This class covers the essential information about labor and birth, and includes a brief overview of newborn care and feeding.
It is recommended for experienced parents who did not take classes with their first baby, or for first-time parents with busy schedules or limited time available before baby’s estimated due date.
- Choices in pregnancy and Childbirth
- Stages of labor
- Signs that labor is starting and Coping with early labor
- Knowing when it’s time to go to the birthplace, or call midwife to attend a home birth
- Techniques for coping with labor pain: breathing, relaxation, labor support, pain medication
- Knowing when it’s time to start pushing. Birth.
- Typical hospital routines and procedures
- Variations in labor and possible interventions, including Cesarean birth
- Introduction to breastfeeding and basic newborn care
Offered in either a 2-day format with a 4-hour session each day, or 1-day format of an 8.5-hour session (1-day sessions include a 45-minute lunch break).
Typical class times are on weekends either 9am-1pm, or occasionally afternoons, 1pm-5pm, for the 2-day format, 9am-5:30pm for one-day format.
This class is offered at several locations >>. All classes are open to anyone, regardless of where they are giving birth. Class fee covers pregnant parents and one support person, and includes a copy of our book Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn >>
Other Classes to Consider
Note: The Great Starts series >> covers labor and birth, breastfeeding, and newborn care in more detail than the mini-series, and also allows more time for practicing pain skills.
First-time parents may prefer this more comprehensive series, or registering for additional supplemental classes that may provide more flexible scheduling, such as Breastfeeding >> Newborn Care >> and Life With Baby >>
Please see our registration page for price information.