Prenatal, Infant and Child Classes

The Perinatal Education Program at Stanford Medicine Children's Health 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.

Perinatal classes are now being held both virtually and in-person. If you have any questions, please contact

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 & Babyproofing 101

Our Infant Safety & Babyproofing 101 Class prepares new parents, grandparents, and other childcare providers for creating a safe home environment for infants and toddlers. This class will cover the following topics regarding newborn safety: room by room babyproofing, safe sleep, and poison prevention.

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

  • Becoming New Parents: A Couple’s Seminar
  • Car Seat 101
  • Cesarean Birth
  • Comfort Techniques for Labor
  • CPR: Infant & Child
  • Grandparenting Today
  • Infant Massage
  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Preparing for Multiples

Register for a class

For more information about our classes, please email 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
Becoming New Parents: A Couple's Seminar   x x x x
Breastfeeding Seminar     x    
Car Seat 101     x    
Cesarean Birth   x x    
Child CPR & First Aid*     x x x
Childbirth Prep     x    
Comfort Techniques     x    
CPR: Infant & Child*     x x x
CPR: Infant Only*     x x x
Grandparents Seminar x x x x  
Infant Massage Workshop       x  
Infant Safety Class   x x    
Newborn Care 101     x    
Prenatal Yoga x x x    
Preparing for Multiples     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 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 Orientation and Expectant Parents Night

We are now offering our Birth Center Orientation and Expectant Parents Night online via Zoom.

This evening presentation is for all those registered to deliver their baby at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. The orientation occurs monthly and is a 2-hour event that includes speakers and staff from Labor & Delivery, Obstetrical Anesthesia and General Pediatrics.

Birth Center Orientation is free and live via Zoom.

Register to confirm your spot

For more information about Birth Center Orientation, please email