NOTICE: Due to COVID-19, we are only offering virtual classes and support groups at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will share updated details once available. View our online offerings in prenatal and postpartum, stress reduction, fitness, behavior change, and senior health.
When you need smart, current information for your life stage or condition, PAMF can help. Our Health Education division offers interactive classes led by medical experts who clearly and compassionately share the latest news you need.
Prenatal and New Parenting Classes
Pregnancy is an exciting time, full of physical and emotional changes. When you’re expecting a baby, you and your partner may have questions about these transformations as well as the upcoming birth and postpartum period. Being well-informed and prepared will give you the confidence to create a calmer and more satisfying pregnancy, labor and birth.
PAMF offers a variety of classes to help expectant couples prepare for and feel more confident about pregnancy and parenthood.
- We offer Childbirth Preparation Classes and Prenatal Yoga at different times and in various formats so you can choose what best fits your schedule and goals.
- Your ability to keep yourself healthy — body, mind and spirit — is essential to the well-being of your growing family. Our postpartum classes and support groups can help you gain the skills you need to feel confident and to smoothly transition into parenthood.
- In-person and online breastfeeding classes will teach you strategies to get breastfeeding off to a solid start. Lactation consultants can help with the mechanics of breastfeeding, breastfeeding problems and return-to-work issues. They can also help you interpret the baby’s signals and reconcile conflicting information on baby care and breastfeeding.
- Baby care classes help you know what to expect in those first weeks after baby's arrival. Baby Basics and CPR/Safety classes cover topics ranging from hands-on practices to buying safe nursery and home equipment.
Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Classes
Research shows that mindfulness techniques can help alleviate anxiety, stress and depression. PAMF has a variety of mindfulness offerings, including our core eight-week, formal Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) series, as well as Mindful Eating and Mind Body Stress Management classes. For those interested in MBSR, a free orientation session is held a week or so before the beginning of the next class if you would like to learn more before joining.
Regular exercise has many health benefits for all ages. It helps us maintain a healthy weight and build strong bones, muscles and joints. Exercise is also an excellent stress buster, encourages better sleep and will help boost concentration and focus.
Change can be challenging. Let us help! Our team of certified health coaches can help you create a personalized plan for effective action, identify barriers to success, gain confidence in your ability to improve your health, and provide you with evidence-based skills for successful behavior change.
To age gracefully, you need more than just a healthy body. At PAMF, our Senior Health staff focus on improving your overall quality of life — physical, mental, emotional and social. We work closely with families, other doctors and retirement centers to bring you the best health information and supportive resources for navigating the aging process.
Our classes and support groups can help improve your happiness, avoid falls and cope with the challenges that come with this life stage. Find a class near you.
In addition, PAMF support groups provide emotional encouragement and guidance from others in similar situations. We host many different groups, including new parents and women dealing with breast cancer.
PAMF Health Education is supported by Community Benefit programs. Find out more about our mission to bring health to more people in the Bay Area.