This is a comprehensive series for families who are expecting multiples. We offer single weekend condensed formats, and occasionally 7-week series. Parents who have previously given birth to singletons are welcome to take a subset of the classes, to learn how things may be different with multiples.
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Pregnancy with Multiples
This class will offer an overview of your pregnancy timeline, weight gain and nutritional guidelines, fraternal vs. identical babies, setting up support, and connecting with local mothers of multiples. It includes the opportunity to meet and connect with other class participants – who are also expecting multiples! You will receive handouts on belly and back support, obtaining a disabled parking permit, and planning for short-term disability.
Labor Preparation with Multiples
This class discusses the normal process of labor and birth, methods such as breathing and relaxation for coping with pain in labor, and the role of the support person in labor.
Preventing Preterm Birth
Topics include how to respond to signs of problems that could lead to premature birth and about the needs of preterm infants.
Birth of Multiples
This class explores in depth what makes a birth with multiples different from the birth of a single baby. Topics include vaginal birth of twins, potential variations of delivery for the second baby, the roles of staff members, Cesarean section birth, and epidural anesthesia.
This class is about breastfeeding and discusses the basics of how a woman’s body produces milk, successful breastfeeding of 2 or more babies, choosing a twin nursing pillow, breast pumping, and milk storage.
Basics of Newborn Care
This class discusses postpartum adjustment, normal newborn care, setting up your home, and tips for coping with more than 1 infant.
This class reviews parenting multiples, planning for success with newborn multiples, learning how to accept help from friends and families, setting up your home, choosing essential equipment, and tips for coping and thriving with more than 1 infant.
When to take this class: Because the class covers important topics related to preventing complications, register for a series that starts as early in your pregnancy as you are able, or at the latest, the series should be completed by 32 weeks gestation.
Cost: $210 for the condensed 2-day weekend class; or weeknight classes are $265/couple for first-time parents (7 classes) and $190/couple for experienced parents (5 classes). We can accept ProviderOne/DSHS as payment for qualified pregnant mothers and their partner (limited to one birth series per family), and partial scholarships are available upon request for others.
Private classes may possibly be arranged, based on instructor availability, for special circumstances at the rate of $65/hr.
Condensed 2-Day Weekend Series:
This format usually occurs over two consecutive days over one weekend, Saturday and Sunday starting at 12pm and ending by 6:30pm, and includes a 30 minute dinner break. This format provides all the same lesson content as the multi-week format.
Weeknight 7-week Series:
Each class lasts 2.5 hours. Families who already have children can take a subset of five classes, which includes class 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7, with a prorated price. This multi-week format is ideal for building a sense of connection with classmates in a way shorter formats do not easily facilitate. We recommend that families take the classes in standard order, but if the timing isn’t right for you, then you can join a series partway through, and then make up the missing class sessions during our next series.
Each family that registers for any birth & parenting prep series, including Expecting Multiples, is also enrolled in our new Parent Club program, which entitles you to 15% discounts on many of our non-series classes that we offer (discount applied at check out when you use the coupon code provided in your registration confirmation). You will also receive Parent Trust newsletters that contain parenting tips and useful information for the various stages of parenting, plus direct access to on-going support for parenting challenges. Refer a friend and they, too, can register for our Parent Club program and enjoy the benefits.
Classes eligible for the Parent Club 15% discount include: Baby Care for Adopting Families, Babysafe, Better Birth Refresher, Conscious Fathering, Life with Baby, Sibling Prep for Parents, Preventing Preterm Birth (already included in Expecting Multiples series), and Working with Labor Pain. Class descriptions can be found here>>
If more class time is desired on preparing for parenthood beyond what is offered in the series classes, we recommend additional parenting classes that we offer, such as Life With Baby >>, ConsciousFathering>>, and Babysafe>>, in addition to free Developmental Screening>> appointments available once your babies have been born.
For a list of all Great Starts classes available, and links to their descriptions, click here>>
Sheryl Rasmussen, RN, MSN, is a childbirth educator and Labor and Delivery nurse at the University of Washington Medical Center and a clinical instructor for regional colleges. She co-developed the curriculum for Expecting Multiples and has been teaching this class for 15 years.
We also bring in former class members to share their pregnancy, birth, and parenting stories during our series.