We are lucky to live in a time when so much natural birthing information is available to us! The Birth Center strongly recommends that a mother and her partner take a high quality, independent birthing class. Taking a class will help prepare a mother and her partner with knowledge about pregnancy, comfort techniques, tools for labor, information about natural responses to labor, and caring for a new baby. There are many types of classes and what type of class you choose is personal and may include the teacher’s personality, the techniques used, when and where the class is taught and the cost of the class. You should make choices early, by about your 20th week of pregnancy, to assure that you have time to complete the series and the teacher has space for you in his/her classes. Click here to see videos of local instructors describing their classes. Below we have listed classes that are offered in our facility and also classes available elsewhere. Find the one that is best for you!
Classes facilitated by Jennifer Sorensen Whitaker Adv. CD (DONA), BFW Mentor, Gottman Educator:
For more information or to sign up, go to: http://www.utahbirthsupport.com
1. Birthing From Within meets Fridays from 6:30-9pm
Mothers leave classes with more confidence that they can handle anything that might come their way during birth. They are hopeful and strong. Partners come away with a clear understanding of what labor looks like. They gain lots of ideas of what they can do to help the birthing mother and how to interact with the birth staff. Couples deepen their connection and form a strong team that will work well in labor and new parenthood.
2. Birthing From Within Immersion/ Refresher Class held quarterly on Saturday from 9:30am to 4 pm
If you've birthed before, this is the ideal class for you. you and your partner are invited to take a Saturday away from the hustle and bustle and everyday life to focus on this pregnancy, your upcoming birth and your relationship. Enjoy a condensed, 6 hour version of our full Birthing from within childbirth preparation class series. Perhaps, thoughts of your previous birth experience has been lingering in your mind. These thoughts may be leaving you with feelings of optimism and excitement. Or worry. Or both! Maybe you've been so busy that you haven't had much time to think about your upcoming birth or much of anything else! All of this is normal. This class is designed to meet the special needs of the seasoned parent. Rediscover the ens and out of birth, practice comfort measures, engage in meaningful discussion and create birth art to help deepen your preparation. At the end of the day expect to walk away from class informed, prepared and confident that you can meet whatever comes your way during birth.
3. Bringing Baby Home - 4 Saturday sessions 9:30am to 12:30pm
This is a researched-based and research-tested class that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening their families. Developed by renowned relationship and parenting experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman the BBH program is perfect for those interested in having/adopting a baby, expecting a baby, or already parenting an infant or toddler (0-3). In the BBH class you and your partner will learn to do the following: maintain relationship satisfaction, increase intimacy and affection, work through conflict with greater ease, create positive baby/child interactions, ensure quality involvement for both parents, better understand child development, reduce the incidents or severity or postpartum mood disorders and strengthen your friendship!
The Bradley Method of Husband-Coached Natural Childbirth Coaching with Karina Robinson **new at The Birth Center** Call 470-236-8520 or email: Doula.firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more details
Learning what to expect during your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period can be a fun experience. You will learn how to prepare for a peaceful pregnancy, labor, and birth so that no matter what happens on your journey, you will be confident that you can make the right decision for your family because you will have all of the knowledge and tools necessary to do so.
Come prepared and excited to learn and make new and lasting friendships with other expecting couples. We will go over nutrition, exercises, partner training, creating an effective birth plan, the stages and signposts of labor, relaxation techniques, normalities of pregnancy and birth, complications that may arise and knowing how to respond, breastfeeding, postpartum, and other general parenting topics. You will learn how each of these things can help contribute to your peaceful birth day.
Cost is $350, $50 deposit reserves your spot for this 12 class series held Tuesday nights.
Introduction to Breastfeeding Classes offered at The Birth Center by Certified Lactation consultant Meghan Reed, MS RD IBCLC Call 801-288-2229 for more information
For expectant mothers and their partners, we hold this class every other month on Saturday afternoons. For a great start and smooth breastfeeding with your expected little one we encourage you to take this 2 hour class. Cost is $35. It covers:
- Newborn feeding habits
- How to latch and position your baby
- Recognize signs that your baby is breastfeeding well
- How to handle common problems
- How to keep up your milk supply if separated from your baby.
Hypnobabies with Bonnie Baker For more information about this class and Bonnie, visit www.bellissimobirth.com
Rather than using simple relaxation, breathing or guided imagery, Hypnobabies utilizes medical hypnosis techniques. This allows our Hyno-Moms to enjoy "eyes-open childbirth hypnosis", easily remaining deeply in hypnosis while walking, talking and changing positions. Hynobabies is well-known for helping women to create much shorter, easier and more comfortable labors, making chlidbirth the joyful experience it was meant to be.
HynoBirthing classes with Whitney Lancaster For more information , go to www.insightcourage.com or call 801-674-6492.
HypnoBirthing is a great choice for moms wanting to learn how to tap into their natural birthing instincts and work with, rather than against, their bodies in labor. For 25 years, women have been using HypnoBirthing to have a more empowered and natural birth experience, based on a framework of evidence-based birth education. Class sessions are 5 weeks in length and each class is approximately 2.5 hours long. Partners are an integral part of the birth experience and are encouraged to practice the relaxation exercises right along with mom.
Lamaze: Helping You Decide What’s Best for Both (no class in our facility at the present time)
- Lamaze supports evidence-based pregnancy and birth practices that are supported by research and experienced childbirth educators.
- Lamaze guides you as you navigate all of your options, and their benefits and drawbacks.
- Lamaze seeks to empower you as you explore how your body was designed for birth, and encourages you to work with your body’s natural abilities.
- Lamaze provides strategies for natural pain management during labor, reducing unnecessary medical interventions. - Lamaze ensures that you feel continuously supported during labor and birth.
- Lamaze stresses the importance of natural pain management strategies through labor and birth, helping you choose methods that are safe and healthy.
- Lamaze encourages bonding between you and your baby, with the importance of skin-to-skin contact and time to get to know your new baby after birth.
Using breathing techniques and distraction, Lamaze is another type of class. The classes are generally 6 sessions.
Other local childbirth classes: (please email us if you would like to be added to our list)
- The Bradley Method with Adrianna Costello-Martin http://www.sweetpeabirthclasses.com/
- The Bradley Method with Stephanie King: email@example.com
- Childbirth Class with Michelle Roper http://www.sagedoula.com or call 435 709 2775
- Group or individual teaching with Pampered Birth: http://pamperedbirth.com/childbirth-classes
- Lamaze class at LDS hospital (takes Medicaid) : https://intermountainhealthcare.org/hospitals/lds/services/women/education/Pages/CalendarDetail.aspx?EventID=3048
- Childbirth class at LDS hospital (takes Medicaid): http://intermountainhealthcare.org/hospitals/lds/services/women/education/Pages/CalendarDetail.aspx?EventID=3055
- Childbirth classes at St Marks: http://stmarkshospital.com/service/childbirth-education
- KSL's childbirth education list: http://local.ksl.com/ut/salt-lake-city/childbirth-education-preparation?categories=%5B%22267007000%22%5D
- SLCC childbirth education: http://www.slcccontinuinged.com/program/doula-childbirth-education
- Curtis Method Hypnosis with Laura Lynn Curtis: http://www.hypnobirthingutah.com
- Kiri Richie's Mommy Method: http://www.mommymethodbirthing.com
- Aubrey Slabbert's Hypnobabies: http://www.liminalspacesbirth.com
- Hailey Maloney: http://www.birthutah.com