7 Ways to Prep for Baby in the Bay Area

Don’t just get bigger. Get smarter! Get ready for baby with one of these cool, local classes.

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Childbirth education

Get a primer in the stages of labor, childbirth terminology and your delivery options—plus the scoop on pain-relief techniques, whether you want drugs or not. Learn to recognize pre-term labor warning signs, ideal positions for pushing and what happens if you need medical intervention. You’ll also learn infant CPR.
Take it at McMoyler Method, $150-$165 per person, (415) 389-0746

Hypnobirth prep

Learn a series of self-hypnosis techniques that help prepare you for a relaxed, more comfortable natural birth. Classes can be tailored to address your needs and done one-on-one in the privacy of your home.
Take it at Britt Fohrman, prices vary, (415) 821-2699

Breastfeeding prep

Getting the knack of breastfeeding can be much easier if you already know the basics. This class covers milk production, let-down, latch-on and proper positioning. You’ll also learn how to overcome common breastfeeding issues; how to continue nursing after you go back to work; and how to pump, store and transport breast milk.
Take it at UCSF Medical Center, $70 per series, (415) 353-2667

Twins and other multiples

If you’re carrying more than one baby, you’ll want to take this class. You’ll learn strategies for keeping up with more than one newborn at a time during everything from bath time to bedtime.
Take it at Washington Hospital Healthcare System, $50, (510) 818-5040

Car seat check-up

Installing a car seat is trickier than it looks. Get hands-on instruction on how to install yours—the right way. One appointment per car seat.
Take it at John Muir Health, free, (925) 941-7900

Postpartum primer

The six weeks after baby is born is a whirlwind of physical and emotional changes as you learn you recover from the delivery and ease into your new role as parent. Find out how to prepare for your family’s new dynamic and the changes in your and your partner’s relationship.
Take it at Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center, free, (925) 295-4040

Becoming a sibling

Kids ages three to 12 chat openly about what it will be like to become a big brother or sister and learn what will change when the baby arrives. They’ll also learn how to diaper and hold baby.
Take it at Marin General Hospital, $25 for one child, (888) 996-9644

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