Preparing for Childbirth in Portland

At Adventist Health Portland, we believe in education

Our childbirth education classes offer you the opportunity to learn all your options and get all your questions answered with the most up-to-date, evidence-based information available. We know this means you can move forward with confidence and peace to make the best choices for your unique birth, no matter what may come up. We want to work with you in helping create the very best birth experience possible.

Our knowledgeable, experienced and certified instructors work hard to create a class atmosphere that is comfortable and fun while sharing all the wonders that await you through your labor, the birth of your baby and beyond.

Our classes can support you through your pregnancy, labor, delivery, breastfeeding, caring for your newborn and the changes of becoming a family all the way through as your baby grows into toddlerhood.

On-site childbirth class

Do you prefer to learn with other soon-to-be-parents, have the chance to dialogue with a certified childbirth educator and be able to practice birthing technique on site? Consider this one-day class!

This class is taught interactively with the use of DVDs, lecture, practice and discussion and is presented by a certified childbirth educator. A tour of the birthing unit is offered.

Content includes:

  • What to expect during labor and birth
    • Practice breathing and relaxation techniques and exercises
    • Discuss options for managing discomfort, including water therapy, position changes, medications and epidurals
  • Benefits of breastfeeding
    • Practice proper positioning
    • Learn about resources to help you after you go home with your baby
  • Helpful information for new fathers
  • Information on nutrition for mom and baby

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Understanding Birth e-Class - NEW!

Unable to attend onsite childbirth classes? On bed rest? Need a flexible schedule? Consider the option of e-classes!

  • Simple, easy-to-use
  • Engaging videos, animation, quizzes and follow-along exercises and games
  • Self-paced education for all types of learners
  • Online material is available for eight weeks after registration
  • Bonus on-site Q&A session feature that offers in-person session with certified childbirth educator at Adventist Health Portland, with tour of birthing unit

Based on an award-winning, evidence-based program, our e-class is organized into eight chapters covering:

  • Pregnancy: Anatomy, discomforts, general and preterm labor warning signs, nutrition, body mechanics, exercise, and more
  • Labor: Prepared for childbirth, signs of prelabor, onset of labor, stages of labor with 3D animation, skin-to-skin contact and more
  • Birth stories: See how the stages of labor unfold in real life and watch example of effective partner support, four complete births including a nonmedicated, epidural, cesarean and single mom
  • Comfort techniques: Labor support, breathing, relaxation, massage, visualization, focal points, hydrotherapy, labor and pushing positions, back labor, long labor, advice for partners, and more.
  • Medical procedures: Decision making, birth plans, questions to ask caregivers, induction and augmentation, fetal monitoring, IVs, medical pain relief, second-stage interventions, and more.
  • Cesarean: Reasons for cesareans, preparation, the surgical procedure with 3D animation, benefits and risks, reducing the risk of cesarean birth, family-centered birth tips, recovery, breastfeeding, and more.
  • Newborn: Newborn hospital procedures with an emphasis on skin-to-skin contact, going home, choosing your baby’s healthcare provider, newborn appearance, newborn’s world, senses, behaviors, safety issues, and more
  • Postpartum: Involution, lochia, perineal care, warning signs, rooming-in, baby blues, postpartum depression, lifestyle changes, breastfeeding basics, hunger signs, feeding frequency, effective latch, getting support, and more.

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