The one-day class is a modified version of the series that only focuses on labor and delivery. It is a good option for first-time parents unable to attend the five-week series, and an excellent refresher course for parents returning to the birth experience or women who will be attempting a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Compared to the 5-week series, this class involves more direct, instructor-led teaching with fewer group exercises in order to conserve time. All classes take place at Old Stone Church on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm followed by lunch on your own. Then the group meets up at 3 pm for a tour of Labor & Birth and postpartum units at Yale-New Haven Hospital (main campus) where class content is continued. If you've signed up for the maternity tour through the hospital, we highly recommend joining the class tour for the extra information our instructors like to review in the setting of the labor and birth room. We suggest you sign up for a course that will take place sometime after your 28th week but before your 37th week of pregnancy.
Physiology and progression of labor and birth
Relaxation and breathing techniques
Coping methods for labor and birth such as hydrotherapy, music, concentration, and comforting positions
Analgesia and anesthesia options
Benefits and risks of medical interventions
The partner's role during labor and birth
Instructors: Asha Evans, Ashley Minihan, Louise Ward, or Rachel Cronin Upcoming Dates: All classes take place on Saturdays from 9 am to 1pm followed by the tour from 3pm to 4:30pm. (unless otherwise noted). Our classes can take up to 14 couples, however, we are limited to 10 couples per tour at YNHH. Once we've reached 10 couples, we will still accept registrations for the class part, but will offer an alternative tour date.
September 28, 2019 [FULL]
October 12, 2019 [Class spots available; tour date options: Oct 17 at 6:30pm or Oct 19 at 1:30pm]
October 26, 2019
November 16, 2019
December 7, 2019
Fee: $90 per pregnant participant (no fee for partners or support persons) Cash, check, or PayPal accepted