HEALTH EDUCATION & WELLNESS

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 b​irth. 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

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic regulations, O’Connor Hospital has created abbreviated virtual consultations to provide Childbirth Preparation, Breastfeeding, and Newborn Care information to expectant parents.  Partners/Support Persons are encouraged to participate in these consultations. 
 
To enroll, please

  • Ask your OB’s office to refer you to us

                                                OR

  • 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 consultations.

CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION

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.

FAMILY CENTER TOURS

Tours of the O’Connor Hospital Labor & Delivery Unit are available by appointment only. Please call (408) 947-2999 to schedule a tour or watch our virtual tour.

LACTATION SUPPORT GROUP

**Currently closed due to COVID-19** A certified lactation specialist leads the group to support and help new parents with breastfeeding tips and techniques. This support group is available for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, O'Connor Hospital and St. Louise Regional Hospital patients. For questions, please call 408-885-5436. The group meets every Thursday, except public holidays from 11 AM to 12:00 PM at VHC Bascom (750 S Bascom Ave, Suite 140, San Jose, CA 95128)


 

HELPFUL RESOURCES