Informed Parents Group Natural Childbirth Group Classes
Place/Time: Life's Little Blessings Birth Center; Runs for 6 consecutive Thursdays from 6-8:30
These are natural childbirth classes and are geared towards couples desiring a low to non-intervention birth. Focuses are knowingyour options, informed consent, and cesarean prevention, as well as the physiological and emotional processes of pregnancy and birth.
These classes are for couples delivering in either home, birth center, or hospital settings.
Fee: $65 for the 6 week series.
Midwifery and doula clients of LLB receive the group classes at no charge.
For those with a true financial need, scholarships may be available.
Private makeup classes are available in your home at an additional fee.
To register for a class series, please pay by paypal below for the registration quarter you desire. In the notes section, please list: your name, place of birth, and your provider.
Class space is limited and is offered on a first come, first serve basis. If we are overbooked, you will be refunded promptly. If the class minimum is not reached, you will receive a full refund.
Refunds, by request, can be given up until 2 weeks before the class series begins. After that point, no refunds will be given.
What will be taught in the Informed Parents Group Natural Childbirth classes?
The classes could vary somewhat depending on couples' needs, you will learn:
How to choose which types of caregivers you would like to attend your birth
How to understand and work with the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.
How to be informed about the options available to you in a hospital birth
How to choose foods and exercises for a healthy pregnancy
How to write a personal birth plan to communicate with your caregiver about the birth you desire
How to prepare for a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)
What is a doula? How to determine if a doula is right for your family
How to use a range of relaxation and comfort techniques during labor
How certain positions can help make labor more comfortable
How to be informed about the benefits and risks of interventions
How to avoid unnecessary cesareans and other interventions
How you can remain empowered even when interventions are required
How to care for yourself and your baby after the birth
How to contact resources in your community for support with breastfeeding, postpartum and newborn care
Next Class Dates (2019):
Feb. 7 - Mar 14
April 11 - May 16
July 25 - Aug. 29
Oct. 10- Nov. 21; no class on Oct. 17
Thursday evenings from 6-8:30. Six (6) consecutive classes.
"Kristen's childbirth education classes were enormously helpful in preparing us for this journey, and I appreciated her emphasis on being informed and owning our own decisions."
- Gwen, Roanoke, VA