Beginnings

A Center for Childbirth and Parenting Education

Preparation for Childbirth

This class can be taken as five 2.25-hour classes, or two 5- hour weekend classes for expectant mothers and their support person who have never taken a childbirth preparation class. A 4-hour private class is also available for an additional fee.

Topics covered:  An overview of what happens physically and emotionally during labor and birth, and how to manage these challenges. The role of support people during labor; comfort measures: including breathing and relaxation techniques. Variations in labor, pain medication, Cesarean birth, and the postpartum period are also covered. A tour of the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Birthing Center is included in this class.

Families also receive a copy of Understanding Birth.  This comprehensive booklet provides free access to www.SeeWhatYouRead.com, featuring over 60 online video clips (including birth stories) and several printable labor-preparation worksheets.

 

Refresher in Childbirth

This 3-hour private class is for people who have participated in childbirth education classes with a previous pregnancy.

Topics covered:  A review of the physical and emotional challenges of labor and birth. This includes the role of support person, comfort measures, variations in labor, pain medication, Cesarean birth, and preparing siblings for the new baby.

 

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

This 3-hour private class is for expectant parents seeking education and support in planning for a vaginal birth following a previous Cesarean birth.

Topics covered:  A review of the physical and emotional challenges of labor and birth. This includes the role of the support person, comfort measures, variations in labor, pain medication, Cesarean birth, and preparing siblings for the new baby.