Family Birthplace

Family Birthplace

Memorial's Family Birthplace staff delights in joining our patients to celebrate the birth of each new baby. The first baby was delivered at Memorial in 1950, the year the hospital opened. Since then, Memorial has developed one of the most comprehensive and sophisticated maternity care programs in Washington.

For decades, Memorial has been the hospital Yakima's families have continued to trust to bring new life into the world. In the last decade the hospital has delivered more than 28,000 babies. From joyfully welcoming new arrivals from the beginning of pregnancy through labor and delivery, and all the parenting and growing stages along the way, our team will help fathers- and mothers-to-be plan and look forward to the special time of childbirth.

As one of the four perinatal centers in our state, we offer the comfort of knowing a team of specialists is nearby should there be any complications with mother or baby. Being designated as one of four perinatal centers in the state means that Memorial's Family Birthplace also offers specialty care for at-risk infants.

Nurses estimate more than a third of the babies that are treated in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) were born to parents who expected a healthy delivery, and did not anticipate that they might need extra care and skilled nursing. The fact that a neonatologist is just a floor away puts delivering mothers at ease.

Memorial's Family Birthplace looks forward to helping families welcome their new little ones into the world.

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Prenatal Programs and Services:

  • Family planning
  • Genetic counseling
  • Childbirth education
  • Pre-registration and childbirth planning
  • Lactation consultants

Labor, delivery and postpartum:

  • Private birthing suites
  • NICU
  • Healthy Beginnings Care Center (formerly ABC Clinic), is a breastfeeding support center for parents and their newborns. Patient appointments at Healthy Beginnings are now available by physician referral as part of regular maternity care. Appointments are scheduled before patients leave the hospital after delivery, and the clinic is open, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Childbirth Education And Learning Classes

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Additional Classes

Virginia Mason Memorial offers a wide variety of childbirth education classes and recommend starting early in your pregnancy with prenatal yoga to help decrease tension and improve flexibility and strength.

Discover which foods are optimal for weight management, learn about various health topics, and get empowered with practical cooking skills to help you achieve better health at our Food for Life: Kick start Your Health for Pregnancy and Beyond, class. Attendees will also enjoy a cooking demonstration and taste  delicious, healthful dishes in a supportive group setting.  Offered at various times per year.  Call 509 248-7322 for information on the next available class.

Next, the Infant and Child CPR class will teach you how to recognize when a baby needs rescue breathing and what are the updated American Heart Association's guidelines for performing CPR. The CPR class is not only for parents-to-be, but for those who are already parents, grandparents or anyone who takes care of infants or children.

Once you reach your 25th week of pregnancy we encourage you to call or register online for the classes below.

Register and Pay Online for our Childbirth Education Classes!

(CBE) Childbirth Education class options:

Saturday (full day), 2-Day Sunday Series, 4-Week Series, Young & Pregnant (For 19 years and under), and E-Learning (online CBE)

Your CBE class will cover: what to expect during late pregnancy, labor delivery and postpartum. Learn relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures and discuss medication options for delivery. Please note: You should end your classes one month before your due date if possible. Included with your childbirth class (at no additional charge) are two of our one-time classes. Baby Basics, Successful Breastfeeding or Boot Camp for New Dads.

Breastfeeding - What you need to know to get started and get through those first few weeks when breastfeeding can be most challenging as well as the benefits of breastfeeding.

Baby Basics - Learn all about baby care, diapering, swaddling, taking your baby's temperature, bathing and more.

Boot Camp for New Dads - Designed for first-time dads - This workshop will prepare you on how to support your partner and you will learn how to engage with your new infant once he/she arrives and gives you the confidence to go through the journey of becoming a dad.

Forthcoming Boot Camp for New Dads Classes

Young And Pregnant — Memorial Hospital's Young and Pregnant Childbirth Class is specially designed for individuals who are 19 and younger, and their partners (boyfriend, husband, sister, mom or friend), who want information on labor and delivery.

Medical coupons are accepted to cover the cost of the class plus two other classes: Breastfeeding and Baby Basics

Class includes:

  • A tour of the Family Birthplace
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Breathing and Relaxation Techniques
  • Comfort Measures
  • Medications
  • Medical Procedures
  • Cesarean Information
  • Post-Partum Planning
  • Breastfeeding

You should register around the 25th week of your pregnancy by calling 248-7322

Register Online paying with Medical Coupon/Cash/Check >>

View our full Childbirth Education calendar >>

ELearning: Childbirth Education Online!

Memorial offers online childbirth classes as a perfect alternative for those who cannot attend a conventional childbirth class.

Register For Online Childbirth Education Classes.

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Please note pre-registration is required.

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Login to our online Childbirth Education Classes.
Please note pre-registration is required.

View a demo of our online Childbirth Education Classes.

Sign up for our pregnancy and new parent e-Newsletter

Sign up to receive the latest news from Memorial's Family Birthplace as well as articles and information about pregnancy and childbirth. These classes are designed for you to have a relatively more enjoyable labor, feel less stress about delivery and medical interventions, and ultimately feel empowered to handle just about any labor scenario that nature throws your way. Couples who've had childbirth classes generally rate their childbirth experience as more satisfying overall than those who haven't.

Meet Our Childbirth Educators

  • Kari
  • Rosanne
  • Trini
  • Courtney
  • Celisa
  • Bonny

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