Bellingham Technical College – Childbirth and Parenting Classes

All Winter Childbirth classes will be held remotely via Zoom.
Scholarships provided by Peacehealth St. Joseph’s Hospital

Preparation for Childbirth & Parenting

This traditional course covers the full spectrum
of pregnancy, labor and birth, newborn care,
postpartum, and parenting for those who want to
focus on pregnancy and parenting while building
relationships with others. Information about the
last trimester of pregnancy, labor and birth, comfort
and coping techniques, newborn care and feeding,
and the challenges and rewards of parenting will be
covered. A postpartum reunion with parents and
babies is included.
Item#: 8001 | Tuesdays 1/12-3/2 | Online 6-8:30 p.m. $199.00

Pregnancy & Childbirth

This shorter course focuses on healthy pregnancy and
birth and is great as a refresher option. Information on
pregnancy, labor and birth, and comfort and coping
techniques will be covered. Limited information
on newborns, breastfeeding, and the postpartum
period is presented, with less time to practice skills in
class. A postpartum reunion with parents and babies
is included.
Item#:8010 | Wednesdays 1/6-2/3 Coggins | Online 6-8:30 p.m. $149.00
Item#:8011 | Mondays 2/22-3/22 Slocum | Online 6-8:30 p.m. $149.00

Prep for Childbirth: Weekend Condensed

This weekend course is for the pregnant woman
and her support person whose schedule prevents
them from taking the full course. The weekend
format provides an overview of late pregnancy, birth,
postpartum, and breathing and relaxation methods to
make childbirth easier.
Item#:8021 | Saturday/Sunday 1/23-1/24 Coggins | Online $149.00
Item#:8022 | Saturday/Sunday 2/27-2/28 Slocum | Online $149.00
Note: Class times are Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. & Sundays 12:30-5:30 p.m.

Hypnotic Childbirth

Note: An online forum is included to allow for self-paced learning at home
in addition to the class time.

Learn how to get your body and mind to work for
you in one of the most incredible experiences of your
life. This five-week course is designed to help women
overcome their fear of the birthing process and to
build trust in women’s inherent ability to give birth.
Extensive exercises in relaxation, visualization, and
overcoming obstacles include the best self-hypnosis
techniques to achieve an optimal state of mind for
labor and birth.
Item#:8150 | Mondays 1/25-3/1 Ripper | Online 6-8:30 p.m. FREE

Gottman Institute® Bringing Baby Home

Our Bringing Baby Home workshop
is a research-based and research
tested psychoeducational workshop
dedicated to improving the quality of life for babies
and children by strengthening their families.
Developed by renowned relationship and parenting
experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, this workshop is
perfect for those who are expecting a baby, or already
parenting an infant or toddler (up to age 3).
In this workshop, you and your partner will learn how
to strengthen your friendship, increase intimacy and
affection, work through conflict with greater ease,
create positive baby interactions, and ensure quality
involvement for both parents. The cost of this course
includes the Bringing Baby Home Workbook and
Item#:8140 | MW 1/4-1/25 Eiford |Online 6-8 p.m. FREE
Item#:8141 | TTh 2/2-2/18 Eiford | Online 6-8 p.m. FREE
Item#:8142 | MW 3/8-3/24 Eiford |Online 6-8 p.m. FREE

Comfort Techniques for Labor & Birth

This class is designed to provide pregnant women
and their partners with more information about
pain and coping, including: birthing techniques,
labor positions, comfort measures, and options for
back labor. Suggestions for partners providing labor
support are presented.
Item#:8050 | Thursday 2/4 Slocum | Online 6-8:30 p.m. FREE

Breastfeeding Basics & Beyond

Note: This class will consist of a pre-recorded lecture that will be accessible
to enrolled students to view on their own time prior to the class date listed.
The scheduled Q&A session will take place via Zoom.

