Frequently asked Questions
1. Do I REALLY need to take classes before I deliver? How are these classes different than the ones offered at the hospital or other community locations?
We strongly recommend you take a childbirth preparation class (as well as the baby care and Breastfeeding class- if you are planning to breastfeed your newborn). While there is a lot of information available online- you are not always assured the information is evidence-based or up-to-date. Plus, there is another benefit of meeting other new couples sharing many of the concerns and feelings that you are. Hands-on practice and class demonstrations are also valuable tools to help you learn.
Hospital classes are often focused on the process of labor within a hospital setting and the emphasis is on preparing you for labor management in the hospital. Independent community classes are often taught by doulas- who are certified birth professionals- but are often not medically licensed- and their emphasis is on the natural management of labor and not as much on the hospital environment. As a nurse, I see the importance of both types of classes and have tailored our curriculum to provide you with the best of both! I want you to be fully prepared with the proper tools to not only manage your labor for as long as you can- but to be well informed of options available (taught from a medical perspective) should you find that you do need intervention at some point.
2. Can I come alone or is my partner required to attend with me?
While it is best if both you and your partner/coach attend the classes together, we still recommend you come alone if that is not possible. You will learn information that will give you a better understanding of what to expect and you can share the handouts with them at home. If your partner/coach has to miss one class in a series, or is unable to attend; you are welcome to bring someone else.
3. How many support people can I bring with me?
Due to space restraints, we ask that you limit to bringing just one person with you to class.
4. Is there an additional charge for my partner/coach?
No- the class fee includes participation for you and one support person.
5. What should we bring to class?
We recommend you bring a water bottle and a snack to all classes. In addition, we recommend:
*Breastfeeding class: Doll or stuffed animal
*Full Day Childbirth: Pillow, Blanket & Yoga Mat if you have one. We also recommend you bring a lunch (or plan to go to a nearby fast food place for a short lunch break).
*Weekly childbirth class: Pillow, Blanket & Yoga Mat if you have one.
*Comfort Measures: Pillow, Blanket & Yoga Mat if you have one
6. Does insurance cover the cost of classes?
You can certainly check with your insurance provider to see if there is any reimbursement for classes- but we do not bill insurance for you. We will provide you with a receipt that you can submit for reimbursement if applicable.