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Preparing for Birth

Preparing for Birth

Congratulations! You are expecting a baby and it is an exciting time. The members of our Childbirth Education, or CBE, team at Flagstaff Medical Center are here to help you and your family prepare for this experience. We offer a variety of classes and services to give you the information and assistance you will need for birth and beyond. Classes are taught by Labor and Delivery nurses and certified and specially trained healthcare professionals. Early registration is recommended, as classes fill up quickly.

For more information on all CBE classes, email Autumn Argent at sends e-mail).

Course Description

This three-week series is for those who may not be able to attend an all-day Saturday class and who prefer to have more breathing and relaxation practice sessions and more opportunities to interact with other expecting parents. Topics include labor and delivery; relaxation and breathing techniques with three practice sessions; comfort measures and coping strategies; medications; inductions; epidurals; c-sections; and the role of the support person. A physician from Forest Country Anesthesia conducts an anesthesia Q&A session during the series. Also, a certified car seat safety technician from Coconino Country Public Health Services District visits the last class to provide infant safety car seat information. Plan to finish the series prior to 34 weeks of pregnancy. The $70 tuition is for two people – the mother and her partner.

You will need to bring the following items for your classes: 2 to 4 pillows, an afghan, blanket, or yoga mat for floor exercises and a pen and paper to take notes.  You will also need a refillable water bottle to use throughout the evening. Feel free to bring some snacks for you and your labor partner. Be sure to wear comfortable, stretchy clothing.

It’s recommended to arrive ten minutes early to your 1st class so that you have time to get signed in and settled in so class can begin promptly at 6:00 PM.

Class Dates 2021:​​

  • 2/8, 2/15 & 2/22

  • 3/29, 4/5, & 4/12

  • 5/10, 5/17 & 5/24

  • 7/12, 7/19 & 7/26

  • 9/13, 9/20 & 9/27

  • 11/1, 11/8 & 11/15

All classes are from 6p-9p in the NAH Education Center, 1000 N. Humphrey's St. STE  240-241, Flagstaff, AZ 86001.


Registration and payment for classes can be made online by creating an account through our Learning Management System at:

Non-employees: If you know which class or program you would like to take, you may go directly to the registration site by following this link, NAH Learning Management System (LMS) for community members(link is external)

Employees: If you know which class or program you would like to take, you may go directly to the NAH Colleague Portal,

Once logged into LMS, select "Search" at the top of the screen, select "Classroom" under the course type criteria and then enter the class name in the search box. This will provide a list of available class dates.

You may also contact the Childbirth Education office at sends e-mail). If paying by check or money order, please make payable to  Northern Arizona Healthcare– Childbirth Education.

Important Information

Gift certificates and NAH employee discounts are available.

FMC now offers an income-based sliding scale, which is applicable to all courses and course package fees. If you are interested in applying for the sliding scale, please check the box regarding sliding scale on the registration form. You will need to verify household size and income.

For more information on our sliding scale or additional class fee discounts, please contact us at sends e-mail).

Cancellation Policy

If you do not notify the CBE office at least 24 hours prior to the first class of the 3-week series of your inability to attend and you do not show up for class, no reimbursement will be issued. 

Additional Information

After online registration, you will receive an email from the Childbirth Education office to confirming receipt of your registration. If you do not receive registration materials within 48 hours of your scheduled class, please contact the Childbirth Education office at 480-458-7042 or sends e-mail). Please include your email address and current phone number in any messages to ensure accurate delivery of your registration information.

If you would like to register for a class less than 24 hours before it is scheduled, please contact the Childbirth Education office before registering on-line to confirm that there are still seats available. Classes tend to fill quickly.

If a class is posted as FULL and you are interested in registering for that class, please contact the Childbirth Education Office at sends e-mail). You will be placed on the waiting list. You will be notified by phone if there is a cancelation and seats become available for you and your partner.

If you are unable to attend one of the three classes, please contact the Childbirth Education office at sends e-mail) so that the instructor can be notified.

If your class is canceled due to severe weather conditions, the Childbirth Education office will notify you by phone. Please check your voicemail messages before leaving for class.

If a series needs to be canceled due to low registration, you will be contacted by phone and other scheduling arrangements will be made. If desired, a reimbursement can be issued.

Occasionally, a physician from Forest Country Anesthesia or a car seat safety technician from Coconino County Public Health Services District may not be available to provide a guest presentation to the class. In these cases, the Preparing for Birth nurse educator will provide additional information on the topic(s).

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Preparing for Birth



Preparing for Birth Package



The Preparing for Birth Package includes Preparing for Birth; Breastfeeding Basics; Newborn Baby Care and Infant Massage; Parenting 101; and Boot Camp for New Dads. That is a $25 savings.