PREGNANCY AND PARENTING RESOURCES
We provide comprehensive maternal health & baby education for all patients who deliver at O’Connor Hospital by offering free prenatal classes prior to their baby’s birth. We work closely with hospital nurses and health care providers to ensure that our patients will have a standard education and seamless care.
Classes are offered in multiple languages and are taught by experienced Nurses and Health Educators. We recommend patients sign up for classes as early as 20 weeks of pregnancy. Partners are encouraged to attend.
PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION
O’Connor Hospital is now offering in-person and virtual classes for Childbirth Preparation, Breastfeeding, and Newborn Care to expectant parents. Partners/Support Persons are encouraged to participate in these classes. All participants must be vaccinated to attend in-person classes.
To enroll, please
- Ask your OB’s office to refer you to us
- Send an email to [email protected] including the following information:
- Your name
- Contact phone number
- Class(es) you’re interested in
One of our Health Educators will call you to schedule your classes.
This class helps birthing parents and their partners prepare for childbirth by offering up-to-date information about pregnancy concerns, labor and birth. You’ll talk about possible late-pregnancy issues, signs of labor, stages of labor, relaxation and breathing techniques, comfort measures for labor, partner/support person’s role during labor, pain management techniques for both unmedicated and medicated births, and induction and augmentation of labor methods.
Breastfeeding and Newborn Care
This class is designed to help first-time parents feel more confident about taking care of their new baby. Learn about positions for breastfeeding, achieving a good latch, recognizing feeding cues and knowing if your baby is getting enough to eat. The Lactation Educator will also offer sensible tips on how to hold and calm a fussy baby, diapering, bathing, and when to call your pediatrician.
REFRESHER CHILDBIRTH CLASS
This class focuses on comfort measures, movement, and relaxation techniques for our mothers and families with previous birth experience.
GET PUMPED! CLASS
This class provides strategies for nursing mothers who are returning to work or school. A certified Lactation Specialist will discuss pumping, equipment and safe techniques for maximizing and saving breastmilk.
Labor & delivery unit Tour
We are currently not offering in-person tours of the O'Connor Hospital Labor & Delivery Unit due to COVID-19, however we invite you to watch our virtual tour.
*Virtual only* BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP
A certified Lactation Specialist leads this no-cost breastfeeding support group online and provides help with breastfeeding tips and techniques. The group meets every Tuesday (except Holidays), from 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM for virtual lactation assistance. If you would like to attend, please email [email protected] For questions, please call (408) 947-2743.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES
The Behavioral Health Call Center is the entry point for access to all Santa Clara County behavioral health services. We provide support for individuals and families who are in crisis; considering suicide; or struggling with mental illness, substance use, or both.
Mental Health Services (800)-704-0900
Substance Use Services (800)-488-9919
Suicide and Crisis Hotline (24/7) (855)-278-4204 or Text RENEW to 741741
BLACK INFANT HEALTH
The Black Infant Health Program (BIH) was established by the California Department of Public Health to address the alarming rate of infant mortality among African American babies. The Program is run locally by the Public Health Department and includes a multidisciplinary team of public health nurses, health educators, and community workers who provide comprehensive case management and other services to African American women who are pregnant or parenting a child who is under the age of one.
SANTA CLARA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH PREGNANCY AND PARENTING REFERRAL LINE
Provides resources and referrals for reproductive health, family planning, pregnancy, birth defects, infants, children, and teens. Services include the following:
Referrals to doctors who provide comprehensive pregnancy care (CPSP)
Referrals for food vouchers and nutrition information for children and pregnant or breastfeeding women (WIC Breastfeeding Education)
Resources for family planning and free pregnancy tests
Child passenger safety education (refer to the child passenger safety program below)
Referrals for health exams, dentists, and immunizations for children
Support services for pregnant women and parenting families
Health insurance information
Referrals and resources for tobacco and other substance use and exposure
Special programs for African American pregnant women and parenting families
Referral line: (800)-310-2332
SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM FOR WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN (WIC)
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
A local non-profit organization whose mission is to provide information, resources, support and hope to women and families coping with pregnancy and postpartum anxiety and mood disorders and to the professionals who serve them.
MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH COLLABORATIVE
Postpartum Support International has coordinators in all 50 states and in 40 countries around the world. They offer a toll-free helpline (800-944-4773), online support groups, free weekly Chats With An Expert, as well as educational and training materials.
HELPING AFTER NEONATAL DEATH (HAND)
A local organization that offers a free 24/7 phone line (800-908-HAND) and free support groups to help parents, family members, and healthcare providers cope with the loss of a baby before, during or after birth.
CRISIS TEXT LINE
Free 24/7 confidential text crisis line. Text “GO” to 741-741 to chat with a trained mental health crisis counselor.
Offers a free 24/7 crisis line (408-279-2962) dedicated to providing prevention and intervention services for domestic violence in Santa Clara County.