Childbirth Classes

Update: November 15, 2020

I will not be offering any childbirth classes until at least 2022.

Original Post:

Currently teaching private, comprehensive childbirth classes to individual couples who are seeking a flexible schedule. The current price for a 12-hour course is $400.

For groups of two or more couples, the price is $200 per couple.

Topics included in a comprehensive childbirth class:

Healthy Pregnancy

  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Emotional Changes
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Normal Changes in Pregnancy
  • Nutrition
  • Comfort Measures
  • Prenatal Care


  • Confidence in Your Body, Support, Place of Birth, and Care Providers
  • Addressing Fears
  • Benefits of Natural Birth and Breastfeeding
  • Role of Culture in Pregnancy, Birth, Post-partum, and Caring for Baby


  • Role of Pain
  • Receptors, Gate Control, and Coping
  • Fear-Tension-Pain Cylce

Informed Decision Making

  • Informed Consent, Refusal, Communication, Negotiation
  • Rights of Childbearing Women
  • Creating a Birth Plan
  • Unexpected Outcomes, Traumatic Birth, and Grieving
  • Birth Networks and Advocacy and Support Groups

Let Labor Begin on Its Own

  • Mother and Baby Readiness for Birth
  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Emotions of Labor
  • Hormonal Transitions Before, During, and After Birth
  • Stages and Phases
  • Induction and Bishop Score
  • Preterm Signs of Labor

Have Continuous Support

  • Role of Partner, Family, Friends, Doula, Nurse, Midwife, Physician, and Others
  • Birth Memories and Satisfaction
  • Positive Environment
  • Emotional Support
  • Packing a Labor Bag
  • Affirmations
  • Touch and Massage
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Heat and Cold
  • Focusing, Imagery, Visualization
  • Breathing
  • Rhythm, Ritual, and Relaxation
  • Vocalization or Chanting
  • Stimulating Senses
  • Prolonged Labor and Back Pain
  • Support in PostPartum

Walk, Move, and Change Positions

  • Positions
  • Tools

Remaining Upright and Following Urges to Push

  • Support During Second Stage
  • 3 Stages of Second Stage
  • Positions
  • Spontaneous Pushing vs. Directed Pushing

Avoid Unnecessary Interventions

  • Restriction on Number of Support People
  • Cascade of Interventions
  • Augmentation
  • Restricted Liquid and Foods
  • IV Infusion
  • Restriction of Positions or Movement
  • Continuous Electronic Fetal Monitoring
  • Frequency of Vaginal Exams
  • Time Limits
  • Amniotomy
  • Episiotomy
  • Pain Medications
  • Circumcision
  • Instrumental Delivery
  • Timing of Newborn Procedures
  • Cesarean
  • Active Management of 3rd Stage

Keep Your Baby With You After Birth

  • Physiological Third Stage
  • Skin to Skin
  • Uninterrupted Hour and No Separation of Mother and Baby Postpartum
  • Delayed Cord Clamping
  • Breastfeeding Basics
  • Baby Led Latch
  • Nursing Positions
  • Infant Feeding Cues and Infant States
  • “Is Baby Getting Enough?”
  • Risks of Formula
  • Calming and Soothing Techniques
  • Safe Sleep
  • Hand Expression
  • Newborn Appearance
  • Jaundice
  • Baby’s Poop
  • Intact Penis vs. Circumcision
  • Encouraging Attachment and Responding to Baby’s Needs
  • Baby Wearing
  • Postpartum Emotions
  • Physical Changes
  • Support Systems and Postpartum Reality
  • Role of Fathers or Parenting Partners
  • Nutrition

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