Childbirth, Parenting & Family

Childbirth, Parenting & Family

When it comes to having a baby, you can count on Swedish for complete support. We offer a wide variety of classes and seminars to help you through your pregnancy and the first few months after your baby's birth.

We recommend that first-time parents take at least one class in Childbirth Preparation, Newborn Care, and Breastfeeding. It’s a good idea to register for classes early, and to have completed them about four to six weeks before your due date.

Classes can be paid for individually or as part of our Welcome Baby Package. You can take classes in any order unless otherwise indicated. 
 

Your classroom location will be provided to you in a confirmation email. Please check the directions to each campus and each classroom prior to each class.


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Class Descriptions


Welcome Baby Package



Planning to get pregnant or just got the news?

OB Speed Dating
Have a Happy Birthday Tour and Information Session
Prenatal Genetic Testing: Which Tests Are Right for Me?

 

Birth Center Tours

Have a Happy Birthday Tour and Information Session
Pre-Birth Tours

 

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Childbirth Preparation
Childbirth Preparation for Multiples
Childbirth Preparation Refresher
Childbirth Preparation in Spanish
      (Preparación para el parto en español)
Coping with Confidence
Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting
The Mind in Labor: A week-end intensive to develop mindfulness-based coping skills

 

Newborns and Parenting

Baby Needs a Doctor
Barks & Babes
Breastfeeding
Bringing Baby Home
Car Seat Safety
Conscious Fathering
Infant Safety and CPR
Newborn Care
Newborn Preparation

 

Family Members

Conscious Fathering
Grandparents Class - Birth to Three Months
Grandparents Class - Three Months and Beyond 
Sibling Preparation

 

Postpartum Support

Breastfeeding Support Group
Breastfeeding Drop-in Group Session at the Lytle Center
Listening Mothers
New Mom Support Group
PEPS:
          Baby Peppers 
             PEPS for Dads  
             PEPS While You Are Waiting
The 4th Trimeter: Drop-in Postpartum Support Group

 

Exercise and Wellness

Prenatal
               Baby Your Body
Postpartum
               Body Back
               Fit4Baby Swedish Ballard
               Stroller Strides


 


Welcome Baby Package
We offer a wide variety of classes to help you through your pregnancy and the first few months after your baby's birth. Our Welcome Baby Package allows you and one support person to take a number of prenatal classes at a special rate. 

Specific classes included: 

  • Baby Your Body

  • Breastfeeding

  • Car Seat Safety

  • Childbirth Preparation (choice of one: 1-day, 2-day, 6-week series, Refresher, or Multiples)
  • Conscious Fathering
  • Coping with Confidence - Labor Coping Skills

  • Grandparents - From birth to 3 months

  • Infant Safety and CPR

  • Newborn Care

  • Sibling Preparation

$300/couple

How to use the Welcome Baby Package:

Once you have registered for the Welcome Baby Package you will receive an email containing a personalized coupon code that will allow you to register for eligible classes (listed above) without additional payment. Please check your email for this coupon code and enter it in "Apply Coupon". You will then press "Submit" to confirm your registration.

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Newly Pregnant?

For those who are considering pregnancy or newly pregnant, here are a few options to get you started: 

OB Speed Dating
If you’re expecting or thinking about having a baby, finding the right provider is a pretty good place to start this incredible journey. When you come to OB Speed Dating, you’ll meet several providers who deliver at Swedish, and get to know them in a fun, low-key environment. After you’ve signed up, you and several other couples will come to Swedish for an hour, where you’ll have five-minute one-on-one interviews with each provider. You can ask them anything you want. If you hit it off with one, then you can make a follow-up appointment when you’re ready to start your care. Providers you meet at OB Speed Dating deliver at the campus where the event is held.

Free, but pre-registration is required as space is limited.

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Have a Happy Birthday Tour 
This tour and information session is designed for people who are contemplating pregnancy or are early in pregnancy and still considering which hospital or pregnancy healthcare provider to choose.  You will receive information on the different choices of hospitals and care providers available at Swedish, as well as information on specialty care and resources for both before and after delivery, followed by a walking tour of the childbirth center.  Let us show you why Swedish welcomes more babies into the world than any other hospital in the state, while also treating each birth as a uniquely personal event.  

