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 skilled nurses deliver more than 500 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.

Childbirth Education Classes

A total of eight 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 6:30 to 8:30 pm and are held in the Sunroom on the third floor of Olympic Medical Center. Your partner and/or other support people are welcome to join you.

The Complete Series – 8 Classes – $270
Includes all of the classes listed below.

Deep Relaxation for Birthing – 4 Classes – $135
Four classes providing detailed information about the birthing 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. Topics include relaxation, breathing, coping techniques, hospital procedures and a tour of the Birth Center at Olympic Medical Center.

Special Circumstances – 1 Class – $45
This class focuses on understanding the special circumstances 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 – $45
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 – $45
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: infant cues, ways to avoid nipple damage and pain, positioning, latching baby on and successfully responding to breastfeeding challenges.

The Postpartum Period – 1 Class – $45
A discussion of the normal physical and emotional changes during the postpartum period will be the focus of this class. A presentation by a panel of postpartum families is included if families are available.

Class Registration

To enroll, please print and complete a registration form and return it with your payment.

Class Schedules

NOTE: Olympic Medical Center is taking extra steps to protect our patients, staff, visitors and the community. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the March/April childbirth education series has been cancelled.

May – June 2020

Tues., Apr. 28 – Birthing Preparation Class 1

Tues., May 5 – Birthing Preparation Class 2

Tues., May 12 – Birthing Preparation Class 3

Tues., May 19 – NO CLASS

Tues., May 26 – Birthing Preparation Class 4

Tues., Jun. 2 – Special Circumstances & Pain Mgmt.

Tues., Jun. 9 – Newborn Care and Characteristics

Tues., Jun. 16 – Breastfeeding Basics

Tues., Jun. 23 – Postpartum Period & Panel