Childbirth and Parent Support Classes
Classes and support groups are a place to ask questions, gather information and learn from other parents and pregnant mothers. We have lots of information about how to get connected to other new moms.
Childbirth education classes help prepare expectant parents for the birth of their baby. They are a place to ask questions, gather information and learn from other pregnant mothers. In general, the best time to take a childbirth class is at the beginning of your third trimester.
With childbirth classes you can:
Learn what happens to your body during labor. Learn how to relax and cope with pain during birth. Attend classes with a partner (your baby’s father, a friend or relative) who will be with you when you give birth. Your partner will learn how to provide support during your labor.
If you would like additional support during labor, consider having a doula (doo-la). A doula is someone who is trained to support women during childbirth. A doula helps you cope with pain and gives emotional support. Learn more about Doulas.
To find a low-cost doula visit our Resource Finder.
To find a childbirth class in your community visit our Resource Finder, or call the Help Me Grow Washington Hotline at 1-800-322-2588.
Getting together with other new moms or parents after you have your baby is a great help – especially if you are feeling lonely, isolated or overwhelmed. It is a place to share stories and concerns about your baby and discuss things like crying, sleeping, baby care and taking care of yourself. Some communities have special support groups for single parents or teen parents.
Find parenting support resources near you using our Resource Finder.
You could also look for a support group or class in your community at your local:
- Community Center
- Local Health Department