Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to bring anything to class?
Not much – we will provide light snacks and water, but feel free to bring any additional food or drinks you would like to class. We will also take an hour lunch break on our Saturday full class days, so you are welcome to pack a lunch, or go out to eat. You do NOT need to bring pillows, but you may want to wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Do I bring my significant other to class or can someone else come with me?
Yes, bring your significant other with you. If, they are unable to attend the class with you, feel free to bring another support person who will be comfortable assisting you with breathing techniques, birthing positions, etc.
Will insurance cover the class?
Good question. Since there are so many different insurance companies and coverage plans, please call your insurance company and ask if childbirth classes are covered. If the answer is yes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will gladly send you a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. We are not able to submit claims to the insurance company ourselves.
How are your classes different than hospital classes?
One of the primary advantages is that Prepare the Nest classes are efficient and condensed into a shorter period, saving you precious time. We don’t leave out any necessary information, we just get right to the point and provide you with thorough and practical information and resources to help you be a confident new parent! Because I am a mother and an RN, with labor and delivery experience, I am able to provide my clients with a medical perspective, as well as a new mom perspective.
Our classes are typically smaller in size, creating a more personalized experience. We provide a warm, casual, and comfortable atmosphere where you are encouraged to ask questions. Our classes are perfect for busy couples who want to feel prepared for labor, and taking care of their newborn, but find it hard to take weeks of classes because of their hectic schedules.
Is there a tour included in the classes?
No, please sign up for a free, 20-30 minute tour offered by your hospital. Links to the different hospitals are at the bottom of this page.
When should I take these classes?
Your third trimester is the best time to take childbirth classes. Ideally you will have completed all classes by your 36th week of pregnancy (just in case you go into labor early.) But register early, as classes fill up quickly.
I’m not delivering at EvergreenHealth, Overlake or Swedish…is it still OK to take your classes?
Absolutely – the curriculum for labor and delivery and newborn care can be applied no matter where you are delivering.
Are there any other classes you recommend besides those that Prepare the Nest offers?
While our class touches on the basics of breastfeeding, you may decide that you want to take a full two-hour breastfeeding class from one of the local hospitals. In addition, some hospitals offer classes on how to strengthen your marriage during the newborn/early childhood stage and I think anything you can do to keep your relationship strong is always beneficial. And I highly recommend signing up for the 3-hour Infant Safety & CPR class that Prepare the Nest offers. You will never regret being prepared for medical emergencies with your child.
Mom Support Groups
PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support)
Moms Club of Seattle NW
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
La Leche League Washington (Breastfeeding Mother Support)
Red Tricycle (Includes several types of groups in different areas)
Barre 3 (Exercise classes for pregnant moms)
http://www.barre3.com Hospital Mom Support Groups
Overlake After Baby Moms Support Group
Evergreen Hospital Moms Support Group
Swedish Issaquah Moms Support Group
“I joined a moms group through Evergreen Hospital and it’s such a great community to plan events with, ask questions, etc.”
– Kristen S.
What to Pack for the Hospital
Having the things you’ll need at the hospital packed and ready to go one month prior to your due date is important just in case you go into labor early.
LABOR BAG CHECKLIST
For Expectant Mom:
Insurance card and hospital paperwork
Loose, comfortable, going-home clothes (probably maternity clothes)
We recommend using the hospital gown
Socks & slippers
Hair bands, ties
Massage tools and/or aromatherapy scents/heating pad
Favorite pillow or blanket (if desired)
Birth Preference Sheet
Basic toiletries (eyeglasses)
Birth announcement call list
Note pad and pen
‘Boppy’ or nursing pillow
Pillow and sleeping bag
Snacks (can be stored in your room in your personal refrigerator)
A few dollars and loose change for vending machines
Cafeteria food can be delivered
Change of clothes and PJ’s
Socks or slippers
Infant car seat (leave in car until day of discharge)
Going-home outfit (nothing fancy-a ‘onesie’ is easiest)
Pair of socks or booties
No need to bring diapers or wipes (hospital will provide)
Bottles and formula and bottle brush (if desired)
Newborn Stem Cell Preservation Kit (if you are family banking)
Infant Safety Web links
When to seek medical attention
Additional information for emergencies, babysitters, etc.
Safety Restraint Coalition
Car Seat Checks in Your Area
University of Washington
Smoke alarm recommendations from the US Fire Administration
Child Proofing the House
Center for Disease Control
Vaccination Schedules, plus much more information on website
Product Recall Information
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Postpartum & Professional Services
Christine Yates, CD
Caroline Moran, MPH,ICCE,PCD
Belly to Babies
Lactation Consultant and Postpartum Doula
Nannette Buren, Sr. Account Rep.
Snoqualmie Ridge Chiropractic
Dr. Ben Britton
BumpFIT–Labor Preparation Strength Training
Marriage and Family Therapy
Christina Barrows, M.F., LMFTA
Cloth Diaper Service
Postpartum Care Supplies
Postpartum Care & Hospital Tours
IMPORTANT POSTPARTUM PHONE NUMBERS
Postpartum Center at EvergreenHealth
& Baby & Family Boutique (Coral 320)
12040 NE 128th Street
Kirkland, WA 98034
Overlake Mom & Baby Care Center
1051 116th Avenue NE, Suite 200
Bellevue, WA 98004
Swedish –Lytle Center for Pregnancy and Newborns
Seattle, WA 98122
Lytle Center (First Hill)
HOSPITAL MATERNITY TOURS
Overlake Hospital Classes
Swedish Hospital Classes
How to Interview a Pediatrian
Choosing a doctor for your newborn is a very important step in preparation for birth. This could be a partnership that you will depend on for years. You may end up taking several children to his/her office after long nights dealing a sick child. Make sure you are comfortable with this person’s personality as well as their qualifications. This decision should be made early, before the need arises. Avoid the stress of not knowing whom the hospital will assign to care for your child or what their background and philosophy are.
A pediatrician will need to be on hand for the initial checkup as well as dealing with any complications. In extreme cases of infants needing surgery to correct some abnormality, you will need to lean on the advice of a trusted individual. A doctor that deals with children only will know the in’s and out’s of a procedure that may seem very technical and intimidating.
Most pediatricians are used to being interviewed by parents-to-be. You may feel uncomfortable asking these questions, but the doctor should be perfectly willing to explain how they run their practice. Here are a few questions to start your interview. Hopefully, conversation will flow during which all of these will be answered. You are not interviewing a new best friend, but you definitely should feel that this doctor cares about your child.
For Office Staff
What is the procedure for emergencies at night or on weekends?
What are the office hours? Evenings? Saturdays?
Are there other partners? Will my child be seen by Dr. ________?
What is the average waiting time for appointments?
Will the doctor come to the phone during office hours? Is there a nurse line?
Does the office take my insurance?
What are the standard fees?
How are payments handled?
Does the office have a website?
Is the office conveniently located to your home?
Are there separate waiting areas for sick and well children?
Is the office neat and clean? Kid friendly?
Is the staff courteous and patient?
Does the doctor have any kids?
How long has the doctor been in practice?
Does the doctor have any subspecialties?
Which hospitals is the doctor affiliated with?
Does the doctor see newborns at the hospital or at the first visit?
Any advice about circumcision?
Advice about breastfeeding?
Advice about sleeping arrangements?
What is his/her philosophy about immunizations?
What are his/her views on alternative medicines