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Childbirth, Parenting and New Baby Classes

All childbirth, parenting and new baby classes at Northwest Hospital are offered on the Northwest Hospital campus by the Great Starts program of Parent Trust for Washington Children. Pre-registration is required. Full payment is due at registration. All fees cover two people; for example, a pregnant parent and one support person. Medicaid ProviderOne cards can be used for the Six-Week Series, Three-Week Series and Labor & Birth Only classes. Scholarships from Parent Trust are also available for any of the following series or individual classes. To register online, click on the link below each class, or contact Great Starts at 206-789-0883, greatstarts@parenttrust.org, or visit parenttrust.org.

Childbirth Prep Classes
Great Starts™ 6-Week Series
This series of classes meets for six weeknights (2.5 hours each) and includes evidence-based information, local resources for all the basics of what you need to know to prepare for the birth and initial care of your baby, as well as information about postpartum adjustments and recovery, all in a balanced perspective curriculum. Topics and resources include:

  • Preparing for labor and birth: including what to expect during the stages of labor, coping with emotional and physical challenges during labor/birth, how a support person/team can provide comfort in labor, hospital routines, medication options, possible medical interventions, alternatives, birth plans, and postpartum recovery
  • Breastfeeding Basics Class: how to get off to a Great Start with breastfeeding and resources to help you reach your feeding goals.
  • Newborn Care Class: understanding infant communication cues, needs, reflexes, safe sleep, techniques for soothing fussy babies, daily care practice: swaddling, diapering, and more.
  • Reunion after all the babies are born
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Newborn book by Simkin, et al.

Cost: $225 per pair or ProviderOne card
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Great Starts™ 3-Week Series
This series of classes meets on three Saturdays (5 hours each) and includes the same content and resources as the 6-Week Series in an alternative format.

Cost: $225 per pair or ProviderOne card
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Labor & Birth Mini-Series – Saturday Series

This mini-series is for parents who need a shorter class to fit into their busy schedule. It offers the same information about labor and birth as the longer series, but in a condensed form (two 4-hour classes or one 8 hour class). It covers only basic and limited information about newborn care and breastfeeding. Attendees receive resource packet and Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn book by Simkin, et al.

Cost: $150 per pair or ProviderOne card
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HypnoBirthing® 7-Week Series

In this class you will learn how to achieve a truly calm, comfortable state of relaxation for birth. Through guided imagery, you can visualize and plan for your birth with less fear. We will also help you apply information in this class to breastfeeding and postpartum care of your newborns. The registration fee includes 17 hours of instruction, Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn; book, and a practice audio CD. There is also the option to purchase the Mongan Method HypnoBirthing® book for an additional $16 for those who do not already have access to a copy. The series meets for seven weeknights (2.5 hours each) and includes the following information:

  • Preparing the body and mind for labor and birth using the Mongan HypnoBirthing® method and philosophy, hypnosis deepening, and visualization
  • Prenatal bonding and pregnancy awareness
  • How the uterus works, and the stage of labor
  • How fear affects labor, and how to release fear
  • Preparing your birth plan and understanding hospital procedures
  • Breastfeeding: basics of successful breastfeeding, proper latch, good nutrition, comfortable positioning, and more.
  • Newborn care: Recognizing infant communication cues, safe sleep, calming techniques, and bathing, etc.
  • Reunion after the babies are born
  • HypnoBirthing® audio CD
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Newbornbook by Simkin, et al.
  • Optional: Mongan Method HypnoBirthing® book ($16)

Cost: $285 per pair
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Note: Great Starts also offers a3 hour Better Birth Refresher class for parents who have had a baby before. To learn more, go to www.greatstarts.org.


