Childbirth, Parenting & Family Classes

Childbirth, Parenting & Family Classes

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 registering for classes that will complete 4-6 weeks prior to your due date.

Classes can be paid for individually or as part of our Welcome Baby Package. You can take classes in any order.  We encourage all first time parents to take a minimum of a Childbirth Preparation class, Newborn Care and Breastfeeding class. 

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

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

*NEW* - Prenatal Genetic Testing: Which Tests Are Right for Me?

Pregnancy and Childbirth Education
OB Speed Dating
Breastfeeding
Bringing Baby Home (Marriage and Relationship Class)
Childbirth Preparation (2-day or 6-week series)
Childbirth Preparation for Multiples
Childbirth Preparation Refresher
Conscious Fathering
Coping with Confidence
Growing Families - The Journey to a New Normal
Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting
The Mind in Labor: A week-end intensive to develop mindfulness-based coping skills

Newborn Care & Safety
Baby Needs a Doctor
Barks & Babes
Car-Seat Safety and Installation
Infant Safety and CPR
Newborn Care
Newborn Preparation (includes Newborn Care and Breastfeeding)

Family Classes
Conscious Fathering
Grandparents Class - Birth to Three Months
Grandparents Class - Three Months and Beyond 
Safe Sitter
Sibling Preparation

Support Groups
Breastfeeding Support Group
Baby Peppers
PEPS for Dads
PEPS While You Are Waiting
Listening Mothers
Real Moms: Letting Go of Perfect
New Moms Support Group

Wellness & Exercise Classes
Baby Your Body Pregnancy Exercise Education
Body Back
Fit4Baby Swedish Ballard
Prenatal Yoga
Postnatal Yoga for Parent/Care Provider & Baby
Stroller Strides

Spanish Language Childbirth Classes
Spanish Language Childbirth Education

   

 

Welcome Baby Package
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. Our Welcome Baby Package allows you and one support person to take a group of prenatal classes at a special rate. Please note that payment for this package is non-refundable after the first class is completed. Class sizes are limited and registrants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis with or without the Welcome Baby Package code – so please sign up quickly. Specifically the package price includes:

  • Baby Your Body
  • Car Seat Safety and Installation
  • Childbirth Preparation (choice of one: Series, Seminar, Refresher, Preparing for Multiples)
  • Coping with Confidence - Labor Coping Skills
  • Grandparents - From birth to 3 months
  • Infant Safety and CPR
  • Newborn and Parenting classes including:
  • Breastfeeding
  • Conscious Fathering
  • Newborn Care
  • Newborn Preparation (combines Newborn Care and Breastfeeding)
  • Sibling Preparation

Fee: $300/couple

Once you have registered for the Welcome Baby Package you will receive an email containing a coupon code that will allow you to register for eligible classes 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.

*Rescheduling of classes will be granted only when Swedish Birth & Family Education is notified two business days prior to the beginning of any class, series or course. Missed classes or no-shows require additional payment to reschedule. Registering for more than one class of the same name will result in your being dropped from both classes. Please do not register for the same class more than one time using the Welcome Baby Package coupon code.*
 

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Birth Center Tours

If you have chosen your provider and know which hospital you will be delivering at, please select a Pre-Birth Tour.
If you are stilling considering which hospital to deliver at, please select a Have a Happy Birthday 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.  This tour and information session lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

We are unable to accommodate children under the age of 10 on this tour.
Tour size is limited so one registration is for the expectant mother plus one support person.

Free

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Pre-Birth Tour
We encourage all expectant parents to take 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.  The tour lasts approximately 1 hour.  

We are unable to accommodate children under the age of 10 on this tour.
Tour size is limited so one registration is for the expectant mother plus one support person.

Free 

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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 class

Fee: $25/couple

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Pregnancy and Childbirth Education

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.

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

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Breastfeeding
This class is specifically designed to teach both parents how to have a successful and rewarding breastfeeding experience. Topics include health benefits of breastfeeding for mom and baby, the supportive role of the partner, positions for breastfeeding, how to know if your baby is getting enough milk, pumping and storing milk, troubleshooting, and how to continue breastfeeding if you are returning to work. We recommend all first time parents take this class and that both parents attend. Cost of this class includes two people taking the class together at the same time.
2.5 hour class.

