeeding and Baby Care Accelerated Class (1 night a week for 4 weeks):

This Accelerated series is only offered during the months of November and December.  Please see our other class package options shown below.
No time? No problem! Attend our accelerated program that provides you with valuable information to help you through labor, birth and the first few days of having baby at home. Learn about the birth process, hospital procedures, relaxation techniques, medication and intervention options for birth, cesarean birth, newborn care and breastfeeding basics. Sign up here.
  • FREE for patients with state medical insurance. Sign up here

Teen Labor, Birth, Breastfeeding & Baby Care Class

Our Teen Labor and Birth class is specifically designed to meet the special needs of the expectant teen. Learn about the process of birth, breathing and relaxation skills for increased comfort, labor support skills, and medication and anesthesia options for pain management. Other topics include variations of labor, induction, and cesarean birth. We will also address issues such as goal setting, making decisions, solving problems and school issues. 

  • FREE for patients with state medical insurance. Sign up here

Water Birth Class

2 hours, 1 night
This is a class designed for those patients who are planning water birth as an option and are cared for by credentialed water birth providers in the community. There are specific quality and safety eligibility requirements to participate in the water birth program and for this reason this class is mandatory for water birth patients. This class does not include labor and birth preparation information. Please refer to the section above for Labor and Birth class options.

  • At this time, Vancouver Clinic Midwives and Della Vita Midwifery are providing water birth services and have credentialed providers. Sign up for Water Birth Class here

FAMILY BIRTH CENTER PROGRAM POLICY

EXCEPTION: To register using a state medical insurance or if you prefer to pay by check, please call (360) 514-BABY (2229). State medical insurance will pay for any variation of Labor and Birth Preparation series.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are only available for special medical conditions requiring bed rest or in cases where pre-term deliveries occur.

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements. Should this occur, we will call registered participants to reschedule. If the alternative date is not convenient for you, a full refund will be issued.

Please read our full policy on cancellation, refunds and transfers.