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Prenatal Classes and Tours

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Pregnancy, birth and the transition to parenthood are times of excitement and adjustment. We would like to help you increase your knowledge and confidence for these special events.

Registering for classes

Please use the provided links for your desired date to register online and pay any fees. (Tours and information sessions are free.) If you have questions or are unable to register online, call 619-543-7878 or email childbirtheducator@ucsd.edu. Please note:

  • Enroll early in your pregnancy as classes and tours fill quickly.
  • Pre-registration is mandatory. We cannot accept walk-ins.
  • Please do not bring children to tours, classes or events. No childcare is available, and our flu visitation policy during the 2013-14 flu season does not allow children under the age of 12 to visit hospitals or clinics.

Valet parking is available to all maternity patients at a reduced rate of $3 for the first two hours and 50 cents per hour after that. Available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for classes, tours and all medical appointments.

Class listing

Watch a video of one recent mom sharing her experiences with UC San Diego's prenatal yoga class.

Prenatal Yoga

Fee: $100 per person for 8-week series; $15 per class for drop-ins. Fall series will be Oct. 6 to Dec. 4 (no class on Nov. 27). Winter series will be Dec. 11 to Feb. 12 (no class on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1).

Dates: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays

Location: Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla (directions)

Register: Anna, 858-362-1337

Overview: Our prenatal yoga series is specifically designed for the pregnant woman and consists of yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditations, childbirth preparation techniques and deep relaxation. Students come away from class feeling rejuvenated, relaxed, more connected to their baby and with a deeper sense of body awareness. No prior yoga experience is necessary. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes. Download the mandatory consent form and bring to first class.

Online Childbirth Education Program

Online Childbirth EducationThis program is perfect for moms-to-be who are on bed rest; couples with time or scheduling conflicts; or parents in need of a refresher course.

Our comprehensive, interactive tutorial will walk you through the three stages of labor and provide details on birth/pain management options and comfort measures to optimize your birthing experience.

Learn more and register.

Tutorial includes:

  • Numerous video segments and illustrations that let you know what to expect before, during and after labor
  • Access to a UC San Diego Childbirth Educator as questions arise, or free access to a two-hour Childbirth Basics class ($30 value)

Childbirth Preparation (4-Class Series)

Date, Time and Location

  • Hillcrest: Tuesdays, 6 – 8 p.m., UC San Diego Hillcrest, South Wing Tower, Room #3-310.
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  • Scripps Ranch: Thursdays, 6 – 8 p.m. at Scripps Ranch Medical Office, Suite 200.
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Pre-Registration: Mandatory. To register online, click on the preferred date above and follow the registration instructions. If you cannot enroll online, call 619-543-7878 or email childbirtheducator@ucsd.edu.

Fee: $70 per couple

Overview: This is a series of four 2-hour classes addressing fetal development, body changes, the labor process, labor coping skills, breathing and relaxation techniques, labor review, OB procedures, cesarean birth and postpartum care. Includes information on delivering in both the Birth Center and Labor & Delivery Unit. course book included. Download the class syllabus.

Childbirth Preparation: One Day Saturday (6 hours)

Dates: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Upcoming dates:

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Location: Thornton Hospital, SDG&E Room, third floor
Pre-Registration: Mandatory. To register online, click on the preferred date above and follow the registration instructions. If you cannot enroll online, call 619-543-7878 or email childbirtheducator@ucsd.edu.

Fee: $70 for the mother plus one adult

Overview: This is a six-hour class offered on a Saturday that addresses fetal development, body changes, the labor process, labor coping skills, breathing and relaxation techniques, OB procedures, cesarean birth and postpartum care. Includes information on delivering in both the Birth Center and Labor & Delivery Unit. Course book included. The class offers a lunch break. We recommend you bring your lunch because the cafeteria line can be long.

Childbirth Basics (2 Hours)

Dates, times and locations:

  • Scripps Ranch: Thursdays, 6 – 8 p.m. at Scripps Ranch Medical Office, Suite 200.

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  • Hillcrest: Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at UC San Diego Hillcrest, South Wing Tower, Room #3-310.

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Pre-registration: Mandatory. To register online, click your preferred date above and follow the registration instructions. If you cannot enroll online, call 619-543-7878 or email childbirtheducator@ucsd.edu.

Fee: $30 per couple

Overview: A one-time, two-hour class that provides a basic overview of the birth process, including signs of labor, when to go to the hospital, stages of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, options for pain relief, hospital procedures, and helpful tips for labor & birth. A film will also be shown and course book is included.

Tips From a Doula: Comfort Measures and Labor Support Techniques

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Location: UC San Diego Hillcrest, Room 833, 8th floor
Pre-Registration: Mandatory. To register online, click on the date above and follow the registration instructions. If you cannot enroll online, call 619-543-7878 or email childbirtheducator@ucsd.edu.

Fee: $50 for the mother plus one adult

Overview: A four-hour, hands-on workshop for mothers-to-be and partners who want to play an active role during childbirth. Take this as a stand-alone class or in conjunction with other childbirth education options, including our online childbirth course. Wear comfortable clothes and bring one pillow.

Free Online Tutorial: Childbirth

Fee: Free for UC San Diego patients

Overview: UC San Diego Health System offers Emmi tutorials, which use voice and animation to help you prepare for childbirth. Each Emmi program takes about 20 minutes to watch, and you can view it as many times as you like.

