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. We suggest you sign up for a course that will start sometime after your 28th week and ends before your 37th week of pregnancy. A tour of the Labor and Birth and postpartum units at YNHH is included and takes place on the fourth Thursday in the series unless otherwise noted.If you've signed up for the maternity tour through the hospital, we still highly recommend joining our tour for the class content covered during the tour.
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
A tour of the labor and birth unit and postpartum unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital (main campus)
Instructors: Louise Ward (primary); Rachel Cronin, Asha Evans, or Ashley Minihan (back-up)
Upcoming Dates: All classes take place at Old Stone Church in East Haven on Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
March 26 - April 23 [CANCELLED]
May 7 - June 4 (tour May 28 at 6:30pm)
June 18-July 16 (tour July 9 at 6:30pm)
Fee: $200 per pregnant participant (no fee for partners or support persons) Price may be modified if it causes a hardship. Cash, check, or PayPal accepted