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Prenatal, Infant and Child

The Perinatal Education Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is designed to support every member of your family through the entire perinatal journey from before birth to after baby arrives. We offer a broad spectrum of classes taught by our skilled and certified instructors in both online and in-person formats.

Currently, we are only offering these classes in an online format. To register for our online classes, please go to classes.stanfordchildrens.org. On the left navigation panel find ONLINE CLASSES. Under ONLINE CLASSES, you will find all our eLearning classes available for registration.

Childbirth Prep Class

Our Childbirth Prep Class focuses on labor and delivery of the baby, providing an overview and emphasizing the many variations of normal birth. Taught by a certified childbirth educator, we will explore practical information through thought-provoking dialogues; have a frank discussion on pain in labor and how to proactively cope with it; directly explore some of the “what-if’s,” medical interventions, and proactive techniques to reduce the potential of needing them.

Breastfeeding Seminar

Our prenatal Breastfeeding Seminar is a 2-hour lecture and discussion with a certified lactation consultant. This seminar includes orientation to successful breastfeeding, tips on dealing with the challenges of the early weeks, how both partners can participate in feeding the baby even though only one may be breastfeeding, pumping & storage of breast milk, and more.

Newborn Care 101

Often touted as our "most fun" class, this program covers the specifics of newborn care. Topics include bathing, temperature-taking, newborn reflexes and behavior, common newborn appearances, diapering, swaddling, soothing, feeding techniques, and more.

Infant Safety

Our Infant Safety Class prepares new parents, grandparents, and other childcare providers for various aspects of newborn safety. Our Infant Safety Class will cover the following topics regarding newborn safety: car seats, cribs and sleep arrangements, poison prevention, environmental safety in the home.

We are also pleased to offer additional education and support for you and your family. Additional classes include:

  • Comfort Techniques for Labor
  • Becoming a Family: The Gottman Bringing Baby Home Workshop (eLearning Becoming New Parents: A Couple’s Seminar)**
  • Grandparents Seminar (eLearning A New Grandparent in the Pandemic)**
  • Car Seat 101
  • Infant Massage
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • CPR*
  • Cesarean Birth*
  • Preparing for Multiples*

*eLearning class format not available for these classes.
**Some of the content for these classes varies from in-person to online. Therefore, the titles have been adjusted to better represent the curriculum.

Register for a class >

For more information about our classes, please email LPCHCommunityClass@stanfordchildrens.org or call (650) 724-4601.


To help you determine the best time to take our classes, please reference the recommended timeline below.

  Pregnancy Postpartum
  1st Trimester 2nd Trimester 3rd Trimester Pre-Crawlers Crawlers
  1-14 wks 15-28 wks 28-40 wks 0-6 mos 6-12 mos
Childbirth Prep     x    
Breastfeeding Seminar     x    
Newborn Care 101     x    
Infant Safety Class   x x    
Cesarean Birth   x x    
Comfort Techniques     x    
CPR: Infant Only*     x x x
CPR: Infant & Child*     x x x
Child CPR & First Aid*     x x x
Becoming a Family: The Gottman Bringing Baby Home Workshop   x x x x
Grandparents Seminar x x x x  
Prenatal Yoga x x x    
Preparing for Multiples     x    
Car Seat 101     x    
Infant Massage Workshop       x  


*There is no wrong time to take CPR. We recommend this timeframe, so the information is fresh for you. However, a CPR class will be applicable at any time.

Insurance Reimbursement for our classes

Individual health insurance policies and reimbursements vary greatly. Please contact your insurance provider to confirm your benefits for reimbursement. If our childbirth education classes are a covered benefit, please email LPCHCommunityClass@stanfordchildrens.org upon completion of all courses, and we will provide you with a detailed invoice receipt that you can file for reimbursement. The detailed invoice receipt will include: classes taken, name of attendee, registration fees paid, and Tax ID.


Birth Center Orientations

We are now offering our Expectant Parents Information Night online via Zoom. This free evening presentation is for all of those expecting to deliver their baby at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. This 1-1/2 hour event consists of speakers and staff from Labor & Delivery, Obstetrical Anesthesia and General Pediatrics.

This orientation is free and live via Zoom.

Register to confirm your spot >

For more information about Birth Center Orientation, please email Tours@stanfordchildrens.org.

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