Birth and Parent Education

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Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital offers a variety of Childbirth Education classes to help prepare expectant families for the arrival of a new baby. Specially trained registered nurses provide expert preparation and support for the challenges of pregnancy and labor.

 

Register online!  See links for each class below.

 

Classes at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

Breastfeeding

Clases de Maternidad en Español  >>

Breathing Refresher

Grandparenting

Carseat Safety

New Parent

Cesarean Childbirth

Prepared Childbirth Condensed Class

Childbirth Center Tours

Prepared Childbirth Weekday Series

CPR for Infants/Children

Sibling Preparation

   

 

2014 Schedule and Jan - Mar of 2015

You can browse and sign up for our Childbirth Education events at Eventbrite >
For more information, e-mail childbirthed@sbch.org or call (805) 569-8229.

Please see our Childbirth Education
Frequently Asked Questions page >>

Prepared Childbirth Weekday Series

This series, held during the third trimester (but enroll early), is ideal for first-time parents or anyone wanting a comprehensive overview of events surrounding birth.

Topics include:

  • Breathing and relaxation techniques for labor
  • The normal process of labor, medical options for birth, including Cesarean Childbirth
  • Coaching role for labor companions
  • The postpartum period with an emphasis on care of the new mom and baby
  • The series includes a Childbirth Center Tour
  • A Breastfeeding class and New Parent class are already included in the fee for the series. Class dates are listed here. You may choose any available dates and you do not have to register.

Course details will be sent with confirmation letter.

 

Pre-registration is required. Register online below. Click on the class of your choice.
To pay by check, please see below >


Course Fee: $115 (includes Breastfeeding and New Parent classes held on different days)

 

Location: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

 

Time: 7 - 9 p.m.

Schedule


  Day of Week Begin
Date
  End
Date
 

Register > Tuesdays   FULL Oct 28 Nov 25   
 Register >  Thursdays   FULL Nov 13  Dec 18   
Register > Wednesdays  FULL Nov 19  Dec 17  
REGISTER > Tuesdays January 6, 2015 February 3, 2015   
REGISTER > Wednesdays Jan 7   Feb 11  
REGISTER > Thursdays Jan 22   Feb 19  
REGISTER > Tuesdays  Feb 24   Mar 24  
REGISTER > Wednesdays Mar 4 Apr 1  
REGISTER > Thursdays Mar 19  Apr 16   
REGISTER > Wednesdays        
REGISTER > Tuesdays        
REGISTER > Thursdays      
REGISTER > Wednesdays      

 

Refunds of $85 are available upon request if withdrawal is prior to class start; $10 per class if withdrawal is before the fourth week of the series. No refunds will be given after the fourth week.

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Prepared Childbirth Condensed Class

Content for the Condensed Class is the same as for the Prepared Childbirth Weekday Series, but held in a single day.

 

This class, held during the third trimester (but enroll early), is ideal for first-time parents or anyone wanting a comprehensive overview of events surrounding birth.

Topics include:

  • Breathing and relaxation techniques for labor
  • The normal process of labor, medical options for birth, including Cesarean Childbirth
  • Coaching role for labor companions
  • The postpartum period with an emphasis on care of the new mom and baby
  • The class includes a Chldbirth Center Tour, which are offered on Tuesday evenings. Please register for the date of your choice. See below
  • A Breastfeeding class and a New Parent class are already included in the fee for the series. Class dates are listed here. You may choose any available dates and you do not have to register.

Course details will be sent with confirmation letter.

 

Pre-registration is required. Register online below. Click on the class of your choice.
To pay by check, please see below > .


Course Fee: $115 (includes Breastfeeding and New Parent classes and Childbirth Center tour;  on different days)

 

Location: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
Room location provided on confirmation letter.

 

Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

REGISTER > Saturday, Nov 1 FULL
REGISTER > Saturday, Dec 6  FULL  
REGISTER > Saturday, January 17, 2015 Sorry, class is FULL
REGISTER > Saturday,  Feb 21
REGISTER > Saturday,  Mar 28
REGISTER > Saturday,
REGISTER > Saturday,

                                    

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Childbirth Center Tours

Course Content

  • A visit to our birthing rooms
  • Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital's family-centered approach to birth
  • Information about pre-admission, visitor guidelines, parking, and other relevant patient information

Tours last 30 to 45 minutes.
(This tour is included in the Prepared Childbirth Weekday Series)

 

If you are NOT enrolled in a weeknight Prepared Childbirth series (the weeknight childbirth education series include a tour), pre-registration is required. Register online below. Click on the class of your choice.

 

Fee: No charge

 

Location: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital -- meet in the main lobby at the intersection of Pueblo and Castillo Streets 5-10 minutes before each tour.

