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Maternity Classes and Tours

COVID-19 update: Due to health concerns related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are suspending all in-person events until further notice. This includes hospital tours, Meet the Maternity Team events (register for Virtual Meet the Maternity Team), and all in-person classes, including childbirth preparation, breastfeeding, newborn care, infant CPR, and parenting classes.

We know that our patients and their families have questions related to care during this time. Please see Maternity Care and COVID-19 FAQs for the latest updates.

Choosing Prenatal Classes at UC San Diego Health

 

 

If you have already registered for an event or class, a staff member will contact you. You can also emailchildbirtheducator@ucsd.edu or call 619-543-6585.

During this time, we encourage you to use our online resources:
  • Please see Maternity Tours for links to a video tour and FAQs about our maternity facilities.
  • See more information about our online childbirth class below.

Breastfeeding and Newborn Care

Online Breastfeeding Class

A one time virtual breastfeeding class. Topics covered include benefits of breastfeeding, latching techniques, trouble shooting and much more!

To register, click on the preferred date and follow the registration instructions.

Online Breastfeeding Support Group

Come join us for an hour of guided breastfeeding support. Our support group is led by experienced lactation consultants that will present different breastfeeding topics and foster an environment where breastfeeding parents can share their experiences and ask questions.

To register, click on the preferred date and follow the registration instructions.

Online Newborn Care

In this class, we'll cover baby basics of diapering, feeding, soothing, swaddling and bathing. You will learn how to identify and understand newborn cues for sleep, hunger, or discomfort. Additional discussions on what to purchase, what to avoid, and self-care for the postpartum period.

To register, click on the preferred date and follow the registration instructions.

Infant CPR

Online Infant Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

A 60 minute virtual 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.

To register, click on the preferred date and follow the registration instructions.

Childbirth Programs

Belly Births: Discovering What to Expect During a Planned Cesarean Birth

This class is led by a cesarean doula and will discuss how to prep for surgery, what happens on baby day, and recovery after delivery.
Cost: $25

To register, click on the preferred date and follow the registration instructions.

Online Childbirth Program - Parts 1 to 4

Part 1 - How your body works in labor.

Learn more and register

Part 2 - Hospital procedures and interventions.

Learn more and register

Part 3 - Tips From a Doula.

Learn more and register

Part 4 - Fourth Trimester.

Learn more and register

Online Childbirth Basics

A virtual 2.5 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. Can be a great re-fresher course for second time parents!

To register, click on the preferred date and follow the registration instructions.

Understanding Newborn Sleep

Online Understanding Newborn Sleep

This 2 hour virtual class is designed for new and expectant parents to understand newborn sleep needs and patterns. Participants will learn to recognize baby’s cues for sleep, create reasonable expectations around baby’s sleep behavior, create a safe sleep environment and establish habits that will lead to successful sleep.

To register, click on the preferred date and follow the registration instructions.

Other Resources

Self-Guided Childbirth Information

UC San Diego Health offers anytime, anywhere parent education - an education program designed to give you convenient access to valuable information. It includes the tools and support you need at every stage.

Learn more and register

You will have access to:

  • Evidence-based information on prenatal care, labor & birth, and postpartum including lots of videos
  • Information specific to your arrival and stay at UC San Diego Health
  • A list of available classes and support groups
  • A kick counter, contraction timer, personal journal, feeding log, immunization log, and other tools
Details
  • 12-week access to the online materials
  • You will receive instruction on how to gain access after you register for the course