We are unable to accommodate children under the age of 10 on this tour.

1.5 hours
Free, but pre-registration is required as space is limited.
Tour size is limited so one registration is for the expectant mother plus one support person.

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Prenatal Genetic Testing: Which Tests Are Right for Me?
One of the first decisions faced in pregnancy is whether to have testing to detect genetic conditions in your baby.  With current advances in technology, there are many new test options available. 
This class will:

  • Introduce current genetic test options.
  • Review pros and cons of many of the available tests.
  • Provide points to consider as you decide if genetic testing is the correct decision for your growing family.
  • Prepare you for more detailed conversation with your providers regarding testing in pregnancy.  

It is led by a genetic counselor from the Swedish Maternal Fetal Specialty Care Center. This class is ideal for couples either considering pregnancy or in their first trimester (less than 14 weeks gestation). 

1 hour
$25/couple

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Birth Center Tours

If you are stilling considering which hospital to deliver at, please select a Have a Happy Birthday Tour.

If you have chosen your provider and know which hospital you will be delivering at, please select a Pre-Birth Tour.

Have a Happy Birthday Tour 
This tour and information session is designed for people who are contemplating pregnancy or are early in pregnancy and still considering which hospital or pregnancy healthcare provider to choose.  You will receive information on the different choices of hospitals and care providers available at Swedish, as well as information on specialty care and resources for both before and after delivery, followed by a walking tour of the childbirth center.  Let us show you why Swedish welcomes more babies into the world than any other hospital in the state, while also treating each birth as a uniquely personal event.  

We are unable to accommodate children under the age of 10 on this tour.

1.5 hours
Free, but pre-registration is required as space is limited.
Tour size is limited so one registration is for the expectant mother plus one support person.

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Pre-Birth Tour
We encourage all expectant parents to complete a childbirth center tour at the campus where they will be delivering, approximately 4-8 weeks before their due date.  This walking tour will provide you with parking and entrance information for the hospital, how to get to the birth center, amenities available in each birthing suite, what to bring with you, what to expect during your hospital stay, and postpartum care. There will be plenty of time for questions.  If you need to do so, you will also be able to complete pre-registration for the hospital.  

We are unable to accommodate children under the age of 10 on this tour.

1 hour
Free, but pre-registration is required as space is limited.
Tour size is limited so one registration is for the expectant mother plus one support person.

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Pregnancy and Childbirth

Childbirth Preparation
While no one can tell you what your birth experience will be like, this class can help you feel prepared, confident and ready for the birth of your baby.  This class will provide you with information on the labor process and possible variations, coping skills and postpartum adjustment. Partners will learn ways to support mom during labor.

Options include 1-day, 2-day, or 6-week format:

1-day: Childbirth Prep

8 hours
$115/couple
Coming January 2015!


2-day: Childbirth Prep

2 sessions, 4 hours each
$115/couple
Coming January 2015!


2-day: Childbirth and Breastfeeding Prep

Includes a Childbirth Preparation and Breastfeeding class
2 sessions, 5 hours each
$160/couple
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6-week series

Includes a Childbirth Preparation, Newborn Care, and Breastfeeding class
6 sessions, 2.5 hours each
$210/couple
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All options included in Welcome Baby Package
 
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Preparing for Multiples
This five week series for families expecting multiples includes Childbirth Preparation, Newborn Care, and Breastfeeding. You will learn about the signs and treatment of common pregnancy complications including preterm labor, the labor and birth process, cesarean birth, recovery, postpartum adjustment, and the NICU. A Newborn Care and Breastfeeding class specifically for multiples is included. Resources for support groups and networking will be provided in addition to an in-class panel discussion with new parents of multiples and a baby reunion.

