Group Lamaze Classes
Learn the six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices and everything you need to know about healthy pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. These small group sessions focus on topics including physiologic birth, building your birth team, developing a birth plan, comfort measures during childbirth, common interventions, cesarean sections, and support techniques for birth partners. We will discuss navigating the maternity care system and media literacy (our perceptions of childbirth as it is portrayed in the media) to gain clarity on what first-time parents can really expect during this pregnancy journey. We will even create some birth art and do crafting to make tools to use during labor! Each session will feature a video, relaxation practice, and ample time for questions and answers.
Not your typical childbirth education class! In my independent childbirth education classes I put your needs at the center of everything we discuss. While hospital-based classes often lean towards providing information that makes you a “good” patient, I work hard to make sure you understand the underlying forces that may be competing against your need to get optimal care. My goal is for you to be physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared for your birth and to have numerous “tools in your toolbox” to move through the experience with evidence-based knowledge and confidence.
Class size is limited to four couples and classes take place in my home on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Plan to begin classes around your twenty-sixth week of pregnancy.
Please check in my shop for the next available session.
$300 for eight weekly two-hour sessions
Personalized Lamaze Classes
I teach private one-on-one classes with couples in 6 two-hour sessions either at your place or mine, if you prefer. I personalize the whole Lamaze curriculum to suit your needs and include information about healthy pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, the six Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices, building your birth team, interventions you might need to make decisions about during your birth, developing a birth plan, comfort measures, and anything else you are curious about! I have lots of videos and books in a lending library for you to access, and the sessions include hands-on practice in comfort measures and relaxation with you and your spouse or partner.
Your birth is such an important life event and the information can sometimes be a lot to absorb! Private classes allow you learn in a comfortable environment where all your questions and concerned can be addressed, with an instructor who is totally focused on you and your needs. I want for you to have a safe, healthy, satisfying birth and will help you learn the “ins and outs” to prepare for birth, navigate the maternity care system, and get a strong start on managing the life changes that go along with a new addition to the family.
In our classes, we will focus on evidence-based practices that are proven to lead to healthier births. Also, I have personal experience that I share from birthing and parenting my three children, as well as eight years as an advocate for healthy birth on the local and national levels.
Classes available in the Greater Hartford, Connecticut area.
Call me to arrange a schedule that works for you!
$360 for six private sessions