Maternity Classes and Tours

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.

How To Register

Please use the provided links for your desired date to register online and pay any fees. (Tours and events are free.) If you have questions or are unable to register online, call 619-543-6585 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.

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Tours, Events, and Classes

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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)

Launch Demo

Childbirth Preparation (4-Class Series)

Dates, times, and locations:

Pre-Registration: Mandatory. To register online, click on the preferred date above and follow the registration instructions. If you cannot enroll online, call 619-543-6585 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.

Childbirth Preparation: One Day Saturday (6 hours)

Dates, times, and locations:

  • Thornton Pavilion, SDG&E Room, third floor
    Dates: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Upcoming dates:
  • UC San Diego Hillcrest, 8th Floor Conference Room 8-833
    Dates: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Upcoming dates:
  • Pre-Registration: Mandatory. To register online, click on the preferred date above and follow the registration instructions. If you cannot enroll online, call 619-543-6585 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 619-543-6585 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.

Tips from a Doula: Comfort Measures and Labor Support Techniques

Dates, times, and location:

  • Jacobs Medical Center, JMC 1-603-1 Community & Med Ed Center.
    Dates: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Upcoming dates:
  • Jacobs Medical Center, JMC 1-603-1 Community & Med Ed Center.
    Dates: Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Upcoming dates:
  • Pre-Registration: Mandatory. To register online, click on the preferred date above and follow the registration instructions. If you cannot enroll online, call 619-543-7074 or email childbirtheducator@ucsd.edu.

    Fee: $50 for the mother plus one adult

    Overview: A three-hour, hands-on workshop for mothers-to-be and partners who want to play an active role during childbirth. The focus of this class is comfort techniques such as breath, touch, relaxation, and labor positions. We will also review navigating labor and hospital protocol. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring pillows and blankets.



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Breastfeeding Class

Dates, times and locations:

Pre-registration: Mandatory. To enroll, click your preferred date above and follow the registration instructions. If you cannot enroll online, call 619-543-6585 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 for Working Moms

Date, time, and location:

Pre-registration: Mandatory. To enroll, click your preferred date above and follow the registration instructions. If you cannot enroll online, call 619-543-6585 or email childbirtheducator@ucsd.edu.
Fee: $35 per couple

Overview: A one-time class to teach expectant parents strategies for pumping milk when returning to work. Please take our basic breastfeeding class before enrolling in this class.  

Breastfeeding Support Group

Date and time: Every Tuesday, 1-3 p.m.
Location: Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla, Community and Medical Education room (1-603-1)

Please note: On July 24, we will meet in the SDGE room (#3-102).
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 858-249-5727 or email childbirtheducator@ucsd.edu to learn more.

 

Newborn Care

Dates and times:

Location:UC San Diego Hillcrest, 8th Floor Conference Room, #833

Pre-registration: Mandatory. To enroll click on the preferred date above and follow the registration instructions. For questions call 619-543-6585 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 619-543-6585 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.

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

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