Babies: Childbirth and Infant Care Classes

Birth Network of Santa Cruz County Birth Network of Santa Cruz County offers information, education, and advocacy for a mother-friendly childbirth community. Birth Network hosts the quarterly Pregnancy Information Night (7-9 pm on the third Tuesday of January, April, July and October) at Simpkins Family Swim Center. We offer infomation on a variety of local resources-from prenatal massage therapists to childbirth education to birth and postpartum doulas-serving pregnant women and their families. Visit us at our downtown location, 224A Walnut Avenue (call for current office hours). We have books to lend and videos to watch. Log onto www.birthnet.org or call 831-425-3373 for more information.

Community Education Classes at Watsonville Hospital Classes offered in Infant CPR, Prepared Childbirth, Pre-Natal Yoga, New Mom and Baby Yoga, Medical Spanish, Babysitting, Baby Talk, Yoga for Moms-To-Be (English and Spanish) call 831-761-5618 or visit www.wathosp.org

Dominican Hospital Pep Classes Classes offered in Infant CPR, Pediatric First Aid, Kids Can Learn CPR, Preparation for Childbirth, Babysitting Workshop, New Moms-New Babies, The Dad's Class, Infant Care, Preparing for Twins, Prenatal Yoga, Make Room for Baby, Successful Breastfeeding, 462-7709, 1555 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, in Spanish call 457-7103 www.dominicanhospital.org

Nuture Bradley Method classes, professional labor support, birth videos rentals, lending libraries. Slidig scale, no cost to low-income women. Call 722-8780. 100 Primrose Lane in Watsonville.

Nursing Mothers Counsel Volunteer Training a non-profit organization that helps breastfeeding mothers in the Santa Cruz Community by providing them with information and support. To find out more about training classes that start in April, contact barbara@harker.com or call 423-7576 or 427-3825

Family Health Education Programs of the Live Oak Family Resource Center 1438 Capitola Road Santa Cruz Office hours are 10am-2pm, M-F. Call first: 476-7284 or 457-0334. Parent Resource material is available in addition to classes. There are parent education programs (parent and child play groups, parenting infants and toddlers, parenting 2 to pre-K), park playgroups-bilingual (Together in the Park, Las Madres y Los Padres), childbirth education (childbirth preparation in English, childbirth refresher in English, private childbirth classes, childbirth preparation in Spanish, private childbirth classes in Spanish), parenting and special circumstances (Blaine Street Women's Jail Family Activity Days, Parents in Recovery: NA, Mondanaro-Baskin Center, Positive Parenting in English and Spanish)

New Parent Support Group drop-in support groups for all new parents, (birth to nine months), $10 a month, sliding scale available, 2900 Chanticleer Ave, SC at Sutter Maternity, call Lactation Center at 831-477-2229, for schedule and more information