You want to be prepared for birth no matter what happens.
We’ve got the class for you!
Research shows that taking a comprehensive, out-of-hospital birthing class:
‣ increases your confidence,
‣ reduces fears,
‣ and paves the way for a more empowered birth.
What to expect In our childbirth Class:
Laid-Back & Interactive Learning: We know that everyone responds best to different learning strategies, so we include a mix of interactive, group, & partner work in class. This is not a boring lecture class! Lets have fun together while we learn (FYI, you will retain more info if you’re enjoying yourself, too).
Evidence-based & Up-to-Date Information: Andrea stays current on the latest birth research and best practices. She can steer you to great resources that will give you the answers you need. She also attends births regularly, so she can tell you what to expect in your birthing place based on her first-hand knowledge.
Know Your Options: You don’t know what you don’t know until you know it, right? Our job is to present all of the options to you in a nonjudgmental way so that you can sort through what’s most important to you & your family. Since we aren’t affiliated with a particular hospital or practice (though we work closely with all of them), we can give you a comprehensive overview of all the choices.
Comfort Measure Tools for Your Toolbox: You will leave class with so many different coping methods and comfort measures for labor! Even if you are leaning towards medication for your birth, these tools will help you manage through the early parts of your labor. From relaxation, counterpressure, visualization, breathing techniques, positions—we will talk about what works best for you and when/how to use them. And you will get to practice them all as well!
Birth Partner Prep: Helping partners and support people know what to do when is one of our most favorite things! Your birth partner will be such an invaluable help to you on your big day, and we want to make sure that they are prepped and ready. Partners will leave our classes feeling confident and with lots of tools to support you on your big day. This is class is just as much about them as you!
Informed Decision-making: We will give you tools throughout class to help you have the birth you want. But we know that birth plans can change and big decisions might need to be made. That’s why we give you concrete, specific tools to help you sort through those options when birth doesn’t go according to plan. We will help you ask the right questions to get the answers you need so that your choices are informed and reflective of your intentions for this birth.
Community with Other Families: One of the best parts of taking a childbirth class is being with other families who are going through this same transition with you. We’ve had great friendships start in our classes, and we couldn’t be happier about that! Finding community that will help you long after the last class is one of the big plusses of taking a group class. You’ll hear more perspectives and learn from each other, too.
Hear from parents who have taken our childbirth classes:
Taught by one of Nashville’s most experienced childbirth educators.
I’m Andrea Hewitt, and I love empowering people with evidence-based information, hands-on skills, and valuable resources for their births. I’m a Lamaze-certified educator, and I’ve taught over 150 families since 2015. Lamaze resonated with me because I can teach my own curriculum based on their Healthy Birth Practices (which are all supported by great research!). I’m also a certified birth doula, so I have the most up-to-date information about birth in Nashville. I’m very invested in helping my students reach their goals for birth, and I can’t wait to have you in my class—we’re going to have fun!
This class is right for you if:
You are a first-time parent with all of the questions and anxieties that naturally come along with this new experience. We love giving you a head start on everything you need to have the birth you want.
You are a seasoned parent who wants a different experience for this birth. Perhaps you are preparing for a VBAC or an unmedicated birth this time around. We can increase the tools in your birth tool box and give you the confidence to birth the way you want this time.
Next class: 5 week series (12+ hours)
Wednesday nights, 6:00 - 8:30pm
Oct 2 - Oct 30, 2019