Childbirth classes at Sawyer Hill Birth
What you get
Do you prefer small classes in a comfortable setting? Do you want to enjoy the learning process? Do you prefer your teacher to be relaxed, knowledgeable, and open to questions?
If so, you've come to the right place!
I'm an experienced natural-childbirth instructor who loves to share what I learn.
Materials I use in class are high-quality and recent. Handouts — like links given to articles and journal papers — are up-to-date and evidence-based. Videos are enjoyable and easy to watch.
And by registering for a class, you get access to a large and varied lending library! Books, videos, pamphlets, and other media cover pregnancy, nutrition, labor support, breastfeeding, infant and toddler development, baby names, and much more.
What we do in classPlay games. Watch demonstrations. Learn to squat. Discuss all kinds of topics. Rehearse labor positions. Brainstorm. Engage in roleplaying. Talk with guest speakers. Watch videos.
What we talk about
A few of the many topics covered in a comprehensive course are:
These kinds of classes can all be arranged on request:
Taught in the first half of pregnancy, these introductory sessions cover: the normal changes of pregnancy; nutrition and exercise; choosing a birth team; and the best ways to educate yourself.
Full private comprehensive courses
I'm willing to teach private courses in my home, though costs are greater than registration for a group class. Classes in your (nearby) home can be arranged for an additional travel and transport fee.
Day-long or weekend crash courses
Crash courses are best for second-time or later moms who have already taken a natural-childbirth class, and for moms who decide on intensive classes late in pregnancy.
What to bring
Bring your spouse/partner or another friend or family member you want to assist at your birth. If you can, you'll also want to bring to each class:
I'm also open to students bringing a second assistant to class, at no charge. If you're interested in having a close friend or family member attend your birth, now's the time to ask if they'd like to attend any classes with you and your birth partner.
Where and when?
I usually teach in Berlin, MA (near the intersection of I-495 and I-290); see my contact page for directions.
For scheduling information, see my calendar page.
How much, and how do I sign up?
I look forward to meeting you and your birth partner(s), and working with you to have a happy, healthy pregnancy and birth!