Childbirth Classes

All these classes are available.

Natural Childbirth Education – This basic natural childbirth series covers the stages of labor, coping strategies, complications and interventions, getting started with breastfeeding, and alternatives in newborn care. We focus on working with the natural process. This class is taught by birth professionals including Licensed Midwives and Licensed Midwife Apprentices.

Bradley Classes – The Bradley Method teaches natural childbirth and views birth as a natural process.  This method encourages mothers to trust their bodies using natural breathing, relaxation, nutrition, exercise, and education.  Class attendants learn a simple method of increasing self-awareness, learning how to deal with the stress of labor by tuning in to her body.  The Bradley Method is also known as “Husband-Coached Childbirth” and classes teach husbands how to be good coaches for their partners.  Classes are usually 10-12 weeks in length and cover:  nutrition, exercise, active participation by the husband as coach, stages of labor, relaxation, breastfeeding, unexpected situations, and preparing for your new family.

Hypnobabies® – Hypnobabies® is a complete childbirth education course that teaches real medical hypnosis techniques, creating an automatically peaceful, relaxing and more comfortable pregnancy, calm and confident birth partner, and an easier, empowering and often pain-free birthing for our Hypno-Mom. Using Master Hypnotist Gerald Kein’s famous Painless Childbirth techniques, expectant mothers and their partners come to Hypnobabies classes once a week for 6 weeks. They easily learn self-hypnosis, instant relaxation techniques, and the creation of hypno-anesthesia in a way that allows them to remain mobile and comfortable during labor. Course topics include: Comfort in Pregnancy, Labor Choices, Birth Plans, Nutrition and Exercise, Birth Balls, Fetal Positioning, Birth Partner Training, Postpartum Care and much more. Class size is limited to 5 couples. This class is taught by Carole Bombardier, Licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Hypnotherapist.

Lamaze Childbirth Classes – Lamaze promotes a natural, healthy and safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting practices. Knowing that pregnancy and childbirth can be demanding on a woman’s body and mind, Lamaze serves as a resource for information about what to expect and what choices are available during the childbearing years. This helps to simplify and clarify the childbirth process and alleviate fears. Most importantly, it helps women feel more informed and prepared so they can achieve safe and healthy pregnancies and births. Lamaze education and practices are based on the best, most current medical evidence available. Lamaze instills an incredible sense of confidence in women and their ability to give birth naturally. Classes are four weeks long and include the following topics: pregnancy, stages and phases of labor, pushing, the role of pain, breastfeeding, postpartum period, newborns, and many comfort techniques. The class is taught by Carrie Johnsen, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and Doula.