Classes & Support Groups
at Newborn Connections™
Newborn Connections™ offers classes, support groups and lecture series for new and expectant parents. These offerings are designed to increase your knowledge and confidence as you prepare for the birth of your baby and life beyond.
Advance registration is required for all classes - make sure to register early to ensure your place. You should plan on completing all of your classes approximately four to six weeks before your due date. Partners are encouraged to attend with the exception of Expectant Fathers Only (dads only) and Prenatal Yoga (moms only).
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- Classes to take before your baby arrives
- Classes, services & groups for after your baby's birth
- Registration Details
- Contact Information
Classes to take before your baby arrives
Breastfeeding Class – This 2.5 hour class discusses the benefits and basic techniques of breastfeeding; how to prevent, recognize and manage potential difficulties; and considerations for partners. Offered as a one time class. Fee: $60 per couple.
Childbirth Preparation Express – This 3 hour class is a condensed version of our Childbirth Preparation Intensive and includes signs of labor, when to call your doctor, normal progression of labor and birth, pain coping techniques such as breathing and relaxation, pain medication options for all stages of labor, medical procedures, cesarean birth, and the role of your support person(s). Fee: $75 per couple.
Childbirth Preparation Intensive – This 8 hour class provides comprehensive information on pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Learn from our experts, ask questions, and practice what you learn! Class includes a review of pregnancy development, signs of labor, pain coping techniques for all stages of labor, labor comfort and breathing techniques, medical procedures (including pain control, labor augmentation and interventions), newborn procedures, and postpartum care. Fee: $180 per couple.
Childbirth Preparation E-Class – This self-paced, online class is available for 45 days after initial log-in. The class covers all of the information provided in our Childbirth Preparation Intensive and Express classes and is structured in eight chapters: Pregnancy, Labor, Birth Stories, Comfort Techniques, Medical Procedures, Cesarean, Newborn and the Postpartum Period. Fee: $90.
Expectant Fathers Only – This 3 hour class is designed especially for fathers-to-be. Topics and group discussions include helping your partner through pregnancy and childbirth, caring for a new baby, balancing work, parenting and maintaining a healthy relationship. While we encourage partners to attend most classes, the Expectant Fathers Only class is designed specifically for fathers-to-be. Fee: $70.
Infant CPR and First Aid - Infant CPR and First Aid is a 3 hour course that focuses on how to recognize and respond to the most common medical emergencies for infants. In this class you will learn when to call 911, how to perform CPR, how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and how to respond to choking emergencies, seizures, drowning, head trauma, and allergic reactions. This class utilizes state of the art feedback mannequins for real-time assessment. Please note that this is NOT a certification course. Fee: $120 per couple (includes course materials).
Newborn Parenting – This 5 hour class provides survival tips for the early weeks with your new baby! Class includes information about normal newborn appearance and behavior as well as baby care basics with hands-on practice diapering, swaddling, temperature taking, and bathing. Offered as a one-time intensive class or as a two part series. Fee: $95 per couple.
Pain Relief Options: Ask the Anesthesiologist – Learn about the pain relief options for childbirth at CPMC and receive answers to all of your medication questions directly from an anesthesiologist. This event is FREE.
Prenatal Yoga – 6 Week Series – Each 90-minute class includes meditation, visualization, breath practice, yoga poses to safely stretch and strengthen the whole body in preparation for labor and birth, deep relaxation, and discussion. Classes are designed to help mothers connect with their developing babies, increase comfort and fluidity in their rapidly changing body, and alleviate common discomforts of pregnancy such as back pain, sciatica, swelling, anxiety and fatigue. An acknowledgement form (Download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Readeropens new window) must be signed by your health care provider and faxed to 415-752-0469. Fee: $90.
Sibling Celebration – In this 1.5 hour class, future siblings are prepared for the new baby's arrival through games, stories and role-playing. Classes are offered and focused for 3 - 6 year olds. All siblings receive an "I'm a Big Sister" or "I'm a Big Brother" baseball cap and certificate. A parent must attend with his/her child. We recommend you attend close to your due date. Fee: $50. Additional siblings are $25.
Twins, Triplets & More – This 3 hour class is designed to give expectant parents basic information on raising twins or more including reassuring advice and practical considerations from an expert! Topics include important aspects of prenatal care, labor and delivery, feeding issues, and preparing home and family for the arrival of multiples. This class is a great complement to our Newborn Parenting class. Fee: $60 per couple.
