Prenatal and Baby Care Classes

These prenatal education and baby care classes are offered by Group Health unless otherwise noted. Classes are in King and Snohomish counties. Some classes have a registration fee.

For members outside the Seattle area, check Classes & Events for classes in your area. You also may ask your provider or contact Group Health's Resource Line.

Your partner or support person is invited to attend all classes with you.

Pregnancy Classes

Childbirth and Parenting Preparation series: A series of classes covering physical and emotional changes, labor, coping techniques, breastfeeding, and newborn care. The Birth and Parenting Preparation Series is offered by the Parent Trust's Great Starts program. Classes are at Group Health's medical centers in Seattle at Capitol Hill and Northgate; Bellevue; and Burien. Fee is $190; Medicaid Provider One cards are accepted. To register, call Parent Trust's Great Starts program at 206-789-0883 or go to www.parenttrust.org.

Labor and Birth mini-series: This two-day class is for first-time parents whose schedule is too busy to fit in a full series of classes. This also is a good refresher course for women who have given birth previously. The class covers only very basic information about breastfeeding and newborn care. Fee is $130; partial scholarships available and Medicaid Provider One cards are accepted.

Classes are at Group Health Medical Centers locations in Seattle at Capitol Hill and Northgate; Burien; Bellevue; and in Snohomish County. The classes are part of the Parent Trust's Great Starts program. To register, call Parent Trust at 206-789-0883 or go to the Labor and Birth Only class at www.parenttrust.org.

Tour of birth unit: Familiarize yourself with the Family Beginnings Birthing Center if you will receive your labor, delivery, and postpartum care in Seattle. We recommend that you have a tour during your third trimester. To arrange one, call 206-326-3100.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding basics: Class participants learn about establishing and maintaining an adequate milk supply, preventing and minimizing problems, and how to help the baby latch on correctly. Partners are encouraged to attend so they know how to assist the nursing mother. Lactation resources are reviewed. (2-hour class) To register, call 206-326-3500.

We recommend that you attend this class during your second trimester.

Nursing Twins is available for individual couples.


Clinical review by Jane Dimer, MD
Group Health
Reviewed 03/13/2013