I provide unbiased information about the standard protocols of a wide variety of obstetricians, hospitals, birth centers, and homebirth midwives, based on my experiences over the last 12 years and 400+ births, which instructors who are employed by a single institution may not be able to do. Although I am honored that many care providers refer their clients to me, I do not work for any institution or care provider, and am paid only by the couples in my class.
Natural Childbirth Emphasis
Pursuing an unmedicated childbirth is not a common choice in today’s culture, nor is it an option heavily emphasized in most hospital childbirth classes. Couples who wish to try “going natural” will benefit from a class specifically tailored to preparing them for natural birth to be an attainable option, no matter where they are giving birth- in or out of the hospital.
Introduction to Coping Techniques
Rather than focusing on a single “method” of childbirth education, such as Bradley, Lamaze, Birthing from Within, or Hypnobirthing, my classes use a practical combination of approaches, incorporating elements from many schools of thought about birth. Armed with an introduction to the different options available to them, individual couples can pursue further education about the technique(s) they find the most helpful and appealing.
“Boot-camp style” childbirth classes are taught all in one weekend: Friday night, Saturday afternoon, Sunday afternoon- 12 hours in all. This series is convenient for busy couples whose schedules do not allow for a traditional natural CBE series, held over many weeks or weekends in a row.
Cherish Birth childbirth classes cost $225 for the series. Clients who complete my birth classes and also choose me to be their doula receive a $50 discount off of my usual doula fee of $1200.
Cherish Birth childbirth classes include only three or four couples, facilitating individualized instruction tailored to the needs of the specific participants.
Christian Childbirth Classes Available
For those who value a faith-based perspective on the miracle of pregnancy and birth, these classes cover all the same information and techniques as the standard natural childbirth class series, with the added faith-based focus.