Baby Care/Parenting

(Third Trimester Classes, 6-9 months of pregnancy)

Parenting During the First Few Months: Basic Baby Care With A New Baby

This workshop offers basic survival techniques to care for your newborn and emphasizes postpartum care for mom. Learn about newborn characteristics, infant milestones, bathing, hygiene, diapers, diapering, crying, comforting, sleep and recognizing the signs of illness. Great for first time parents. This class is offered in a two-part series or all day on Saturday.
Fee: $90 per series

Childbirth

(Class recommended after 20 weeks of pregnancy)

Childbirth Childbirth Preparation: Birth Alternatives

This class addresses the needs and interests of women who wish to have an intimate, fully-involved birth experience. This class covers the basic childbirth preparation content with an added emphasis on natural delivery and making choices in response to the birth process. A variety of labor support techniques and comfort measures is covered.
Fee: $190 per series, 4 classes in a series, 6:30-9:00 pm

Childbirth Preparation: Birth Alternatives Integrated Methods

This class provides an overview of the stages and process of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, support, medication options, variations in labor including cesarean birth, and immediate postpartum care for mother and baby.
Fee: $190 per series, 4 classes in a series, 6:30-9:00 pm

Childbirth Preparation: Intensive

A one-day workshop designed to give participants the basic tools and information for preparing for birth. This class incorporates all information from the Childbirth Preparation: Integrated Methods class into an accelerated format.
Fee: $190, One session class, 9:30 am-4:30 pm

Pain Relief & Labor

Learn about the pain medication options available to assist you during labor and childbirth. Discuss your concerns or questions with a UCSF Anesthesiologist.
Fee: One session class, NO CHARGE

Infant CPR

Learn vital skills to handle an emergency. This class covers recognizing an infant or child in distress, performing emergency measures to relieve airway obstruction in a choking infant or child, performing CPR on an infant or child who is not breathing or is without a heartbeat and identifying risks of preventable infant and childhood injuries. This is a great class for parents, family members and childcare providers. Fee: One session class $110 per couple. Note: This is not a CPR certification course.

Infant Massage

Infant Massage – Pre Delivery

Learn playful stretches and soothing ways to communicate with touch that will benefit the physical and emotional health of your infant. This class will cover massage techniques that can help regulate sleep for your infant and help alleviate the physical discomforts of colic, gas, and congestion. Learn how to attune to the body language cues of your baby so that you can feel more confident and self-assured in your responses as a parent. Fee: $50, One session class, 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Infant Massage with Newborns

Babies two weeks to pre-crawling babies (10 months) are more than welcome to attend. This class provides an opportunity to review techniques taught in the first Infant Massage class along with your baby in the room. It is a fun class to take as the focus is primarily on you and your baby enjoying the infant massage together. It is also an opportunity to ask questions about the different techniques you have (hopefully) been practicing with your baby. In this class you will learn:

• A full body massage (including additional techniques and playful stretches for older infants)
• Self-relaxation skills for new parents
• Massage techniques to support your baby’s physical development
• Tips on how to monitor the amount of sensory stimulation your baby can tolerate
• Techniques to help your baby deal with gas, colic and digestive pain
• Calming techniques to sooth a fussy or tired baby
• Techniques to address discomfort or ear ache and cold congestion Fee: $50, One session class, 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Breastfeeding

(Second Trimester Classes, 5-8 months of pregnancy)

In our Breastfeeding classes, you will learn about breast physiology, milk production, optimal positioning for mom and baby, establishing a strong milk supply, the basics of pumping and bottle feeding, and the partner’s role. Techniques to overcome breastfeeding challenges and establish a successful breastfeeding relationship right from the start are also covered.

Breastfeeding Basics (B)

Learn about breast physiology, milk production, let-down, latch-on and positioning. This class teaches participants how to overcome breastfeeding challenges, problem solving and establishing a successful breastfeeding relationship right from the start. Support persons are encouraged to attend. Fee: $65, One session class, 6:00-9:00 pm

Pumping & Returning to Work (PRW)

This class teaches practical tips and advice on continuing to breastfeed your baby while working. Topics include preserving a breastfeeding relationship, choosing a breastpump, storing/collecting/transporting breastmilk, problem solving, and more. Support persons are encouraged to attend. Fee: $45, One session class, 6:30-8:30 pm

Breastfeeding, Pumping & Returning to Work (Intensive)

Learn about breast physiology, milk production, optimal positioning for mom and baby, and creating a strong milk supply. Techniques to overcome breastfeeding challenges and establish a successful breastfeeding relationship right from the start are covered. In addition, learn practical tips and postpartum advice on transitioning, working and continuing to breastfeed. Topics include: maintaining your milk supply, pumping schedules, collecting/storing/ transporting breastmilk, bottle feeding, and more.
Fee: $110, All day on Saturday or Sunday, 9:30 am-2:30 pm.

