Childbirth Education in Washington DC

Your Birth, Your Baby, Your Experience

There isn't one right way to give birth, and what makes a positive birth will look different to each family.

My childbirth classes use the Your Birth Experience curriculum. This approach to birth education recognizes the importance of your individual needs and personality in birth. Your Birth Experience gives you information, tools, and resources to help you be an active participant in your birth.

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Why Your Birth Experience?

  • Unbiased, evidence-based information
  • Communication and decision-making tools tailored to your individual needs
  • Preparation for all births, whether it’s hospital, home, or birth center, medicated or unmedicated
  • Knowledge and tools to navigate the unpredictability of birth
    Confidence in birth and yourself

Preparing for Your Birth Experience

Next Series:

Wednesdays 6:30pm-9:00pm

January 10th, 17th, 24th

This comprehensive birth class provides you with the information and tools you need to prepare for a positive birth experience. This class combines practical, factual information with an understanding of your own needs. By the end of class you will be ready for your birth however it unfolds.

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We will cover:

  • Envisioning your birth
  • How your personality affects your needs and decision making in birth
  • The physiological process of birth
  • Preparing for birth mentally, physically, and emotionally
  • Relaxation and comfort measures
  • Labor and birth positions
  • Understanding your options and interventions (medical and non-medical)
  • Cesarean birth
  • Creating an effective birth plan
  • Postpartum care

Your class includes the Your Birth Experience Parent Guide. This interactive childbirth book/journal will walk you through planning for your birth experience.

I offer this class as a 3 week group class through Balanced Birth Support.

Group class: $275 per couple

Upcoming Series:

3 week birth series dates

Wednesdays 6:30pm-9:00pm
January 10th, 17th, 24th

Class registration is handled through Balanced Birth Support

Preparing for Birth and Beyond

Next Series:

No upcoming dates at this time

There is so much to learn when you are pregnant. This 7 week prenatal series takes away the stress by giving you a well-rounded preparation for welcoming your new baby. You will learn all about birth as well as breastfeeding, infant sleep, and the first few months with baby. 

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  • Classes 1-4 prepare you for birth using the above birth class description.
  • Class 5 gives practical strategies for how to thrive as a family in baby’s first 3 months (the 4th trimester).
  • Class 6 focuses on breastfeeding: how to breastfeed, what’s normal, and common challenges
  • Class 7 is all about normal infant sleep, ensuring safe sleep, and nighttime parenting tools.

Your class includes the Your Birth Experience Parent Guide. This interactive childbirth book/journal will walk you through planning for your birth experience.

Group class: $300 per individual, $400 per couple

Upcoming Series:

No upcoming dates at this time

Private Childbirth Classes

Whether you need the flexibility of scheduling a childbirth class based around your busy schedule, or you prefer the intimacy and individual attention of a private class, I can tailor the class to your specific situation.

Private classes:

  • Give extra time for questions
  • Allow us to focus extra time on topics of your choosing
  • Can be scheduled around your busy life
  • Provide individual attention to address your concerns
  • Can include time to discuss previous birth experiences

Preparing for some types of births can be more difficult. Private classes either as a short add on to a group class or as a comprehensive private class can allow for additional information and emotional support. Planning a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), scheduled cesarean, and pregnancy after loss  can all bring unique challenges for expecting parents, and you may desire a private class to feel best prepared.  

Private class: $75 per hour.

I can help determine the length of time needed after hearing more about your goals.

Classes are held in my home in Capitol Hill, Washington DC less than 2 blocks from Stadium Armory Metro.

Exact address will be given after class registration.

Birth Class FAQ

Why should I take a childbirth class?

Birth classes decrease fear of birth by helping  you understand what to expect from birth. You learn the risks and benefits of common interventions so that you can make informed decisions during your labor. Childbirth education gives you coping tools to use while laboring to better work with the birth process. Childbirth preparation also encourages conversations about birth and parenting between the pregnant person and partner. 

Why can’t I just go with the flow?

There are choices being made about your birth whether or not you are making them. Knowing your options allows you to make informed choices. Making informed decisions with your care provider gives you ownership over the experience. Actively making choices ensures that your care aligns with your values and needs. 

Does where I give birth matter?

Where you give birth will determine many of your standard care policies. Maternity care policies vary greatly from place to place. It is possible to receive care that is not routine for your birth setting, but you will have to advocate for yourself.