7 Ways to Prep for Baby in San Diego

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 and the scoop on pain-relief techniques—whether you want drugs or not. Find out what happens if there are complications during childbirth and what to expect after delivery. And get tips on hospital procedures so you’re fully prepared.
Take it at Scripps Coastal Medical Center Carlsbad, $75, (760) 901-5100

Hypnobirth prep

Learn a series of self-hypnosis techniques that help alleviate any anxiety you have over childbirth and prepare you for a relaxed, more comfortable natural birth. Group classes are taught in a five-week series.
Take it at San Diego HypnoBirthing, $325 (858) 254-9515

Breastfeeding prep

Getting the knack of breastfeeding can be much easier if you already know the basics. This interactive class covers the benefits of nursing and what to expect the first two weeks. You’ll also find out how to properly position baby and get her to latch correctly. You’ll also get the facts behind common misconceptions about breastfeeding.
Take it at San Diego Breastfeeding Center, LLC, $35 per couple, (800) 926-8273

Twins and other multiples

If you’re carrying more than one baby, you’ll want to take this class. You’ll learn about prenatal care, signs of preterm labor, risk factors of a multiple pregnancy, birth options and strategies for nursing multiples.
Take it at UC San Diego Medical Center Hillcrest, $60 per couple, (800) 926-8273

Infant care

Get information on making the transition into parenthood with this crash course. You’ll get how-tos on bathing, diapering, soothing and more.
Take it at Sharp HealthCare, $30 per couple, (800) 827-4277

Dad program

This class isn’t for you, but it can certainly help you out. Your partner can take part in Basic Training for New Dads’ Expectant Dad’s Class, where he’ll learn how to handle his new role as dad, get baby-care basics and hear from veteran dads what the first few months are like.
Take it at Scripps Mende Well Being Center, $50, (858) 626-7024

Preparing the family pet

Preparing your dog now for the baby’s arrival is a great way to ensure the transition is a smooth one. Learn what to expect when baby and your dog are together and get lots of training tips.
Take it at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, Knollwood Building, $35 per couple, (760) 901-5100

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