Expecting Twins? We suggest beginning class at 18 - 22 weeks of pregnancy
Expecting Triplets or more? We suggest beginning class at 16 -20 weeks of pregnancy

5 sessions, 3 hours each
$205/couple
Included in Welcome Baby Package

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Childbirth Preparation Refresher
Have you had a baby before, but just need a refresher?  This class will provide the latest information on labor positions, breathing techniques, conditioning exercises, and pain medications. Partners will learn ways to support mom during labor as well as how to prepare to bring a new baby home.

"I am so glad that we took this time to prepare for THIS baby!" -Refresher class participant

For expectant parents with children 3 years to 10 years old, we also recommend our Sibling Preparation class.

4 hours
$65/couple
Included in Welcome Baby Package

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Preparación para el parto en español 
Esta clase proporciona información sobre el proceso del parto y sus posibles variaciones, así como estrategias de adaptación para después del parto. Los compañeros aprenden modos para apoyar a la madre durante el parto. La preparación para el parto en español se enseña por un educador nativo en español certificado en partos.

9am-4pm
$115/pareja
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Coping With Confidence - Labor Coping Skills
This class is designed to provide couples who have already attended a Childbirth Preparation class with more information about pain and coping including: additional birthing techniques, labor positions, comfort measures, and options for back labor. Suggestions for partners providing labor support are presented. 

2 hours
$40/couple
Included in Welcome Baby Package

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Growing Families - The Journey to a New Normal
Expectant parents spend a great deal of time researching and preparing for the day of baby's arrival. But what happens the day after that?  Or in the weeks and months that follow?   Adjusting to life with a newborn is full of joys and challenges. In this class, we will discuss anticipated transitions and changes in roles common to new families, when and how to seek help for difficulties, community resources, and ways to strengthen and safeguard the couple's relationship.  This class is recommended as an adjunct to your childbirth preparation class.

2.5 hours
$45/couple

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Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting
This 8-week series - that includes a nineth, full-day class - is an invitation to begin or deepen the practice of mindfulness for supporting the profound changes in our bodies and minds during pregnancy, childbirth and parenting.  Through mindfulness meditation, movement and group dialogue we can learn to cultivate skills for birthing, healthy living and wise parenting--inviting you to fully live the joys and challenges of this transformative time.

In this class, you will:

  • increase knowledge and confidence around the birth process
  • decrease fear of childbirth, tap into inner resources for working with pain
  • improve couples communication, connection and cooperation

You will also learn about:

  • the physiology of breastfeeding and the newborn cycles
  • prenatal yoga for strength and flexibility
  • developing tools for managing stress in pregnancy, parenting, and daily life

This program is based on Nancy Bardacke's adaptation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to focus on the birth process and parenting. To learn more about the program, please visit NW Mindful Birthing & Parenting: www.nwmindfulbirthing.com

The class fee includes the book, Mindful Birthing and CD's for home practice.

8 sessions, 2.5 hours each & 1 all-day 6 hour session
$385/couple

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The Mind in Labor: A week-end intensive to develop mindfulness-based coping skills
Childbirth can be a challenging experience that often involves physical pain and anxiety. How we use our minds to relate to that pain and anxiety can make a huge difference in our labor and delivery experience. Based on the mind/body work at the pioneering Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD at the University of Massachusetts, this will be a weekend for looking deeply at pain and fear during childbirth and for cultivating tools to work with them in the process of giving birth.
In this workshop, you will:

  • Practice various mind/body modalities for working with pain in childbirth
  • Experience using the breath as an anchor to the present moment
  • Tap into inner reservoirs of strength, confidence and courage
  • Learn how to be fully present to give assistance as a birth partner
  • Begin to cultivate the powerful tool of mindfulness and moment-to-moment awareness for the challenges of birthing and parenting

 
This workshop is an excellent complement to any childbirth education class, including refresher classes. It can also be helpful for those who anticipate a birth experience that needs special medical attention or who have had a difficult previous birth experience. This workshop allows you time to go deep into the mindfulness practices, and includes partner-based experiential exercises. To learn more about this class and Mindful Birthing please visit www.nwmindfulbirthing.com

$350/couple

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Newborns and Parenting

Baby Needs A Doctor
It’s never too early to start thinking about who will care for your baby. With so many doctors to choose from, finding the right one for your baby can be overwhelming. Meet with physicians in person to help put you at ease and explain what you should look for in a doctor, what questions to ask, and what services to consider, such as electronic medical records and after-hours care.

