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.

For more information and to sign up, call Health Engagement and Wellness Services at 503-286-6816 or 1-866-301-3866 (toll free), option 1.

Preparation for birth

What is a birth plan? How do you manage labor pain? Are you going to breastfeed your baby? Learning more about the labor and birth process, new parenting issues, and your options allows you to more confidently make decisions in this experience. Join a supportive group setting to prepare yourself, and share ideas and resources with other pregnant women and their partners.

Your class fee includes the guide See What You Read: Understanding Birth (a $10 value).

You have a choice of taking this class in 5 sessions (2 hours each) or 2 sessions (5 hours each).

A support person is welcome to attend with you.

  • Members $70
  • Nonmembers $110
  • Teen members $10

To register, please call 503-286-6816 or 1-866-301-3866 (toll free) and select option 1.

Preparation for birth – Online 

Learning more about the birth process, new parenting issues, and your options allows you to more confidently make decisions about your experience. Registering for the program gives you The Gift of Motherhood book and a password you can use anytime to access the online program that includes audio, videos, information you can download and print, and links to other sites. The password is valid for 6 months after you register.

  • Member $70
  • Nonmember $110
  • Teen members $10

To register, please call 503-286-6816 or 1-866-301-3866 (toll free) and select option 1.

Hospital birth tour

Join a guided group walking tour of your hospital’s labor, birthing, and family rooms.  We recommend that you register early (in your fifth month) and attend the tour during your seventh or eighth month of pregnancy.

Tour Locations

  • Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Medical Center
  • Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center
  • Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center

A 1-hour walking tour

No fee

Tool kit for new parents

Being a parent is fun but it’s not easy! Discover what life is like from the newborn’s perspective, and how they communicate. You’ll practice baby care skills such as holding, diapering, bathing, swaddling, and methods of soothing. You can also explore the concept of what being a parent is really about, with other parents-to-be like yourself.

1 session, 2 hours

  • Member $20
  • Nonmember $40
  • Teen members $10

To register, please call 503-286-6816 or 1-866-301-3866 (toll free) and select option 1.

Group prenatal visits

We offer group prenatal visits called CenteringPregnancy®. This is a special care experience where you get extra prenatal care and the support of other moms-to-be. Each session starts with a private appointment with one of our clinicians. Then you join a small group of other pregnant women to share your experiences and learn together about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting.

Breastfeeding support group

Do you have questions about breastfeeding your baby? Get help at our drop-in support group for Kaiser Permanente members. Come and meet other mothers, weigh your baby, get a quick check of how your baby is latching, and discuss other topics related to care of your newborn. The group is led by a lactation consultant and is ideal for mothers looking for support but not necessarily needing a one-on-one consultation.

No fee.

For more information, please call 1-855-206-0302 (toll free).

New parent support group  

Learn and share information about postpartum adjustment, sleep, feeding, play, and more with other new parents. Weekly, 90-minute meetings for Kaiser Permanente members.

Your baby is welcome to attend with you.

No fee.

Registration is required. Please call 1-866-301-3866 (toll free) and select option 1.

1-Month group pediatric visit

If you’re a first-time parent, new questions come up every day about caring for your baby. Join other new parents for a 2-hour group visit led by a Kaiser Permanente pediatric team — including a pediatrician, a pediatric advice nurse, and a lactation consultant.

During your hospital stay, we will call you to help schedule this and other follow-up visits. If you would like to sign up before that, or if you have questions, please call 1-855-206-0302 (toll free).

My body after baby

Information and exercises are provided for postpartum members to learn how to return to normal physical activity. Class topics include returning to normal bowel and bladder function, managing postpartum back and pelvic pain, caring for the pelvic floor muscles, and improving posture and body mechanics with child care. This class is offered virtually, through a video visit.

1 session, 1.5 hours. For Kaiser Permanente members

To register, please call 1-844-394-3972 (toll free).

You also can register by scheduling an appointment on kp.org/appointments. Under “Select a reason for the appointment,” choose Physical Therapy Classes, then choose the class you want to schedule.

Resources

Early pregnancy bleeding or pain

Pregnancy can be a time of excitement, but also uncertainty — especially if you experience something unexpected. Many women have some discomfort or bleeding in early pregnancy, which can be normal. If you experience any bleeding during your pregnancy, contact your health care team. You have a team of caregivers here to support you every step of the way.

Learn more about early bleeding or pain: http://healthengagement.kaiserpermanente.org/wp-content/uploads/16076_Early-Pregnancy-Bleeding.pdf?kp_shortcut_referrer=kp.org/healthengagement/earlypregnancybleeding (PDF)

Estimating costs

Get personalized cost estimates at www.kp.org/costestimates. Before you come in for care, use this tool to find out what you can expect to pay out of pocket for common exams, tests, and services.

Vasectomy informed consent 

For vasectomy information and an appointment, please call 503-571-1245.

Health coach

You can get support and motivation in a brief chat with a health coach. Discuss your health goals, the process of change, and your options for next steps.  Learn more: http://healthengagement.kaiserpermanente.org/health-coaching/

Tobacco cessation 

Thinking about quitting tobacco use? Develop a personal strategy for quitting, and explore the behavior changes that will help you overcome cravings and resist temptations. Learn more: http://healthengagement.kaiserpermanente.org/wellness-topics/quitting-tobacco/

Prenatal appointments

Please call 1-855-285-4246 for all your appointing and general information needs.

Advice nurse 

For questions or concerns about your pregnancy, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please call:

  • 1-855-285-4246, if you are less than 20 weeks pregnant or postpartum
  • 503-571-2229 (that’s 571-BABY), if you are 20 (or more) weeks pregnant

Unless otherwise noted, register by calling our Health Engagement and Wellness Services team at 503-286-6816 or 1-866-301-3866 (toll free), option 1.