UW Medicine offers a wide range of classes for expecting and new families. The classes are taught at UW Medicine facilities and other locations throughout the Seattle area. Classes are taught by certified childbirth educators in partnership with Parent Trust for Washington Children's Great Starts (PTWC/GS).
Pre-registration is required. Full payment is due at registration. All fees cover two people; for example, a pregnant parent and one support person. ProviderOne cards are accepted as payment for one birth series for qualifying pregnant mothers, and scholarships through PTWC/GS are also available.
To receive financial assistance or help with registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Great Starts at
206.789.0883. More info is also available at:
Childbirth Preparation Series
Learn about breathing and relaxation methods; labor, birth and recovery; birthing options; the support person’s role; hospital and medical procedures; pain medicines; Cesarean birth; and what to expect after your baby is born. The class also covers newborn care, including breastfeeding basics. There will be a class reunion after all the babies are born. It is best to choose a series that ends at least 1 month before your due date. This series meets for 6 weeks, 2.5 hours per session.
Cost: $235 per pair (ProviderOne cards accepted)
Learn about breathing and relaxation methods; labor, birth and recovery; birthing options; the support person’s role; hospital and medical procedures; pain medicines; Cesarean birth; and what to expect after your baby is born. The class also covers newborn care, including breastfeeding basics. There will be a class reunion after all the babies are born. It is best to choose a series that ends at least 1 month before your due date. This series meets for 3 weeks, 5.5 hours per session, including 30-minute lunch breaks.
Cost: $235 per pair (ProviderOne cards accepted)
Weekend Labor and Birth Mini-Series
Offered as either two 4-hour sessions or one 8-hour session. Learn about the stages of labor, what to expect, typical hospital routines, and what happens after your baby is born. Also learn about ways to cope with labor pain including breathing methods, relaxation skills, massage, positions, movement and pain medicine. It is best to choose a series that ends at least 1 month before your due date. Class includes only minimal coverage of newborn care and breastfeeding basics.
Cost: $150 per pair (ProviderOne cards accepted)
This 13-hour series is for families who are expecting twins or triplets. Topics include: Pregnancy and multiples, labor with multiples, preventing preterm birth, birth of multiples, breastfeeding multiples, newborn care and parenting. This series may be taken at any time, but is recommended to be taken by 24-32 weeks gestation, or earlier.
Cost: $210 per pair (ProviderOne cards accepted)
A weeknight 7-week series is less frequently offered at a cost of $265 per pair
This 3-hour class is for experienced parents who have taken childbirth preparation classes in the past and want to take a refresher course. Parents are encouraged to share the story of their other birth(s), talk about what they hope will happen again and what they would like to change this time. Learn about vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC) and pain medicine options, and practice coping methods. It is best to choose a class that is 2 to 8 weeks before your due date.
Cost: $57 per pair
This 2.5-hour class is for anyone who wants to learn more about coping with labor contractions. Attendees range from women planning a birth without pain medicine to women who are planning to have an epidural as early as possible in labor, but who still want to learn skills for coping with labor pain “just in case.”
This is a great class for first-time parents who are also taking the “Childbirth Preparation series” or the “Labor and Birth Mini-Series.” For experienced parents, “Working with Labor Pain” is helpful as a stand-alone class or to take with our “Better Birth Refresher” class.
Cost: $50 per pair
Pregnancy and Parenting Preparation
This 2-hour class is open to all expectant families. It is especially important to take this class if you are at high risk for preterm labor, have a history of preterm delivery, or are expecting multiples (and do not plan to take the "Expecting Multiples" series). Learn how to respond to signs of problems that could lead to premature birth and understand the needs of preterm infants. It is best to take this class before 24 weeks of pregnancy. Note: This topic is included in the "Expecting Multiples" series.
Cost: $45 per pair
An important 2.5-hour class for first-time parents, this course focuses on caring for your baby during the first few months of life. Topics include newborn characteristics, daily care, infant cues, sleep, health and illness, diapering, cord care, sleep and feeding habits, colic relief and changes that occur in newborn babies. Note: This information is included in the Childbirth Preparation and Expecting Multiples series. Available separately for those who do not plan to take a full prep series.
Cost: $40 per pair
This 2.5-hour class is designed to educate parents on proper feeding techniques and positioning, how often to feed, preventing and coping with common challenges and how partners can support breastfeeding mothers. If you are planning to breastfeed, or just considering the option, this class will give you the tools you need to get your baby off to a healthy start.
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included in the Childbirth Preparation and Expecting Multiples series. Available separately for those who do not plan to take a full prep series.
Cost: $45 per pair
This 3-hour class covers the basics of how to care for an adopted baby, up to about 1 year of age. Learn about feeding, bathing, diapering, dressing, choosing a pediatrician, and strategies for becoming a family. The class also covers issues unique to the care of adopted babies, including babies who come to the family through international adoption.
Note: Classes are held infrequently. Adoptive parents are also welcome to attend our regular Newborn Care classes.
Cost: $57 per pair (two people from same household)
A 3-hour class for expectant or new fathers (and father figures) only, this class provides information to help fathers feel more involved and confident in birth and child-rearing. New fathers will learn practical, hands-on skills that they can use immediately to help bond and care for their new baby. Taught by men for men to allow for a unique experience, this class is best taken 1-4 months before the baby arrives.
Cost: $40 per person
This 4-hour course is focused on injury prevention for an infant’s first year of life as well as what to do if an infant is choking or stops breathing. Topics include infant development, SIDS risk reduction, injury prevention and care of common injuries. Infant choking rescue and American Heart Association infant CPR is demonstrated and practiced on CPR infant mannequins. This class is for parents and family members, and does not include a certification card.
Cost: $65 per pair
Help your child learn about birth, babies, how your family will change, and life as a big sibling. For ages 2 ½ to 6 years old. Class meets for one hour.
Cost: $30 per child and accompanying adult ($10 per additional child, $5 per additional adult)
Learn skills and techniques for helping your older child adjust to the birth of a new sibling.
Cost: $30 for up to 2 adults (babes in arms may attend with their parent(s), but please no older children)
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