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Preventing Preterm Birth

Recommended for any expecting families, especially those at risk for preterm labor, including those who have a history of past preterm delivery or are expecting multiples.

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Class Topics:

Understanding preterm birth and how every week counts in baby's development; risk factors, and reducing the risk of preterm labor, recognizing warning signs, treatment of preterm labor, and care and considerations for premature babies when they are born early.


Time/Place: This class is offered as part of our Expecting Multiples series, in two-hour classes at UW Medicine's Northgate Clinic.

When to take this class: Any time in the second trimester (14-24 weeks); those at increased risk should take the class as early as possible.

Cost: $45/couple (NOTE: This class is included in the Expecting Multiples series). Parent Club coupons accepted for 15% discount. Additional scholarships available upon request.

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Our Instructors

Sheryl Rasmussen, RN >> is a childbirth educator and Labor and Delivery nurse at the University of Washington Medical Center. She has been teaching this class for expectant couples for almost a decade.

Janelle Durham,MSW >> is a birth doula, childbirth educator and Great Starts instructor trainer and curriculum designer. Janelle's third child was unexpectedly born four weeks before his due date, giving her first-hand experience with preterm birth and caring for a premature baby.