At this one hour event you will be introduced to Swedish and affiliated physicians who will answer your questions, share their philosophy of care, and provide tips on taking care of your newborn. The doctors will also be available for one-on-one interviews if you’re interested in establishing your baby’s care with them.

1 hour
Free

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Barks & Babes
Remember when your dog was your only baby? Times have changed! If you are planning or currently expecting a new baby, this class is for you! Barks & Babes covers topics involved in the management of living with baby and dog and keeping all healthy and happy. Among other things, we will discuss safety (for both dog and baby), disease/parasites, desensitizing dog to baby sounds/movements, specific cues to train your dog in preparation and how to walk and exercise your dog with baby in tow. For Humans Only.

Instructor: Danette Johnston, CPDT and MOM!
1.5 hours
$30/couple

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Breastfeeding
This class helps new moms and their partners learn all the basics of breastfeeding.  Topics include: the first feeding, signs baby is getting enough, proper positioning and latch, feeding frequency and duration, and how to express and store milk.   

Please note:  Breastfeeding is already included in the Newborn Preparation class and the 6-week Childbirth Preparation series.
 
2.5 hours
$45/couple
Included in Welcome Baby Package

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Bringing Baby Home Workshop
This 12 hour workshop will teach you and your partner parenting and relationship skills to help you be the best parenting team possible. Developed by renowned relationship experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, the Bringing Baby Home (BBH) Workshop combines lecture, group discussion and couple’s activities to help couples strengthen their friendship, increase intimacy, improve communication, regulate conflict, and create positive strategies for parenting.   This workshop is designed for couples who are pregnant or have infants up to one year of age. Babies up to 3 months old welcome to attend. 

2 or 3 day workshop
$160/couple

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Car Seat Safety
Car crashes are a leading cause of fatal injury for children in Washington State.  The best protection comes from a properly installed car seat, but studies shows that up to 90% of car seats are used incorrectly.  In the Car Seat Safety Class, you will learn how to choose a safe car seat for your newborn, how to adjust it properly, and how to install it correctly in a motor vehicle.  Although the class does not include installation in your vehicle, there will be opportunities for hands-on practice (with a doll and/or vehicle demonstrator seat), so if you already have your car seat, feel free to bring it to class with you.   
 
2.5 hours
$45/couple
Included in Welcome Baby Package

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Infant CPR and Safety
In this class, your CPR certified instructor will help you learn when and how to administer CPR to an infant.  You will also learn common choking hazards and demonstrate how to manage choking. Participants will be taught ways to baby-proof in order to increase household safety and decrease the risk of SIDS for your new baby.  

This class is recommended for parents, grandparents and anyone caring for a newborn or infant up to 1 year of age. CPR and Foreign Body Airway Obstruction procedures are American Heart Association curriculum.

2.5 hours
$45/couple
Included in Welcome Baby Package

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Newborn Care
This class teaches new parents all the basics of newborn growth and development including:  methods for dressing, diapering, feeding, bathing and swaddling as well as how to calm a crying baby and important safe sleep practices. 

Please note:  Newborn Care is already included in the Newborn Preparation class and the 6-week Childbirth Preparation series.
 
3 hours
$50/couple
Included in Welcome Baby Package

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Newborn Preparation 
This course combines the Newborn Care class and Breastfeeding class content. Please see these class descriptions for more detailed information
 
6 hours
$95/couple
Included in Welcome Baby Package

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Family Members

Conscious Fathering
A class designed for dads only! Come learn your baby’s 5 basic needs and how to respond to them in a caring, safe manner.  Learn about developmental stages and the key steps for calming a crying baby.  This class will help you be a confident, hands-on dad!
 
3 hours
$45/dad
Included in Welcome Baby Package

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Grandparents Class - Birth to Three Months
"Babies haven't changed, but what we know about them has!"  There have been many changes in the role of grandparents over the last several generations.  This class describes ways grandparents can offer support and assistance to a new family, while discussing current trends in birth practices and infant care.  Grandparents will appreciate information provided on newborn capabilities and providing a safe environment for infants.  A tour of the birthing suites is provided. 

