Loma Linda University Children's Hospital - Perinatal Institute - Childbirth Classes and Tours


Childbirth Classes and More!


Classes for 2009

Preparing for a new baby is a special time! Loma Linda University Children's Hospital would like to make this a positive experience by providing a wide range of classes to inform you and support you as you prepare to give birth and transition into a family. Certified Educators teach the classes. Register early because class size is limited.

Registration Information

To register call 1-877-558-6248

Register early! Class size is limited.

  • Have your credit card ready.
  • Reservations are not confirmed until payment is received. 
  • No refunds will be made unless we are notified 24 hours before the class start date.
  • You will receive a letter confirming your enrollment in the class.

Class Locations

All classes are held in the hospital. Because of construction projects, we cannot confirm locations ahead of time. When you arrive for class, please check at the main entrance Information Desk for location and directions.

Preparing for Childbirth

Childbirth will be one of the most memorable events of your life. Whether it is your first baby, or you have had a baby before, preparing for childbrith will help make your birth experience more satisfying. This class will give you and your partner the information you will need to better communicate with your care giving team during your labor and birth, to make the decisions that are best for you. You will learn comfort techniques and practice breathing and relaxation exercises that will help faciliate your labor and birth as well as decrease pain and fatigue. Couples should take the course during the last trimester of pregnancy.

Breatfeeding Basics is included in the price of Childbirth Class. When registering for Childbirth Class, ask to be enrolled in your preferred Brestfeeding Basics Class.

Four-Week Series

The four week series is an in-depth class which offers extra time spent on topics and reinforces relaxation, breathing, and birthing skills with repeated weekly practice.

Day/Time: Tuesdays or Thursdays / 6:45 - 9:15 p.m.

Cost: $85 per couple for four classes


  • January 8 - 29 
  • March 5 - 26
  • May 7 - 28
  • July 2 - 23
  • September 3 - 24
  • November 5 - December 3


  • February 3 - 24 
  • April 7 - 28
  • June 2 - 23
  • August 4 - 25
  • October 6 - 27

Sunday One Day Class

The one day class is a fast paced, streamlined class for couples who are  unable to attend a longer, weeknight series or for those who have had a baby before and want to update their information and birthing skills.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Lunch break from 12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.)

Cost: $85.00 per couple


  • February 15 
  • March 15
  • April 19
  • May 17
  • July 19
  • August 16
  • September 20
  • October 18
  • November 15

Health and Fitness in Pregnancy

Women who exercise during pregnancy have improved circulation, deeper sleep, shorter labors, lower c-section rates, and faster return to pre-pregnancy weight. This class is a great place to meet other pregnant moms, share the joys and challenges of pregnancy, and learn issues related to health, birth, and postpartum. We teach a combination of low impact aqua-exercise, toning, and stretches for all stages of pregnancy. Classes are on-going and the first class is free.

Day/Time: Mondays and Wednesdays / 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Location: A-Level Physical Therapy Gym Pool

Cost: $55.00 for five weeks

Call early - there is a waiting list. For reservations call (909) 558-8139. Instructor will call you when there is an opening. Do not prepay - pay after first class.

Breastfeeding Basics

We want to help you succeed at breastfeeding. Learn practical tips including demonstrations of positioning and latch, babies hunger cues and how to know your baby's getting enough, benefits of breastfeeding to both mom and baby, feeding patterns, growth spurts, sleep states, role of fathers, nutrition for mom, and what breastfeeding resources are available. Bring your questions and issues to discuss. This class is taught by Lactation Educators.

Day/Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays / 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Cost: $30.00 per couple Free if enrolled in Childbirth Class

Class Dates

  • January 13
  • February 19
  • March 17
  • April 16
  • May 19
  • June 18
  • July 21
  • August 20
  • September 22
  • October 22
  • November 17
  • December 15

Newborn Care  / Happiest Baby on the Block Combo Class

This class will help you gain confidence in taking care of your new baby. Topics cover normal newborn appearance and behavior, sleep patterns, bathing, diapering, and safety. You will have lots of hands on practice and fun. You will also learn and practice Dr. Karp's Happiest Baby on the Block 5 S's calming and swaddling techniques and go home with a FREE CD and DVD valued at $40.00.

Day/Time: Wednesdays / 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $45.00 per couple

Class Dates

  • February 25
  • March 25
  • April 29
  • May 27
  • June 24
  • July 29
  • August 26
  • September 30
  • October 28
  • December 2 

Sibling Preparation Class

This class will help prepare older brothers and sisters for the new baby. Taught by a Child Life Specialist, it includes dress up, fun activities, and a tour of the birth unit. Parents should attend the class with children. This class is appropriate for children three through seven years of age.

Date/Time: Wednesdays / 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $25.00 per family

Class Dates

  • February 11
  • May 20
  • August 12
  • November 11

Infant/Child CPR Class

This is a hands-on class designed to teach caregiviers the life-saving technique of cardiopulmonary resuscitation appropriate to be used on newborn through eight years of age. Practice on mannequins is performed.* You will also learn about care of choking babies, SIDS, safety, and childproofing. A car seat demonstration completes this class to make your baby as safe as possible. Register early - class size is restricted to eight couples. *This class is a family friendly practice class and does not CPR certify you. If you would like a certification in CPR, please call our Life Support Education Department at (909) 558-4977.

Day/Time: Mondays / 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $30.00 per couple or $20.00 for single

Class Dates

  • January 19
  • March 30
  • June 1
  • August 3
  • October 5
  • December 7

FREE Car Seat Fitting Clinics

Free car seat fitting clinics will be held quarterly during the year. Call 1-877-558-6248 for more information.

The Art of Infant Massage

This is a five week class designed for parents, grandparents, caregivers, or older siblings to learn how to massage their infant. Expectant parents are encouraged to learn the techniques before their baby arrives. Massage helps stimulate healthy bonding, reduces colic, and increases self-confidence in both the infant and the caregivier. Call (909) 558-6262 and press option 6 for more information or to sign up for the next session. Register early - class size is limited.

Day/Time: Tuesdays / 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Location: 11215 Mountain View Plaza, Suite 179, Loma Linda, CA

Cost: $20.00 per couple

Class Dates

  • January 6 - 27
  • March 3 - 24
  • May 5 - 26
  • July 7 - 28
  • September 8 - 29
  • November 10 - December 2

Maternity Tour

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. a tour and informative question and answer session is offered for expectant parent(s). It is approximately one and a half hours long. You do not need to register for the tour.

Meet by the Information Desk at Main Entrance to the hospital.

Please no children under five years of age.

No tour November 25, December 23, or December 30.

Spanish Maternity Tour

The last Wednesday of each month, the maternity tour will be in Spanish only. Same time and location as above tour.