Childbirth Classes

Preparation for Childbirth

This class can be taken as two 2.25-hour classes, or one 4 hour weekend private class for expectant families. CURRENTLY ALL CLASSES ARE BEING OFFERED VIRTUALLY THROUGH ZOOM.

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 "virtual" tour of the University of Vermont Medical Center's Birthing Center is included in this class.

Families also receive several PDF labor-preparation handouts and labor and comfort measure positions handouts.

 

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.