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Birth and New Baby Classes, Tours

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital offers several classes led by specially trained nurses and other experts to help you and your family get ready for your new baby.

You must register ahead of time unless the class description says otherwise. To sign up online, click on a class or go to our event calendar. If you have questions, email childbirthed@sbch.org, or call 805-569-8229. Once you register you will receive a confirmation letter by email with important details about your class.

Prepared Childbirth Weekday Series

Sign up early for this series of five weekly classes, which is suggested for your third trimester and is ideal for first-time parents. Plan to finish this series 2 – 4 weeks before your due date. Each class lasts two hours. Topics include:

  • Breathing, relaxation and coping techniques for labor
  • Coaching role for labor companions.
  • Medical options including Cesarean
  • Care for mom and baby after birth

The series includes a Childbirth Center Tour. At no extra cost, you can go to the Breastfeeding and New Parent classes, which are offered at other times. Cost: $115 for two people.

Prepared Childbirth Condensed Class

For your convenience, we offer this one-day version of the Prepared Childbirth Weekday Series. (Details above. Does not include a tour.) The condensed class is held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $115 for two people.

Childbirth Center Tours

See our beautiful Childbirth Center with its family-centered birthing rooms and facilities. Tours last 30-45 minutes and are offered Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cost: free, but please register.

  • A visit to our birthing rooms
  • Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital’s family-centered approach to birth
  • Information about pre-admission, visitor guidelines, and parking

Breastfeeding

Learn the many rewards of breastfeeding for you and your baby, while getting tips for long-term success. We encourage partners to attend, too, because they play an important support role. Cost: $15 for two people. (Prepared Childbirth participants don’t have to register for the Breastfeeding class.)

  • Advantages of breastfeeding for mother and baby
  • Physiology of lactation
  • Nutritional needs of mother and baby
  • Support role of your husband, family, and doctor
  • Getting the best start and tips for managing the transition

New Parent

Your world is turning upside down, but that’s normal. This class will help you meet the emotional challenges of pregnancy and parenting. Cost: $15 for two people. (Prepared Childbirth participants don’t have to register for the New Parent class.)

Breathing Refresher

If you have already had a baby, this two-hour class is a great review that lets you practice relaxation techniques and rehearse breathing patterns. Cost: $15 for two people.

Cesarean Childbirth

More than one in four babies in the U.S. is born through Cesarean delivery, often known as C-section. It helps to be prepared, whether surgery is planned or needed for unexpected issues. Cost: free, but please register by emailing childbirthed@sbch.org or calling 805-569-8229.

  • Reasons for Cesarean childbirth
  • Family-centered operations and care during birth
  • Choices for anesthesia, pain relief, and coping techniques
  • Physical and emotional steps to recovery from a Cesarean delivery

Maternity Classes in Spanish

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital offers childbirth classes in Spanish for free. The first Monday of the month starts a new series of four classes, but you can begin when you want. Try to go in your seventh month of pregnancy. Bring your partner or someone else who can help during childbirth.

Classes are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 3861, close to the Childbirth Center in the hospital. There are no classes the fifth Monday of the month, or in December. You don’t need to sign up ahead of time. To learn more, call 805-569-8389.

  • First Monday of month – Tour of the hospital
  • Second Monday – Childbirth
  • Third Monday – Medical help
  • Fourth Monday – Newborns and breastfeeding

CPR for Family and Friends: Infant/Child

Learn lifesaving skills that may be needed if a child chokes, stops breathing or does not have a heartbeat. This course is for parents, babysitters and friends who don’t need an official certificate. It is based on American Heart Association guidelines. Cost: $25 per person.

Carseat Safety

Did you know that four out of five carseats are put in the wrong way? Let a certified carseat technician show you the proper way to install and use a carseat. Cost: free, but please register.

Symptom Checker

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Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.