Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are classes like?
  2. Why natural childbirth?
  3. Why should I take a class? Doesn't my body already know how to give birth naturally?
  4. How much do classes cost and how do I sign up?
  5. When should I start?
  6. How long are classes?
  7. What will we learn in class?
  8. What if my partner cannot attend every (or any) class?
  9. What If I don't have a partner?
  10. Is it possible to join a series that started already?
  11. Are there any books I should read before I start?
  1. What are classes like?

    This is a complete course in childbirth education. We view birth as a normal process and classes emphasize preparing for the goal of an unmedicated birth, training partners how to help and support mom during pregnancy, labor and postpartum, relaxation and natural breathing as a form of pain management, understanding choices and making informed decisions, and being prepared for unexpected situations and complications. Classes are small, usually 4-6 couples. They are designed to be FUN and include a mixture of lecture, activities, discussion, practice and videos. We are very excited to work with all types of families and welcome diversity.


  2. Why natural childbirth?

    Natural childbirth is an important goal since most people want to give their babies every possible advantage in life. The kind of pregnancy, labor, and birth our children experience has a profound and lifelong effect on their health, including their mental, emotional, and physical health. We believe that in most situations, natural childbirth is best for mom, best for baby, and best for the family.

  3. Why should I take a class? Doesn't my body already know how to give birth naturally?

    Yes, it absolutely does. Your body was made to give birth, but truly understanding what is happening and knowing how to work with your body is the key! This helps to reduce any fear about the birthing process, eliminates unnecessary pain and interventions, and can shorten the length of time you will be in labor. Knowledge is power and never will there be a more important time for a woman to acknowledge and own her power then when she is giving birth to her baby!

    Classes are also important because mom and partner are get the same information at the same time. Communication about birth becomes easier. It's also great to meet and interact with other couples also planning a natural birth.


  4. How much do classes cost and how do I sign up?

    The cost of the series is $290 per couple; this covers all 10 weeks of instruction, the student workbook and some additional materials. There is a $50 deposit as a materials fee and to hold your place in class. Then $120 is due at the beginning of class 1 and the remaining $120 is due by class 5. To sign up, contact me to make sure space is available, then simply pay your deposit and fill out your registration form found on my schedule page.

  5. When should I start?

    An ideal time to begin is in your 24-27th week of pregnancy; however this is not always possible. Some people prefer to take the class earlier on in their pregnancy so they have the information sooner. Others prefer to take the classes closer to the end of their pregnancy so it's fresher in their minds during labor. It's entirely up to you. I often have students sign up who are due before the class ends; this is fine and when this happens I always try my best to work with students to make sure they receive all the materials that they might miss from the last few classes.

  6. How long are classes?

    Classes are once a week for 12 weeks. Each class class lasts 2.5 hours so it's 30 hours of instruction all together.

  7. What will we learn in class?

    Classes cover staying healthy & low risk, preparing for a natural (unmedicated) birth and what you can do to improve your likelihood of getting the birth you want. We discuss normal labor, variations of labor including complications & unexpected situations, informed decision making, comfort measures and relaxation techniques, postpartum care for mom, breastfeeding and newborn care. We help the partner prepare for the role of support person during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. We do lots of practice in class so you can be confident during your labor.

  8. What if my partner cannot attend every (or any) class?

    Whenever possible it’s best if your partner can attend every class with you; however, we understand this is not always possible. If you or your partner cannot attend a particular class, we encourage the other person to attend class and bring the information home. If your partner cannot attend due to scheduling conflicts, you are also welcome to bring another labor support person who will be present at your birth.

  9. What If I don't have a partner?

    Single moms are welcome! You can bring a friend or family member with you (ideally someone who will attend your birth) if you want to but it's not required.

  10. Is it possible to join a series that started already?

    I encourage students to attend the full series. If the next series does not fit into your schedule, it is possible to join a class already in session if space is available.

  11. Are there any books I should read before I start?

    I do not require students to read any additional books outside of the student workbook; however, these books can be very helpful:

    Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon
    Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Sarah Buckley
    Creating Your Birth Plan by Marsden Wagner
    Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
    Birthing from Within by Pam England
    The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
    The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International

 

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