Health & Wellness

Classes and resources

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Step into the journey of pregnancy and parenthood with confidence. Our educational programs let you connect with other parents while you learn about pregnancy, labor, birth, breastfeeding, baby care, safety, and parenting.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED for all classes. Schedule subject to change without notice.

Late pregnancy: childbirth quick class

This class is designed to help you and your partner get ready for labor and delivery. You’ll learn how to recognize the early signs of labor and when to call your doctor. We’ll discuss what you can expect in the hospital, your options for pain management, and how to care for yourself after the baby is born. This class is intended as a refresher or for those not planning to take the more comprehensive Preparing for Childbirth class. Take this class when you are about 36 weeks pregnant. Members only; partners welcome.

  • This is a covered benefit for members.
  • Locations: Oakland and Pinole
  • Sessions: One 2.5-hour session

Preparing for childbirth

Few events are more exciting than the birth of your baby. Get prepared by learning what to expect before, during, and after delivery. Practice breathing and relaxation techniques to ease labor and delivery, and understand your options for managing labor and using a birthing coach for support. Bring pillows and a mat, as some of the exercises are performed on the floor. Early registration is recommended. Take this class during the last six weeks of pregnancy. Members only.

  • This is a covered benefit for members.
  • Locations: Oakland, Richmond, and Pinole
  • Sessions: 8 hours; single and multi-session classes available

Labor and delivery tour (English)

Take a guided tour of Maternity Services. See where your baby will be born and learn about our hospital’s policies, procedures, and resources. Children are not allowed on the labor and delivery tours.
Members with one guest only.

  • No class fee
  • Location: Oakland
  • Sessions: One 1-hour tour

Labor and delivery tour (Spanish)

Un educador de nacimientos les enseñará a usted y a la persona que le acompañe, la planta, la sala de partos y la Unidad de Cuidado Familiar para ayudarles a familiarizarse y prepararse para el día del nacimiento. Sólo miembros.

  • Sin costo de la clase.
  • Ubicación: Oakland
  • Visitas: una vez al mes

Meet the labor and delivery Team

Learn about labor, pain management options, and your hospital stay from a panel of ob-gyn doctors, midwives, anesthesiologists, lactation consultants, and nurses. An optional Labor and Delivery tour follows this class. Register separately for the tour that follows this class. Members only. No class fee.

  • Location: Oakland
  • Sessions: One 1.5-hour session; once a month

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding offers many health benefits for you and your baby. Learn how to position your baby for optimal nursing, how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk, and ways to prevent and overcome common breastfeeding discomforts and challenges. Members only; partners are welcome.

  • This is a covered benefit for members.
  • Locations: Oakland, Richmond, and Pinole
  • Sessions: One 2.5-hour session

Newborn baby care

Wouldn’t it be nice if babies came with instruction manuals? In this class, we’ll teach you the information and skills you need to feel confident about caring for your newborn. We’ll cover essential topics such as feeding, bathing, diapering, and when to call your physician. Members only.

  • This is a covered benefit for members.
  • Locations: Oakland, Richmond, and Pinole
  • Sessions: One 2.5-hour session

Preparing for postpartum

Ever wonder what life will be like after your baby is born? Come learn how to N.E.S.T.L.E, or how to take care of postpartum needs such as nutrition, exercise, sleep, time organization, love, and everything else for you and your baby.

  • Covered benefit
  • Location: Oakland
  • Sessions: One 2.5-hour session

How to register for an educational program

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A complete calendar of classes is available here. Register by calling Health Education at 510-752-6150.

Please register at least 3 to 4 weeks before the start of the program. Educational programs are available in English and Spanish.

Educational program locations:

Oakland Medical Center
3600 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94611
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Richmond Medical Center
901 Nevin Ave.
Richmond, CA 94801
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Pinole Medical Offices
1301 Pinole Valley Rd.
Pinole, CA 94564
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Healthy living stores

Stop by and check out our quality products for new parents. Learn helpful tips, expand your library of resources, or find breastfeeding supplies.

Alameda
Healthy Living Center
2417 Central Ave.
Alameda, CA 94501
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Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday
Hours vary
Friday
1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
510-752-9215

Oakland
Health Education Department Main Line
510-752-6150
Health Education Center
3600 Broadway, 1st floor, Suite 16
Oakland, CA 94611
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Hours
Monday through Friday*
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
510-752-6204

Healthy Living Center
3701 Broadway, 1st Floor (next to the Pharmacy)
Oakland, CA 94611
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Hours
Monday through Friday*
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
510-752-4062

Education & Technology Center
3801 Howe St., Fabiola 1st Floor (next to Pharmacy)
Oakland, CA 94611
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Hours
Monday through Friday*
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
510-752-2010

*Oakland locations closed every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:15 p.m.

Pinole Medical Offices
1301 Pinole Valley Rd.
Pinole, CA 94564
Health Education Center
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Hours
Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
510-243-4020

Kaiser Permanente Richmond Medical Center
901 Nevin Ave, Building 1, 1st floor.
Richmond, CA 94801
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Hours
Monday through Friday
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
510-307-2210