Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring to class?​

Not much - we will provide light snacks and water. Our Prepare the Nest Studio classes provide coffee, for other locations, feel free to bring your own coffee. You are welcome to bring any additional food or drinks you would like to class. There will be an hour lunch break on weekend full day (6+ hour) classes, so you are welcome to pack a lunch or go out to eat. You do NOT need to bring pillows, but are welcome to bring your own breastfeeding pillow to the Breastfeeding class. You may want to wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Do I bring my significant other to class or can someone else come with me?

Yes, bring your significant other with you to all classes other than Breastfeeding Basics, Challenges, and Pumping, as this is a mothers only class. If your significant other is unable to attend the class with you, feel free to bring another support person who will be comfortable assisting you with breathing techniques, birthing positions, etc.

Will insurance cover the class?

Since there are so many different insurance companies and coverage plans, please review your specific plan guidelines to confirm. If the answer is yes, please email and we will gladly send you a receipt to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement after taking the class. Prepare the Nest is NOT able to submit claims directly to the insurance company. Please note that most company FSA (flexible spending account) programs allow reimbursement for childbirth preparation classes, so it's likely that you can use your Visa or Mastercard affiliated FSA card to pay for your Prepare the Nest classes when registering.

How are your classes different than hospital classes?

One of the primary advantages of our Childbirth class is a condensed time frame without leaving out any necessary information. The classes provide you with practical information and resources to help you be a confident new parent! All of our classes are taught by registered nurses.

Is there a tour included in the classes?

No, please sign up for a free, 20-30-minute tour offered by your hospital. EvergreenHealth Hospital Maternity Tours Overlake Hospital Childbirth Center Tours

When should I take these classes?

Our Early Pregnancy class can be taken as soon as you find out you are pregnant and register through our site. Our Childbirth class should be taken in your third trimester. We encourage you to register early in your second trimester, as these classes fill up quickly. Our Breastfeeding class should be taken in your third trimester. If you have already taken our 1-Day Childbirth, Breastfeeding & Newborn Care class, and you have decided that you want to breastfeed your baby, we recommend this class as a supplement to the information presented in that class. Our CPR class can be taken during during your second or third trimester or even after baby is born. But, these classes are small and fill up very quickly, so we recommend you plan ahead and register early. Our Mommy & Me class is focused on newborn topics and organized by birth month, so please select birth month when registering to ensure you are in the correct group. Ideally, you will have completed all prenatal classes by your 36th week of pregnancy (just in case you go into labor early). We encourage you to register as early as you can, as classes fill up quickly.

I’m not delivering at EvergreenHealth, Overlake or Swedish…is it still OK to take your classes?

Absolutely – the curriculum for labor and delivery and newborn care can be applied no matter where you are delivering.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

As of May 29, 2020, class cancellations occurring 7 days or more, prior to class, will be issued a full refund, less a $10 processing fee. For cancellations made within 6 days of the scheduled class, half the class fee will be refunded, less a $10 processing fee. If you need to reschedule to a different date, there is no change fee and we are happy to accommodate, assuming there is space available. Please email or call 208-484-3100.