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Childbirth Education Classes

Classes for expecting parents

Penny offers several types of birth classes:

  • An 8 week series for women/couples planning to give birth in a hospital or hospital birth center.
  • A 7 week series for those who are planning to give birth outside the hospital (home or birth center*), taught by Penny or one of her teaching partners, April Bolding or Sharon Muza.

You will find a description of each class offered below.

*Please Note: Those giving birth in hospital affiliated birth centers (i.e. Group Health’s Family Beginnings Birth Center or Evergreen Hospital’s Family Maternity Center) would go to the hospital birth classes.

Home & Birth Center Childbirth Education Series

See a detailed description of this class

See available class dates (recommended: class that ends 2-5 weeks before your due date)

To sign up for classes, register online.

Please contact Penny’s office at (206) 325-1419 or e-mail info@pennysimkin.com with any questions.

Home & Birth Center Class Handouts

Hospital Childbirth Education Classes

Sponsored by Great Starts, a program of Parent Trust for Washington Children.

This class is designed for families expecting their first baby or parents who have not attended childbirth classes before or in many years. This complete course includes:

  • Information about normal childbirth
  • Common labor variations and interventions, including cesarean birth
  • Information on medication/anesthesia for pain relief and cesarean birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Newborn care
  • Labor coping techniques, comfort measures, relaxation skills and breathing patterns are practiced during class.

This class meets weekly for eight (8) 2-hour weekday evening sessions and once for a postpartum reunion.

Class Fee: $300/couple

To sign up for classes, please contact Great Starts, (206) 789-0883 or to see class dates and/or register online, click here.

Hospital Birth Class Handouts

Sibling Class

Sponsored by Great Starts, a program of Parent Trust for Washington Children.

A one-evening preparation class for children who are about to greet a new baby into their family. Parents are included in this class which encompasses information on pregnancy, birth, and new babies presented at a young child’s learning level. This class is appropriate for ages 2 and older.

This class meets for one hour almost every month at the Community Birth and Family Center in the Montlake neighborhood in Seattle. A class within a month or so of your due date is recommended.

Class Fee: $25/family with one child and $5 for each additional child attending

To sign up for classes, please contact Great Starts (206) 789-0883 or to see class dates and/or register online, click here.