Childbirth is a natural process, but is not second nature to many of us. The inside knowledge and experience of birth, breastfeeding, and caring for babies is generally not role-modeled from generation to generation. Be empowered through education to make informed choices and gain trust in your inner wisdom.

YVMC offers a six-week series of Childbirth Education in 2-hour sessions on Mondays. Parents will view birth videos, tour the Family Birth Place, and may hear birth stories told by parents who attended previous classes.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • Physical and emotional changes of pregnancy
  • Signs and stages of labor
  • Role of the labor companion
  • Positioning and comfort measures during labor and birth
  • Relaxation and breathing techniques
  • Variations of normal labor
  • Medications and anesthesia
  • Assisted and caesarean deliveries
  • Postpartum and newborn care and expectations
  • The newborn’s first 48 hours

What is the cost?

The cost is $50 for a 6-class session, or $10 per class, payable the first day of class. You may receive more information or sign up for Childbirth Education classes by emailing us at (Please include name(s), date of class, contact number, and due date) or by calling the Family Birth Place nurses' station 970-871-2412. Parents are encouraged to bring drinks and snacks. To find out when classes are offered, please use our Event Calendar.

Sibling Classes

Looking for a class to teach your child what to expect with a new baby on the way? Yampa Valley Medical Center's Sibling Class is for children age 2 and up who are about to become a big brother or big sister.

The class will answer questions such as: What is a sibling? What do babies eat? Why do babies cry? The class aims to explain what kind of feelings siblings experience when the new baby comes home.

Children should bring a stuffed animal to the class. Parents must accompany children. Cost FREE - no registration required. Call Tracey Fortson at 871-2416 for questions. 

To find out when classes are offered, please use our Event Calendar.

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