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Maternity 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.

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

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 ($35 value)

Childbirth Preparation (4-Class Series)

Date, Time and Location

  • Hillcrest: Tuesdays, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., UC San Diego Hillcrest, South Wing Tower, Room #3-310.
    4-class series starts on the following dates:
     
  • Scripps Ranch: Thursdays, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Scripps Ranch Medical Office, Suite 200.
    4-class series starts on the following dates:
     
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: $75 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:

 
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: $75 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:

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: $35 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.

Free Online Tutorial: Childbirth

Fee: Free for UC San Diego patients

Overview: UC San Diego Health 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 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 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.
    Upcoming dates:
     
  • Saturday mornings in Hillcrest: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at UC San Diego, Hillcrest, South Wing Tower, Room #3-310.
    Upcoming dates:
     
  • Tuesday evenings in La Jolla: 6 – 8 p.m. at Thornton Hospital, SDG&E Room (third floor).
    Upcoming dates:
     

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: $35 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 Monday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 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. There is a scale available for weighing babies. Call 619-543-7149 or email childbirtheducator@ucsd.edu to learn more.

 

Online Tutorial: Breastfeeding

Fee: Free for UC San Diego patients

Overview: UC San Diego Health 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:

  • 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on some Saturdays. Upcoming dates:
     
  • 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on some Wednesdays. Upcoming dates:
     

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: $35 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:

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:
 
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.

Nurturing and Growing your Relationship After Baby Arrives

Dates, times and locations:

  • Second Thursday of the month: 6 – 8 p.m. at Thornton Hospital, SDG&E Room (third floor).
    Upcoming dates:
     

Pre-registration: Mandatory. To enroll, click your preferred date above and follow the registration instructions. If you cannot enroll online email chaakmeester@ucsd.edu.
Fee: $35 per person or $45 per couple
Overview:Having a baby can be both an amazing experience that brings couples closer, but can also create more stress and disconnect. Research shows that 67% of new parents report a decrease in happiness and relationship satisfaction. This workshop provides couples with the tools and skills to strengthen and nurture their relationship after baby arrives.

Parenting: Surviving the First 6 Weeks

Dates, times and locations:

  • Third Thursday of the month: 6 – 8 p.m. at Thornton Hospital, SDG&E Room (third floor).
    Upcoming dates:
     

Pre-registration: Mandatory. To enroll, click your preferred date above and follow the registration instructions. If you cannot enroll online email chaakmeester@ucsd.edu.
Fee: $35 per person or $45 per couple
Overview:Parenting a newborn is exciting, anxiety producing and exhausting. The period of adjusting your family to baby can be overwhelming and filled with uncertainty. This workshop helps to prepare parents for what to expect the first six weeks and a plan to help you “survive” and have a happy and healthy adjustment.

Mindfulness and Relaxation During the Perinatal Period

Dates, times and locations:

  • Fourth Thursday of the month: 6 – 8 p.m. at Thornton Hospital, SDG&E Room (third floor).
    Upcoming dates:
     

Pre-registration: Mandatory. To enroll, click your preferred date above and follow the registration instructions. If you cannot enroll online email chaakmeester@ucsd.edu.
Fee: $35 per person or $45 per couple
Overview:Calmness, relaxation and mindful awareness are difficult to cultivate during pregnancy and the early stages of parenting. However, we know that these practices benefit emotional and physical well-being and positively impact parent-infant attachment. This workshop will teach you practical skills and exercises to achieve more balance in day-to-day living.

Please see Online Pregnancy Tutorials. These programs are available free to UC San Diego Health patients and are available on these topics:

  • Childbirth
  • Pain Relief in Childbirth
  • Breastfeeding
  • VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-section)
  • C-section
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Exercise and Nutrition During Pregnancy

Coping with Infertility

Dates, times and locations:

  • First Thursday of the month: 6 – 8 p.m. at Thornton Hospital, SDG&E Room (third floor).
    Upcoming dates:
     

Pre-registration: Mandatory. To enroll, click your preferred date above and follow the registration instructions. If you cannot enroll online email chaakmeester@ucsd.edu.
Fee: $35 per person or $45 per couple
Overview:Infertility can have far-reaching physical and psychological impacts on women and their partners. From the medical interventions, the emotional rollercoaster, and the uncertainty of ones future, the toll can result in significant stress both individually and on relationships. This workshop will address ways to navigate this difficult life transition and provide coping skills to better mange the effects infertility can have on identity, work, relationships, finances and intimacy.