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Reimer Conference Room at Samaritan Albany General Hospital

  • Friday, March 24, 2023
    6:00 PM to 8:15 PM
    Additional Series Dates
    3/31/2023 6:00 PM to 8:15 PM
    4/7/2023 6:00 PM to 8:15 PM
    4/14/2023 6:00 PM to 8:15 PM
    1085 SW 6th Avenue, Albany
    Registration required
  • $110 per birthing parent (partner included)
A  smiling pregnant mom with a happy dad look forward to the birth of their child.

This course can be taken at any time, but it’s helpful to finish it a few weeks before baby’s arrival.

This 4-week course helps expectant parents prepare for birth and early parenting.

Parents can expect to learn about comfort measures for pregnancy, labor and birth and the postpartum period. The overall goals of the course are to normalize the birth experience and increase parents’ confidence. It’s possible to perceive birth in a positive way, rise to the occasion, and adjust to whatever presents!

If you have Oregon Health Plan insurance (IHN or Pacific Source), your plan will cover this class at no cost to you. Please contact Mary Jackson at 541-768-6908 for more information.

This class can be taken online or in person. Registration is required and detailed location information will be provided up registration, including a link to the virtual option.

Birth Preparation

This course includes information about:

  • Anatomy and physiology.
  • The mind-body connection.
  • Signs and stages of labor.
  • Patterns associated with normal and more complicated labors.
  • Medicated and non-medicated comfort measures.
  • Baby positioning strategies.
  • Medical interventions associated with complications.
  • Strategies for informed decision-making.
  • Care of the birthing parent and infant during the first hours, days, and weeks postpartum.
  • Hospital procedures related to infant care.
  • Breastfeeding.
  • Behavior of the infant as it relates to feeding, calming and sleeping.
  • Car seat safety.
  • Jaundice, SIDS, ‘purple crying’ and Post Partum Depression. 

Parents will be given information on local resources, books, videos and websites.

For more information or to register, contact Mary Jackson at 541-768-6908 or Pollywog at 541-917-4884 or

Complementary subjects to consider:

  • Consider taking the breastfeeding classes and the anesthesiology class through Good Samaritan, and other childbirth preparation classes available locally.
  • Also consider learning about car seats before purchasing one.
  • Maternity Coordinator Mary Jackson can guide you towards these offerings.