If you are pregnant, nursing or just looking for an informative fun class to sharpen your skills as a parent, Washington Hospital’s Maternal Child Education Center has the resources to fit your needs. We offer prenatal and postpartum exercise classes for new and expecting moms, breastfeeding support and childbirth education for first time moms and dads.
All of our classes take place at 3569 Beacon Avenue in Fremont.
Class dates are subject to change. for a current list, click here, call (510) 818-5040 or email MaternalChildEducation@whhs.com for complete times, dates, fees and additional info.
Birthing Center Tour
Scheduled about a month before the due date, this tour introduces expectant parents delivering at Washington Hospital to our Birthing Center. Family members are welcome, but please, only children 3 years and older. Registration is required. Free.
Prenatal Smart Start
This is the class to
sign up for when you first find out you are pregnant! It’s a class offering
lively discussion, informational take-home packets, and a question and answer
period for women and their support person in their first trimester of
pregnancy. Subjects covered include: how pregnancy affects your body, healthy
nutrition during pregnancy, exercises to help prepare your body for labor,
common discomforts and remedies for those discomforts compared with danger
signs that would indicate alerting your obstetrician. Free.
Intended for couples in the last trimester of pregnancy and offering detailed information about many labor preparation topics. Subjects include: signs and symptoms of labor, stages of labor, childbirth techniques, relaxation and breathing, the coach’s role, variations in labor, analgesics and anesthetics, cesarean birth, and postpartum recovery tips.
- Prepared Childbirth/Refresher Class
For the mother and coach who have taken Prepared Child-birth classes within the last three to five years. Information about sibling adjustment is also included. Fee: $90
- Prepared Childbirth/Comprehensive Class
Once a week for five weeks, each class is 2½ hours in duration. The basics of breastfeeding will be covered in this class. Fee: $150
- Prepared Childbirth/Intensive Class
Two all-day Sunday sessions that also include the basics
of breastfeeding. Fee: $150
Becoming New Parents
Want to feel more confident when taking your new baby home? This one-time, three-hour workshop offers sensible tips, demonstrations, and information on caring for your infant in those first important months. Fee: $50 or $25 when combined with Prepared Childbirth registration.
Expecting twins or more? With this two-hour class we’ll help you master multiples from delivery to breastfeeding (designed to be taken in addition to a Prepared Childbirth Class). Call for an appointment. Fee: $50
Big Brother/Big Sister
Help siblings 3 years or older prepare for the arrival of their new baby. Through fun activities, a story, and games, we explore what it’s like to have a new brother or sister. An adult family member must accompany the child. Fee: $35
- Prenatal Breastfeeding
Learn the basics for
successful breastfeeding in this one time, ½-hour class. Fee: $45
- Lactation Support
While in the hospital,
lactation support will be available to you during your postpartum stay. Once
home, we have a free advice line and also offer low cost private visits with
internationally board certified lactation consultants.
- Washington Breast Pump Rental Center
At our Center, we rent
and sell breast pumps and breastfeeding accessories.
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Closed Saturdays and
Location: 3569 Beacon Avenue, Fremont
Call: (510) 818-5040
Baby ‘n’ Me Support Group
Discussing the joys and trials of living with your new baby in this relaxed support group is an excellent way to enhance your transition into parenthood. Come as you are, as often as you like (for moms and babies from birth to 8 months). Free.
When: Classes held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location:3569 Beacon Avenue, Fremont
Baby & Us Support Group
Discuss the joys and trials of being a couple with a new baby. Includes Fathers! Registration required. Fee: $15 per family (includes both parents and baby).
After your baby graduates from Baby ‘n’ Me, you can advance into the crawlers group to enjoy the transition from crawling to walking. Gather with moms to learn and support each other and have your child play with other children their age. Free.
When: Group meets on
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: 3569 Beacon Avenue, Fremont
CPR for Family and
This is an American
Heart Association course teaching adults rescue breathing (cardiopulmonary
resuscitation) and how to relieve choking in infants and children.
Non-certified. Fee: $30
The American Heart Association strongly
promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed
instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an
educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees
charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed to AHA course
materials, do not represent income to the AHA.
Car Seat Inspection
sure your child is riding safe by getting your car seat checked by our
certified CPS technician. For more information or to set up an appointment,
call 510-818-5040. Fee: $25
This workshop teaches
12-17 year-olds the skills to be safe and effective babysitters. The class is
taught by a trained instructor and covers a variety of babysitting topics,
including safety strategies, how to entertain children of different ages, how
to deal with injuries and emergencies, and more. Fee: Free
Our hands-on method insures that you will learn the art of interactive massage to suit your baby’s schedule, needs, and developmental level. Infant massage can relieve stress for you and your baby, deepen bonding, contribute to baby’s development, help baby sleep better, and enhance your ability to understand your baby’s needs. This four-week class is designed for you with your baby, from birth to pre-crawling. Fee: $75
If joining our prenatal
yoga program, this 1 hour class is a required first step. If wanting to
continue your own exercise routine, this class will give you valuable
information on adapting your current program to your pregnant body. Note: It is
important to speak with your OB doctor before exercising while pregnant. Fee:
Developed especially for
pregnant women to promote flexibility, strength, improved posture and balance.
The Introduction to Exercise/Yoga class is required prior to beginning prenatal
yoga. Fee: $60 for 6 sessions or $110 for 12 sessions.
Having a baby can be
stressful for fathers too. Join this couple's yoga class where you would learn
relaxation techniques and yoga to prepare both mom and dad for labor. Dads will
learn some techniques to stay cool during labor and how they can help support
Fee: $20 per session
Sign, Say and Play
Did you know that babies can learn to communicate by signing before they can talk? Through stimulating activities, songs, and play, you and your 6- to 12-month-old infant will learn six to seven signs each week. A six-week series based on Baby Signs Inc. Each family will receive a kit that contains books, a CD, and a DVD to help incorporate signing into your daily life. Fee: $165