This four-week course, required for first-time parents planning to give birth at The Birth Center, covers the anatomy and physiology of labor and birth, natural pain coping strategies, unexpected outcomes, and birth technology. Immediate postpartum issues and newborn care will also be briefly discussed.
Classes incorporate mindfulness exercises, focused breathing, relaxation techniques, movement for labor, and partner support skills. The format combines lecture, discussion, hands-on demonstration, and student participation. Birth videos will be shown.
At this time, our Preparation for Childbirth class series is only offered to LWC clients.
“Having delivered twice at The Birth Center at LWC, I couldn’t be happier with my experiences. I felt so cared for and safe there. Welcoming, comforting, trustworthy—the combination of the homey feel I wanted with professional, experienced midwives and nurses let me relax, knowing I was in good hands. The midwives, always there when we needed them, also seemed to know just when to give us space. When pushing became difficult during my second birth, the midwife quickly assessed the situation and helped me get things back on track. I can’t imagine birthing anywhere else.”