7 Ways to Prep for Baby in Seattle

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. Learn the best positions for labor and for pushing. Find out what happens if there are complications during childbirth and what to expect after delivery. Bonus: Get tips on caring for a newborn.
Take it at Doulaville Birth Services, $200 per couple, (253) 326-9952

Cloth diapering

Considering going green with baby’s diapers? This is the class for you. You’ll learn about the different styles of cloth diapers and get to practice with dozens of types to figure out which brand and style is best for you.
Take it at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, $20, (206) 789-0883

Breastfeeding prep

Getting the knack of breastfeeding can be much easier if you already know the basics. This class covers how milk is produced and how to properly position baby, get her to latch correctly and know if she’s feeding enough. You’ll also learn how to avoid common nursing issues, introduce bottles and pump and store milk.
Take it at Big Belly Services, $45 per couple, (206) 725-7758

Twins and other multiples

If you’re carrying more than one baby, you’ll want to take this class series. You’ll learn what to expect during labor and delivery and strategies for keeping up with more than one newborn at a time during everything from bath time and breastfeeding to bedtime.
Take it at University of Washington Medical Center-Roosevelt, $245 per couple, (206) 789-0883

Infant care

Get information on making the transition into parenthood with this crash course. You’ll get how-tos on bathing, diapering and feeding.
Take it at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, $30, (800) 342-9919

Dad program

This class isn’t for you, but it can certainly help you out. Your partner can take part in the New Dads program, where he’ll discuss pregnancy, labor, birth and parenting from a father’s point of view. And it’s all moderated by a veteran dad.
Take it at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, $30, (425) 304-6048

Becoming a sibling

Kids ages three to 10 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 take a brief tour of the birth center.
Take it at Swedish Medical Center, $20 per child, (206) 215-3338

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