Baby Care/Parenting

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.
​Recommended after 20 weeks of pregnancy
Fee: $110 per series, choose a series 
Weekend class-2 part class, Sat & Sun, 9:30 am-12 pm
All day class, Sat, 9:30 am-2:30 pm
Weeknight 2 part class, 6:30-9:00 pm

Childbirth

Childbirth Preparation: 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.
​Recommended after 20 weeks of pregnancy
Fee: $190 per series, 4 classes in a series, 6:00-8:30 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.
​Recommended after 20 weeks of pregnancy
Fee: $200 per series
Weekend class-2 part class, Sat & Sun 9:30 am-1:00 pm
All day 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.
​Recommended after 20 weeks of pregnancy
Fee: One session class, NO CHARGE

Breastfeeding

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.
Recommended after 20 weeks of pregnancy 

Fee: $80, One session class, 6:00-9:00 pm

Breastfeeding and the First Few Months (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.
​Recommended after 20 weeks of pregnancy
Fee: $110 per series
All day on Saturday or Sunday, 9:30 am-2:30 pm
Weeknight 2 part, 6:30-9:00 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: $120 per series, Six sessions per series, 12:00-1:00 pm

MILK-Mother & Infant Lactation Kooperative Support Group

A FREE weekly breastfeeding and mother support group.

Registration required. Space is limited, no drop-ins.

Mondays and Tuesdays 1:30-3:00 pm
Currently offered over Zoom
To register call (415) 514-2670 or visit our member portal.
 

Postpartum Online Support group

Listen and share your story as a new parent from the comfort of your own home. This postpartum online support group is offered on a drop-in basis. Our goal is to support our postpartum patients who are facing the ups and downs of being new parents, healing and connecting with other families especially during the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.

◗ Facilitated peer support
◗ Strategies for postpartum recovery
◗ Practice of stress reduction techniques, such as mindfulness.

This support group is not intended to treat direct postpartum medical conditions, but a referral can be provided if needed.
Facilitated by Talia Borgo and Ingrid Maccarthy

Free, Fridays, 11:00am-12:15pm | Online via zoom | Maximum 10 participants per session

Registration required from our member portal. Registrants will be sent a Zoom link prior to the start time. *Each participant is asked to follow confidentiality protocols. To register call (415) 514-2670 or visit our member portal.

UCSF Postpartum Glow

Learn about the “Baby Blues” and the emotional changes that can occur after childbirth.
Practice self-care, relaxation techniques, to increase mom’s wellbeing.
Discuss the highs and lows of motherhood in a supportive space.

Fridays, 10:30 am-12 noon
September 17-October 15, 2021: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15

Fee: $150 per series-6 sessions per series | Scholarships available or fee waived and based on need
*All sessions are held over Zoom due to COVID restrictions.

To register, call the UCSF Women’s Health Resource Center at (415) 514-2670.

Prenatal Self-Care

The New Nest: From Partners to Parents (PP)

Discover how the birth of a baby alters your partnership and common relationship stressors that arise after the baby’s birth. Learn how to prepare your relationship for the life change of parenthood and get helpful family and postpartum resources. 
​Recommended after 20 weeks of pregnancy
Fee: $50, One session class, 6:00-7:30 pm

The New Nest: Emotional Self-care During Pregnancy

Learn how pregnancy can impact your emotional well-being. how to care for yourself and to recognize signs and symptoms of common maternal mental health concerns, like anxiety and depression. Also learn how to emotionally caring for yourself during pregnancy. Get helpful psychological resources to help you navigate pregnancy and new motherhood.

(This workshop is helpful for women experiencing prenatal mood concerns, like depression or anxiety, or concerned about postpartum mood concerns).

​Recommended after 20 weeks of pregnancy
Fee: $50, One session class, 6:00-7:30 pm 

Twins/Multiples or More

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.
Recommended after 20 weeks of pregnancy
Fee: $75, 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.
​Recommended after 20 weeks of pregnancy
Fee: $75, One session class, 6:00-9:00 pm

Class Packages

Try one of our packages and save!  

Basic Pregnancy Package $395 - 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 and the First Few Months
Parenting During the First Few Months

Comprehensive Pregnancy Package $405 - 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:
Childbirth Preparation Intensive  
Breastfeeding and the First Few Months
Parenting During the First Few Months

UCSF Outpatient Lactation Consultant

The lactation clinic is available Monday-Fridays at both Mount Zion and Mission Bay locations.

In-person and telehealth appointments are available for one-on-one visits 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-General 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) 514-2670. 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) 514-2670 Come in person to the UCSF Women’s Health Resource Center, 2356 Sutter Street, First Floor, Suite J112 (closed until further notice) 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) 514-2670 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.