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Pregnancy & newborn care

Prenatal Care

Early registration is recommended for all childbirth classes. Space is limited and not guaranteed.

Early Pregnancy

This class can help you understand and prepare for the physical and emotional changes you can expect in the first three months of your pregnancy. We'll discuss common discomforts and remedies, prenatal screening tests, and fetal development. We'll also offer tips for eating well, staying active, and keeping you and your baby healthy. Take this class early in your first trimester. Members only.

Location: Elk Grove (Big Horn) and South Sacramento
Sessions: One 2-hour session
Fee: This is a covered benefit for members
Registration: 916-688-2754

Early Start Program

Get the individual support you need to quit using and/or stay off cigarettes, alcohol, and other drugs during your pregnancy. Call for a confidential, one-on-one appointment. Members only.

Location: Elk Grove (Big Horn) and South Sacramento
Sessions: Ongoing
Fee: No class fee
Registration: Elk Grove (Big Horn) 916-478-5307 South Sacramento 916-688-4280

Pregnafit

Find out how to stay fit during your pregnancy. Topics include posture and body mechanics, stretching, and aerobic exercise. You can attend anytime during your pregnancy. Members only.

Location: South Sacramento
Sessions: One 1-hour session
Fee: No class fee
Registration: 916-688-2754

Prenatal and Pregnancy Diabetes Program

If you have diabetes and wish to become pregnant, or have developed diabetes during pregnancy, this program provides information to help you make informed decisions and better manage your health. Women who have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes will be referred by their ob-gyn. Members only.

Location: South Sacramento
Sessions: Weekly
Fee: No class fee
Registration: 916-474-2539

Prenatal Yoga

Gentle yoga helps alleviate physical discomfort and aids in reducing stress during pregnancy. In the nurturing environment of this class, prepare your body and mind for birth and beyond by learning postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and body awareness. This class is fine for all stages of pregnancy. Members only.

Location: Elk Grove (Big Horn)
Sessions: Ongoing
Fee: $40.00 for 5 classes
Registration: 916-688-2754

Childbirth and Postpartum Care

Early registration is recommended for all childbirth classes. Space is limited and not guaranteed.

Beyond Breathing in Natural Childbirth

This class is for expectant moms and their partners who are interested in learning about coping strategies for labor and birth without the use of pain medications. Learn effective techniques for reducing and managing pain through relaxation, visualization, and comfort tools available during your labor such as birth balls, labor tubs, and rocking chairs. Previous attendance in a Prepared Childbirth class is required. Members only.

Location: South Sacramento
Sessions: One 2-hour session
Fee: $35.00 class fee per couple
Registration: 916-688-2754

Labor and Delivery Hospital Tour

Not your first time having a baby, but haven't seen our hospital yet? Come and take a tour of our Labor and Delivery and Postpartum areas. We recommend that first-time parents take the Late Pregnancy and Hospital Tour class instead. Take this class when you are 28 to 34 weeks pregnant. Preregister when you are about 20 weeks pregnant. Please bring only one adult support person. Members only.

Location: South Sacramento
Sessions: One 1-hour session
Fee: No class fee
Registration: 916-688-2754

Labor and Delivery Hospital Tour for Families

Big brothers, big sisters, and their families are invited to attend an informational class and tour designed to prepare them for the new baby's arrival. Preregister when you are about 20 weeks pregnant. Members only.

Location: South Sacramento
Sessions: One 1-hour session
Fee: No class fee
Registration: 916-688-2754

Late Pregnancy Class and Hospital Tour

This class is designed to help you and your partner get ready for the labor and delivery experience. You'll learn how to recognize the early signs of labor and when to call your doctor. We'll discuss what you can expect in the hospital and how to care for yourself after the baby is born. This class includes a tour of the Labor and Delivery area. This class doesn't take the place of Preparing for Childbirth. Take this class when you are 28 to 34 weeks pregnant. Preregister when you are about 20 weeks pregnant. Please bring only one support person. No children, please. Members only.

Location: South Sacramento
Sessions: One 2.5-hour session
Fee: This is a covered benefit for members
Registration: 916-688-2754

Meet the Midwives

Our midwives work in partnership with women and their families to help prepare them for birth, support them during labor and delivery, and deliver babies. Learn more about the services they provide, get your questions answered, and meet the midwives you may see in the hospital on your big day! Members only.

Location: South Sacramento
Sessions: One 2-hour session
Fee: No class fee
Registration: 916-688-2754

Postpartum Conditions Group

This support group is for new mothers who are experiencing depression or anxiety. Focus is on adaptive coping, making use of available resources, and healthy communication. Newborns welcome. Pregnant women are also welcome to attend. Open to the community.

Location: South Sacramento
Sessions: Drop-in first and third Wednesday of each month
Fee: No class fee
Registration: 916-688-2317

Preparing for Childbirth for Pregnant Teens

In this program, we'll teach pregnant teens (19 and younger) relaxation and breathing techniques, options for coping with pain, the birth coach's role, hospital procedures, and more. Preregister by your 20th week of pregnancy. Please bring one support person with you. Members only.

Location: South Sacramento
Sessions: One all-day Saturday session
Fee: This is a covered benefit for members
Registration: 916-614-5152

Preparing for Childbirth

Few events are more exciting than the birth of your baby. Get prepared by learning what to expect before, during, and after delivery. Practice breathing and relaxation techniques to ease labor and delivery and understand your options for managing labor and using a birthing coach for support. Take this class during the last three months of pregnancy. Bring pillows and a mat, as some of the exercises are performed on the floor. Early registration is recommended. Members only.

Location: Elk Grove (Big Horn) and South Sacramento
Sessions: Varies
Fee: $50.00 class fee per couple
Registration: 916-688-2754

Newborn Care and Breastfeeding

Early registration is recommended for all childbirth classes. Space is limited and not guaranteed.

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding offers many health benefits for you and your baby. Learn how to position your baby for optimal nursing, how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk, and ways to prevent and overcome common breastfeeding discomforts and challenges. This class should be taken during pregnancy. Members only.

Location: Elk Grove (Big Horn) and South Sacramento
Sessions: One session
Fee: This is a covered benefit for members
Registration: 916-688-2754

Breastfeeding Advice Line

Get help with concerns about milk supply, how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk, challenges with returning to work, using a breast pump, and more. We can help give you the support and reassurance you need. Members only.

Fee: This is a covered benefit for members
Advice Line: South Sacramento area 916-688-6676

Infant Safety/CPR

Help keep your baby safe by learning essentials such as baby-proofing your home, car seat safety, and preventing burns, falls, choking, and other hazards. The class includes an infant CPR workshop based on the American Heart Association's guidelines. Members only.

Location: Elk Grove (Big Horn)
Sessions: One session
Fee: $54.00 class fee per couple
Registration: 916-688-2754

Mommy and Me Network

New moms and their babies can make new friends at this weekly support group. Discussion topics include infant behavior, caring for yourself, responding to your infant's cues, breastfeeding, and more. Members only.

Location: Elk Grove (Big Horn)
Sessions: Weekly drop-in
Fee: No class fee
Registration: 916-688-2754

Newborn Care

Wouldn't it be nice if babies came with instruction manuals? In this class, we'll teach you the information and skills you need to feel confident about caring for your newborn. We'll cover topics such as feeding, bathing, diapering, and when to call your physician. This class should be taken during pregnancy. Members only.

Location: Elk Grove (Big Horn) and South Sacramento
Sessions: One session
Fee: This is a covered benefit for members
Registration: 916-688-2754

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