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Choosing a Childbirth Education Class


I often get asked…”Is Childbirth Education necessary?”

YES! Childbirth Education is very important in understanding what is coming next for your body, baby and how you will navigate this experience with a new found confidence. Classes will give you a solid framework for you, and your partner to be well equipped and prepared for your baby’s birth.

So, “Which is the ‘right’ class for me”?

There are many childbirth education options out there and it can feel confusing on where to start. At the end of the day, just like birth, there is no wrong way to do this. Childbirth Ed is the same. The classes will hopefully give you a wide range of education, comfort measures, and self development so you can discover more how you may work with your labor on the day of.

“But is Childbirth Education necessary if I have you?”

As your Doula, I reinforce the information you’ve gathered and begin to apply it. We discuss, interpret, and practice what you’ve learned so when labor begins, you can rely not only on the education itself, but the preparation that we have instilled together. We will also focus on areas that you are seeking more guidance through, and highlight areas that may have been missed, ensuring that no matter where you receive your information you have the whole picture.

All Childbirth Education will have slightly different approaches and areas of focus so I think here are some introspective questions you can ask yourself when deciding what suits your needs:

  • Do you prefer learning in person or virtually? In a group setting, or one on one? Do you seek the convenience of learning at your own pace or do you like having a date on the calendar?

  • Is your Childbirth Educator trained, certified, and accredited? Look for (CBE) after the name.

  • What material is important to you? Do you like just the facts of birth, the heart felt intuitive experiences you may encounter, or a little of both?

  • Does the class or instructor reflect your birth philosophy while staying inclusive to all possibilities? Or does the class focus one way or another?

Regardless of what you decide, childbirth education is just like birth in that there is no wrong way to do it. Just discover which style feels best for you. My hope is that you will not only be more prepared having the information in the end...but there was transformation and growth within each of you during the classes which taught you more than the material itself, but helped you learn more about yourself. In my opinion, some of the best classes reflect a combination of what we highlight and practice together including evidence-based information, mind-body based practices, deep introspection, story telling, reflection, and un-biased preparation of all outcomes.

To help provide

the resources you need, I have listed a few of the Top Class Brands below:

Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth®

The Bradley Method® series is designed for small classes with lots of individual attention. The standard length is 12 weeks covering 12 units of instruction. The Student Workbook is included with classes. It has over 130 pages with over 75 pictures and illustrations. Our classes stress the importance of Healthy Baby, Healthy Mother and Healthy Families. The Bradley Method® classes cover it all: nutrition, exercise, being more comfortable during pregnancy, the coaches role, introductory information about labor and birth, advanced techniques for labor and birth, complications, cesarean sections, postpartum care, breastfeeding (we do recommend La Leche League meetings) and caring for your new baby.

Hypnobirthing®—The Mongan Method

Hypnobirthing®–The Mongan Method is a unique method of relaxed natural childbirth education, enhance by self-hypnosis techniques. Hypnobirthing® is the missing link that allows women to use their natural instincts to bring about a safer, easier, more comfortable birthing. Emphasis is placed on pregnancy and childbirth, as well as on pre-birth parenting and the consciousness of the pre-born baby. As a birthing method, Hypnobirthing® is as new as tomorrow and as old as ancient times. It is presented in a series of 5 2 1/2 hour classes.

Hypnobabies®

Hypnobabies® is a very successful 6 week, 3-hours per week, complete childbirth education course that was adapted with permission from Gerald Kein’s “Painless Childbirth Program” techniques rather than using simple relaxation, breathing or guided imagery. This allows our Hypno-Moms to enjoy “eyes-open childbirth hypnosis”, easily remaining deeply in hypnosis while walking, talking and changing positions; being as mobile as they would like to be during childbirth. Hypnobabies® is well-known for helping women to create much shorter, easier and more comfortable labors, making childbirth the joyful experience it was meant to be. Expectant mothers use our Hypnobabies ® Workbook, CDs and hypnosis scripts to train their inner mind that contractions in labor will be felt only as pressure, tightening, pushing, pulling and normal baby movement sensations. Women are fully in tune with their babies during the birthing process, and as aware of everything around them as they’d like to be, easily able to communicate with their support team, and completely in charge of their own birth experience.

Blissborn Natural Childbirth

Blissborn teaches a highly effective way to use self-hypnosis to stay calm, release fear, control sensations and create the kind of satisfying birth experience you so desire. Each two-hour class features activities including hypnosis, discussion and special training for birth partners. A well-trained and well-informed partner is a huge part of this program. Also included are 6 CD’s one for each class, and one for birth, in addition to a comprehensive manual that is extremely well organized, making learning easy, effective and fun.

Birthing from Within®

Birthing From Within® is a creative, nurturing, and personal way of preparing for birth and parenting. You will learn how to listen to your wise inner voice, tap into the wisdom of ancient wise women, and develop your instinctive knowledge of birth through the use of birth art, interactive class discussions, and pain-coping practices. Classes are kept small to enhance intimacy and ensure that each participant receives the attention she/he deserves. The individual needs of the couples always help shape the flow of the series.

Birthworks® International

BirthWorks embodies the philosophy of developing a woman’s self-confidence, trust, and faith in her innate ability to give birth. It is our mission to train childbirth educators and doulas who in turn provide evidence-based, current information to birthing families through a unique experiential approach that is based on human values. BirthWorks seeks working relationships with other childbirth related organizations, striving together to help birthing families make more informed and safe choices for birth.

Lamaze® International

Knowing that pregnancy and birth can be demanding on your body and mind, Lamaze seeks to help build your confidence and ensure that you have the support you need during pregnancy and birth. Lamaze® supports evidence-based pregnancy and birth practices that are supported by research and experienced childbirth educators. It guides you as you navigate all of your options, and their benefits and drawbacks. seeks to empower you as you explore how your body was designed for birth, and encourages you to work with your body’s natural abilities. Provides strategies for natural pain management during labor, reducing unnecessary medical interventions. Stressing the importance of natural pain management strategies through labor and birth, helping you choose methods that are safe and healthy. Encourages bonding between you and your baby, with the importance of skin-to-skin contact and time to get to know your new baby after birth.

Sacred Pregnancy

If you are at the end of your pregnancy and want a special place for you and your partner to connect to discuss important birthing topics as you dance, run or confidently walk through your Rite of Passage from Maiden to Mother…Then you NEED Sacred Pregnancy BIRTH Journey classes! Birth is a unique and special time for every woman, no matter HOW or WHERE it happens and each birth should be looked at as the Most Sacred Time in a woman’s life. Only GOOD can come from a peaceful, empowered birth experience, both for the mother and the baby. You will also gain CRITICAL information about postpartum care and Mother Roasting!