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We offer 16 different classes to help expecting mothers and their partners learn more about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and parenting. Use this page to gather more information on class content, schedules, and prices. Classes are listed below.
Classes fill up quickly; Please sign up WELL IN ADVANCE.
Breastfeeding Basics and Breastfeeding & Returning to Work
This class is offered as a two-part series or all day intensive on Saturday or Sunday. Please call (415) 353-2667 or refer to the Great Expectations brochure for class locations.
Learn about breast physiology, milk production, let-down, latch-on and positioning. This class teaches participants how to overcome breastfeeding challenges, problem solve and how to establish a successful breastfeeding relationship right from the start.
Breastfeeding and Returning to Work
This class is designed to provide you with practical tips and advice on breastfeeding your baby while working. Topics include preserving a breastfeeding relationship, choosing a breastpump, storing/collecting/transporting breastmilk, problem solving, exploring child care options, and how to establish a successful breastfeeding relationship right from the start.
*Class participants receive a $25 discount on breastpump purchases at the UCSF Women’s Health Resource Center. Please mention discount at time of purchase.
Fee: Two-part comprehensive class, $80.
Parenting During the First Few Months: Basic Baby Care With A New Baby
This workshop offers basic survival techniques to care for your newborn and emphasizes postpartum care for mom. Learn about newborn characteristics, infant milestones, bathing, hygiene, diapers, diapering, crying, comforting, sleep and recognizing the signs of illness. Great for first time parents. This class is offered in a two-part series or all day on Saturday.
Fee: $90 per series
Learn vital skills to handle an emergency. This class covers recognizing an infant or child in distress, performing emergency measures to relieve airway obstruction in a choking infant or child, performing CPR on an infant or child who is not breathing or is without a heartbeat and identifying risks of preventable infant and childhood injuries. This is a great class for parents, family members and childcare providers.
Fee: One session class $110 per person.
Note: This is not a CPR certification course.
Infant Massage - Predelivery (Class recommended after 20 weeks of pregnancy)
Learn playful stretches and soothing ways to communicate with touch that will benefit the physical and emotional health of your infant. This class will cover massage techniques that can help regulate sleep for your infant and help alleviate the physical discomforts of colic, gas, and congestion. Learn how to attune to the body language cues of your baby so that you can feel more confident and self-assured in your responses as a parent.
Teaching will be provided with the use of:
Fee: One session class, $50.
Infant Massage with Newborns (This class can be taken after your baby is born)
Babies two weeks to pre-crawling babies (ten months) are more than welcome to attend.
This class will give parents a way to review techniques taught in the first Infant Massage class along with your baby in the room. (However, the infant massage pre-delivery class does not necessarily need to be taken with the infant massage newborn class.)
This fun class will focus primarily on you and your baby enjoying the infant massage together. It is also an opportunity to review hands on techniques with your child and ask questions about the different techniques you have been practicing with your baby.
In this class you will learn:
Location: Class will be held at 2356 Sutter Street, Third Floor, Suite J308.
Fee: One session class, $50
Childbirth Preparation: Integrated
Classes are a 4-week series
This class provides an overview of the stages and process of labor, breathing and relaxation techniques, support, medication options, variations in labor including cesarean birth, and immediate postpartum care for mother and baby.
Fee: $165 per series.
Please bring two pillows, a blanket and a snack to all classes.
Intensive Childbirth Preparation
A one-day childbirth preparation workshop designed to give participants the basic tools and information in preparing for birth. This class incorporates all information from the Childbirth Preparation: Integrated Methods class in an accelerated format. Participants are sent the class packet to review prior to the class.
Please bring two pillows, a blanket, and a snack to class.
Childbirth Preparation: Birth Alternatives
Classes are 4-week series (Please note that the November series is a condensed 3 weeks series).
This class addresses the needs and interests of women who wish to have an intimate, fully-involved birth experience. This class covers the basic childbirth preparation content with an added emphasis on natural delivery and making choices in response to the birth process. Labor support techniques and comfort measures from home birth and other cultures are emphasized.
Fee: $165 per series.
Please bring two pillows, a blanket, and a snack to all classes.
Pain Relief & Labor
Learn about the pain medication options available to assist you during labor and childbirth. Discuss your concerns or questions with a UCSF Anesthesiologist.
Fee: One session class. $50
Birth Center Orientation
This class can be taken any time during your pregnancy. Learn about the facilities and the practical aspects of arriving at the hospital when you are in labor. Sign-up well in advance as tours fill up quickly.
Fee: One session class, No charge.
Orientation also available online at: http://www.ucsfmissionbayhospitals.org/women/
Breastfeeding Twins or More
This class is designed to prepare expectant mothers on how to confidently breastfeed multiples. Learn practical tips and special considerations for nursing twins or more including latch-on, positioning, establishing a plentiful milk supply, and overcoming breastfeeding challenges.
Fee: One session class, $50
*Class participants receive a $25 discount on breastpump purchases at the UCSF Women’s Health Resource Center. Please mention discount at the time of purchase.
Expecting Twins or More
This one-day workshop is designed to give expectant parents basic information on raising twins or more including reassuring advice and practical considerations. Topics include important aspects of prenatal care, labor and delivery, feeding issues, and preparing home and family for the arrival of multiples. The instructor is also a mother of twins.
Fee: one session class $50
* Note the 6:00 pm starting time!