Link to the Childbirth tutorial.

Learn more about Emmi tutorials.

Free Online Tutorial: VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-section)

Fee: Free for UC San Diego patients

Overview: UC San Diego Health System offers Emmi tutorials, which use voice and animation to help you prepare for childbirth. Each Emmi program takes about 20 minutes to watch, and you can view it as many times as you like.

Link to the VBAC tutorial.

Learn more about Emmi tutorials.

Free Online Tutorial: C-Section

Fee: Free for UC San Diego patients

Overview: UC San Diego Health System offers Emmi tutorials, which use voice and animation to help you prepare for childbirth. Each Emmi program takes about 20 minutes to watch, and you can view it as many times as you like.

Link to the C-section tutorial.

Learn more about Emmi tutorials.

Breastfeeding Class

Dates, times and locations:

  • Wednesday evenings in Hillcrest: 6 – 8:30 p.m. at UC San Diego, Hillcrest, South Wing Tower, Room #3-310.

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  • Saturday mornings in Hillcrest: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at UC San Diego, Hillcrest, South Wing Tower, Room #3-310.

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  • Tuesday evenings in La Jolla: 6 – 8 p.m. at Thornton Hospital, SDG&E Room (third floor).

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Pre-registration: Mandatory. To enroll, click your preferred date above and follow the registration instructions. If you cannot enroll online, call 619-543-7878 or email childbirtheducator@ucsd.edu.

Fee: $30 per couple

Overview: A one-time class that discusses the benefits of breastfeeding, basic techniques, nutrition and common problems.

Breastfeeding Support Group

Date and time: Every Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Thornton Hospital in the SDG&E Room 3-102 (alternate location: Lycan Room 1-245, First Floor near Radiology Department).

Registration: No registration required, walk-ins welcome.

Fee: No charge

Overview: A support group for breastfeeding moms and babies. This group is facilitated by a qualified lactation educator. Come and get your questions answered and meet other breastfeeding moms. Scale available for weighing babies.

Online Tutorial: Breastfeeding

Fee: Free for UC San Diego patients

Overview: UC San Diego Health System offers Emmi tutorials, which use voice and animation to help you prepare for childbirth. Each Emmi program takes about 20 minutes to watch, and you can view it as many times as you like.

Link to the breastfeeding tutorial.

Learn more about Emmi tutorials.

Newborn Care

Dates and times:

  • 6 – 8:30 p.m. on some Wednesdays. Upcoming dates:
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  • 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on some Saturdays. Upcoming dates:
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Location: UC San Diego Hillcrest, South Wing Tower, Room #3-310

Pre-registration: Mandatory. To enroll click on the preferred date above and follow the registration instructions. For questions call 619-543-7878 or email childbirtheducator@ucsd.edu.

Fee: $30 per couple

Overview: A one-time class on newborn care, including bathing, cord care, safety issues, and when to call the doctor.

Infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Dates, times and locations:

  • Thursday evenings in Scripps Ranch: 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Scripps Ranch Medical Office.

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  • Tuesday evenings in Hillcrest: 6 – 7:30 p.m. at UC San Diego Hillcrest, South Wing Tower, Room #4-308.

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Pre-registration: Mandatory. To enroll, click on the preferred date above and follow the registration instructions. If you cannot enroll online, call 619-543-7878 or email childbirtheducator@ucsd.edu.

Fee: $30 per person; $50 per couple

Overview: A one-time, 90-minute class designed to teach parents and care providers how to perform CPR and choking rescue on infants up to 1 year old. This is not a certification program.

Newborn Immunizations: Thinking Ahead to Your Baby's Vaccines

Date and time: Saturdays, 10 – 11 a.m. Upcoming dates:
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Location:
UC San Diego Hillcrest, 3rd Floor - Room 310.

Pre-registration: Mandatory. To enroll, click on the preferred date above and follow the registration instructions. For questions, email childbirtheducator@ucsd.edu.

Fee: Free

Overview: This free one-hour class will help you separate fact from fiction and help you understand why vaccines are recommended for your baby. Bring your questions and concerns—there will be ample time for discussion.

More than One! Twins, Triplets and More

Date and time: Occasional Mondays, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Upcoming dates:

There are currently no classes scheduled at this time.

Location: Thornton Hospital in Room 1-245 (Lycan Room), first floor near Radiology

Pre-registration: Mandatory. To enroll, click on the preferred date above and follow the registration instructions. For questions call 619-543-7878 or email childbirtheducator@ucsd.edu.

Fee: $30 per couple

Overview: For parents expecting a multiple birth. Topics include prenatal care, signs and symptoms of preterm labor, premature delivery, birth options, feeding of multiples, and going home. As a bonus, we will have a "graduate" parent as a resource.

Note: This class should be taken in addition to childbirth preparation, breastfeeding and newborn care classes.

Multiples Mentoring Program (Support Group for Twins, Triplets, and More)

Date and time: 6:30 to 8 p.m., fourth Monday of each month

Location: Thornton Hospital, Third Floor, Room 3-102 (SDG&E Conference Room).

Pre-registration: No registration, walk-ins welcome. Contact Corey Anaka, canaka@ucsd.edu, for information.

Fee: No fee

Overview: A support group for parents of multiples born at UC San Diego Health System. Meeting topics will vary from open discussion to guest speakers.