Our signature Childbirth Education series helps women and their partners understand the range of birth choices, clarify their desires, and gain confidence to advocate for themselves during the birth process.
I'm considering an epidural. Do I still need to take classes?
Yes! Even if you choose a medicated labor and birth, there's still much to learn and many decisions that will need to be made. This series helps pinpoint your specific needs throughout the process and identify ways for you to best be supported.
I'm birthing at a hospital and they offer childbirth classes. Why not just take those?
You'll probably want to take those, too. But much of the time spent in hospital-based childbirth classes details hospital procedures and protocols. In contrast, our series teaches about the actual birth process and prepares families to make informed decisions. We take time to explore the emotional, spiritual, physical, and medical aspects that are all a part of the labor and birth experience. In addition, we offer more contact hours with an educator, allowing for more instruction, discussion, and practice of everything a woman and her partner need to prepare for their birth.
Upon completion of our Childbirth Education classes, you will...
- understand the birth process, including the stages of labor
- be able to anticipate and prepare for emotions that can arise while being in labor
- be familiar with your physical and emotional coping styles
- have practiced positions and movement to aid in pain-coping from early labor through delivery
- have an empowered partner who has learned and practiced hands-on support techniques
- have accurate and detailed information about all pain medication and medical technology available during labor and birth
- learn how to write an effective and individualized birth plan
- be empowered and prepared to navigate choice-making in labor
Our Childbirth Education series is offered in a two-session intensive format. This allows us to provide excellent education for today's busy families.
The series can be taken as a stand alone or together with Breastfeeding and Newborn Care, as part of a Comprehensive Package. We recommend you complete these classes prior to 36 weeks of pregnancy.
We welcome birth professionals who wish to further their education by auditing our Childbirth Education class. Please contact us directly for assistance with fees and scheduling.
We find that many HSA and FSA accounts pay for Childbirth Education classes. If you participate in one of these health insurance programs, please contact them directly to see if you are eligible for coverage.