Kim James

Certified Birth Doula

Certified Childbirth Educator

I teach the Lamaze series, the Great Starts classic series and Sibling Preparation for Parents classes at Parent Trust for Washington Children. All classes are located at the Parent Trust for Washington Children's Center for Strong Families classrooms.

Lamaze Series at Parent Trust for Washington Children

The Lamaze series at Parent Trust for Washington Children is based on the Lamaze philosophy:

My 2018 Lamaze Series are scheduled for these dates at Northwest Hospital:


Tuesdays, 7-9pm:  4/10/2018 - 5/29/2018

Tuesdays, 7-9pm:  6/5/2018 - 7/24/2018

Tuesdays, 7-9pm:  10/2/2018 - 11/20/2018


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Sibling Preparation for Parents

This class gives parents helpful tips for how to prepare their child (ren) for the birth of a new baby. It is most helpful for parents whose children are 2 to 8 years old.


Topics include:  Ideas for age-appropriate things you can do during pregnancy to teach your child about babies and the changes they bring, planning and preparing your child for what will happen while you are in labor and during your hospital stay, and ways to help smooth out any challenges in the early weeks and months with a new baby in the house. We will address emotional challenges, regression, safety issues, ways to help prevent or defuse the jealousy that naturally arises, and ways to help your older child learn how to interact well with the baby.  See the Sibling Preparation for Parents class Handout and the Sibling Preparation for Parents Worksheet. 


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Great Starts Classic Series

The comprehensive series includes all of the information you need about pregnancy, labor, birth, breastfeeding, and newborn care. The class time allows for lecture, videos, group discussion, and plenty of time for practicing skills for coping with labor pain. The series also allows you to meet other expectant parents so you can socialize, support each other, and find future playmates for your baby.   The series includes the following information:

Preparing for Labor & Birth:

  • Help for common discomforts of pregnancy
  • Stages of Labor: What to Expect
    • How you will know labor is starting
    • How you will know when to go to birthplace (or call midwife to attend you at home)
    • What labor and birth will be like
  • Pain-Coping practices for labor. You'll learn and practice: Breathing Techniques, Relaxation Skills, Positions and Movement, Massage, Emotional Support, etc. All of our series include pain coping techniques from all the major “methods” – Bradley method, Birthing from Within, Hypnobirthing, and Lamaze.
  • Pain Medication Options
  • Typical Hospital Routines and Procedures
  • Variations and Possible Interventions, including Cesarean
Preparing for Breastfeeding:
  • Why breastfeed: The Benefits
  • How to breastfeed: Positioning and Latch
  • How often to feed, how to know baby is getting plenty
  • Predicting, preventing, and coping with common challenges
  • Pumping, storing, and bottle-feeding
  • How partners can support breastfeeding moms
Preparing to Care for your Newborn:
  • What newborn babies are like: Appearance, Senses, Capabilities, Temperament
  • What babies need, and how they communicate it: Infant Cues; Crying and calming
  • Daily care
    • Sleeping and sleep safety
    • Bathing and diapering
    • Feeding
    • Health

Postpartum Reunion Class:
Approximately one to two months after all the babies are born, the students from the class and their babies gather together to share birth stories and parenting experiences, ask their instructor any questions that have arisen since the birth, and re-connect to other new parents.

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All classes are located at the Parent Trust for Washington Children's Center for Strong Families classrooms.

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