The Birthplace at Sonoma Valley Hospital has scheduled additional tours during April and May to familiarize women with the benefits of delivering here in Sonoma.

Tours are planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, and again at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, and will be conducted in English and Spanish. Those interested should call 935-5301 to reserve a place.

The Birthplace At Sonoma Valley Hospital offers three private suites for labor, delivery and recovery, and five postpartum rooms, staffed by an experienced team of skilled obstetric nurses who provide personalized attention.

A pediatrician and anesthesiologist are available 24 hours a day. The hospital recently installed a spa tub for women interested in a water birth.

The Birthplace also offers childbirth preparation classes which provide an overview of labor and childbirth. Classes are scheduled to begin on April 17, June 5, July 31, Sept. 18, and Nov. 6.

The program, which consists of four weekly classes lead by an experienced perinatal nurse, is intended for second and third trimester women and their partners. Classes are held from 5 to 7:30 p.m., and there is a fee of $100. To register, call 935-5084.