FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes BirthWell Class unique?

You receive information from an experienced educator and a mother.  I have 10 years of experience teaching and helping students learn.  My goal is to provide you with unbiased, comprehensive information on pregnancy and the childbirth experience that will allow you to make the best decisions for your family.

Which birthing method does BirthWell Class advocate?

The BirthWell Class curriculum gives you the tools to labor with confidence.  I am a firm believer in natural childbirth; however, I understand that not everyone is able to have a natural childbirth. I spend a significant amount of time on the various interventions that are available during labor and how a cesarean birth is performed.

To quote CAPPA, the purpose of a childbirth educator is as follows:  ”Today, expectant parents need more than just academics. Today’s birthing woman needs a place where connecting with her baby, other expectant families, her partner and herself is honored and supported. She needs access to an expert who can answer questions regarding information she’s already acquired. Perhaps most importantly, she needs support and encouragement to acknowledge the inner wisdom her body provides to birth her baby in the manner that is best for her. CAPPA childbirth educators are equipped and trained to provide such a place of connection, support and encouragement – changing the world one baby, one mother, one family at a time.”

If I take your class, do I still need to take a Bradley Class or a hospital childbirth class?

No. I’ve designed my class to cover everything from nutrition during pregnancy, recognizing labor, labor and delivery, postpartum care and baby care.  My classes will prepare you for a natural childbirth experience; however, you will also learn about interventions or other procedures that may be needed.

If you plan to have a hospital birth, I strongly recommend that you thoroughly research, tour and pre-register with the hospital. Often, hospitals have a registration process and information sessions that will help prepare you for their processes and procedures.

When should I begin taking classes?

I recommend that couples begin taking my classes by your 5th month of pregnancy and completing classes by your 7th month of pregnancy.

Does my husband or partner have to attend classes?

I highly recommend that both the expectant mother and the labor support partner attend the class.  This way, both can learn about the changes that the expectant mother experiences during pregnancy, during labor and in the postpartum period.

What is your typical class size?

Typical class size will include 6-8 couples.  However, I am able to accommodate up to 10 couples per class.

How do I sign-up for a class?

You can sign up for a class series by reviewing the list of upcoming classes and by completing the registration form.  You can use the following links to view the class schedule and to complete the registration form.  Schedule | Sign Up

How do I reserve my space in your classes?

After completing the registration form, you will receive an email invoice for a non-refundable deposit of $75 to hold your place for the class series you want.  This deposit will be subtracted from the total cost of the class series for which you registered.

What methods of payment do you accept?

After you have completed the registration form, you will receive an invoice via email with a link to pay your deposit online using a secure payment system.  You may pay your deposit only or pay for the whole course at that time.  The balance for each series is due at the first class.  You may pay with cash, check or credit card at your first class.

Do I have to begin a class series with the first class?

I recommend that you join a class series at the beginning so that you can build relationships with others in your class and so that you receive the course content as it was intentionally designed to provide you with information that is relevant to the chronology of pregnancy and childbirth.  That said, schedules are flexible: given the number of spaces available in a series, and your estimated due date, it is possible to begin taking classes at any point in a series.  For example, if you begin with class #3, your series will

Class 3

Class 4

Class 5

Class 6

Class 1

Class 2

If it is not possible for you to join a class at the beginning of a series, please email or call me before registering.

Are make-up classes available if I miss a class?

In general, make-up classes will not be available due to the scheduling of the classes in each series.  However, if it is possible due to the class size of a given series, I will do my best of accommodate your need to make up a class given your expected due date.

Is there anything I need to bring to class?

Something to write with, plus whatever snacks you enjoy!  Light snacks will be provided. Given the timing of our class, it is okay with me if you bring your dinner to class.

Is there anything I need to do to prepare for class?

From time to time, you may be assigned some light reading to prepare for a later class.  Once you have registered for a class, you will be provided with a list of resources and reading material.