FREE Prenatal Education
Please contact your local center as type of prenatal classes may vary by location.
1st Trimester Classes
Pre-registration required by calling your local center.
WHO: Women up to 13 weeks into their pregnancies + one guest
WHEN: Offered monthly at all Care Net centers
WHAT: A free 2-hour small group session that utilizes a physician-approved curriculum to teach you:
- What to expect at prenatal appointments
- Nutrition suggestions for pregnancy
- Recommended lifestyle changes for your health and your baby’s well-being
- When to call for help
Earn While Learning
Every time you complete a class, you’ll earn Care Net Cash, which you can use to buy maternity supplies, baby clothes, diapers, car seats, and more.
Childbirth Education Classes
Classes available at select centers. Pre-registration required. Call to find a class at a center near you.
WHO: Pregnant women + one guest
WHEN: Weekly 2-hour sessions for four weeks at select centers.
WHAT: Prepare for labor and the birth of your child. The course is taught by a registered nurse with CBE certification.
- Overview of labor
- Recognizing the signs of labor
- Labor coping skills and comfort
- Stages and phases of labor
- Birth interventions and hospital procedures
- Possible variations of labor and childbirth
- Choices in pain management
- Birth plans and preparations for the hospital
Registrants should come to class with two blankets and a mat and should wear comfortable clothing.
Prenatal care is an important part of ensuring both you and your baby are healthy throughout the course of your pregnancy. The earlier you start visiting your medical provider, the greater your chances of having a safe delivery and a healthy baby. You and your baby will benefit greatly from the counsel and care of a qualified medical professional.
Most experts suggest you see your doctor:
• Every 4 weeks until week 28
• Every 2 weeks until week 36
• After 36 weeks, once a week until delivery¹
If you are older than 35 or your pregnancy is high risk, you’ll probably see your doctor more often.
Certification Information: Care Net of Puget Sound offers Childbirth Education Courses (CBE) under the direction of a certified CBE instructor and in accordance with Washington State guidelines. The class curriculum has been approved by our Medical Director, a board-certified OB/GYN. Patients should be under the care of a physician/midwife (pregnancy healthcare provider) prior to and and during CBE session dates. All medical questions related to a patient’s individual pregnancy and health concerns should be directed to your healthcare provider. In addition to the certified CBE instructor, one of Care Net’s RNs will be on site for each CBE session.
 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. (May 6, 2009). Prenatal Care. Womenshealth.gov: The Federal Government Source for Women’s Health Information. January 22, 2013. Retrieved from http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/prenatal-care.html
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