Labor & Birth Preparation Classes

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

Register only once for yourself. Your support person is included at no extra charge.

Labor and Birth Class 4 week series (1 night a week)

Learn about the process birth, possible medical interventions and ways to cope with and manage labor/birth pain including medication options and relaxation skills. This class teaches through lecture, discussions, films and practice.  Sign up here.

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

Labor and Birth Weekend class (1 weekend - Saturday and Sunday afternoon):

Same class content as in the 4 week series above, but offered in a one weekend format. Sign up here.

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

Note: Consider taking one of our combination series below which include Breastfeeding and Baby Care class information. All of these series are FREE with state medical insurance.

Labor, Birth, Breastfeeding and Baby Care Series 

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

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.
  • Due to the fast pace of this class there is less practice time for relaxation skills than in our other Labor and Birth Preparation series. The Relaxation and Coping Skills for Birth Class is a good supplemental class to the Accelerated series.
     

Labor, Birth, Breastfeeding and Baby Care 6-week series (1 night a week for 6 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.

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

Relaxation and Coping Skills for Birth

This class is appropriate for couples who have previously taken a labor and birth preparation class. Relaxation and Coping Skills for Birth gives you an opportunity to explore and practice various techniques of relaxation including imagery, massage, breathing, positioning for birth, aromatherapy and other options for coping with stress and discomfort. Sign up here.

Water Birth Class

Expectant mothers interested in a water birth will be required to attend a water birth class offered by Southwest, where they will be introduced to the process.

  • For safety reasons, there are specific eligibility requirements.
  • It is recommended that you also take a Labor and Birth preparation course. Please see class options listed above.
  • At this time, Vancouver Clinic Midwives, Della Vita Midwifery and Family Medicine of Southwest Washington 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.