Transition to Parenthood Series – These classes focus on changes in identity, changes in the couple relationship, and mood issues when parenting an infant. Each class looks at the normal range of changes to expect, with the goal of enhancing your knowledge and confidence as a parent and partner. Couples are encouraged to attend together. Each class may be taken individually.
Transition to Parenthood: Staying Happy as Partners When Becoming Parents – New parents often feel that their couple relationship suffers but there are things you can do to maximize your pleasure as parents and with each other. Learn the latest research on how to keep couple satisfaction high amid the challenges of caring for an infant and how to develop problem-solving strategies to cope with differences before they escalate. Fee: $40 per couple.
Transition to Parenthood: The Emotional Rollercoaster after the Birth of the Baby – Having a baby ushers in a range of emotions, some of them not always welcome or expected. This class addresses the “baby blues”, states of stress and overwhelm, and more significant experiences of postpartum depression and anxiety. Learn about the importance of your own emotional wellbeing in effective parenting. Coping strategies and available resources for support are discussed. Fee: $40 per couple.
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Classes, services & groups for after your baby's birth
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Baby Steps to Parenthood – Parenthood can be a wild ride, especially during the first few months. Join other new moms and discuss the joys of motherhood as well as the anxieties of adjusting to new responsibilities and changed routines. Offered on Mondays for babies 3-6+ months and Wednesdays for babies 0-3 months, from 11am-12:30pm, in the Newborn Connections Library at 3698 California Street. No registration required. Fee: $5.
Breastfeeding Group: It’s Not Just About Breastfeeding! Stop by for this drop-in group and get tips and support for adjusting to life as a new mom. Ask your breastfeeding questions and more! Offered every Friday, starting January 8, 2016 from 10am – 11:30am (except holidays) in the Newborn Connections Library at 3698 California Street. No registration required. Fee: $5.
Latch Clinic - It is normal to have questions and need reassurance during the early weeks of breastfeeding. Have your latch and position checked in a small group setting. Appropriate for families where baby is gaining weight, mom is without nipple trauma but simply wants a Lactation Consultant to observe a feed and offer pointers. Offered every Monday except holidays. Space is limited. To register, call our Lactation Line at 415-600-6243. Fee: $25 per family.
Starting Solid Foods – A healthy, relaxed approach to beginning complimentary food for your baby. Find out how to tell when your baby is ready for solid foods. Learn which foods to offer first and which foods to avoid. Offered every 2nd Thursdays of each month from 1:30-3pm. Space is limited. To register, call Newborn Connections at 415-600-6243. Fee: $15
Private Lactation Consultation - We recommend an individual appointment with a Lactation Consultant if you are worried about your milk supply; baby's weight gain; breast infections; have a premature baby; or other concerns. To schedule an appointment or simply ask breastfeeding-related questions, call our Lactation Line at 415-600-6243.
Pregnancy After a Loss Support Group - If you are pregnant again after a loss, you may have unique emotional needs as you grieve your lost child(ren) while preparing for the birth of a new baby. Our support group addresses in a safe, open environment, the concerns of bereaved parents who have started another pregnancy or are considering a subsequent pregnancy. Please join us to share information, feelings and support with other parents who are pregnant after miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. Partners are especially encouraged to attend. No registration required. These sessions are free-of-charge and located in the Newborn Connections Library at 3698 California Street.
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To register for prenatal classes before your baby's birth: Please use our secured Online Class Registration System
If you have any questions or difficulty completing your registration, please call Newborn Connections at 415-600-2229.
For questions regarding support groups after your baby’s birth, call the Newborn Connections at 415-600-2229.
For questions regarding our Outpatient Lactation Center services including registration for the Latch Clinic, Starting Solids or to schedule a lactation appointment, please call 415-600-6243.
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For Prenatal Classes: You may reschedule or cancel any class up to one week prior to the start date. Changes or cancellations made less than one week prior to the class start date and 'no shows' on the day of the class will not receive any form of credit. All approved cancellations are issued as Newborn Connections credit only. This credit may be applied towards future classes, lactation consultations, pump rentals, our book and video lending library and store merchandise (nursing bras, baby clothes, etc).
For individual lactation consultations: If you need to cancel or reschedule, you must call us 24 hours prior to the start of your appointment. No shows without prior warning may be charged.
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