The mini-series is a modified version of the 5-week series that only focuses on labor and delivery (two Tuesday evenings followed by the maternity tour on a third day). It is a good option for first-time parents unable to attend the five-week series or women who will be attempting a VBAC for the first time (vaginal birth after cesarean). Compared to the 1-day class, this series has an extra hour of instruction time which Ashley typically uses to further discuss coping methods and benefits and risks of medical interventions.
All classes take place on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm to 9pm at the Cheshire office of OB, GYN, & Infertility group, 675 South Main St, Cheshire . (Note: you do NOT need to be a patient of this practice to attend.) Then the group meets a third time 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 and finishes 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
Instructor: Ashley Minihan
Location: Office of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Infertility Group, 675 South Main St, Cheshire, CT Upcoming Dates: All classes take place on Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 9pm
August 20 & 27 (tour September 5 at 6:30pm)
October 1 & 8 (tour October 17 at 6:30pm or October 19 at 1:30pm)
November 12 & 19 (tour TBD)
Fee: $120 per pregnant participant (no fee for partners or support persons) Cash, check, or PayPal accepted