The Women's Hospital at Mountain View offers a variety of classes to help you and your family prepare for your baby's arrival. You may choose from a full range of classes, from childbirth preparation to baby's first six months.
Visit our Mountain View classes calendar for schedule information.
Mountain View Class Descriptions and Fees
Baby Care Classes
Instructors discuss bathing, feeding, diapering, layette, crying/sleeping patterns and other baby care topics. $45/couple
Breastfeeding Preparation Classes
This class, recommended for couples considering breastfeeding, provides an introduction to breastfeeding and an overview of issues you may encounter in the first six weeks. $45/couple
Cesarean Birth Preparation Classes
This class is for couples expecting a cesarean birth or for those who want to be prepared in case of an emergency cesarean delivery. An anesthesiologist attends to answer participants' questions about anesthesia. $50/couple
Childbirth Preparation Classes
This series of classes is designed to prepare couples for childbirth. Instruction includes relaxation, breathing techniques, stages of labor and the birth process. A tour of El Camino Hospital’s Mountain View maternity area is included. $145/couple
Couples with previous childbirth experience can review relaxation, breathing techniques, stages of labor and the birth process. A tour of El Camino Hospital’s maternity area is included. $80/couple
Home & Car Seat Safety for Infants
This class covers basic car seat safety, sleep environment safety, poison control, pool safety and general environmental safety. A full size automobile demonstration seat is available for those who would like hands on practice using infant car seats and/or convertible seats. This class is a wonderful support class to the Infant/Child CPR class. A wonderful complement to the Infant/Child CPR class, this class is recommended for parents, grandparents and child care providers. $45/couple
Join our infant massage therapist for this informative four week class. Infant massage helps improve baby’s sleep and lessen tension, fussiness and irritability. Infant massage also can aid baby’s digestion, providing relief from gas and colic. This class is open to parents and their newborns and infants (not yet crawling). $75/person plus $15/Lab Fee.
Certified instructors teach techniques to save the life of an infant or child by recognizing unconsciousness, respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest and choking; performing effective CPR; and correctly activating the Emergency Medical Services (911) system. Participants practice techniques on manikins. This class is recommended for parents, grandparents and child care providers. $50/person or $75/couple
Journey to Family: Maternity Orientation
This multimedia presentation shows you what to expect during your stay at the Maternal Child Health Center at El Camino Hospital. Extended family members are welcome to attend. This free orientation is held once a month in the main hospital, at the back of the cafeteria. Registration is required; call 650-940-7302. Free
New Mothers Support Group
New mothers and their babies, ages three weeks to three months, meet for six weeks to share experiences and discuss infant care and behavior, parenting and role changes. Participants receive information about feeding, health and safety, early development and community resources. $95/6 sessions
Mothers Support Group II
Mothers and their babies, ages three to six months meet for six weeks to continue discussing the topics covered in the New Mothers Group. Participation in the New Mothers Group is not a prerequisite. $95/6 sessions
Mothers Support Group III
Mothers and their babies, ages six to nine months meet for six weeks to continue discussing the topics covered in the New Mothers Group and Mothers Group II. Participation in prior New Mothers Groups is not a prerequisite. $95/6 sessions
Toddler Support Group (call for schedule)
Mothers with toddlers, ages 1 to 21/2 years, discuss development, sleep, nutrition, positive discipline and socialization during this six week program. $100/6 sessions
Parents Group (call for schedule)
Parents and their babies, ages 12 to 18 months, meet for six weeks to share concerns about parenthood. Topics include limit setting, development, safety, illnesses and family systems. $110/6 sessions
Practicing for Labor & Birth
Participants are required to complete a Childbirth Preparation class series at El Camino Hospital prior to registration. This two hour class is designed to give couples the opportunity to practice their relaxation skills in preparation for childbirth and review coping strategies and labor support. Free for participants who have completed Childbirth Preparation classes at El Camino Hospital, $40 for participants who have completed Childbirth Preparation classes with a different provider.
Prenatal/Postpartum Fitness at the YMCA
Exercise classes for pregnant women and new mothers are offered in cooperation with the Mountain View/Los Altos YMCA. Mothers may bring their infants. Visit the El Camino YMCA web site for details.
Children ages three to eight years prepare for the birth of a sibling by learning about newborns and safety issues, and by discussing their feelings. The class includes role play with dolls. (At least one parent is required to attend.) $35 /one child - $50/two or more children.
Register by Phone
To register by phone for Mountain View classes, please call the our Maternal Child Health Education department at 650-940-7302
Maternal Child Education office hours are:
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
On-line Class Registration
On-line class registration is provided by RegResources. You will first need to create an account with RegResources before registering for your class. Once you have created your account use the "Catalog" link to locate the class you wish to take and complete your registration. Payment may be made by Visa or MasterCard.