Included in Welcome Baby Package.
Fee: $45/couple

Also see:   Childbirth and Breastfeeding Preparation  and/or Newborn Preparation which both include the content of our Breastfeeding class.

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Bringing Baby Home Workshop

Learn parenting and relationship skills that will last a lifetime. Prepare yourself for life with your baby and discover how to be the best parenting team possible. This workshop, developed by renowned relationship experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, helps to prepare you for the most important and rewarding job you will ever have, raising a child. The Bringing Baby Home (BBH) workshop focuses on providing new parents with the knowledge and skills necessary to cope constructively with the birth of their child. Through lecture, group discussion and activities the BBH workshop teaches couples how to strengthen their friendship, increase intimacy, regulate conflict and how to build a "relationship house". Couples learn to co-parent with their partner to foster child development and to see the value of keeping dad involved. You will learn skills to become sensitive and responsive parents in an effort to promote healthier children in the emotional, social, cognitive and physical realms. The BBH workshop encourages early parent-infant dialogue and increases positive communication, ritual development and shared meaning for the whole family. This workshop is designed for couples who are pregnant or have infants up to three years of age. Babies up to 3 months old welcome. 
14 hours total over 2 or 3 days.

Fee: $160/couple

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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. Both formats cover the labor process, labor coping skills, pain medication, interventions of pregnancy and labor, cesarean birth, postpartum adjustment and more. Plan to finish this class 4-6 weeks prior to your due date. Taking our Coping With Confidence class after your childbirth preparation class will give you additional practice and review time with labor coping skills. The 6-week childbirth series (combination of Childbirth Preparation, Newborn Care, and Breastfeeding) includes a childbirth reunion.

This class is offered in two formats to suit your schedule and interest:
 

Childbirth and Breastfeeding Preparation class meets for a total of 10 hours - two sessions of 5 hours each. This class includes information about pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum adjustment and breastfeeding.  We recommend registering for a class that will finish 4-6 weeks before your due date.

Childbirth and Breastfeeding Preparation - 2-day seminar, 5 hours each session.

Fee: $160/couple

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Childbirth Preparation 6-week Series combines a Childbirth and Breastfeeding Preparation class with a Newborn Care class to give participants the opportunity to stay with the same instructor and group of class participants. Class meets one night a week for 2.5 hours for 6 weeks. Includes a childbirth reunion.

Childbirth Preparation 6-week Series – 6-week series, 2.5 hours each session.

Fee: $210/couple 

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All Childbirth classes are included in the Welcome Baby Package.

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Childbirth Preparation for Multiples
This class includes vital information for families expecting multiples. Class content includes information on the importance of nutrition in a multiple pregnancy, the physical and emotional challenges of multiple pregnancy and ways to reduce stress and stay more comfortable. You will learn the signs of preterm labor and other potential complications. Also included is what to expect during labor, birth, cesarean birth and recovery and how multiple pregnancy and birth differs from singleton birth. In addition you will learn about postpartum adjustment. You will also learn about newborn care of multiples, breastfeeding multiples, support groups and networking. Hear from new parents of multiples in our panel discussion. Families expecting twins are encouraged to begin this class between 18 - 22 weeks of pregnancy. Families expecting higher order multiples should begin class between 16 and 20 weeks of pregnancy. A new baby reunion is included.

Included in Welcome Baby Package.
Fee: $205/couple (each class is 3 hours for a total of 15 hours of class time)

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Childbirth Preparation Refresher
For those with previous childbirth experience we offer this 4-hour refresher childbirth class. Expectant parents have time to revisit their past birth experience, review labor and birth, practice labor coping skills and discuss with other parents how they are preparing their children for a new sibling. Also included at the end of class is a special segment for those considering a vaginal birth after previous cesarean.

"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 recommend our Sibling Preparation class.

4  hour class.

Included in Welcome Baby Package.
Fee: $65/couple

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Conscious Fathering
It's tough to be a real partner in parenting if you don't know much about babies. This terrific program for dads empowers new fathers to build a partnership in caring for and nurturing their children from the very first day. Class provides men an opportunity to learn their newborn baby's 5 basic needs, how baby communicates these needs and how to not only meet their baby's needs - but anticipate them. This class is recommended for every expectant father!
3-hour class.

