Prenatal & Parenting Classes
If you are pregnant, nursing or just looking for an informative fun class
to sharpen your skills as a parent, Washington Hospital’s Maternal
Child Education Center has the resources to fit your needs. We offer prenatal
and postpartum exercise classes for new and expecting moms, breastfeeding
support and childbirth education for first time moms and dads.
All of our classes take place at
3569 Beacon Avenue in Fremont.
Class dates are subject to change. for a current list, click
(510) 818-5040 or email MaternalChildEducation@whhs.com for complete times, dates, fees
and additional info.
Birthing Center Tour
Scheduled about a month before the due date, this tour introduces expectant
parents delivering at Washington Hospital to our Birthing Center. Family
members are welcome, but please, only children 3 years and older. Registration
is required. Free.
Prenatal Smart Start
This is the class to sign up for when you first find out you are pregnant!
It’s a class offering lively discussion, informational take-home
packets, and a question and answer period for women and their support
person in their first trimester of pregnancy. Subjects covered include:
how pregnancy affects your body, healthy nutrition during pregnancy, exercises
to help prepare your body for labor, common discomforts and remedies for
those discomforts compared with danger signs that would indicate alerting
your obstetrician. Free.
Intended for couples in the last trimester of pregnancy and offering detailed
information about many labor preparation topics. Subjects include: signs
and symptoms of labor, stages of labor, childbirth techniques, relaxation
and breathing, the coach’s role, variations in labor, analgesics
and anesthetics, cesarean birth, and postpartum recovery tips.
Prepared Childbirth/Refresher Class
For the mother and coach who have taken Prepared Child-birth classes within
the last three to five years. Information about sibling adjustment is
also included. Fee: $90
Prepared Childbirth/Comprehensive Class
Once a week for five weeks, each class is 2½ hours in duration.
The basics of breastfeeding will be covered in this class. Fee: $150
Prepared Childbirth/Intensive Class
Two all-day Sunday sessions that also include the basics
of breastfeeding. Fee: $150
Becoming New Parents
Want to feel more confident when taking your new baby home? This one-time,
three-hour workshop offers sensible tips, demonstrations, and information
on caring for your infant in those first important months. Fee: $50 or
$25 when combined with Prepared Childbirth registration.
Expecting twins or more? With this two-hour class we’ll help you
master multiples from delivery to breastfeeding (designed to be taken
in addition to a Prepared Childbirth Class). Call for an appointment. Fee: $50
Big Brother/Big Sister
Help siblings 3 years or older prepare for the arrival of their new baby.
Through fun activities, a story, and games, we explore what it’s
like to have a new brother or sister. An adult family member must accompany
the child. Fee: $35
- Prenatal Breastfeeding Learn the basics for successful breastfeeding in
this one time, ½-hour class. Fee: $45
- Lactation Support While in the hospital, lactation support will be available
to you during your postpartum stay. Once home, we have a free advice line
and also offer low cost private visits with internationally board certified
Washington Breast Pump Rental Center At our Center, we rent and sell breast
pumps and breastfeeding accessories.
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Closed Saturdays and Sundays.)
Location: 3569 Beacon Avenue, Fremont
Call: (510) 818-5040
Baby ‘n’ Me Support Group
Discussing the joys and trials of living with your new baby in this relaxed
support group is an excellent way to enhance your transition into parenthood.
Come as you are, as often as you like (for moms and babies from birth
to 8 months). Free.
When: Classes held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location:3569 Beacon Avenue, Fremont
Baby & Us Support Group
Discuss the joys and trials of being a couple with a new baby. Includes
Fathers! Registration required. Fee: $15 per family (includes both parents
After your baby graduates from Baby ‘n’ Me, you can advance
into the crawlers group to enjoy the transition from crawling to walking.
Gather with moms to learn and support each other and have your child play
with other children their age. Free.
When: Group meets on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: 3569 Beacon Avenue, Fremont
CPR for Family and Friends
This is an American Heart Association course teaching adults rescue breathing
(cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and how to relieve choking in infants
and children. Non-certified. Fee: $30
The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency
in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this
purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent
course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except
for a portion of fees needed to AHA course materials, do not represent
income to the AHA.
Car Seat Inspection
Make sure your child is riding safe by getting your car seat checked by
our certified CPS technician. For more information or to set up an appointment,
call 510-818-5040. Fee: $25
This workshop teaches 12-17 year-olds the skills to be safe and effective
babysitters. The class is taught by a trained instructor and covers a
variety of babysitting topics, including safety strategies, how to entertain
children of different ages, how to deal with injuries and emergencies,
and more. Fee: Free
Our hands-on method insures that you will learn the art of interactive
massage to suit your baby’s schedule, needs, and developmental level.
Infant massage can relieve stress for you and your baby, deepen bonding,
contribute to baby’s development, help baby sleep better, and enhance
your ability to understand your baby’s needs. This four-week class
is designed for you with your baby, from birth to pre-crawling. Fee: $75
Introduction to Exercise/Yoga
If joining our prenatal yoga program, this 1 hour class is a required
first step. If wanting to continue your own exercise routine, this class
will give you valuable information on adapting your current program to
your pregnant body. Note: It is important to speak with your OB doctor
before exercising while pregnant. Fee: $20
Developed especially for pregnant women to promote flexibility, strength,
improved posture and balance. The Introduction to Exercise/Yoga class
is required prior to beginning prenatal yoga. Fee: $60 for 6 sessions
or $110 for 12 sessions.
Having a baby can be stressful for fathers too. Join this couple's
yoga class where you would learn relaxation techniques and yoga to prepare
both mom and dad for labor. Dads will learn some techniques to stay cool
during labor and how they can help support the moms. Fee: $20 per session
Sign, Say and Play
Did you know that babies can learn to communicate by signing before they
can talk? Through stimulating activities, songs, and play, you and your
6- to 12-month-old infant will learn six to seven signs each week. A six-week
series based on Baby Signs Inc. Each family will receive a kit that contains
books, a CD, and a DVD to help incorporate signing into your daily life. Fee: $165