Childbirth Education Classes

Childbirth, 4-Week Course

Childbirth, 4-Week Course

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Format: In-person at 3074 Whitney Ave, Bldg 2, Hamden, CT, 06418

Price: $300 per couple

Day & Time: Tuesdays at 6:30pm to 9:00pm 

Note: We suggest you sign up for a course that will start sometime after your 26th week and ends before your 37th week of pregnancy.

Also available as part of our Childbirth Preparation Bundle class package. 

This in-person series is great for first-time parents and comes highly recommended by many local midwives and obstetricians for its empowering approach to childbirth. Our goal is to help each family become wise healthcare consumers and to partner with their OB providers for a safe birth using as few interventions as possible. Although the class strives to educate patients and their partners toward natural childbirth (i.e., unmedicated, intervention-free), classes are for prepared childbirth in the hospital, birth center, or home setting. The classes use a multidisciplinary approach, pulling information from resources such as Dr. Robert Bradley (of the Bradley method), the Lamaze Institute for Normal Birth, educator/doula Penny Simkin, and midwife Ina May Gaskin.

Topics Reviewed:

  • Physiology and changes in pregnancy
  • Normal progression of labor and birth
  • Relaxation and breathing techniques
  • Coping methods for labor and birth such as hydrotherapy, music, mental focus, and comforting positions
  • Analgesia and anesthesia options such as nitrous oxide and epidurals
  • Benefits and risks of medical interventions
  • The partner’s role during labor and birth
  • Postpartum care
  • Newborn care at the hospital

Childbirth, 1-Day Class

Childbirth, 1-Day Class

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Format: In-person at 3074 Whitney Ave, Bldg 2, Hamden, CT, 06418

Price: $150 per couple

Day & Time: Thursdays at 5:00pm or Saturdays at 9:00am

Note: We recommend taking this class anytime after your 26th week and before your 37th week of pregnancy.

This one-day class focuses on labor and delivery. It is a good option for first-time parents unable to attend the 4-week series and is an excellent refresher course for parents returning to the birth experience or those who will be attempting a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Compared to the 4-week series, this class involves more direct, instructor-led teaching with fewer group exercises in order to conserve time.

Topics Reviewed:

  • Physiology and progression of labor and birth
  • Relaxation and breathing techniques
  • Coping methods for labor and birth such as hydrotherapy, music, mental focus, and comforting positions
  • Analgesia and anesthesia options such as nitrous oxide and epidurals
  • Benefits and risks of medical interventions
  • The partner’s role during labor and birth

Advanced Coping Strategies for Labor

Advanced Coping Strategies for Labor

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Format: In-person at 3074 Whitney Ave, Bldg 2, Hamden, CT, 06418

Price: $120 per couple

Day & Time: Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Note: This class is best when you are further along in your pregnancy, ideally between 32 and 38 weeks, and after you have completed a regular Childbirth course. 

Also available as part of our Childbirth Preparation Bundle class package. 

This single session is intended for couples in their third trimester who have completed the 1-day or 4-week childbirth classes. It expands on intervention-free methods of labor management discussed in our prepared childbirth classes. Each couple will receive their own long woven wrap (similar to the Rebozo used by Mexican and Central American Indigenous birth workers) to practice hands-on comfort techniques and coping skills to ease pregnancy discomforts, manage pain during labor, and help bring the baby down into an optimal position for birth. Your partner or support person will learn skills to support you more effectively. This class does not cover general childbirth information. We strongly suggest taking one of our childbirth preparation classes (or one with another educator) prior to this class.

What to bring:

Bring along a yoga mat, towel, or small blanket for floor work. Dress comfortably in clothing that can accommodate a variety of positions.

Spinning Babies for Parents

Spinning Babies for Parents

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Format: In-person at 3074 Whitney Ave, Bldg 2, Hamden, CT, 06418

Price: $130 per couple

Day & Time: Thursdays at 6:30pm 

Note: This class is for expectant parents only, starting as early as 14 weeks gestation. The optimal time to take this class is 20 to 34 weeks gestation, though you may still benefit if you are further along. 

Also available as part of our Childbirth Preparation Bundle class package. 

Spinning Babies® for Parents is a single session class that highlights your baby’s active role in birth. During labor the baby needs to pass through the three levels of the pelvis. Learn techniques to help your pelvis and the muscles that support or restrict your pelvic levels. These techniques can help release tight ligaments and muscles which can pull and twist causing pelvic pain during pregnancy and discomfort during birth. Together, you and your birth partner can use these techniques before and during labor to help “make room for baby!” Spinning Babies reveal how the baby can find optimal positions for labor and make birth less painful!

Topics:

  • Learn about Spinning Babies Techniques
  • Daily Essential Activities
  • The Three Sisters of Balance and how they help birth muscles to relax and add comfort now to ease birth later.
  • Birth positions that open the pelvis that let the baby come through more easily
  • Bring your birth partner to learn how to help you in pregnancy for comfort in labor and birth

What to bring:

Bring along a yoga mat, towel, or small blanket for floor work. Dress comfortably in clothing that can accommodate a variety of positions.

Mindful Birth

Mindful Birth

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Format: Prerecorded class to watch at your convenience.

Price: $50 per couple

Note: Also available as part of our Childbirth Preparation Bundle class package. 

This is a previously recorded webinar taught by Ashley that can be viewed at your convenience.  The class will go over practical skills to help prepare your mind for a positive labor and birth experience with mindfulness techniques, sports psychology, and the science behind labor hormones. Content from Gentlebirth® training is also included.
This class does not cover general childbirth information such as interventions or coping strategies for labor. For that we recommend our 1-day or 4-week Childbirth class options.

Childbirth Preparation Bundle

Childbirth Preparation Bundle

Format: Pre-recorded & In-person at 3074 Whitney Ave, Bldg 2, Hamden, CT, 06418

Price:

Non-Clients: $550  ($50 savings)

Doula Clients: $530 ($70 savings)

This class is worth $600.

Date: Please check individual class schedule

We’ve taken our four most popular childbirth classes and put them together into one amazing all-inclusive package deal with a combined 14 hours of in-person instruction. It is highly recommended for anyone new to the birthing experience whose goal is to have an unmedicated birth with minimal interventions. Participants also receive a free woven wrap and will learn how to use it to ease pregnancy discomforts and aid with positioning during labor. In total a $600 value!

Classes include: 

  • 4-week Childbirth Series (worth $300)
  • Mindful Birth (online) (worth $50)
  • Advanced Coping Strategies for Labor (worth $120)
  • Spinning Babies for Parents (worth $130)

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