Childbirth Classes

Childbirth education is an important step in preparing for a natural birthing center experience. In the previous generation, many people referred to these birthing classes generally as “lamaze classes Miami” (A nod to the most well-known brand of classes). In today’s culture, few people are taught while growing up about the normal process of birth and the sensations experienced during labor. Even fewer have witnessed childbirth in-person prior to becoming pregnant themselves. The resulting lack of knowledge and experience can leave people feeling a bit at a loss when labor begins, and uncertain as to whether things are “normal” or not. In some situations, this causes labor to be experienced as “traumatic,” even when everything is normal, simply because parents do not understand what is happening. The solution? Birthing classes!

Pregnancy classes and birthing classes Miami can help prepare parents for the realities of pregnancy and birth, while also equipping them with the skills and knowledge to approach this process confidently. Parents who have been well-educated also tend to experience less fear and tension during the process, which can help reduce the perception of pain. So, in a way, taking a childbirth class may actually help your labor feel less painful!

Because we are dedicated to preparing our clients for an optimal birth experience, each client’s educational needs are assessed and addressed accordingly. Prenatal classes and baby classes are offered through our partnership with The Gathering Place Miami. The goal of this childbirth preparation package is to address the needs of your entire pregnancy including coverage of topics like nutrition, childbirth, sibling preparation, breastfeeding, infant care, parenting skills and family planning.

PRENTAL CLASSES INCLUDE:

  • Preparing for Out of Hospital Birth

  • Giving Birth with Confidence

  • Your Amazing Newborn

  • Breastfeeding Basics

  • Coping with Fear & Pain in Labor

Childbirth Education in a Previous Pregnancy

If you have already had childbirth education with previous children, you might not feel the need to take more pregnancy classes. This is okay! Everyone’s needs are different. However, there are some reasons people choose to take birthing classes with their 2nd, 3rd or even 4th pregnancies. Some of these reasons include:

  • Wanting to “refresh” your memory on coping techniques and labor comfort measures

  • First time planning natural childbirth, and wanting to prepare for a new kind of birth experience

  • First time planning to birth outside of the hospital, and wanting more information to prepare

  • Wanting to connect with other local families who are also pregnant


Alternative Options

For some people, schedule constraints can be a barrier to getting birthing classes. Let your Miami midwife know if this is a concern for you. Some families choose to prepare for birth via self-education (reading books, watching videos etc), and still others choose to take online birthing classes. 

While self-education can sometimes be helpful, it may not be sufficient if you do not have access to quality sources who align with the type of birth experience you are seeking. Below is a list of great books to get you started (check them out on amazon or at your local library):

  • Pregnancy, Childbirth & the Newborn by Penny Simkin classes

  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin

  • The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin classes

  • Ancient Map for Modern Birth by Pam England

  • Breastfeeding Made Simple by Nancy Morbacher & Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

  • The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Romm

  • The Baby Book by Dr Sears