Childbirth and Early Parenting Classes

**PLEASE NOTE: for all classes except the New Moms Group, one registration includes two attendees (expecting mother and partner).**

For expectant couples, families and caregivers, register here for classes to help you prepare for childbirth and early baby care.

The goal is to complete all prenatal classes at least one month before delivery. We recommend registering for classes in your fourth month of your pregnancy. Let us know if you need special accommodations to participate.

NEW CLASS!

Mindful, Present, Perceptive Parenting

Register now: take up to six months after baby's birth, new families welcome

Join us for a series of six classes that will give you the building blocks to establish a strong bond with your baby. You will develop your own mind-body strategies while learning life skills in a supportive group learning environment. Topics include: learning to read your baby's body language; how to handle relationship stress; balancing identity issues; healthy eating tips; baby massage techniques; and practicing mindfulness and compassion while caring for your baby. See dates and register

Labor and Delivery tours

Also included in preparation for birth 4-week series held on OHSU campus

Preparation for birth: 4 week series

Register in 4th or 5th month: complete by month 8

This comprehensive childbirth four week series covers all aspects of childbirth including: the anatomy and physiology of late pregnancy, the labor and birth process, signs and stages of labor, options for coping and pain management, possible complications and how to promote positive communication with your caregiver. A tour of the Labor and Delivery unit is included.
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Preparation for birth: 1 day EXPRESS

Register now: take after 5th month, complete in one day

This childbirth class is a condensed, seminar-style format that covers the labor and birth process, signs and stages of labor, possible complications, and how to promote positive communication with your caregiver. For those requiring more instructional time than what the express class is designed to offer, the Preparation for birth: 4 week series is recommended.
Please register separately for a tour of the Labor and Delivery unit. There is no charge for Labor and Delivery tours at OHSU.
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NEW CLASS!

Preparation for birth: eClass

Your eClass registration includes:

Our online childbirth class is ideal for those expectant parents who can't attend an on-site childbirth class due to work schedules, time constraints, or medical conditions. The eight-chapter program is an interactive, web-based class that uses videos, personal birth stories, animations, activities, and games to teach all the essential information parents need to know to prepare for their birth. 

Comfort measures in labor

Register now: Take after 5th month, complete in 4 hours

Tap into your inner strength by learning how to perform comfort and coping techniques in managing the pain of labor. An in-depth, hands-on workshop for the expecting mom and her support partner, this class is recommended for those who have taken the preparation for birth class or who are birthing again and have a foundation of knowledge about the birth process. You will learn strategies, techniques, and practical information to help navigate the labor process. A tour of the Labor and Delivery unit is included at the end of class.
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Breastfeeding basics

Register now: take after 5th month, new families welcome

Learn what to expect during the first few weeks of establishing a happy and healthy breastfeeding relationship with your baby, and much more! Breastfeeding basics offers information to help make your breastfeeding experience a successful one.

Taught by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and Certified Lactation Educators. Common questions and/or concerns will be addressed. See dates and register

 NEW CLASS!

Return to Work

Navigating your return to work as a breastfeeding woman can present some challenges. In this class, we will provide you with the knowledge and tools to increase your confidence through this transition.

This class is ideal for families soon to be returning to work. To ensure you get the most out of this class we recommend you attend after your baby is born so we have the opportunity to start to create a plan specifically for you, your baby and your family.

Taught by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. See dates and register

Newborn care

Register now: take after 5th month, new families welcome

Newborn Care provides information on the unique needs of newborns. This class covers newborn appearance, hospital procedures, newborn characteristics, sleep issues and calming a crying baby.

Using doll models, you’ll learn the basics of bathing, diapering, swaddling, umbilical cord and circumcision care. You will leave better prepared to understand and take care of your baby. See dates and register

Combined breastfeeding basics and newborn care

Register now: take after 5th month, new families welcome

Looking for breastfeeding and newborn care information in one class? Combined breastfeeding basics and newborn care covers what is included in our individual classes in one day. You will learn what to expect during the first few weeks of establishing a happy and healthy relationship with your baby, and obtain information on the unique needs of newborns, including newborn appearance, newborn characteristics, sleep issues, and calming a baby. Using doll models, you’ll learn the basics of bathing, diapering, swaddling, and umbilical cord and circumcision care. You will leave better prepared to breastfeed and take care of your baby.

Taught by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and Certified Lactation Educators. Common questions and/or concerns will be addressed.
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Infant safety and CPR

Register now: take after 5th month, new families welcome

Infant CPR: This class offers hands-on training in infant CPR and choking. Learn how to perform rescue breathing, CPR and choking maneuvers for infants birth to 12 months using the latest American Heart Association guidelines.

During this classroom-based course, our instructors offer video-based lessons and works with participants to complete their CPR skills practice. The course is taught by certified a certified AHA BLS instructor and is designed for those who want to learn CPR and do not require certification.

Infant Safety: Learn how to avoid injuries and keep your baby safe at home, in the car and everywhere you go. Topics include infant safety, development and injury prevention as it pertains to car seat safety, childproofing the home, poison prevention, general safety issues, SIDS awareness and the Back to Sleep Program. See dates and register

Waterbirth 101

Required for waterbirth at OHSU

In this class, you and your partner will learn about waterbirth at OHSU. This class is mandatory for patients choosing waterbirth. Learn more about water birth 

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New moms group

For moms with babies 0-6 months of age

Facilitated by an OHSU childbirth educator, topics will include newborn care, breastfeeding, coping strategies, ongoing recovery and more. Learn more about new moms group