Labor & Delivery


A Labor of Love

Few events are more precious than the birth of a child. You want to feel safe, comfortable and sure that you’re receiving the highest quality care, while also being able to share this special time with loved ones. At Olympic Medical Center, we understand this and have made sure that our birth center unit lives up to these important expectations.

Quality and comfort

Our team of skilled nurses, providers and anesthesiologists work together to deliver more than 400 babies each year. They work closely with your delivering physician or midwife to provide individualized care (we love birth plans!) in comfortable, family-friendly birthing suites, complete with the most current medical equipment.

To top it all off? Our postpartum rooms offer you and your new baby expansive views of the Olympic Mountains or the Strait of Juan de Fuca, a high-tech security system, refrigerators and room service.

New Family Services

Few things change your world more than bringing home your first baby. With so much to learn, not to mention a huge new 24/7 responsibility, it’s good to know Olympic Medical Center’s New Family Services department can ease the transition to parenthood.

New Family Services offers remote childbirth preparation classes, prenatal and postpartum office visits, breastfeeding consultation and drop-in parent support groups. LEARN MORE

Childbirth Education Classes

A total of six classes are available to help parents navigate the birthing process, their stay at Olympic Medical Center, and the first days and weeks with a new baby. All classes are from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and are held remotely via video conference. Your partner and/or other support people are welcome to join you. New families are admitted on a rolling basis.

Deep Relaxation for Birthing – 3 Classes
Three classes providing detailed information about the normal progression of the birth process, while teaching a fundamental form of deep relaxation to help your body work more efficiently during pregnancy and the birthing process. This technique prepares you to manage your birth and helps eliminate the fear-tension-pain cycle associated with labor. Information includes topics relevant to the third trimester, relaxation, breathing, coping techniques and hospital procedures.

Special Circumstances – 1 Class 
This class focuses on understanding the special circumstances and medical interventions that may occur during pregnancy and the birthing process, as well as the options for pain management at Olympic Medical Center. Cesarean section and epidurals will be among the topics discussed.

Newborn Characteristics and Care – 1 Class
This class covers what to expect with newborns in their first minutes, days and weeks and what newborns need from their parents. It includes daily care, normal behaviors, parenting, sleep, feeding, bathing, hospital procedures, etc.

Breastfeeding Basics – 1 Class
You will learn about the incredible health benefits of breast­­feeding for both mom and baby, as well as how to begin a successful breastfeeding relationship. Birth partners, family members and friends will also learn how best to support a breastfeeding mom and baby. Topics include current research, infant cues, ways to avoid nipple damage and pain, positioning, latching baby on and successfully responding to breastfeeding challenges.

Class Schedules

(subject to change)

Updated May 11, 2023

Current Cohort

  • Class #1: Monday, June 5, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
    • Subject: Childbirth Education
  • Class #2: Monday, June 12, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
    • Subject: Childbirth Education
  • Class #3: Monday, June 19, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
    • Subject: Childbirth Education
  • Class #4: Monday, June 26, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
    • Subject: Special Circumstances
  • Class #5: Monday, July 10, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
    • Subject: Newborn Care and Characteristics
  • Class #6: Monday, July 17, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
    • Subject: Breastfeeding Basics

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