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Childbirth Classes

Download a 2013 childbirth class brochure for more information, or register directly online at www.nwchildbirth.com

For birthing classes in Centralia, download the Providence Centralia Hospital birthing class brochure or scroll down.

If you have questions about your registration or would like to receive a Olympia childbirth class brochure by mail, please call (360) 754-8080.

Olympia Birthing Classes - Prepared Childbirth

This four-week series prepares expectant parents for the physical and emotional aspects of the later stages of pregnancy, labor, birth and the time after your baby is born. Topics include labor and birth process; breathing and pushing techniques; assisted deliveries; recovery and postpartum; relaxation; pain relief options; and hospital tour. Includes a separate Breastfeeding Your Baby class.
Fee: $95/couple or medical coupon

Fast Track Childbirth

An accelerated version of our four-week class, this class is offered in one day (Saturdays or Sundays). Includes a hospital tour and a separate Breastfeeding Your Baby class.
Fee: $95/couple or medical coupon

Sibling Celebration

Siblings ages 3-8, along with their parents, prepare for their role as big brother or sister. Siblings learn what to expect when they come to the hospital, what it's like to have a new baby in the home, how to hold a newborn, and safe behavior using life-like dolls. Also includes a hospital tour.
Providence St. Peter - Sundays, 10 a.m.-noon.
Cost: $40/family.

New Grandparent Class

For expectant and new grandparents. Topics include how things have changed since you became parents; communication between parents & grandparents; how grandparents can help; current guidelines for infant care, car seats & safety; and the 5 S's to calm a fussy baby.
Providence St. Peter - Sundays, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Fee: $20/grandparent

Newborn Safety & CPR

Learn the latest safety recommendations for your baby. This class features a "hands-on" demonstration of safety issues, infant CPR, as well SIDS, and much more!
Providence St. Peter - Sundays, 2 p.m.-4 pm
Fee: $20 per person

Breastfeeding Your Baby

Find out the benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby. You will learn proper positioning and latch-on techniques, how to troubleshoot potential problems and helpful hints to enhance your breastfeeding success. Your support person also is encouraged to attend.
Providence St. Peter - Thursdays, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Fee: Included with childbirth classes or $20 without attending childbirth classes.

Providence Centralia Hospital birthing classes:

Week 1 - The first class will include topics such as; common concerns and complications, physical and emotional changes during pregnancy, the 7th, 8th, and 9th month of pregnancy, exercise, sexuality, and nutritional needs. Also discussed are things that you can avoid to insure your pregnancy remains safe for you and your baby.

Week 2 - In the second class the labor and birth process will be presented. Presentations will include the different types of birth, false vs. real labor, when to come to the hospital, pre-term labor, and labor complications. There are various options for pain control during labor and these will be discussed. The class will inform you what to expect during the initial postpartum period and how to care for yourself. Caring for the newborn will be discussed in a later class.

Week 3 - The third class is all about the newborn. This class will help you prepare for your new baby and give you the information you need to make decisions about how you will feed your baby, how your baby should sleep, dental care for your baby, and when to take the baby to the doctor. You will be given information on how the baby looks at delivery and how it will change when you go home. You will be informed about the APGAR scoring given at the time of birth and the medications the baby will receive. Post partum depression is discussed and information about resources in the community is provided.

Week 4 - The fourth and final class covers breastfeeding and bottle feeding and newborn nutrition. Pre-registration and a tour of the family birth center complete the series.