Breastfeeding offers a baby an optimal start in life and
provides lifelong health benefits. Accurate information
and support are essential for a breastfeeding mother.
This course provides the basic information necessary
to initiate and sustain breastfeeding for as long as
desired. Topics covered will include: breastfeeding
resources, role of the support person(s), preparation
and getting started, responding to postpartum
challenges including mother-baby separation and
pumping, and answers to personal questions.
Item#: 8102 | Saturday 1/23 Follet | Online 10-11 a.m. FREE
Item#: 8101 | Saturday 2/20 Follet | Online 10-11 a.m. FREE
Item#: 8103 | Saturday 3/20 Follet | Online 10-11 a.m. FREE

Baby ‘N’ Me (1-7 months)

The early months of parenting are filled with
extremes: from sheer joy to incredible sleep
deprivation. This class offers a safe, inviting, relaxed
atmosphere where you can meet other parents/
caregivers, build relationships and find answers to
your parenting questions. Adults choose discussion
topics such as sleep patterns, infant development,
adjusting to parenting, games and songs, and
starting solids. Babies play in the same room while
you gain valuable support and current information
on raising a young infant.
Item#:8110 | Mondays 1/25-3/22 Read | Online 2:30-4:30 p.m. FREE

Baby ‘N’ Me (8-12 months)

As your children transition from infancy, the parenting
issues you face change. This course provides a safe,
inviting, relaxed atmosphere where you can meet
other parents, build relationships and find answers to
your parenting questions. Adults choose discussion
topics such as emerging language, safety, nutrition,
and beginning discipline. Babies explore in the
same room and make new friends while you gain
valuable support and current information on raising
an older infant.
Item#:8115 | Wednesdays 1/27-3/17 Read | Online 2:30-4:30 p.m. FREE

2020 Positive Parenting Conference

It’s time for the 2020 Positive Parenting Conference that is held for FREE!

Perhaps you are stuck inside with your kids all day, working and/or homeschooling at the same time while trying to be a sane person but maybe just a little bit going crazy — thus losing it with your little one more often than you’d like. Anyone…?

Perhaps you are nestling in with your little one, enjoying this unexpectedly unrushed time together, and you’re curious about positive parenting or well on your way.

Wherever you’re at, you could use:

  • practical ideas for calm, kind and firm interactions with your kids
  • support for raising happy, well-adjusted adults
  • encouragement in being the parent you want to be (and usually are)
  • connection with other parents doing this, too

Yes? Then sign up here.

The Positive Parenting Conference is my favorite online summit. It is top-notch, it is practical, it is FREE, and it just keeps getting better.

This year’s 16 speakers are big-name authors like

  • Dr. Shefali Tsabary (maybe you saw her on Oprah)
  • Dr. Laura Markham (perennially popular)
  • Dr. Tina Bryson (all the brain science you need)
  • Dr. Lawrence Cohen (play therapist–so good for kids right now)

… and many more.

Here’s how these online summits work:

1. You sign up now, so you don’t forget.

2. You get an email from our host, my friend Sumitha of, when each talk is available (Sept. 22 – 29).

3. And then you sit back and watch the videos from home, wearing — well, if you’re like me lately, the clothes you wore yesterday, conveniently located on the floor beside your bed.

You don’t even have to take notes on the many nuggets of gold in these talks. That’s because you get an eBook with takeaways from every talk. Also free. And you get it as soon as you register.

Plus you’ll be invited to a Facebook community to connect with the thousands of other parents participating in this year’s conference.

See? Sumitha just keeps making it better.

So, the only remaining question is which talks you want to catch for sure. Here’s the full list of all the masterclasses included (yes, for FREE):

September 22-23 / Track #1 : Connection Based Parenting

  • Dr. Shefali Tsabary: Conscious Parenting
  • Dr. Laura Markham: Peaceful Parenting
  • Dr. Tina Bryson: Power of Showing Up
  • Hal Runkel: Screamfree Parenting
  • Bonus: 3 Quick Win Tips

September 24-25 / Track #2 Managing Behavior

  • Judy Arnall: Positive Discipline Tools
  • Dr. Mona Delahooke: Understanding Behaviors
  • Betsy Brown Braun: Brat-proofing Kids
  • Dayna Abraham: Kids Activities & Games
  • Bonus: 4 Quick Win Tips

