Childbirth Classes in Connecticut
Proactive childbirth education designed with you in mind
You wouldn’t plan a road trip without learning how to drive - so why would you go through childbirth without learning how it works? My custom childbirth education classes include the anatomy and physiology of labor and birth, comfort measures and coping techniques for the big day, background on the options that will be available to you at your birth location, and other topics tailored to your individual preferences. If you know you want a vaginal unmedicated birth, I'm not going to spend a ton of time discussing medical pain relief or Cesarean birth - although we will do a brief overview of both. On the flip side, if you know you want an epidural, I won't devote a lot of time talking about laboring out of bed. If you have special circumstances around your pregnancy, I will create custom modules to fit your situation. Time is precious for all of us and I want to spend it sharing the resources that will benefit you the most.
Topics can include*:
Processes of pregnancy, including common challenges and complications
Signs of labor
Stages and Phases of Labor
Optimal fetal positioning
Comfort measures and coping techniques for labor and birth
How partners (if present) can help
Medical pain relief
Informed consent for medical procedures
Communicating with Healthcare Providers
Writing a birth plan
Procedures taking place in a hospital setting
Postpartum care of the birthing person
Managing expectations of the postpartum period
*Based on client needs
Covering all the bases
No one can predict the outcome of labor and birth. Switching up your birth plan is sometimes the baby's first way of showing you who's boss! But childbirth education is the best way to prepare for all scenarios. You will know how what to expect in your ideal situation, and if you are in an unexpected situation you aren't completely caught off-guard.
Class formats to fit your schedule
I know you're busy! That's why I offer our childbirth series in a number of different ways to accommodate any schedule and can all be done privately in your home, over video conferencing, or at one of my shared office locations. I also offer group discounts for three couples or more! Choose from:
Comprehensive 4-week course
Includes topics listed above, according to client’s needs
Express 4-hour “Birth Basics” course (Private or through Birth Tribe in New Britain and New Haven*)
An overview of pregnancy, labor, and birth, geared towards birthing in a hospital setting. This class does not cover hands-on comfort techniques.
Advanced Comfort Measures course (Through Birth Tribe in New Britain and New Haven*)
A hands-on class to learn massage techniques from a LMT and comfort techniques used by doulas with their clients. A good companion to the Birth Basics class.
*New Haven class dates TBA
Need a different option? Contact me and we'll discuss how to make it work.