Prenatal Education Classes

Free Maternity Classes

Watsonville Community Hospital offers multiple classes to help expectant parents prepare for life with their newborn. Our maternity classes are instructed by highly trained healthcare professionals who are committed to newborn education. Classes cover topics including childbirth, baby care basics, breastfeeding, infant and child CPR, car safety and the early days of parenting.

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1. Stages of Labor

  • Signs and symptoms of early labor
  • Birth Plans and possible options for labor
  • What to expect for vaginal delivery and C-Section delivery
  • The role of the support person (Coach)
  • Overview of the pain control options,
    including natural pain relief
  • When an emergency happens

When: 1st Tuesday of each month
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Where: VIRTUAL via ZOOM

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2. Breastfeeding Mother

  • Skin to skin instruction and early breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding positions
  • Pumping and storage of milk
  • Hand expression of milk
  • Getting ready to go to back to work/school
  • Troubleshooting common breastfeeding struggles

When: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Where: VIRTUAL via ZOOM

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3. Newborn & Mommy Care

  • What to expect after you go home
  • Reasons to call the doctor
  • Body changes after delivery and self-care for Mom
  • Bathing, feeding, and caring for your infant
  • Babyproofing your house
  • Safe sleep recommendations

When: 3rd Tuesday of each month
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Where: VIRTUAL via ZOOM

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Español: Prenatales en Español Para Futuras Mamás:

1. Fases Del Parto

  • Signos y síntomas de parto prematuro
  • Planes de nacimiento y las opciones de trabajo de parto
  • Qué esperar de un parto vaginal?
  • Qué esperar de un parto por cesarea?
  • El papel de la persona de apoyo
  • Cuáles son las opciones para controlar el dolor?
  • Formas naturales de aliviar el dolor.
  • Cuando ocurre una emergencia

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2. Lactancia Materna

  • Contacto piel a piel e inicio
    temprano del amamantamiento
  • Posiciones para amamantar
  • El bombeo y almacenamiento de
    la leche
  • Expresión manual de la leche materna
  • Preparándose para volver al trabajo o la escuela
  • Solución de problemas comunes
    de amamantamiento
  • Apoyo de la lactancia después del parto

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3. Cuidado del Recien Nacido y de Mamá

  • Qué esperar después de que
    vuelva a la casa?
  • Motivos para llamar al doctor
  • Cambios del cuerpo después
    del parto
  • Auto cuidado para mamá
  • Baño, alimentación y cuidado
    de su bebé
  • Prepara su casa a prueba de bebé
  • Recomendaciones para el sueño
    seguro del bebé

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Cuando: El tercer Jueves de cada mes
Hora: 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Dónde:: VIRTUAL vía ZOOM

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A Wonderful Experience

Welcoming a child into the world is a wonderful personal experience. At Watsonville Community Hospital we believe you should have choices and information on how to deliver and care for your baby.  We want to work with you to  make your birthing experience everything you want it to be!

Preparing for the Happy Event

Expectant moms and dads can learn all about pregnancy, delivery, and baby care through our free childbirth education classes offered year round at Watsonville Community Hospital.  You will learn about changes in the expectant mother’s body, how the baby grows, and what happens when your baby decides to make his or her debut.  Breastfeeding classes are very helpful to get you off to a good start after birth.  We also offer tours of our birthing center.

For class schedules and information please call 831-763-6019. or visit our EVENTS CALENDAR.

Baby Talk Support Group

We offer a support group for pregnant and newly delivered moms and their support person every Wednesday afternoon in our outpatient lactation department from 11am to 1pm.  In this group we discuss topics such as pregnancy, delivery, and what to expect after going home.  We offer guidance and support for successful breastfeeding and a place where it is safe to discuss concerns and needs for your growing family.  We highly recommend that you stop by and see for yourself the great support that this group can offer!  Every Wednesday 11am- 1pm.

What Do We Do Now?

During the hospital stay, our nurses teach new moms the basics of infant care; from how to feed and diaper their newborn to when to call the doctor.  To ensure a healthy start our team of nurses and lactation consultants are available to assist mothers with breastfeeding.  We make it our job to help you feel comfortable caring for your newborn and yourself.  We take the time to answer all of your questions and have years of experience to help put you at ease.  For more information please call 831-763-6019.