This class is included in the Welcome Baby package.
Fee: $45/father

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Coping With Confidence - Labor Coping Skills
This class should be taken after your childbirth preparation class. This class gives you and your support person additional practice and learning time to become comfortable with important labor coping techniques. A variety of labor coping skills are reviewed including relaxation, breathing patterns, attention-focusing, touch, visualization, position changes and rhythm and ritual. This class is recommended for all expectant families. It should be taken after you have completed your childbirth class.
2-hour class.

This class is included in the Welcome Baby package.
Fee: $40/couple

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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 hour class.

Fee: $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.

Fee: $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

Fee: $350/couple

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Newborn Care & Safety

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 session.

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 hour class. 

Fee: $30/couple

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Car-Seat Safety and Installation 
Car safety seats can be confusing! Come to our car seat safety and installation class to learn how to keep your baby safe during travel. Our Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will teach you how to choose the right car seat for your baby, how to install it properly with either the seat belt or the newer LATCH system, and what is required by Washington's child restraint laws. It's a very practical, hands-on class. You will have the opportunity to ask lots of questions, harness a baby doll into a car seat, and install a car seat onto our demonstration seat. If you already have your car seat, you are welcome to bring it to class to practice on - but this is not required. You can practice with our seats and you may prefer to wait until after class to choose a seat. Your instructor will have lots of suggestions about which features are important both for your child's safety and for your convenience. Don't wait - learn how to keep your child safe from the first ride home!
2.5 hour class.

Included in Welcome Baby Package.
Fee: $45/couple

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Infant CPR and Safety
Pediatricians agree that prevention of unintentional injuries is the key to keeping your baby safe. Before your baby arrives get prepared to keep him or her safe by learning how to prevent the most common unintentional injuries of infants and toddlers. You will earn about common safety hazards in and around the house, what's recommended for infant sleep safety and basic tips for preparing your pets, along with many other important topics. You will also learn the proper procedures for assisting an infant, up to one year of age, who is choking or is unresponsive.

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.
3-hour class.

Included in Welcome Baby Package.
Fee: $50/couple

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Newborn Care
This course provides important information regarding the care of your new baby including how to bathe, soothe, swaddle, diaper, dress and feed your baby. Also included are newborn behaviors, newborn procedures, newborn appearance, growth and development, sleep safety and when to call your baby's health-care provider. This is an excellent class for all first-time parents and care-providers. We recommend both parents attend this class.
3-hour class.

Included in Welcome Baby Package.
Fee: $50/couple

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Newborn Preparation 
This efficient 6-hour course combines the Newborn Care class and Breastfeeding class content. There is a 30-minute break between classes. Please see these class descriptions for more detailed information. We recommend both parents attend this class together.
6-hour class.

Included in Welcome Baby Package.
Fee: $95/couple

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Family Classes

Grandparents Class - Birth to Three Months
"Babies haven't changed, but what we know about them has changed". This fun and informative class teaches grandparents the latest information regarding pregnancy and parenting. It covers current trends in maternity practices and infant care. Included is the most current information regarding breastfeeding and the reasons for putting new babies to sleep on their back. It also gives grandparents a chance to discuss new ideas about parenting and how they can play an important role.
3-hour class

One-set of grandparents included in Welcome Baby Package. Additional grandparents must be registered and paid for separately.

Fee: $45/couple

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Grandparents Class - Three Months and Beyond

Delving further into issues covered in our Grandparents Class, this class will offer tools, tips and guidance on play time with your grandchild, keeping them safe, and supporting your adult child as they begin the journey of parenthood. Whether you’re grandparenting from afar or playing a more regular caregiving role, learn the skills to become an even grander grandparent. This class is intended for new grandparents with grandchildren 3 months old and beyond.
3 hour class.

Fee: $45/couple

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Safe Sitter®
Safe Sitter is a medically accurate program that teaches boys and girls how to be good babysitters. The class covers basic lifesaving techniques, safety precautions and responsibilities of safe babysitting and is recommended for ages 11-13.
7 hour class.

Fee: $40/child (scholarships available on a limited basis).

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Sibling Preparation
Just as your first baby had a major impact on your life, your new baby will have considerable impact on his or her older sibling's life. This class helps children age 3 to 10 years old understand the birth process and what it's like to have a new baby in the family. A mini-tour of the birth center is included which will help prepare them for visiting mom in the hospital. Each sibling should be registered separately. A parent must accompany child during the class. Children must be at least 3 years old to attend this class.
1.5 hour class.

