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 expectant moms, breastfeeding
support and childbirth education for first time moms and dads.
All of our classes take place at
2500 Mowry Ave., ste. 215B, 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
online video, you can learn: how pregnancy affects your body, about healthy nutrition
during pregnancy, exercises to help prepare your body for labor. Also
learn about common discomforts and their remedies versus danger signs
that would indicate alerting your obstetrician. This video is recommended
before your first doctor's appointment.
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/Intensive Class offered on Zoom
Two all-day Sunday sessions that also include the basics of breastfeeding. Fee: $150
Prepared Childbirth/Express offered on Zoom
This is an all-day session that does not include breastfeeding. A separate
breastfeeding class is recommended. Fee: $150
Becoming New Parents offered on Zoom
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.
Understanding Fatherhood offered on Zoom
This class will help you through your fatherhood journey, from pregnancy
to birth and beyond, as well as things you can do to ease the transition
of becoming a dad. Fee: $45
Grandparents Class offered on Zoom
This class provides the perfect update for new grandparents-to-be. Today's
parents have dozens of new products, new ideas and new rules. Topics include
latest recommendations for infant care and safety. Grandparents will also
learn how to support the new parents. Fee: $45
Prenatal Breastfeeding. Learn the basics for successful breastfeeding in this one time, 1½-hour
class. Fee: $45
Lactation Support. While in the hospital, lactation support will be available to you during
your postpartum stay. At home, we have a free advice line and also offer
private visits with internationally board-certified lactation consultants.
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 for lunch from 1
to 2 p.m.)
Location: 2500 Mowry Ave., suite 215B, Fremont
Call: (510) 818-5040
Baby & Me Support Group offered on Zoom
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 18 months). Free.
When: Group meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Time: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Prenatal Yoga offered on Zoom
Developed especially for pregnant women to promote flexibility, strength,
improved posture and balance. Fee: $65 monthly for classes three times per week.