Childbirth Education Classes at the Birth Center
There’s no doubt about it, our team is super passionate about childbirth education as a part of the process of pregnancy.
It allows our clients to learn about their pregnancy and upcoming labor & birth via a variety of education methods that include one-on-one prenatal appointments paired with the various classes and educational events we offer to clients and the community.
If you’re interested, check our calendar for dates and times.
Which classes do we offer?
We offer 4 different childbirth education classes at the birth center:
- Preparing for a Birth Center Birth (recommended for anyone with no prior experience of natural birth and for first-time mothers-to-be)
- Introduction to Breastfeeding
- The Birth Process. Comfort & Coping Techniques
- Your Postpartum: The First 2 Weeks
You are welcome to take any class, but we highly recommend taking the “Preparing for Birth” and “The Birth Process” classes, especially for first-time parents. They help prepare you for what’s to come and what you can do to feel more at ease.
Why should you consider taking these classes?
Taking these classes helps you feel confident in what happens to your body and the process of labor. Knowing what to expect from the body and how it performs during childbirth helps reduce the fear around labor.
It helps you know:
- What to expect the start of labor to feel like
- What you need to do to prepare for it
- How to time contractions
- Different positions & techniques to feel more comfortable
These classes are not only beneficial for you but your partner as well! Education helps to empower the partner since they are better equipped to support the laboring person. We recommend attending all four classes in the series if you have never had a baby or if you’d like to better prepare for having one.
The earlier classes help cover changes in the body and how to cope with the aches and pains of pregnancy. The later classes are more focused on labor.
We’ll talk about:
- what to expect during labor
- signs and symptoms of labor
- when to call a midwife
- coping techniques- when you should eat/drink
- what may feel good- what to bring to the birth center
To help you feel more comfortable with your environment, we offer a Birth Center Orientation and Tour of the space. We also offer private tours for those that need a more up-close experience. If you want to learn more about Willow Midwife Center and our care, send us a message!