3 hours
$45/2 participants*

*Two grandparents included in Welcome Baby Package. Additional grandparents may be registered and paid for separately.

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Grandparents Class - Three Months and Beyond
Delving further into issues covered in our Grandparent Class: Birth to 3 Months, this class will help grandparents learn ways to stay connected to their grandchildren over time by identifying different roles grandparents can fill.  Information and resources will be provided on how to support the new parent’s relationship, how to play with baby and tips for insuring a safe environment for your grandchild.

2 hours
$45/2 participants

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Sibling Preparation
This interactive and educational class is designed for children ages 3-10 who are expecting a new sibling in their family.  Accompanied by an adult, kids will learn what it’s like to have a new baby in the family, be introduced to the birth process at an age appropriate level, and take a tour of the birth center.  

Please note: One adult must accompany the child to class.  

1.5 hours
$20/child*

*One child included in Welcome Baby Package. Additional siblings must be registered and paid for separately.

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Postpartum Support

Breastfeeding Drop-in Group Session at the Lytle Center
This session is led by a lactation consultant and is ideal for new moms who have feeding questions. Get a quick assessment of baby's latch and a weight check. No pre-registration is required. For more information, call 206-918-9853

  • Tuesdays-Saturdays, arrive anytime between 10:30-11 a.m.

            Fee: $15. (Medicaid accepted)

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Breastfeeding Support Group
We offer breastfeeding support groups for moms who have questions about breastfeeding, want to check on baby's growth or are looking for support from other mothers but don't feel they need a one-on-one consultation. No pre-registration is required. Breastfeeding support groups are held at the following locations:

  • Ballard: Mondays from 2-3:30 p.m. 

            Fee: $10. (206-215-9853)

  • Issaquah: Thursdays from 1-2:30 p.m.

            Fee: $10. (425-313-2377)

  • Edmonds: Fridays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

            Fee: Free. (425-673-3352)

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Listening Mothers
The Listening Mothers program offers a unique opportunity for parents of babies, birth through six months of age to discover the joys of parenting.

The eight week program offers easy to master mindful based skills that help reduce stress and increase sense of well-being in a non-judgmental environment where each parent can discover and share their own inner wisdom.  Experienced facilitators who are  trained in healthy, emotional development who will explore with  parents the  possible meanings of their baby’s behavior as well as the impact of the baby’s behavior on the parents.  This program is a chance to learn the importance of self-regulation: skillful ways of staying  calm in the face of a storm and a way of being with your baby that is effective, nurturing, trust building and joyful.  Come join a community of like-minded supportive parents who, like yourself aspire to be the best parent they can be and are willing to embark on the parenting journey with an open mind, curiosity and wiliness to explore!

Our researched based curriculum will turn the present moment into a  pleasant moment!

For more information, click here or call (206) 275-0104

$150/8 week series.  Scholarships are available.

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New Mom Support Group
The New Mom Support Group is an informal group that meets weekly for eight 90 minute sessions. Led by an experienced facilitator, new moms can share questions, concerns, and experiences with other new mothers in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.  A wide variety of topics are discussed including:  Sleep, feeding, infant development, the emotional adjustment to parenthood, maintaining your relationship with your partner and adjusting to changes in work circumstances.

8 sessions, 1.5 hours each
$80/mom and baby

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PEPS: 

Baby Peppers
Baby Peppers is a group for parents of 5-12 month old babies organized by local nonprofit PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support). Baby Peppers is a place for parents of older infants to come together to learn, share information and resources and build a supportive community.

In a PEPS Group, parents meet (with their babies), share, and learn in sessions facilitated by a trained volunteer. Each meeting includes time for sharing parenting highs and lows, followed by a discussion of a topic related to the joys and challenges of parenting. Baby Peppers meetings take place over 11 weeks and also include break time for informal socializing and connecting with other parents.

$155/11 week series. Scholarships are available.