(Recommended for mothers, support person(s) and babies 0-6 months)
In this six-week postpartum support group, new moms with their babies will gather to share their experiences and support one another in their new days of parenting. During this group participants will learn about the “Baby Blues” and the emotional changes that can occur after childbirth. They will practice self-care, relaxation techniques, including yoga, which is clinically proven to reduce stress and increase mom’s wellbeing. They will also discuss the highs and lows of motherhood in a supportive space and connect with other new parents. This 6-week series is facilitated by Melissa Whippo, LCSW & Juli Fraga, Psy.D
Fee: $100 per series
The New Nest: Emotional Self-Care During Pregnancy NEW
During this three-part series, you will learn about the importance of emotional self-care during pregnancy. We will share practical tools that will help you transition from pregnancy to parenthood.
Week 1: Babies & Biology: Discuss how pregnancy impacts your mood and offer tools for self-care.
Week 2: From Partners to Parents: Talk about some common transitions partners experience as they prepare for baby’s arrival, and how you can prepare for and cope with these changes.
Week 3: The Mom Tribe: Review resources many new families and mothers need to help them navigate the first weeks of parenthood. We will also discuss emotional and parenting resources that you can prepare before the baby’s arrival. Recommended after 20 weeks.
Fee: $75 per three-part series
Workshop facilitated by Melissa Whippo, LCSW & Juli Fraga, Psy.D.
The UCSF National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health in collaboration with the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine is currently offering Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Education (MBCP). The MBCP Program is an invitation to begin or deepen the practice of mindfulness for meeting the profound changes in our bodies and minds during pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. Through mindfulness meditation, yoga, and group dialogue we will learn a way to fully live the joys and challenges of this transformative time and cultivate lifelong skills for healthy living and wise parenting.
Course is a 9-week series that integrates childbirth education with mind/body skills. It includes an all-day session after the 6th week and a reunion class after the birth.
Fee: $590 per couple, $295 single, plus $40 for materials
UCSF Discount for Faculty/Staff/Students: $531 per couple/ $265.50 per single.
For more info or to register, please call 415-353-7718 or visit www.osher.ucsf.edu
The Mind in Labor: Working with Pain in Childbirth
Based on the mind/body work at the pioneering Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Clinic at UMass Medical Center, this will be a day for looking deeply at pain and fear during childbirth and for cultivating tools to work with them in the process of giving birth. The workshop is an excellent complement to any childbirth education class, including refresher classes. It can also be helpful for those who anticipate a birth experience that needs special medical attention or who have had a difficult previous birth experience.
Fee: $425 per couple/ $215 per single. Partners are encouraged to attend.
To register, please call 415-353-7718 or visit www.osher.ucsf.edu.
Classes fill up quickly, please sign up WELL IN ADVANCE.
You must register for all programs in advance and payment is required at the time of registration.
Classes fill up quickly. In order to accommodate all clients, including on the waiting list, clients must reschedule no later than three full working days (72 hours) before the date of the class.
Class cancellations must be made three full working days (72 hours) before the date of the class in order to receive a full refund. If a class is cancelled less than three days (72 hours) prior to the class, a one-time $25 registration fee will be charged per class.
You may pay by credit card online or over the telephone (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express are accepted). You may also pay by check through the mail. Make checks payable to: UC Regents
Great Expectations does not deal with insurance companies. Please check with your health insurance provider for reimbursement or discount information.
Yes. UCSF Great Expectations Program encourages support persons to attend classes. All class fees include two (2) people EXCEPT Infant/Child CPR.
Yes. There is a $40 fee per class. Two students maximum are allowed to observe in any class. Please call UCSF Great Expectations at (415) 353-2667 to reserve a spot. Please have class date and registration fee payment ready at the time of enrollment.
Please contact us at (415) 353-2667 for more information or
visit our website at http://whrc.ucsf.edu/whrc/
Due to instructor illness or circumstances beyond our control, UCSF Great Expectations Pregnancy Program reserves the right to reschedule or cancel scheduled classes. We are committed to your health care education and will make every effort for you to make-up your cancelled class. Participants will be given notice by UCSF Great Expectations Pregnancy Program within a 24-hour period regarding a make-up session.
San Francisco Parents of Multiples
Monthly Support Group
Call (415) 440-TWIN (8946) for more information
Prenatal Pilates Mat
Prepare yourself for labor and beyond. Learn to engage and strengthen your core, pelvic floor, upper body, and legs in a safe, yet challenging class. Discover breathing and relaxation techniques that will support your pregnancy. Ease your labor and quicken your postpartum recovery. Class held in Studio 2.
Prenatal Pilates are offered as a group exercise class at the Bakar Fitness and Recreation Center located at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus.
To register or for more information, please contact Adrienne Chambers, Group Fitness Manager, 415-514-4538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Try one of our packages and save!
Basic Pregnancy Package $320 - save $15
The Basic Pregnancy Package combines the most popular classes into a valuable package, providing savings and the essential classes every parent needs. The package includes three classes:
Comprehensive Pregnancy Package $335 - save $15
The Comprehensive Pregnancy Package combines the most popular classes into a valuable package, providing savings and the essential classes every parent needs. The package includes three classes:
Deluxe Pregnancy Package $425 - save $20
The Deluxe Pregnancy Package features all classes that prepare expectant parents for the birth experience, the first few weeks and beyond, including nursing. The package features:
Infant Massage Package Package $90 - save $10
Twins and More Package $116 - save $10