Lamaze® 8-Week Series

Like the Great Starts six and three-week standard format, the Lamaze series will cover everything you need to know as a first-time parent. It includes labor and birth, postpartum recovery, breastfeeding, and newborn care, with emphasis on the philosophy and care practices recommended by Lamaze International. The Lamaze® series is structured around the Lamaze® six care practices to promote normal birth, also known as the Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices.  This series of classes meets for eight weeknights (2 hours each) and includes:

  • Preparing for labor and birth using the 6 Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices.
  • Breastfeeding Basics
  • Postpartum success
  • Newborn Care class
  • Reunion after the babies are born
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn book by Simkin, et al.

Cost: $285 per pair
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Newborn Care Class

This course focuses on caring for the baby during the first few months of life. Learn about newborn capabilities, how infants communicate needs, crying and calming, sleep and sleep safety, health and illness, and daily care such as diapering, bathing and dressing (2.5 hours). NOTE: This class is already included with each full series (Great Starts, Lamaze, or HypnoBirthing), however you may also sign up for the class solo if you do not need a full series.

Cost: $45 per family
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Working with Labor Pain - Saturday Class

This class is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about ways to cope with labor contractions and ways to support a woman as she faces the challenges of labor. Focus in on hands-on practice of coping skills. Appropriate for first-time and experienced parents who want more practice preparing for labor coping techniques (2.5 hours).

Cost: $50 per family
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Breastfeeding Basics

This class is designed to educate parents on proper feeding techniques and positioning, how often to feed, preventing and coping with common challenges, and how partners can support breastfeeding success (2.5 hours). NOTE: This class is already included with each full series (Great Starts, Lamaze, or HypnoBirthing), however, you may also sign up for the class solo if you do not need a full series.

Cost: $45 per family
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Life with Baby

Beyond the basics of Newborn Care, this class helps prepare parents for adjusting to the first year after baby's birth. Includes information on developing routines, getting sleep, returning to work, strengthening the couple relationship, finding a supportive network, and other topics of relevance to new parents (2 hours). Offered solo, or in combination with select birth series for a bundled discount.

Cost: $40 per pair
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Babysafe and CPR

This four-hour course is taught by a certified CPR instructor. Topics include infant development, SIDS risk reduction, injury prevention and care of common injuries. Infant choking rescue and infant CPR is demonstrated and practiced. This class does not include a certification card (3 hours).

Cost: $65 per pair
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Conscious Fathering

For expectant or new fathers, this class provides information to help fathers, and father-figures feel more involved and confident in birth and child-rearing. Topics include how to connect from day one, keeping the baby as comfortable as possible and how to cope when “everything goes wrong,” plus how to meet the baby’s basic needs, as well as developing your own definition of the kind of father you want to be and determining how you want to interact with your child. (3 hours)

Cost: $35
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Sibling Preparation for Kids

This class prepares children for the birth of a new family member.

It is appropriate for children, ages 3 to 5.5 years of age, accompanied by a parent. The class is taught to the children, with parents listening in. Information is presented at a young child's learning level (1 hour).

Topics include information about pregnancy, birth, how newborns behave, and some of the ways that family life is affected by having a new baby in the house.

Cost: $30 per pair
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Sibling Preparation for Parents

This class gives expectant parents helpful tips on how to prepare their individual child(ren) for the birth of a new baby. It is most helpful for parents whose children are 1 to 8 years old. Topics include: ideas for age-appropriate things you can do during pregnancy to teach your child about babies and the changes they bring, planning and preparing your child for what will happen while you are in labor and during your hospital stay, and ways to help smooth out any challenges in the early weeks and months with a new baby in the house. We will address emotional challenges, regression, safety issues, ways to help prevent or defuse the jealousy that naturally arises, and ways to help your older child learn how to interact well with the baby (1hr).

The Parents’ class is for adults only, so we ask that you plan other care for your child during this time.

Cost: $30 per pair
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For any questions that are not answered here, to register or request financial assistance, please email greatstarts@parenttrust.org or call Great Starts at 206-789-0883. More info available at parenttrust.org.

 

 
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