Postpartum Support

Congratulations, you've delivered!

We're here to support and guide you through this journey as new parents. From joining one of our support groups to meeting with one of our lactation consultants there are a number of resources we can help you with. Both the Afterglow and MILK (Mother and Infant Lactation Kooperative) support groups offer an opportunity to share experiences, gain knowledge or simply get comfort and assurance in a safe environment. The groups are also a wonderful way to meet other new mothers.

Afterglow Support Group

The "Afterglow" is a postpartum support group for new moms with babies anywhere between the ages of 0-6 months. New moms and their babies gather to share their experiences and support one another in the early days of parenting. During this 6-week series participants will delve deep to discuss some of the most poignant topics that arise for women during postpartum. View the full class outline and curriculum
Fee: $150 per series, Six sessions per series, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

MILK-Mother & Infant Lactation Kooperative Support Group

A FREE weekly breastfeeding and mother support group.
Mondays 2:00-4:00 pm, Mission Bay-1855 4th St., 3rd Floor
Tuesdays/Fridays 11:30 am-1:30 pm Mt. Zion,-2356 Sutter Street
Registration required. Space is limited, no drop-ins. Support group overview.

Pumping & Returning to Work (PRW)

This class teaches practical tips and advice on continuing to breastfeed your baby while working. Topics include preserving a breastfeeding relationship, choosing a breastpump, storing/collecting/transporting breastmilk, problem solving, and more. Support persons are encouraged to attend.
Fee: $45, One session class, 6:30-8:30 pm*

Note you may also join us for Infant CPR & Massage, Parenting and Breastfeeding Basics after delivery.

Prenatal Self-Care

The New Nest

In this 90-minute workshop, participants will share practical tools that will help you transition from pregnancy to parenthood. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of prenatal and postpartum mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression. Learn how parenthood impacts partnerships and how you can prepare for this role transition. Discuss the importance of self-care (for birth and non-birth parents) during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and learn about community support resources. Recommended after 20 weeks.
Join us and find out how to take care of yourself during pregnancy.
Fee: $45, One session class, 6:00-7:30 pm 

Prenatal Yoga

In prenatal yoga, the poses are specifically designed to alleviate common pregnancy discomforts such as back pain, nausea and fatigue while strengthening the body and increasing the flow of circulation. Pre-registration is recommended. The class is led by Melissa Whippo, LCSW Mission Bay campus in the Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital, 1855 4th St./16th St., Ste. A3471 (3rd floor). Fee: $15, One session class, 12:00–1:00pm, Thursdays enroll in a session

Twins/Multiples or More

Recommended after 20 weeks.

Breastfeeding Twins or More

This class is designed to prepare expectant mothers on how to confidently breastfeed multiples. Learn practical tips and special considerations for nursing twins or more including latch-on, positioning, establishing a plentiful milk supply, and overcoming breastfeeding challenges.
Fee: $65, One session class, 6:00-9:00 pm

Expecting Twins or More

This one-day workshop is designed to give expectant parents basic information on raising twins or more including reassuring advice and practical considerations. Topics include important aspects of prenatal care, labor and delivery, feeding issues, and preparing home and family for the arrival of multiples.
Fee: $65, One session class, 6:00-9:00 pm

Class Packages

Try one of our packages and save!  (Note 2019 class package prices will change).

Basic Pregnancy Package $370 - save $15

The Basic Pregnancy Package combines the most popular classes into a valuable package, providing savings and the essential classes every parent needs. The package includes three classes:
Childbirth Preparation: Integrated Methods or Birth Alternatives
Breastfeeding Basics and Breastfeeding & Returning to Work
Parenting During the First Few Months

Comprehensive Pregnancy Package $385 - save $15

The Comprehensive Pregnancy Package combines the most popular classes into a valuable package, providing savings and the essential classes every parent needs. The package includes three classes:
Intensive Childbirth Preparation
Breastfeeding Basics and Breastfeeding & Returning to Work
Parenting During the First Few Months