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PEPS for Dads
PEPS for Dads is a group for primary caregiver dads of 0-12 month old babies organized by local nonprofit PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support). Dads benefit from the experience of meeting other dads who are experiencing the same highs and lows of being a new parent and a primary caregiver dad. PEPS for Dads is a place for dads to come together to learn, share information and resources and build a supportive community.
In a PEPS for Dads group, dads meet (with their babies), share, and learn in sessions facilitated by a trained volunteer. Each meeting includes time for sharing highs and lows, followed by a discussion of a topic related to the joys and challenges of their new role. PEPS for Dads meetings take place over 11 weeks and also include break time for informal socializing and connecting with other dads.

$155/11 week series. Scholarships are available.

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PEPS While You Are Waiting
Attending a While You’re Waiting Information Session is a great way to meet other new and expectant parents in your area to talk about the experience of pregnancy and early parenthood. These drop-in sessions give you a chance to sample the PEPS experience and to get your questions answered about parent peer-support groups like PEPS.  You are welcome to come while you’re expecting, or after you welcome your baby to your family. Babies in arms are welcome to attend!  Attending a While You’re Waiting session is encouraged but not at all mandatory before signing up for a PEPS Group.


Held the 2nd Thursday of each month, 5:00-6:30pm.
Registration is not required. Please click here for more information.

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The 4th Trimester: Drop-in Postpartum Support Group
The 4th Trimester is a drop-in postpartum support group for parents with newborns to pre-crawling. The group welcomes everyone on the new parent spectrum, from those going through normal adjustments to those struggling with perinatal mood disorders (PPMD), including depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

Every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.  at Swedish/Ballard
For more information, click here or email

Free

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Wellness & Exercise Classes

Prenatal:

Baby Your Body
By teaching you to engage your core and strengthen your pelvic floor, this 2-week class for pregnant women only will help you develop good posture and proper body mechanics.  By learning these movement strategies, as well as by practicing positioning and completing suggested exercises, you will increase comfort during pregnancy and reduce your risk of injury.

2 sessions, 2 hours each
$45/mom
Included in Welcome Baby Package

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Postpartum:

Body Back® 
Body Back® is a results based workout program for moms of any age. Inspired by the Mama Wants Her Body Back video series, it offers high intensity, interval workouts along with before and after fitness assessments, coaching and support so that you will see weight loss, increased strength and energy. The workouts will help moms lose weight and get their pre-baby bodies back.  For details, call 206-660-9539.

Fee: $299 for Stroller Strides members and $349 for non-members (includes two workouts per week, plus a meal plan, food journal, before and after assessments and support. (This class is not included in Welcome Baby Package.)

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Fit4Baby® Swedish Ballard
Fit4Baby is a program designed to strengthen the body for all the changes it will experience during pregnancy. The class includes cardio, strength, flexibility and balance training. Fit4Baby is designed to accommodate all stages of pregnancy and various fitness levels. These classes are for moms only. Each nationally-certified instructor is trained in providing the pregnant woman with exercises that are safe and appropriate for her changing body. Fit4Baby classes are interval-based, combining elements of strength training, cardiovascular exercises, stretching and balancing exercises. Classes are one hour each and are currently offered at Swedish Ballard. For more information, click here or call 206-660-9539.

Fee: 5-class pass, $65; 10-class pass, $100. A monthly membership is also available with a free first class (not included in Welcome Baby Package).

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Stroller Strides®
Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller and the environment. Taught by certified and specially-trained fitness instructors, it is a great workout for any level of exerciser. Stroller Strides instructors weave songs and activities into the routine designed to entertain and engage baby, while moms are led through a series of exercises specific to her role as mom. This unique program also provides moms with the opportunity to meet other moms, engage in playgroups with their babies, and to form lasting friendships. Stroller Strides is designed to give mothers the “Strength for Motherhood!” Classes are one hour each and are currently offered at Swedish Ballard. For more information, visit click here or call 206-660-9539.

Fee: 5-class pass, $65; 10-class pass, $100. A monthly membership is also available with a free first class (not included in Welcome Baby Package).

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