Childbirth Classes

My childbirth classes are focused on preparing couples for natural childbirth- whether at home, in a birthing center or in a hospital. We will combine elements of several different childbirth philosophies including HypnoBirthing, The Bradley Method and Birthing From Within. Questions, discussions, videos and labor rehearsals will be an integral part of the class. We will cover a wide variety of topics.

Class Topics

  • Staying healthy through nutrition, exercise and relaxation
  • Common prenatal tests- pros and cons
  • How your body works in each stage of labor; physically and emotionally
  • How fear and tension affect labor
  • How self-hypnosis and deep relaxation create positive birth outcomes
  • Choosing your birth place and birth provider
  • Labor support techniques for partners
  • Doulas: what are they? Do you want one?
  • How drugs and interventions affect labor and your baby
  • Cesarean prevention
  • Optimal Fetal Positioning
  • Planning your birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Postpartum care of the mother
  • Newborn care
  • "Emergency" childbirth
  • Reunion class