Birth & Family Education

Classes & education resources

KVH offers a range of birth and family preparation classes including education for new and experienced parents, siblings and grandparents, and individualized consultations. All classes are offered virtually.


Week of Events

2nd Trimester Session

Attend anytime after 12 weeks

3rd Trimester Session

Attend anytime after 26 weeks

Childbirth Education Series

Start between 30-32 weeks

During this seven-week series we will cover what to expect in the third trimester of your pregnancy through caring for your newborn.

2023 Series Dates

Series 1 Jan 4, Jan 11, Jan 18, Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8, and Feb 15

Series 2 Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 22, Mar 29, April 5, April 12, April 19

Series 3 May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31, Jun 7, Jun 14

Series 4 June 28, Jul 5, Jul 12, Jul 19, Jul 26, Aug 2, Aug 9

Series 5 Aug 30, Sept 6, Sept 13, Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 4, Oct 11

Series 6 Nov 1, Nov 8, Nov 15, Nov 20 (Thanksgiving week), Nov 29, Dec 6, Dec 13

Conversation with a Childbirth Educator

Attend between 30-35 weeks

This option is for experienced parents and non-English speakers.

A Grand Adventure

A forum for grandparents to be.

Sibling Preparation Course

We have put together a list of online resources and stories that you can use to help introduce the idea of a new sibling. We also have a fun idea for creating a welcome gift for baby.

Love & Logic

Online parenting classes built around the science of caring & respectful relationships.

Webinar Series

Join us to explore what our community has to offer!

Meet the Instructors

Julie Harwell has been working as a childbirth educator since 1987. During her tenure at Seattle Midwifery School (now Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University), she developed their childbirth educator training curriculum and worked as lead educator. She has been a registered nurse for 25 years and has spent her entire career supporting childbearing women through labor and delivery. When she isn’t teaching childbirth class she can be found on her farm tending to dairy goats.

childbirth Preparation, Grandparent Education

Julie Harwell, RN, BSN

Rozsika Steele is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and is developing KVH’s first lactation program. She has been supporting families through her work as birth doula and childbirth educator since 2007. She earned her Master’s degree in Resource Management and has published work in the field of visual ethnography. In addition to her work in maternal-child health; she is a photographer, beekeeper, and mother to four children.

Infant Feeding & Lactation Education, KVH eLearning

Rozsika Steele, MS, IBCLC