Deluxe Pregnancy Package $475 - save $20

The Deluxe Pregnancy Package features all classes that prepare expectant parents for the birth experience, the first few weeks and beyond, including nursing. The package features:
Childbirth Preparation: Integrated Methods or Birth Alternatives
Breastfeeding Basics and Breastfeeding & Returning to Work
Parenting During the First Few Months Infant CPR for 1 person Infant Massage Package Package $90 - save $10 Infant Massage Pre-delivery Infant Massage with Newborn Baby Oh Baby Infant Massage Video

Deluxe Pregnancy Package (Intensive) $490 | Save $20

This Deluxe Pregnancy Package features our full day intensive class sessions that prepare expectant parents for the birth experience, the first few weeks, and beyond, including nursing.
Package features:
Childbirth Preparation Intensive
Breastfeeding and the First Few Months
Parenting During the First Few Months
Infant CPR

Infant Massage Package $90 | Save $10

Infant Massage Pre-Delivery
Infant Massage with Newborn

Twins and More Package $138 - save $10

Expecting Twins or More
Breastfeeding Twins or More
The Art of Parenting Twins by Patricia Maxwell Malmstrom and Janet Poland

Other Programs & Groups

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP)

The UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health in collaboration with the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is currently offering Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Education (MBCP). The MBCP Program is an invitation to begin or deepen the practice of mindfulness for meeting the profound changes in our bodies and minds during pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. The MBCP Program was developed by Nancy Bardacke, CNM, author of Mindful Birthing: Training the Mind, Body and Heart for Childbirth and Beyond.

It is a nine-week course that integrates childbirth education with stress reduction, pain coping, and parenting skills. It includes an all-day session after the sixth week and a reunion after the birth.

Fee: UCSF Discount for Faculty/Staff/Students: $531 per couple, $265.50 per single $630 per couple, $335 per single with mindful-birthing book, workbook and two audio CD’s.
$40 for materials. 

For 2019 start dates and all-day retreat information, please contact the Osher Center.

Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Mount Zion: 1545 Divisadero Street (at Post). For more information or to register, please call (415) 353-7718 or visit osher.ucsf.edu/classes San Francisco Parents of Multiples Monthly Support Group Call (415) 440-TWIN (8946) for more information Marin Parents Of Multiples Club www.mpomc.org

UCSF Outpatient Lactation Consultant

The lactation clinic is available Monday-Fridays at both Mount Zion and Mission Bay locations. Appointments are made for a one-on-one visit with an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant). Initial appointments are 60-90 minutes and follow-ups are 45 minutes. UCSF Women’s Health Obstetrics Services has registered nurses with breastfeeding and postpartum knowledge are also available to answer breastfeeding questions or concerns via the telephone, Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm, (415) 353-2566

FAQ's-Genreral Registration information

How early should I sign up?
Classes fill up quickly, please sign up well in advance.

When do I pay for classes?
You must register for all programs in advance and payment is required at the time of registration. Register and pay online at whrcportal.ucsf.edu/whrcmember OR call (415) 353-2667. What is the policy for rescheduling classes? Classes fill up quickly. In order to accommodate all clients, including on the waiting list, clients must reschedule no later than three full working days (72 hours) before the date of the class.

What is the policy for cancellations?
Class cancellations must be made three full working days (72 hours) before the date of the class in order to receive a full refund. If a class is cancelled less than three days (72 hours) prior to the class, a one-time $25 registration fee will be charged per class. How do I register? Call (415) 353-2667 or (415) 514-2670 Come in person to the UCSF Women’s Health Resource Center, 2356 Sutter Street, First Floor, Suite J112 or Mission Bay: 1855 4th St./16th St., Ste. 3471

What forms of payment are accepted?
You may pay by credit card online or over the telephone (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express are accepted).

Are classes reimbursed by my insurance?
Great Expectations does not work with insurance companies. Please check with your health insurance provider for reimbursement or discount information.

Can my support person also attend the class?
Yes. UCSF Great Expectations Program encourages support persons to attend classes. All class fees include two (2) people.

Are nursing (or other students) allowed to observe a childbirth class?
Yes. There is a $40 fee per class. Two students maximum are allowed to observe in any class. Please call UCSF Great Expectations at (415) 353-2667 to reserve a spot. Please have class date and registration fee payment ready at the time of enrollment.

Where can I get more information?
Please contact us at (415) 353-2667 for more information or visit our website at http://whrc.ucsf.edu/whrc/

Disclaimer: Due to instructor illness or circumstances beyond our control, UCSF Great Expectations Pregnancy Program reserves the right to reschedule or cancel scheduled classes. We are committed to your health care education and will make every effort for you to make-up your cancelled class. Participants will be given notice by UCSF Great Expectations Pregnancy Program within a 48-hour period regarding a make-up session.