We recommend all clients who are having their first baby, or their first out-of-hospital birth, to take a comprehensive natural childbirth education class. Childbirth classes give you detailed information about the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, labor, postpartum and breastfeeding.
The classes empower you to make your own decisions about how you want to birth your baby. You will learn what labor is- and what it isn’t- and how to cope with the natural and normal pain of labor. Couples will learn effective ways to labor together. We truly believe that women who take a good childbirth education class tend to have successful vaginal deliveries and are satisfied with their births. Knowledge is power!
There are many different types of childbirth classes out there. Our favorites are:
Birth Boot Camp– 10 week course. We have in-house instructors, but there are many other options for BBC providers in our area. Pick up a flyer from the birth center or visit our on site instructor’s website.
Christian Childbirth Education– 5 week course. Pick up a flyer from the birth center or visit our on site instructor’s website.
Bradley Method– 12 week course. This is not an on-site class, but our recommended instructor can be found here.
You should expect to pay anywhere from $200-$400 on childbirth education. Take a deep breath! We know that’s a lot of money, but you are investing in one of the most important things you can do to have a healthy, successful and satisfying birth.