Childbirth Series - One-Day

About This Event

The childbirth preparation classes prepare the expectant couple for the physical and emotional changes that occur during pregnancy and delivery. These classes include the role of the labor support person, anatomy, physiology, and an overview of labor. Breathing and relaxation techniques are taught, as well as comfort measures and pain control options.

Variations in labor and delivery, including preterm labor, back labor, induction, and cesarean deliveries, are discussed. Our classes are taught by experienced childbirth instructors. The classes will prepare the mother and her support person for the challenges and joys of childbirth. A tour of the Family Birth Center is also included in this course.

We recommend that you register for classes mid-term in your pregnancy due to limited class space. Registration is required. 

Course Description

The One-Day Saturday and Three-Part Wednesday evening classes contain the same information. Please bring a water bottle with you to class and wear comfortable clothing for moderate physical activity (yoga apparel works great). For the Saturday class there will be a 45-minute break for lunch. You are welcome to bring your lunch or visit our Greenbrae Grill. Full class details are listed below.

Class A Overview

  • Hospital Pre-Registration
  • Benefits of Childbirth Classes
  • Overview of Labor Experience
  • Birth Preferences Plan
  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology (terms heard during labor)
  • Stages of Labor
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • When to Come to the Hospital
  • What to Bring to the Hospital

Class B Overview

  • Tour: Meet in the Main Lobby
  • Mind-Body Connection
  • Role of Labor Support Person
  • Labor Support Practice
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Comfort Measures
  • Labor Positions Out of Bed

Class C Overview  

  • Variations in Labor and Delivery
  • Pain Control Options
  • Induction
  • Fetal Monitoring
  • Operative Vaginal Delivery
  • Cesarean Birth
  • Immediate Postpartum Care
  • Birth Video

MarinHealth facilitates numerous classes and support groups for new, and expectant parents. View a list of all of our Pregnancy & Childbirth Classes and Support Groups.