September 26-27 / Track #3: Healing and Happiness

  • Dr. Rick Hanson: Hardwiring Happiness
  • Dr. Lawrence Cohen: Playful Parenting
  • Mark Wolynn: Inherited Family Trauma
  • Casey O’Roarty: Managing Our Emotions
  • Bonus: 3 Quick Win Tipsce

September 28-29th / Track #4: Path to Success

  • Greg McKeown: Essentialism
  • Dr. Peg Dawson: Executive Skills
  • Dr. William Stixrud: Self-Driven Child
  • Dr. Kathy Koch: Multiple Intelligences
  • Bonus: 3 Quick Win Tips

ADDITUDE – ADHD Expert Webinars

Ready, Set, Pivot: How to Prepare Your Kids (and Yourself) for an Unfamiliar School Year

Thursday, July 30, 2020



Expert Speaker: Sharon Saline, Psy.D.

After a spring semester of remote learning — and no shortage of complications, challenges, and forgotten passwords for students with ADHD — schools are largely reopening in August and September. While each state is dictating its own reopening guidelines, many independent schools and public school districts will likely opt for some type of hybrid learning — a mix of in-person and online instruction. For kids who are alternative learners — those with ADHD, LD, ASD or anxiety — this new educational model, along with their ongoing worries about COVID, is increasing unease and uncertainty to new levels. How can you prepare your kids (and yourself) for an unusual back-to-school season that’s filled with novel transitions and uncomfortable change?

In this webinar, Dr. Sharon Saline offers practical, collaborative tools for addressing your family’s concerns about setting up a successful start to the school year. You’ll learn how to create effective daily routines, cope with anxiety about COVID and social contact, manage challenges with online learning, and balance screen time. Submit your question by posting a comment on this page or email to ask questions about the following:

  • How to set up daily routines that reduce conflict and build skills for independence
  • How to deal with general anxiety and health and safety concerns.
  • How to improve flexibility and cooperation
  • How to address issues related to childcare and home learning
  • How to advocate for the educational needs of your child or teen in this new academic environment

Meet the Expert Speaker:

Sharon Saline, Psy.D. has focused her work on ADHD, anxiety, learning differences and mental health challenges and their impact on school and family dynamics for over 30 years. Her unique perspective, a sibling of a child who wrestled with untreated ADHD, combined with decades of academic excellence and clinical experience, assists her in guiding families as they navigate from the confusing maze of diagnoses and conflict to successful interventions and connections. Dr. Saline funnels this expertise into her book, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life. Heralded as an invaluable resource, her book is the recipient of two awards: Best Book Awards winner by American Book Fest and the Gold Medal from Moms’ Choice Awards. She recently published The ADHD Solution Deck.

As an international lecturer and workshop facilitator, Dr. Saline combines psychology with her love of theatre to animatedly present on a variety of topics from understanding ADHD, executive functioning and anxiety in children and teens to working with different kinds of learners and raising digital citizens.  Dr. Saline is a regular contributor to and, a featured expert on MASS Appeal on WWLP-TV and a part-time lecturer at the Smith School for Social Work.

Online Childbirth Preparation Course

Price: $125.00 for you and your labor partner. Click here to register today!

For more information contact Teri Shilling at or text 360-395-5034

Terri has been teaching childbirth classes at Island and Skagit Valley Hospital for many years. Her goal is to build your confidence, explore the options you have and share tried and true methods to help you achieve your optimal birth.

Online Yoga Classes


This online yoga class is offered for pregnant women and their partner.

Visit Be Strong Mama to get started today!


8 Limbs Yoga is now streaming live classes for pregnant women,

teens, and adults at all levels with some of their most experienced instructors!

Classes via Zoom require a MindBody App registration

Visit their website to view the schedule and sign up information.

Cooking with Amanda

Are you stuck at home without cooking skills? Are you wondering what to do with all the lentils and beans you bought to stock up?

Join the FREE Online Cooking with Amanda – King County Library.

Via Zoom, Fridays at 5:00 p.m.

You will need to register by 5pm the day before the event. The Zoom link will then be sent to you by email on the day of the event.

Visit King County Library today to register and learn about their upcoming cooking sessions being offered to you and your family!