We know you’re committed to a healthy pregnancy, healthy baby and a safe delivery. We feel that childbirth preparation is essential for a healthy birth. So in addition to our large lending library of books and videos, Bay Area Birth Center hosts and recommends a variety of childbirth education courses throughout the year. Please contact the instructor directly for more information about a class.
You can view the entire Bay Area Birth Center class schedule by clicking this link (<—- this link will download an easy-to-view document for you!).
Birth Boot Camp
When: At the Birth Center on Thursdays from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: ~$350 for 10 classes
Text Courtney Alva for more information (832) 768-9277.
Some couples prefer to do education from their own homes and on their own schedules. Birth Boot Camp has wonderful online courses that are comprehensive and come with our stamp of approval.
A Work of Heart: Childbirth Education Class
When: 1-day Intensive Course offered Every Other Month
Call Nicole Deelah for more information (616) 558-4436
This intensive weekend course taught my Nicole Deelah is designed to equip couples with practical tools to help them navigate the journey into parenthood when they have chosen a home or birth center birth.
The class covers:
Basic anatomy of pregnancy
Stages of labor and their emotional/physical signs
Needs of a laboring woman
Natural labor and active birthing techniques for coping/assisting the process
Relaxation through imagery, progressive relaxation, and conditioned/cued response
Developing a birth vision
In the event of a transport
Birth Teams, roles and responsibilities, and how to cope with unsupportive family and friends
After the class, we keep in contact through a community group to offer encouragement and birth stories.
Bradley Method® Classes
When: 12 week series held at Johanna’s house in Sugarland.
Call Johanna Garcia to register at (281) 745-1503
Taught by Johanna and Juan Garcia, certified Bradley instructors, this is a 12-class series that teaches prenatal nutrition an exercise, relaxation techniques, and husband-coached childbirt. From the Bradley Method® web site: “The Bradley Method® teaches natural childbirth and views birth as a natural process. It is our belief that most women with proper education, preparation, and the help of a loving and supportive coach can be taught to give birth naturally.” Learn more.
When: Quarterly. Call 832-661-4217 for details.
Taught by Dena Rogge. This is a 3 week class that covers everything you need to know about labor and birth. Dena Rogge teaches a Lamaze class that she has developed specifically for our clients. One of the midwives teaches the last class and covers getting off to a good start and the first week after the birth. From the web site for Lamaze International: “Lamaze promotes a natural, healthy and safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. Knowing that pregnancy and childbirth can be demanding on a woman’s body and mind, Lamaze serves as a resource for information about what to expect and what choices are available during the childbearing years.” Visit the Lamaze site for more information.
La Leche League
When: Birth Center (Pasadena) 3rd Wednesday of every month at 10:30am
Heights Office (1533 1/2 Heights Blvd) 2nd Tuesday of every month at 10am
Open to all women – Pregnant moms and babies welcome!
From the web site for La Leche League USA : “The mission of La Leche League USA is to help mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.” Learn more at their web site.
When: Call for scheduling details.
From the web site for HypnoBirthing® – the Mongan Method: “HypnoBirthing® provides the missing link that allows women to use their natural instincts to bring about a safer, easier, more comfortable birthing. Emphasis is placed on pregnancy and childbirth, as well as on pre-birth parenting and the consciousness of the pre-born baby.” Learn more at the HypnoBirthing® web site.