Childbirth Education:

Expecting Kindness is the curriculum that I wrote as a contribution to childbirth preparation based on my 20+ years of teaching and providing support, witnessing first hand the specific ways that being informed and confident helps families navigate the birth process throughout every conceivable scenario that a particular birth story can weave.  The 6 week course that I have developed in conjunction with the workbook is an in depth exploration of the birth process, addresses common concerns, normal variations in childbirth, storytelling, activities to build skills and trust in the labor process, in the mothers' and babies' bodies, and in the partners support.  We talk about and rehearse all manner of physical, emotional, and mental support techniques to prepare a birth partner to really be an important member of the birth team, and an invaluable presence to a laboring woman. I believe in open, direct, and honest dialogue between patient and caregiver, and that it is our responsibility to command it, and that takes some mastery and understanding. We also cover normal newborn care, breastfeeding basics, and writing a thoughtful birth plan. It is a very fun course, families have overwhelming left feeling more relaxed, confident, empowered, centered, and ready for their birth. Following the births, families have also overwhelmingly reported having used a great deal of the skills and tools taught in class and felt prepared for the physical and emotional challenges of labor as well as being able to make challenging choices for the well being of mom or baby when it became necessary. 

2019 Winter/Spring Class Schedule

January 14-February 18: Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Eastside Birth Center in Bellevue, Wa. (Enrollment minimum 3 couples, maximum 8)

February 27-April 3: Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm at Sprout Birth Center and Natural Health in Mountlake Terrace, Wa. (Enrollment minimum 3 couples, maximum 8)

April 8-May 13: Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Eastside Birth Center in Bellevue, Wa. (Enrollment minimum 3 couples, maximum 8)

May 22-June 26: Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm at Sprout Birth Center and Natural Health in Mountlake Terrace, Wa. (Enrollment minimum 3 couples, maximum 8)

Summer Workshop Course:

July 20th and August 3rd from 12-4pm: Workshop style course, condensed for summer travelers and challenging work schedules.

Fall/Winter Class Schedule

September 9-October 14: Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Eastside Birth Center in Bellevue, Wa. (Enrollment minimum 3 couples, maximum 8)

October 16-November 27: Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 pm at Sprout Birth Center and Natural Health in Mountlake Terrace, Wa. (Enrollment minimum 3 couples, maximum 8)

Winter Workshop Course:

December 7th and 21st from 12-4pm: Workshop style course, condensed for holiday travelers and challenging work schedules.


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