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 and Prenatal Yoga.
If you would like to view our class offerings in a monthly calendar format, please contact us at 415-600-2229 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 one-time, 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 one-time 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 brief 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 and 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 & Child CPR, First Aid and AED Training – Presented by CPMC Nursing Education. Parents & caregivers are taught emergency measures to clear the airway and perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on infants & children.
Newborn Parenting – This 5 hour class provides survival tips for the early weeks with your baby! Class includes information about normal newborn appearance and behavior as well as baby care basics with hands-on practice diapering, swaddling, taking a temperature, 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 attached to your registration form. Fee: $90.
Sibling Celebration – 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. 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 and Breastfeeding & Multiples classes. Fee: $60 per couple.
Transition to Parenthood Series – A series of three 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 or as a series.
Transition to Parenthood: Identity, Sex and Your Body: Making Space for Change – The new identity of a parent can feel both exciting and daunting. This class looks at what the research has to say about some common issues that crop up for parents. Discover how to make the transition into your new role go as smoothly as possible so that you can be the parent (and individual) that you want to be. Topics covered include sex, body image and negotiating relationships with your own parents. Fee: $40 per couple.
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 Motherhood – Motherhood 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 every Wednesday.
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 except holidays.
Latch Clinic - It is normal to have additional questions and need reassurance during the early weeks of breastfeeding. Meet other new moms as you have your latch and positioning checked in a small group setting. Offered every Monday except holidays.
Starting Solids – 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.
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 problems. Call (415) 600–6243 for breastfeeding related questions, information on lactation consultations, or to schedule an appointment.
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.
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To register for prenatal classes:
- Please complete and print Class Registration Form [PDF]
(Download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Readeropens new window) and mail it with your payment to:
California Pacific Medical Center
3698 California Street, 1st floor
San Francisco, CA 94118
- Please note the class title and date(s) on your check. Payment (made payable to CPMC) should be mailed to us in advance of the class.
- Alternately, you can fax the Class Registration Form with credit card information to us at (415) 752-0469
To register for classes, services, and groups for after your baby’s birth:
Please call the Newborn Connections™ Outpatient Lactation Center at 415-600-6243 to register for the Latch Clinic, Starting Solids, or to schedule a lactation appointment. No registration is required for the Breastfeeding Group: It’s Not Just About Breastfeeding!
Classes are subject to change. You will receive notification in the event of a class change or cancellation.
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For Prenatal Classes: Class fee includes a $25.00 non-refundable registration fee. If you need to cancel or reschedule, you must call us 2 weeks prior to the start of the class or you will not receive a refund. All refunds issued as store credit only. Store credit can be put toward lactation consultations, pump rentals, book and video lending library, and store merchandise (nursing bras, baby clothes, etc) and more. No shows will not receive any form of reimbursement. Refund requests made after this deadline will be considered on an individual basis.
For the Breastfeeding Latch Clinic, Starting Solids, and individual lactation consultations: If you need to cancel or reschedule, you must call us 24 hours prior to the start of the class or you will not receive any refund. No shows will not receive any form of reimbursement.
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