A four-week course required for first-time birthers and their partner or support person. This class 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.
$360 per couple
Cost includes Focus on Breastfeeding and First Days at Home classes on additional dates.
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.”
Upcoming Preparation for Childbirth Classes
Tuesdays, 7 – 9:30 pm (4 per series)
July 23rd-August 13th
August 20th-September 10th
September 17th-October 8th
October 15th-November 5th
November 12th-December 3rd
December 10th-January 14th (no class on 12/24 or 12/31)
January 21st-February 11th
February 18th-March 10th
Wednesdays, 7 – 9:30 pm (4 per series)
September 11th-October 2nd
October 9th-October 30th
December 4th-January 8th (no class on 12/25 or 1/1)