Planning for Pregnancy - A Virtual Class

Thinking about starting or growing your family? We invite you and your partner to join us to gain insights from an OBGYN and the MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center team. Learn what you and your partner can do before you get pregnant to give your baby a healthy start.

  • Learn about reproductive planning, reducing risks and optimizing health, your partner’s role and more.
  • Get your questions answered by a leading obstetrician.

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Why Plan?

What you do before pregnancy is just as important as what you do during pregnancy.

Planning to start your family can be an exciting time. For many couples, getting ready for a new arrival often begins once you confirm you are expecting. Everyone knows the importance of prenatal care, but by the time you learn you are pregnant, you may have already missed a critical window of opportunity to ensure a healthy start and boost the lifelong potential for your child.

To prepare for the best pregnancy possible, preconception planning is essential. There is evidence that many preconception interventions can reduce the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as birth defects, miscarriage, low birth weight, and preterm delivery.

Our Preparing for Pregnancy class focuses on steps you and your partner can take to reduce risks, promote a healthy lifestyle and increase your readiness for pregnancy.

Topics include:

  • Reproductive planning
  • Family history & genetic factors
  • Health considerations
  • Undiagnosed medical conditions
  • Medications
  • Nutrition & supplements
  • Exercise
  • Immunizations
  • Mental health & stress
  • Environmental exposures
  • Substance abuse
  • Activities, travel & recreation
  • Fears about pregnancy
  • Work-related issues
  • Your partner’s role
  • Preconception care
  • Midwife delivery options

All parents want what is best for their child. We invite you to join us to learn more about what you can do to help give your baby a healthy start even before conception occurs.

About Us

There are many decisions you need to make when planning to start a family, but none is as important as choosing the right place to deliver your new bundle of joy.

Over 30 Years of Special Deliveries

For over 30 years, we’ve been providing exceptional care to new moms and their little miracles. Expert physicians and experienced, supportive nurses are just the beginning. It’s our unique little touches that add up to a truly extraordinary experience.

The Basics and Beyond

Each of our newly renovated, private labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum (LDRP) suites is designed to provide a calm, nurturing environment where you, your baby and family can bond. To ensure your care and comfort, we are one of the only area hospitals to offer obstetricians, anesthesiologists and neonatologists on site 24/7, which means we are always ready to deliver when you are.

Over the years, we’ve gained extensive experience in the delivery of multiple births. We also support births by surrogate moms, so couples who cannot have children on their own can become a family through this option. And our experienced staff offers a wide range of childbirth education classes to ensure you have the support you need both before and after your delivery.

Expert Care for Our Tiniest Patients

Every newborn is special to us. But sometimes babies arrive a little too early or have needs that require special attention. We hope you never need us, but should the need arise, our on-site, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) stands ready to care for infants requiring immediate, advanced care. Our expertise in caring for premature and medically fragile infants gives you peace of mind when you need it most.

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Contact Us
MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center

The Women's Hospital
24451 Health Center Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Phone: (949) 837-4500


Future Events

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