Welcome Baby Package covers 1 sibling attending this class. Additional siblings must be registered and paid for separately.

Fee: $20/child

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Support Groups

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:

  • First Hill: Wednesdays from 2-3:30 p.m.

            Fee: $10. (206-215-9853)

  • 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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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.

Fee $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.

Fee $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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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

Fee $150/8 week series.  Scholarships are available.

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Real Moms: Letting Go of Perfect
Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders are the most common complication of childbirth.  Support is available through this 8 week group for any mother experiencing postpartum distress or identifying with the symptoms of a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder (within two years of giving birth).  This group will offer peer and professional support for the work of dealing with post-birth emotional challenges while caring for an infant or child.  The group will also offer techniques for managing difficult emotions, increasing self-regulation skills, and developing networks to obtain the care that mothers need to thrive and feel successful as parents. Mothers are welcome to bring infants up to age six months along.

Fee: $150.00/eight-week series

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New Moms Support Group

New Moms Support Group is an informal group that meets for eight 1 ½ hour sessions. Participants are welcome to enroll in more than one series. Mothers share questions, concerns and experiences with other new mothers and an experienced group facilitator. A wide variety of topics are discussed including feeding and sleep issues, the emotional adjustment to parenthood, maintaining couples' relationships, managing careers and parenthood and infant development.

Fee: $80/eight-week series

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Wellness & Exercise Classes
 

Baby Your Body Pregnancy Exercise Education

This 2-week class was developed by a physical therapist from Swedish Ballard's Rehabilitation Department. It is designed to help you stay comfortable and experience less pain during pregnancy. We encourage you to begin this class early in pregnancy for the most benefit but it can be taken at any time. This class is for women only.

Included in the class:

Baby Your Back - Teaches proper body mechanics, movement strategies as well as positioning and exercises aimed at keeping your back comfortable and injury free during pregnancy and infant care.

Pelvic Floor: The Key to Women's Health - Stresses the importance of pelvic-floor health. Topics include the basic structure of the pelvic-floor muscle structure, the function of the pelvic floor during pregnancy and labor, and exercises to prevent incontinence after pregnancy.

Included in Welcome Baby Package.
Fee: $45/person

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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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Prenatal Yoga
Prenatal yoga is designed to include mindful movement for all stages of pregnancy in order to help you find comfort during pregnancy and prepare for labor and birth. Physical postures, meditation and breath work will help you relax, focus and adjust to the physical, emotional and mental demands of pregnancy. Join in and meet other pregnant women — share experiences and build relationships!
Drop-in class every Monday from 9-10:15 a.m. Duration is 75 minutes. Class content will vary each week.
 
Class meets at Swedish First Hill in The Lytle Center for Pregnancy and Newborns
 
Fee: $12 per session or you can purchase a 10-session pass for $100. All props and supplies are provided.
 
Pre-registration is not necessary.
 
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Postnatal Yoga for Parent/Care Provider & Baby
This is a gentle yoga class designed to help gain muscle tone, abdominal strength and flexibility, while cultivating a peaceful, loving connection with baby. Postures and stretches will strengthen muscles while breath work and relaxation exercises will help you feel rejuvenated and refreshed. You will interact with baby during yoga practice and learn at-home exercises. Please bring a receiving blanket for the baby to lie on and toys baby enjoys. Due to the unpredictability of a baby’s schedule, you may arrive up to 15 minutes late and still take the class. Baby must be pre-crawling to attend.
Drop-in class every Wednesday from 12 - 1:15 p.m. Duration is 75 minutes. Class content will vary each week.
 
Class meets at  Swedish First Hill in The Lytle Center for Pregnancy and Newborns
 
Fee: $12 per session or you can purchase a 10-session pass for $100. All props and supplies are provided.
 
Pre-registration is not necessary.
 
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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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Spanish Language Childbirth Classes

Spanish Language Childbirth Education
We are pleased to offer a one-day childbirth education class in Spanish. Classes are taught by a native Spanish-speaking certified childbirth educator. The class covers the labor process, labor coping skills, pain medication, interventions of pregnancy and labor, cesarean birth, postpartum adjustment and more. We encourage both partners to attend this class together. Please do not bring children or other family members to class.

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Attend a Prenatal Yoga Class!

Find comfort during pregnancy and prepare for labor and birth through physical postures, meditation and breath work.

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