This series is great for first-time parents planning to deliver at Yale-New Haven Hospital (though couples delivering elsewhere are also welcome). This series is highly recommended by many local OB providers for its empowering approach to childbirth in the hospital setting. Birth is a natural, manageable, family-centered event that progresses best with love, support, and knowledge. Our goal is to help each family become wise healthcare consumers and to partner with their providers for a safe birth using as few interventions as possible. Although the class strives to educate consumers toward natural childbirth, classes are for prepared childbirth, not just natural childbirth. We suggest you sign up for a course that will start sometime after your 26th week and ends before your 37th week of pregnancy. Classes meet in person and are limited to 4 couples each (read about our COVID response to ensure your safety during in-person classes). In-person tours are not permitted at YNHH at this time. However, you can sign up for an online tour with the hospital here: ynhh.org/events.
Physiology and changes in pregnancy
Relaxation and breathing techniques
Coping methods for labor and birth such as hydrotherapy, music, concentration, and comforting positions
Analgesia and anesthesia options
Normal progression of labor and birth
Benefits and risks of medical interventions
The partner's role during labor and birth
Newborn care at the hospital (please note, this only covers what happens to your baby after delivery during your hospital stay; check out our Early Parenting class for general infant care).
Instructors: Louise Ward (primary); Rachel Cronin, Asha Evans, or Ashley Minihan (back-up)
Upcoming Dates: Classes are in person and limited to 5 couples each. Read our COVID response plan to ensure your safety. Thursdays from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm-
August 27 - September 17 [FULL; waitlist only]
October 1 - October 22
November 5 - December 3 (no class November 26)
Fee: $200 Price may be modified if it causes a hardship. Cash, check, or PayPal accepted