Birth Prep & Parenting Education

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Have questions about labor, birth, newborn care, breastfeeding, car seats or what you need to know as a first-time parent? We offer classes for pregnancy and early months of parenting. We'd also be delighted to take you on a scheduled tour of our Birth Center.
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Childbirth and new baby classes marked as (PTWC) are offered on our campus in partnership with the Great Starts™ program of Parent Trust for Washington Children.
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Questions about classes?

For any questions about Parent Trust (PTWC) classes, or to register by phone, please email greatstarts@parenttrust.org or call Great Starts at 425.228.3440 x3799.
 
Scholarships are available for PTWC classes—Please inquire.

 

Birth and Parenting Preparation Classes

Choose from classes that cover essential info about birth and parenting, with comprehensive, multi-week or abbreviated mini-series formats to fit your schedule.

Birth Prep: Birth & Parenting Preparation — Comprehensive Series (PTWC)

Pregnant woman in classroomOffered on seven-weeknights, or four Saturday mornings. This class combines the information from three classes—Labor & Birth, Breastfeeding, and Newborn Care—into this single, comprehensive series. This multi-week format gives you a chance to meet and connect with other expectant parents, and includes a reunion after all the babies are born. It also allows for more discussion, Q&A, and practice time than the mini-series. We recommend that you choose classes that end two to five weeks before your due date—early enough that you'll be able to complete the class before baby comes, but late enough that you'll still remember all the information! (DSHS ProviderOnecards accepted.)

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Birth Prep: Labor & Birth Mini-Series (PTWC)

Pregnant woman in classroomHeld on two Saturday mornings. Provides essential information about pregnancy, what to expect during labor and birth (including how you’ll know labor is beginning, when you will go to the hospital, and how you’ll know it’s time to push), natural techniques for coping with labor pain (breathing, relaxation, massage, etc.), pain medication, hospital routines, and medical procedures. Includes only the bare essentials of breastfeeding and newborn care.  We recommend that you choose classes that end two to five weeks before your due date—early enough that you'll be able to complete the class before baby comes, but late enough that you'll still remember all the information! (DSHS ProviderOnecards accepted.)

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Breastfeeding (PTWC)

Mother breastfeeding babyLearn about why to breastfeed, how to breastfeed, how often to feed, how to know baby is getting plenty; preventing and treating common challenges, pumping and bottle-feeding, and how partners can support breastfeeding moms. If you are planning to breastfeed, or even if you’re just considering your options, this class will give you (and your partner) the tools you need to get your baby off to a healthy start. (Note: breastfeeding class is included in the comprehensive Birth & Parenting series.)

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Circle of Security™:
Boost your Parenting Skills to Give
Your Baby the Best Possible Start

Circle of Security BabyCreating a strong, healthy relationship between you and your child is the most important gift you can give. As
parents, we often feel unsure about what our child needs from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you.

Join us for the Circle of Security™ Parenting series, an award-winning program designed to enhance close relationships between parents and children. Circle of Security™ will teach you the skills you need to read your child’s signals, so you can be a more perceptive, responsive and effective parent during those formative first years of life.

Parents and caregivers of children ages birth to 2 years are invited to attend FREE Circle of Security™ classes at Valley Medical Center. The 8-week program is facilitated by Sandra Renner, MA. If you would like to bring your sitter and child while you attend class, a separate room is available for their use. Class size is limited to 30 individuals.
 
Questions? Contact Sandra Renner at sandra_renner@valleymed.org or call 425.656.3291.

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Conscious Fathering (PTWC)

Father with babyExpectant dads learn how to meet babies’ most basic needs: to be fed, to burp, to be comfortable, to be rested, and to be responded to when they cry. We also discuss how you will become the kind of dad you want to be. This class is for expectant dads. The dad-to-be is welcome to bring along his child’s grandfather-to-be or uncle-to-be for free.

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Newborn Care (PTWC)

Newborn babyLearn how to care for your baby (swaddling, diapering, bathing, health and safety), newborn sleep patterns, infant communication, understanding crying and techniques for soothing. We focus on the first few months of life, but also cover support resources you can use as you move forward on your parenting journey.
(Note: newborn care is included in the Comprehensive series.)

