Childbirth Classes and More

Classes: I teach these classes for the purpose of sharing unbiased information and resources with parents so they will be able to make informed decisions for their baby and family. My hope is to create an environment where everyone in class can listen, participate, and share. These classes are for birth parents and families planning all types of birth, whether in the hospital, home, or a birth center, and for parents welcoming their first baby or have more children. 

I offer private classes or private group classes if you have friends who can join. Feeding Your Baby, Postpartum, and Labor Refresher classes are around three hours long, with a break in the middle, $175 per class. Pricing for Childbirth 4-week series is $275. No one is turned away for lack of funds, discounts available. If you are interested in taking one of the classes listed below please contact me!

Childbirth class, childbirth preparation, Alameda classes

Labor and Birth 4-week series:

Please contact me soon if you are interested!

Mondays April 15th, 22nd, 29th and May 6th, 7 – 8:45pm

Good Witch Acupuncture, Lincoln Ave. Alameda

  • Class 1: Anatomy of birth – what’s actually going on in there
    • Preparing your body for a smoother birth
    • Labor stages – there’s a wide range of normal
    • When to call your midwife or doula
  • Class 2: Labor positions and breathing – coping with the unpredictable and working with your body
    • Videos of normal labor and birth
  • Class 3: What to expect when laboring at home – gathering your best birth team and setting up your space
    • What to expect in the hospital – what to bring, setting up your space, and a discussion of possible interventions
  • Class 4: Feeding your baby – getting started with breastfeeding and other feeding options
    • Healing from the birth – the best self-care for a healthy recovery
    • The right expectations of yourself, your partner and your baby
    • Newborn care – sleep, eating, normal baby habits

Please contact me soon if you are interested in this class! $275 for the series, or $75 per class.

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There is no class scheduled yet. Please contact me if you are interested.

VBAC Preparation Class

  • Processing previous labor and birth experiences – how will things be the same this time around?
  • Discussing the specifics of Vaginal Birth After Cesarean – what your doctor or midwife will be watching for
  • The importance of a your labor support team and care provider
  • Review of birth anatomy and labor stages – changes for this birth

Labor and Birth Refresher Class

Labor and Birth refresher class

When: Saturday, July 27th, 2-5pm

Where: Leela Yoga, Alameda.

Cost: $150 per class, includes the birthing person and one other

Please contact me to reserve a spot in the class!

  • Processing previous labor and birth experiences – will things be the same this time around?
  • Incorporating a new person into the family – talking to siblings about a new baby and the changing dynamic of your adult relationships
  • Review of birth anatomy and labor stages – changes for this birth
  • What will be different about your body after this labor and birth

How to Feed Your Baby

  • Physical changes – finding bras, easing engorgement, nipple health
  • Positioning and latch – guides for how things should look and feel
  • Foods to support your milk supply
  • Signs of trouble: nipple pain, mastitis, clogged ducts, thrush
  • Pumping and bottle feeding
  • Supplementing with donor milk or formula
  • I encourage you to take this class before you have your baby if possible.

Care After the Birth

  • Your new, changing body and self-care – recovery from the birth and good habits going forward
  • The first two weeks – rhythms of your new baby
  • Nutrition and exercise for the postpartum time
  • Emotional health – baby blues and postpartum depression
  • Finding the right kind of support
  • Incorporating your new baby into an existing family
  • Newborn care: diapers, bathing, sleeping, and more
  • I encourage you to take this class before you have your baby if possible.