Ready, Set, Baby!
I was certified as both childbirth educator and birth doula almost thirty years ago and offer private or group prenatal education at various locations in the East Bay. Currently I am teaching at Then Comes Baby in Oakland and Pacifica Family Maternity Center in Berkeley. In the past I have offered classes at Alta Bates Hospital and Birthways in Berkeley, Natural Resources in San Francisco, Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, Blossom Birth Services in Palo Alto (of which I’m the founder) and many other Bay Area locations. I also offer private or small group (two or three couples) in the comfort of your home, on your schedule. Your life is busy and your time is precious. Sometimes having an educator come to you will work best with your life needs.
I have an eclectic non-judgmental style of teaching “what to expect” partially based on what I have seen work at the hundreds of births I have attended as a doula. Classes cover basic anatomy and birth physiology, pre-labor signs, and how to make decisions that will allow you to follow your own path to birth in your unique way. Learn how to make your home a peaceful “laboring space” as we practice comfort measures, massage options, labor positions, partner support, breathing and sound techniques. Decision-making, variations, medications, complications and technology will also be discussed, as well as information regarding the use of a birth plan should you wish to create one to share with your practitioners. Classes are suitable for those birthing at home, hospital or birth center.
Group classes held at Pacifica meet one evening a week for four weeks, from 6:30-9pm. Classes are limited to four couples so that there is plenty of time to get to know each other and to fully discuss your thoughts and questions. Small groups allow for more time to process, practice and get to know each other as you travel this path together and create a new community to enjoy once your babies arrive.
Pacifica small group 4-week series: $250/couple Enrollment in a series at Pacifica includes a $50 discount on my Placenta Encapsulation Services ($200 instead of $250).
Private childbirth preparation classes are held either in three classes of approximately 2½ hours each, or two classes of approximately 3-3½ hours each, depending on your schedule and mine. Classes with more than one couple should plan to add a little more time each session for discussion and questions. Length of classes is approximate, as my work is not complete until your questions are answered and you feel inspired, confident and ready for labor!
Private prenatal series in your home: $300 Two or more couples: $250/couple
Preparing for Labor practice sessions – Forgotten what you learned in your classes? Two hours of refresher regarding comfort & breathing techniques, creating your optimum labor space at home, important reminders for early labor as you begin the last days of pregnancy and move into labor. Typically scheduled for 36-37 weeks.
Preparing for Labor practice session in your home: One two-hour session: $100
For Private classes or a Preparing for Labor session, email Anna at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a date and time. Fees are due at the first class session.
Ideally, I suggest your series of preparation classes be held in your seventh month of pregnancy or early in the eighth month to allow for time to process, practice and make your ideas your own. However, preparation at any stage will be helpful regardless of timing. To allow you to choose the best dates to suit you, please contact me as soon as possible.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you explore your myriad birth options on your own time, in your own way and at your convenience!