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Childbirth Education Classes


San Juan Regional Medical Center is committed to providing the support services and education expecting parents need to make sure their baby gets the best start in life. We offer a series of complimentary Childbirth Preparation classes that cover a range of topics important for expecting mothers and their families.

Childbirth Preparation Series: The Childbirth Preparation Series invites moms and one support person to learn the basics of a healthy pregnancy and birth, what to expect once baby is born, newborn basics and beyond. During the four-week sessions, topics covered include comfort measures, breathing, relaxation, the stages and phases of labor, support person skills, medical interventions in labor, the first few weeks at home and postpartum care. Emphasis is placed on having a healthy pregnancy, understanding the physical and emotional challenges of labor and delivery, and getting to know other pregnant women and families. 

The four-week sessions will be held Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the fifth floor Childbirth Center Classroom at San Juan Regional Medical Center. Register by calling 505.609.2134 or register here.

Accelerated/Refresher Class: This three-hour childbirth education "crash course" covers the stages and phases of labor, comfort measures and support person skills. It is offered one Saturday a month from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the fifth floor Childbirth Center Classroom at San Juan Regional Medical Center. Register here.

The Postpartum Care and Concerns course is intended for patients that have recently delivered, are in their third trimester or who have already had a child and are expecting again and would like a refresher course.  Patients who took the full Childbirth Education Series have already covered this content but are welcome to sign up for this class.  Class will cover what to expect during the postpartum period and how to care for self and baby during this adjustment period. Register here.

Newborn Care - Accelerated/Refresher Course. This course is a one-time three-hour session to go over the essentials of caring for your newborn baby.  This course is intended to be taken during the third trimester or shortly after you have a baby.  The class covers the essentials of taking care of your new arrival and reviews everything from caring and feeding your newborn to well-baby checks.  Parents who have taken the childbirth education series course have covered these topics but are welcome to re-join for a refresher on the information.  Nursing moms are welcome to bring their infant along.  Class is intended for both parents to attend and learn essential information.  Register here.

Meet Our Educator


Kathy Coleman
Kathy has a wealth of educational experience, including Science Teacher and Science Department Chair at Bloomfield High School, as well as multiple positions at Dzilth-na-o-dith-hle Community Grant School. Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, a master’s degree in Secondary Science Education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and an Occupational Health and Safety Certificate from San Juan College.

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