 

Time: 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Dates: Every Tuesday (except on holidays)

           REGISTER >  October 28
           REGISTER >  Nov 4
           REGISTER >  Nov 11
          REGISTER >  Nov 18
           REGISTER >  Nov 25
           REGISTER >  December 2
           REGISTER >  Dec 9
           REGISTER >  Dec 16
 

           REGISTER >  January 6, 2015
           REGISTER >  Jan 13
           REGISTER >  Jan 20
           REGISTER >  Jan 27
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Breastfeeding

Course Content

  • Advantages of breastfeeding for mother and baby
  • Physiology of lactation
  • Nutritional needs of mother and baby
  • Support role of your husband, family, and doctor
  • Challenges of getting started and learning tips for managing the transition

This course is included in the Prepared Childbirth classes.

 

If you are NOT enrolled in a Prepared Childbirth Class, pre-registration is required. Register online below. Click on the class of your choice.
To pay by check, please see below > .

  

Course Fee: $15; no charge for participants in the Prepared Childbirth Series

 

Location:Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
Room location provided on confirmation letter.


Time: 7 - 9 p.m.

REGISTER > Monday, October 27
REGISTER > Monday, November 24
REGISTER > Monday, January 26, 2015
REGISTER > Monday, February 23, 2015
REGISTER > Monday, March 30, 2015
REGISTER >  
REGISTER >  

                   

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New Parent

The New Parent Class is designed to help couples transition into their new roles as parents.
It is not a Baby Basics Class.  

 

Content includes:

  • Practical tips for coping with the emotional challenges of pregnancy and parenting
  • An exploration of your expectations, your partner’s expectations, and your infant’s expectations

An excellent Baby Basics course is offered the first Saturday of most months by a local organization called Postpartum Education for Parents (PEP).  Call 564-3888 for information.

 

This course is included in the Prepared Childbirth classes.

 

If you are NOT enrolled in a Prepared Childbirth Class, pre-registration is required. Register online below. Click on the class of your choice.
To pay by check, please see below > .


Course Fee: $15; no charge for participants in the Prepared Childbirth classes

 

Location: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
Room location provided on confirmation letter.

 

Time: 7 - 9 p.m.

REGISTER > Monday, Nov 17
REGISTER > Monday, January 19, 2015
REGISTER > Monday, Mar 9
REGISTER > Monday, Apr 20

    

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Breathing Refresher

This course is designed for those who have experienced a previous birth. If you haven't experienced Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital's Childbirth Center since we opened our new wing, we encourage you to sign up for a tour of the Childbirth Center, too!

 

Course Content

  • Review stages of labor
  • Rehearse breathing patterns
  • Practice relaxation and imagery techniques
  • Coping and comfort measures

Registration is required. Register online below. Click on the class of your choice.
To pay by check, please see below >

 

Course Fee: $15

 

Location: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Room location provided with registration confirmation.

 

Time: 7 - 9 p.m.

REGISTER > Monday, Nov 3
REGISTER > Monday, February 9, 2015
REGISTER > Monday, Apr 13

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Sibling Preparation

Course Content
The class will describe differences between “baby and me” and allow siblings to express feelings about the new baby.  It will also explore ways that big brother or big sister can help the family.  The class includes a tour of the Mother-Infant unit.

 

Registration is required. Register online below. Click on the class of your choice.
To pay by check, please see below > .

 

Course Fee: $15 per family

 

Location: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
Room location provided on confirmation letter.

 

Time: 3 - 4:30 p.m.             Class schedule for 2015 not available.

   
 
   
 

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Cesarean Childbirth

Course Content
   • Indications of Cesarean childbirth
   • Components of prevention
   • Family-centered operations and care during birth
   • Preparation for surgery
   • Relaxation techniques
   • Choices for anesthesia, pain relief, and coping techniques
   • Physical and emotional steps to recovery from a Cesarean delivery

This course is included in the Prepared Childbirth classes.

Registration is required.

Please s-mail childbirthed@sbch.org or call (805) 569-8229.


Course Fee: No charge (included in the Prepared Childbirth Series)


Location: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
Room location provided on confirmation letter.

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Clases de Maternidad en Español

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital ofrece clases gratis de preparación para el parto. Asista a las clases durante su séptimo mes de embarazo.

El primer lunes de cada mes empieza una nueva serie de 4 clases. Usted puede empezar las clases cualquier lunes del mes; no tiene que esperarse hasta del principio del siguiente mes.

Traiga a su pareja o a otra persona que pudiera ayudarla durante su parto.

TEMAS SEMANALES
Primer lunes del mes: recorrido del hospital
Segundo lunes: técnicas personales para el parto
Tercer lunes; intervenciones médicas
Cuarto lunes: el recién nacido y cómo amamantar. No hay clases el quinto lunes del mes.

Las clases son gratis. No hay clases en diciembre.

Sitio: Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Las clases serán en el salón 3861, que está cerca del centro de Maternidad.

Horario: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Fechas: Cada lunes

Para más información, llame al (805) 569-8389.

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To find out how to pay by check or for questions e-mail childbirthed@sbch.org or call (805) 569-8229.

Class dates subject to change. For more information please
e-mail childbirthed@sbch.org or call (805) 569-8229.

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