Childbirth Education, Breastfeeding, Newborn Care & Sibling Prep Classes
Classes are now being offered online live streamed on zoom until we can be back in the studio. When registering, please note the potential location of your class (Burlington or Essex Junction) for when our classes are held in person. Until then, know that we have worked hard to create a class that offers the hospital tour “feel” and prioritizes creating community with other families. We’ve gotten great feedback about our classes – online and in person! We hope you will join us.
Weekend and Weeknight Options
Our Childbirth Classes have all of the components of a traditional birth class, with a strong added focus on comfort measures for labor. We believe that understanding how to connect to our body, breathing and mind in labor, as well as understanding the birth process and potential medical interventions, sets laboring people up with the tools needed to make informed decisions about the birth that is right for them. Our classes are unbiased and educate toward all types of birth choices.
Our birth classes include:
- Lining baby up for a straightforward birth (optimal fetal positioning)
- Anatomy and physiology of birth
- Stages and phases of labor, including the power of pushing
- Connection to breath in all stages of labor, massage, relaxation
- Techniques and tools for support person throughout labor and birth
- Birth options including unmedicated, medicated, and cesarean birth
- Common interventions and how to navigate them with knowledge
- Postpartum care
- Tour of UVMMC labor/delivery and postpartum units (tour is virtual while we are under stay-at-home order for Coronavirus.)
$195 for up to 2 participants. Please have an inflated 65 or 75 cm exercise ball with you for class. Email us if you would like to borrow one from the studio.
Upcoming Dates: Weekends
Fridays 6-8:45 pm at the studio, and Saturdays 9-11:30 am (tour of UVMMC) followed by 12:45-4:45 pm at the studio.
- May 29 & 30
- June 26 & 27
- August 14 & 15
- September 18 & 19
- October 16 & 17
- May 15 & 16
- June 19 & 20
- July 24 & 25
- August 28 & 29
- October 2 & 3
To register, scroll forward on the Punchpass calendar to the month you are looking for, and click the Friday night class in the weekend series.
Upcoming Dates: Weeknights
Weeknights 6-8:45 pm
Burlington: Mondays, Essex: Wednesdays
- May 4, 11, 18
- June 15, 22, 29
- August 17, 24, 31
- September 14, 24 (a Thursday), 28
- April 29, May 6, 13
- May 27, June 3, 10
- July 1, 8, 15
- August 19, 26, Sept. 2
- September 23, 30, Oct 7
To register, scroll forward on the Punchpass calendar to the month you are looking for, and click the first night of the 3 part series..
Labor Support Refresher for Couples
Have you given birth previously and wonder what you can do this time to prepare? Are you planning a VBAC after a previous cesarean birth? This 2 hour class would be the perfect refresher for you.
You and your partner will learn movement, breathing, massage, and relaxation techniques for labor and birth. We’ll cover a variety of labor support positions as well as counter-pressure tips to help with back pain during labor. Conversation will also focus on the physiology of labor, building confidence in your ability to cope with the intensity of labor, and on movements you can do before and during labor to guide the baby into an optimal position for birth.
This workshop is a great way for you to connect as a couple in preparation for sharing the birth experience together, and is particularly invaluable as a refresher class for seasoned birthers or those hoping for a VBAC. This class is not necessary for those attending an Evolution Prenatal & Family childbirth series or weekend course, and should not replace a childbirth class for those who have never given birth.
Please register early and plan on attending in the third trimester. Classes will be in person or live on Zoom depending on Coronavirus restrictions.
$65. Sundays, 1-3 pm