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Prenatal Water Exercise

Women exercising in poolThe Fitness Center at Valley Medical Center has a water exercise class designed just for expectant mothers. It includes low-level aerobics, gentle stretching, muscle conditioning, and relaxation exercises. A Prenatal Medical Clearance Form from your physician is required. Class series are held on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursdays evenings. Registrants are also welcome for open water/walk/swim time on Saturdays.

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Car Seat Safety

Baby in car seatAll newborns, infants and children (within certain age and weight ranges) are required to ride in a car seat by Washington state law. Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent: Avoid putting your baby at risk of injury if an accident occurs by ensuring your seat is installed correctly.

Review this Safe Kids checklist to make sure you know how to make sure your child’s car seat is properly installed.

Videos are also available to help you learn how to properly install your child’s car seat.

Learn the details about Washington’s child safety seat and seat belt laws.

View a video about properly buckling your seat belt during pregnancy.

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Tour The Birth Center

Guided Birth Center Tour (1-Hour)

Birth Center SuiteView our beautiful, private labor. birthing, and recovery suites with hydrotherapy whirlpool baths, a daybed for family members,  free on-demand movies and room service meal delivery. You'll learn about our state-of-the-art Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and meet our caring and experienced staff.

Tours are offered multiple times each month. Registration is required.

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Parent Support Groups

The excitement of becoming a parent also brings with it some anxiety and concerns. Parent support groups offer new parents a valuable resource to meet other parents and have children meet and play with other children their age. Learn what other parents may do about sleeping, soothing, feeding, teething, starting solids, or other issues. Support groups are coordinated by Valley Medical Center's lactation consultants.

Parent-Infant Support Group

For parents of newborns to 3 months in age. Meets every Wednesday from 1 PM to 2:30 PM. Registration is FREE.

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Parent-Baby Support Group

For parents of infants 3 to 6 months in age. Meets every Wednesday from 1 PM to 2:30 PM. There $5 registration fee per class.

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Parent-Toddler/Crawler Support Group

For parents with children aged 9 months to 2 years. Meets every Wednesday from 10 AM to 11:30 AM. There $5 registration fee per class.

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Other Educational Resources

Many FREE and community resources are available to help you prepare for this exciting new chapter in your life.

Free Weekly Pregnancy & Parenting Newsletter

Parent Review Newsletter
Get information you need when you need it most. Our weekly newsletter offers peace of mind through your baby’s development milestones on into the toddler years. Receive tips, advice, research findings that impact your child's development, answers to real questions posed by parents like yourself, and more information tailored to your week of pregnancy, then to the age of your baby.Your subscription is FREE.


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Text4Baby Text Message Health Tips

Text4Baby thumbnailGet FREE messages each week on your cell phone to help you through your pregnancy and your baby's first year. To subscribe, text "BABY" (“BEBE” para Español) to 511411 receive three free text messages a week, timed to your baby's due date or birth date, through pregnancy and up until the baby’s first birthday. The messages address topics such as labor signs and symptoms, prenatal care, urgent alerts, developmental milestones, immunizations, nutrition, birth defect prevention, safe sleep, safety, and more. Text ‘STOP’ to discontinue messages or ‘HELP’ for help at any time.Text4baby is an educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition. Learn more.

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Tips for Preventing SIDS

Sleeping InfantSudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden death of an infant under 1 year of age that remains unexplained. It is also known as crib death.

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Health Library: Online Health Advice 24/7

Photo of StethoscopeVMC's health library (accessed via the "Health Info" tab) is a great resource for understanding your child's growth and development. You'll find educational information about pregnancy and childbirth, normal newborn behavior, breast pumps, traveling while pregnant or breastfeeding, and other practical advice. Explore library content, read news articles and test your knowledge using helpful interactive tools, including risk assessments, quizzes and calculators. Use it to learn how to stay healthy, lower your family’s medical costs, check drug interactions, research medical conditions and procedures, and more.

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