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Childbirth, Parenting and New Baby Classes

All childbirth, parenting and new baby classes at Northwest Hospital are offered on the Northwest Hospital campus by the Great Starts program of Parent Trust for Washington Children. Pre-registration is required. Full payment is due at registration. All fees cover two people; for example, a pregnant mother and her support person. Medicaid ProviderOne cards can be used for the Seven-Week Series, Four-Week Series and Labor & Birth Only classes. To register online, click on the link below each class, or call Great Starts at 206-789-0883.

Childbirth Prep Classes
Seven-Week Series
This series of classes meets on seven weeknights and includes:
  • Preparing for labor and birth:, including what to expect during the stages of labor, coping with emotional and physical challenges during labor, how a support person can comfort the laboring mother, hospital routines, possible medical interventions and postpartum recovery
  • Newborn Care class
  • Breastfeeding Basics Class
  • Reunion after all the babies are born

Cost: $200 per pair or ProviderOne card
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Four Week Series
This series of classes meets on four Saturdays and includes the same content as the Seven-Week Series:

Cost: $200 per pair or ProviderOne card
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Labor & Birth Mini-Series – Saturday Series

This mini-series is for parents who need a shorter class to fit into their busy schedule. It offers the same information about labor and birth as the longer series, but in a condensed form. It covers only very basic information about newborn care and breastfeeding.

Cost: $140 per pair or ProviderOne card
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Note: Great Starts also offers a Birth Refresher class for parents who have had a baby before, and a Hypno-Birthing series. To learn more, go to www.greatstarts.org.

Newborn Care Class

This course focuses on caring for the baby during the first few months of life. Learn about newborn capabilities, how infants communicate needs, crying and calming, sleep and sleep safety, health and illness, and daily care such as diapering, bathing and dressing.

Cost: $30 per family
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Working with Labor Pain- Saturday Class

This class is designed for anyone who wants to learn more about ways to cope with labor contractions and ways to support a woman as she faces the challenges of labor. Focus in on hands-on practice of coping skills. Appropriate for first-time and experienced parents.

Cost: $30 per family
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Breastfeeding Basics

This class is designed to educate parents on proper feeding techniques and positioning, how often to feed, preventing and coping with common challenges and how partners can support breastfeeding mothers.

Cost: $30 per family
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Life with Baby

This class helps prepare parents for adjusting to the first year after baby's birth. Includes information on developing routines, getting sleep, returning to work, strengthening the couple relationship, finding a supportive network, and other topics of relevance to new parents.

Cost: $30 per pair
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Babysafe and CPR

This four-hour course is taught by a certified CPR instructor. Topics include infant development, SIDS risk reduction, injury prevention and care of common injuries. Infant choking rescue and infant CPR is demonstrated and practiced. This class does not include a certification card.

Cost: $50 per pair
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Conscious Fathering

For expectant or new fathers, this class provides information to help fathers feel more involved and confident in birth and child-rearing. Topics include how to connect from day one, keeping the baby as comfortable as possible and how to cope when “everything goes wrong,” plus how to meet the baby’s basic needs, as well as developing your own definition of the kind of father you want to be and determining how you want to interact with your child.

Cost: $30 per pair
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Sibling Preparation for Kids

This class prepares children for the birth of a new family member.

It is appropriate for children, ages 2-1/2 to 6 years of age, accompanied by a parent. The class is taught to the children, with parents listening in. Information is presented at a young child's learning level.

Topics include information about pregnancy, birth, how newborns behave, and some of the ways that family life is affected by having a new baby in the house.

Cost: $20 per pair
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Sibling Preparation for Parents

This class gives expectant parents helpful tips for how to prepare their older child(ren) for the birth of a new baby. It is most helpful for parents whose children are 1 to 8 years old.

Cost: $20 per pair
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For any questions that are not answered here, or to register, please email greatstarts@parenttrust.org or call Great Starts at 206-789-0883.


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