Childbirth and Parenting Classes at Swedish

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

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

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

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

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Class Descriptions

Welcome Baby Package

Birth Center Tours

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Newborns and Parenting

Family Members

Postpartum Support

Wellness and Exercise



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: 

$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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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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Visita preparto en Swedish/First Hill en español

Animamos a los futuros padres a visitar el centro de partos del campus donde van a tener su bebé, aproximadamente 4-8 semanas antes de la fecha del parto. Esta visita proporcionará información sobre parqueadero y sobre la entrada del hospital, cómo llegar al centro de partos, los servicios disponibles en cada sala de parto, qué llevar al hospital, qué esperar durante su estancia en el hospital y la atención posparto. Habrá mucho tiempo para preguntas. Si es necesario, también se podrá completar  la pre-inscripción para el hospital. La visita dura aproximadamente 1 hora.

No podemos acomodar a los niños menores de 10 años en esta visita.
La visita es  limitada: un registro es para la madre y una persona de apoyo.

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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:

All options are included in the Welcome Baby Package.

Please note: the content of Childbirth Preparation is included in Transition to Parenthood.

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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
Gratis con la tarjeta Provider One - llamar para registrarse
Incluido en el paquete de bienvenida al bebé “Welcome Baby Package

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Coping With Confidence 

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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Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting

This 8-week series – that includes a ninth, 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 & one 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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Transition to Parenthood

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

In addition, this 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.

Please note: This series includes the content of Childbirth Preparation and Bringing Baby Home

4 sessions, 4 hours each
$225/couple

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Newborns and Parenting

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

Please note: the content of Bringing Baby Home is included in Transition to Parenthood.

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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
$50/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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The DAD Project

The DAD (Dads and Development) Project is designed to help fathers create a meaningful relationship with their infant. During these eight weekly, 2-hour sessions dads and their babies (up to 8 months old) will interact, play, and learn more about parenting topics especially for fathers.
These topics include:
  • Increasing dads’ positive parenting skills
  • Improving bonding with baby
  • Better understanding child development
  • Reducing parenting anxiety and stress
This is a chance for dads to discover important information while enjoying plenty of play!

8 sessions, 2 hours each
$80/dad and baby

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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/two 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 206-215-9853.

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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The DAD Project

The DAD (Dads and Development) Project is designed to help fathers create a meaningful relationship with their infant. During these eight weekly, 2-hour sessions dads and their babies (up to 8 months old) will interact, play, and learn more about parenting topics especially for fathers. 
These topics include:
  • Increasing dads’ positive parenting skills
  • Improving bonding with baby
  • Better understanding child development
  • Reducing parenting anxiety and stress
This is a chance for dads to discover important information while enjoying plenty of play!

8 sessions, 2 hours each
$80/dad and baby

Gathering Moms Drop-in Support Group

If you have a baby or toddler less than 1 year old, this group is for you. As a group, we discuss motherhood, from general struggles to postpartum mood disorders. Come with baby or on your own and feel free to bring your lunch. A clinical social worker leads each session.
Topics include:
• Your new role as a mother
• Balancing self-care with your baby's care
• Sleep (or lack of!)
• Bonding with your baby and your partner
• And more!

Join us at The Lytle Center for Pregnancy & Newborns at Swedish/First Hill
Mondays: 1 - 2 p.m.
Fridays: noon - 1 p.m.

Fee: $15 (Medicaid accepted)
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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.

11 sessions, 90 minutes each
 $155/one parent & baby. Scholarships are available.

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Second Time Around 

PEPS Second Time Around Group focus on the newborn in a family with one or more older children. One parent attends with the newborn 0-4 months old. Each meeting includes time for sharing parenting highs and lows, time to focus on the babies' development and a discussion topic. Meetings also include break time for informal socializing and connecting with other parents.

11 sessions, 90 minutes each
$155/one parent & baby. Scholarships are available.

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The 4th Trimester: Drop-in Postpartum Support Group

**We are currently on summer break~
Group will resume Wednesday, September 9, 10:30 ~ Noon

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

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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Quarterly Calendar

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