Education and Classes

Nothing changes life at home like the arrival of a new baby. Because this is a joyous and exciting time filled with great change, Providence Saint John’s believes that early preparation is important. That is why the health center is pleased to offer a prenatal education program to help meet the needs of expectant parents in our community. 

Click here to reserve a seat in any of our classes. Please note that our classes fill up quickly.  

All classes are held at Providence Saint John’s Health Center on the 3rd floor. Please click here for a map of our location.

For more information, please call 310-829-8887 or email elsa.ruedas@providence.org

Maternity Tours

The Health Center encourages parents to tour the comprehensive McAlister Women's Health Center.

Below is a schedule for upcoming months. To make a class reservation click here. Please note that our classes fill up quickly.  

All classes are held at Providence Saint John’s Health Center on the 3rd floor. Please click here for a map of our location.

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Childbirth Preparation. Class 1 and 2, three hours each. $220*

To help expectant parents understand and cope with the exciting yet challenging experiences of labor and childbirth, Providence Saint John’s offers a two-part childbirth class. A registered nurse, certified in childbirth education, teaches these classes.

Topics covered include:

  • Healthy nutrition
  • Remedies for the discomforts of pregnancy
  • Planning ahead
  • The stages of labor and birth
  • Effective coping strategies
  • Relaxation and breathing techniques
  • Positions in labor
  • Wisdom for birth partners
  • Medical options and practices
  • Pain management options and the epidural
  • The caesarean birth experience
  • Postpartum and the realities of parenting a newborn

* Prices are slightly higher for those not delivering at Providence Saint John’s.

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Baby Care Basics three hours. $75*

This class, taught by a registered nurse, is designed to help new parents-to-be learn the basics of caring for a newborn. Practice time with baby dolls is included.

Topics covered include:

  • Normal newborn characteristics
  • Bathing
  • Diapering
  • Swaddling
  • Cord Care
  • Newborn sleep patterns
  • Newborn safety
  • When to call a pediatrician
  • Parent survival tips

* Prices are slightly higher for those not delivering at Providence Saint John’s.

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Breastfeeding basics three hours. $75*

One of the most important choices a new mother makes is how best to nourish her baby. Mothers, pediatricians and nurses all agree that breastfeeding is the best choice for your baby.  Our three-hour class, taught by a certified lactation consultant, helps mothers-to-be learn the ins and outs of breastfeeding.

Topics covered include:

  • Breastfeeding techniques
  • Proper positioning and latch techniques
  • Milk production
  • Understanding baby’s feeding cues
  • Engorgement prevention
  • Nutrition during breastfeeding
  • Pumping and returning to work
  • Correct storage of milk
  • When to seek assistance or support

* Prices are slightly higher for those not delivering at Providence Saint John’s.

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Cesarean Birth Preparation Two hours. $75*

This class, taught by a registered nurse, is designed to support the needs of parents who are either preparing for a birth by cesarean section or who are interested in learning more about the experience of an unexpected C-section. Parents are encouraged to take this class in the last trimester of their pregnancy.

Topics covered include:

  • Pre- and post-delivery preparation
  • Indications for a cesarean birth
  • Cesarean birth procedure: What to expect
  • Anesthesia
  • Recovery
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Coping with postpartum and a newborn after a cesarean delivery

* Prices are slightly higher for those not delivering at Providence Saint John’s.

To enroll in classes at Providence Saint John’s, please call 310-829-8887.

Package Rates

  • Childbirth Preparation, Baby Care Basics and Breastfeeding package = $320* 
  • Baby Care Basics and Breastfeeding package = $130*

* Prices are slightly higher for those not delivering at Providence Saint John’s.

Class Schedule/ Online Registration ›

Refund and cancellation policy

  • If you cancel two weeks before the start date, a full refund, minus the processing fee, will be issued.
  • If you cancel after the two-week deadline, 50 percent of the cost, minus the processing fee, will be issued.
  • No refunds or credits are issued for missed classes, unless a medical problem prevents you from attending the class. A written note from your doctor must accompany the request.
  • A non-refundable processing fee of $25 applies for the Prepared Childbirth Series and a $10 fee for other classes. Please allow six to eight weeks for all refunds.
  • If you need to reschedule a class, your request will be honored if done two weeks prior to start date of class.

No children under the age of 16 will be allowed in the Labor & Delivery tours.

Refund and cancellation policy

  • If you cancel two weeks before the start date, a full refund, minus the processing fee, will be issued.
  • If you cancel after the two-week deadline, 50 percent of the cost, minus the processing fee, will be issued.
  • No refunds or credits are issued for missed classes, unless a medical problem prevents you from attending the class. A written note from your doctor must accompany the request.
  • A non-refundable processing fee of $25 applies for the Prepared Childbirth Series and a $10 fee for other classes. Please allow six to eight weeks for all refunds.
  • If you need to reschedule a class, your request will be honored if done two weeks prior to start date of class.

No children under the age of 16 will be allowed in the Labor & Delivery tours.