Birth and New Baby Classes, Tours

Women's Services Maternity Room

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, or call 805-569-8229. Once you register you will receive a confirmation letter by email with important details about your class.

Prepared Childbirth Classes

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 classes 2 – 4 weeks before your due date.

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 5 week 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.

Childbirth Center Tours

See our beautiful Childbirth Center with its family-centered birthing rooms and facilities. Tours last 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


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.

  • 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

Breathing Refresher

If you have already had a baby, this 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.

  • 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

Maternidad - Maternity Classes in Spanish

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital offers childbirth classes in Spanish. Our Maternidad classes are offered in a four-week series and is ideal for first-time parents.

Registered nurses with special training offer preparation and support for the challenges of pregnancy and labor. It is recommended that you plan to finish this class 2-4 weeks before your due date.

Topics include:

  • Breathing and comfort techniques
  • Stages of labor and delivery
  • Medical options for labor and delivery, including caesarean section
  • Birth Center Tour
  • Postpartum preparation with an emphasis on caring for the new mother and baby

Cost: $25 for the future mother (no charge for additional participants including support person). Call 805-569-8389 to learn more.

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 is $25 per person.

Car Seat Safety

Did you know that four out of five car seats are put installed incorrectly? Let a certified car seat technician show you the proper way to install and use a car seat. Cost is free, but please register.

Registration and Financial Assistance

Cost of childbirth classes can be reduced or waived based on financial need. To request financial assistance, or if you have any special circumstance, call 805-569-8229 or e-mail:

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