Prenatal and Postpartum Classes, Resources, and Tours
The days and weeks leading up to the birth of your child are exciting ones filled with planning, preparation, and a whole lot of patience. Here, we've included resources to help you take the final steps toward the arrival of your little one. They help you be as prepared as possible for the moment your baby is finally in your arms — and for many of the moments afterward.
Classes and Resources
No doubt you've been reading about all things baby, but in-person classes offer you a chance to ask questions of trained professionals, interact with other expectant parents, and get hands-on training and information.
|Labor and childbirth||Parenting|
|Newborn care||Prenatal and postpartum fitness|
|Sibling preparation||Infant safety and development|
|Preparing for multiples||Postpartum care|
In the Seattle area, we recommend these organizations for safe and reliable information:
- Great Starts Birth & Family Education: Visit greatstarts.org or call 206-789-0883 for information about specific class offerings, pricing, and registration.
- Swedish: Visit swedish.org/classes for information about specific class offerings, pricing, and registration.
- Transition to Parenthood: Visit transitiontoparenthood.com for Web-based childbirth education and links to information on just about everything related to birth.
Ask your provider for information about classes in your area or contact Group Health's Resource Line.
In the Seattle area, birthing services for Group Health members are offered at Swedish First Hill. We recommend you take Swedish's Pre-Birth Tour approximately four to eight weeks before your due date. The walking tour takes about an hour and you'll have plenty of time to ask questions after you hear about these topics:
- Parking and entrance information for the hospital
- How to get to the birth center
- Amenities available in each birthing suite
- What to bring with you
- What to expect during your hospital stay
- Postpartum care
To register for a Swedish Pre-Birth Tour, call 206-215-3338 or visit Swedish Birth Center Tours.