This class covers the essential information about labor and birth, and includes a brief overview of newborn care and feeding. It is recommended for experienced parents who did not take classes with their first baby, or for first-time parents with busy schedules or limited time available before baby’s estimated due date.
Our full Birth and Parenting Preparation series >> covers labor and birth, breastfeeding, and newborn care in more detail, and also allows more time for practicing pain skills. First-time parents may prefer this more comprehensive series, or registering for additional supplemental classes that may provide more flexible scheduling, such as Working With Labor Pain>>, Breastfeeding >>, Newborn Care >>, Life With Baby >>, and others. For a complete list of all Great Starts classes available, and links to their descriptions, click here>>
- Choices in pregnancy and Childbirth
- Stages of labor
- Signs that labor is starting and Coping with early labor
- Knowing when it’s time to go to the birthplace, or call midwife to attend a home birth
- Techniques for coping with labor pain: breathing, relaxation, labor support, pain medication
- Knowing when it’s time to start pushing. Birth.
- Typical hospital routines and procedures
- Variations in labor and possible interventions, including Cesarean birth
- Introduction to breastfeeding and basic newborn care
Offered as either two-days, 4-hour sessions, or one-day, 8.5 hours session (one-day sessions include a 30 minute lunch break).
Typical class times are on weekends either 9am-1pm for 2-day format, 9am-5:30pm for one-day format, or occasionally afternoons, 1pm-5pm.
Cost for this class is $150. We can accept ProviderOne/DSHS as payment for qualifying pregnant mothers and their partner (Limit to one class only). Scholarships may also be available upon request.
This class is offered at several locations >> including our classroom on Rainier Ave S, Northwest Hospital in North Seattle, UW Medicine Clinics at Roosevelt and Northgate, Group Health facilities in Capitol Hill, and Valley Medical Center in Renton. All classes are open to anyone, regardless of where they are giving birth. Class fee covers pregnant parents and one support person, and includes a copy of our book Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn >>
Register online >> or call (206)789-0883 to speak to a registrar.
Each family that registers for any birth & parenting prep series, including the Labor and Birth Mini-series, is also enrolled in our new Parent Club, 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, and Working with Labor Pain. Class descriptions can be found here>>
If you are in your first or second trimester consider taking:
Preventing Preterm Birth >>
If more class time is desired on preparing for parenthood beyond what is offered in the mini or full series classes, we recommend additional parenting classes we offer, such as Life With Baby >>, Conscious Fathering>>, and Babysafe>>, in addition to free Developmental Screening>> appointments available once your baby has been born.
Our instructors have diverse backgrounds in nursing, doula support, social work, physical therapy and more, and have supported familes during labor, birth, and/or early postpartum, as well as all being experienced parents themselves. Instructor Biographies >>