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

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

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

Course Description

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

Class I Overview

  • Overview of the Labor Experience
  • Benefits of Childbirth Classes
  • Role of Labor Support Person
  • Basic Anatomy & Physiology (Terms heard during labor)
  • Overview of Labor
  • When to Come to the Hospital
  • Labor Support
  • Relaxation Introduction
  • Hospital Admission Routine

Class II Overview

  • Tour: Meet in the West Lobby 45 Minutes Prior to Class
  • Labor Support Practice
  • Breathing Techniques
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Comfort Measures

Class III Overview  

  • What to do if the Plan Changes
  • Pain Control Options
  • Variations in Labor & Delivery
    • Back Labor
    • Induction
    • Fetal Monitoring
    • Pain Medicine
    • Epidural
    • Caesarean Section
  • Immediate Postpartum Care
  • Birth Video

2017 One-Day Childbirth Series Schedule

Jan 7 Mar 11 May 6 Jul 8 Sep 9 Nov 4
Jan 21 Mar 25 May 20 Jul 22 Sep 23 Nov 18
Feb 11 Apr 8 Jun 3 Aug 5 Oct 7 Dec 2
Feb 25 Apr 22 Jun 17 Aug 19 Oct 21 Dec 16

2017 Three-Day Childbirth Series Schedule

Class I Jan 4 Feb 22 Apr 12 May 31 Jul 19 Sep 6 Oct 25
Class II Jan 11 Mar 1 Apr 19 Jun 7 Jul 26 Sep 13 Nov 1
Class III Jan 18 Mar 8 Apr 26 Jun 14 Aug 2 Sep 20 Nov 8