Great Starts

Unbiased, Research-based,

Up-to-date Education.

Great Starts™ provides childbirth education and early parenting classes to expectant parents and new families in Seattle and the Puget Sound region, as well as training opportunities for professional childbirth educators everywhere.

At Great Starts™  learning about birth empowers expectant parents, builds confidence about the upcoming birth, and helps them have a safe and more satisfying birth experience. Learning about newborn care and early parenting helps families get off to a great start!

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Parent Focused Classes

Our classes incorporate the best aspects of a variety of childbirth preparation methods, including Lamaze, Bradley, Birthing from Within, and the “Rhythm, Ritual & Relaxation” method (developed by our own Penny Simkin). We offer information about the full range of options, and guide students in making the choices that match their values and priorities.

This program offers classes online and in-person at locations throughout King and Snohomish Counties. Classes cover:

  • pregnancy
  • childbirth preparation
  • newborn care
  • infant health and safety
  • and more!

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The Big Question: Why Should I Take Great Starts™ Classes? These classes provide parents with the unbiased information they need to make the choices that are right for their family. Learn how we help you connect to the right support for you, and increase your confidence and knowledge. More information >>

Additional Great Starts Services

We offer childbirth educator training, certification, trainer workshops, continuing education, and hospital and clinic consulting. More information >>

Parent Trust for Washington Children’s popular childbirth books and workbook are available through our website. More information >>

Tips for dealing with pregnancy discomfort, making a birth plan, coping during labor, loving your fussy baby, postpartum depression, and more. You can filter our Parenting Tips for the topic of your choice. More information >>

For more program information, contact:

Great Starts Registration
Monday through Friday, between 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM


Sally Brady
Great Starts Program Manager
206-233-0156 ext. 233