Most classes are taught by childbirth educators or by hospital staff. Our childbirth classes are taught by a midwife with many years of experience bedside. Lots of useful examples are brought into the sessions. Each class is designed based on the knowledge needs that Katie O’Brien has seen over the years working full scope in the hospital and office setting. Traditional childbirth classes often have a scripted approach to the information presented. Additionally, they are presented in a “crash course” manner leaving less time for individual needs. There are so many topics to be covered! Each class is dedicated to a particular topic to allow for the information presented to exhaustively cover the topic and fit the participants needs.
Absolutely! We are always interested in evolving our class topics to fit current demand! Please email us at email@example.com to request a class topic.
Usually, insurance does not cover childbirth classes though you may be able to use your flex spending money. This will normally involve you sending class information to your insurance company or FSA company and getting reimbursed. Please call your individual insurance company and/or FSA/HSA plan for details. We will be happy to provide you with a paper receipt and description of the class you attended.
Midwifery as practiced by certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) encompasses the independent provision of care during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period; sexual and reproductive health; gynecologic health; and family planning services, including preconception care. Midwives also provide primary care for individuals from adolescence throughout the lifespan as well as care for the healthy newborn during the first 28 days of life. Midwives provide care for all individuals who seek midwifery care, inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Midwives provide initial and ongoing comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. They conduct physical examinations; independently prescribe medications including but not limited to controlled substances, treatment of substance use disorder, and expedited partner therapy; admit, manage, and discharge patients; order and interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests; and order medical devices, durable medical equipment, and home health services. Midwifery care includes health promotion, disease prevention, risk assessment and management, and individualized wellness education and counseling. These services are provided in partnership with individuals and families in diverse settings such as ambulatory care clinics, private offices, telehealth and other methods of remote care delivery, community and public health systems, homes, hospitals, and birth centers.
This information comes from the ACNM Standard Setting Document “Definition of Midwifery and Scope of Practice of Certified Nurse-Midwives and Certified Midwives” (2021). For more information please see https://www.midwife.org/About-the-Midwifery-Profession
All types of participation are accepted! One of the benefits of a group can be someone asking a question that you didn’t want to ask yourself! All are welcome and there is no requirement for verbal participation. Classes will start out with basic introductions, but you can feel free to otherwise participate as much or as little as you would like.
Due to the limited class size, not all sessions cancelled will qualify for a refund or transfer or credit for future session. Registration cancellations under 48 hours will not be credited or refunded. Registration cancellations made at least 48 hours in advance of a session will be granted a credit for a future session. The credit is valid for up to ninety days from original scheduled session. Registration cancellation made at least two weeks prior to the session will be granted a refund option if desired by client minus credit card fees.
We reserve the right to cancel sessions related to inclement weather, very low anticipated class attendance, or unforeseen staff emergencies. In these circumstances, efforts will be made to reschedule the session at an agreeable date. If not able to be rescheduled or the timing does not work a refund will be issued.
We are release classes based on complexity of the topic and already established need. Additionally, there is a seasonal component to the interest in the class topic. If you do not see the class or a class time that works for you in the schedule, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If there is interest in a class sooner than it is being offered, we have been known to create a session time based on demand.
What if I want to attend a weekly postpartum, prenatal or menopausal class but the topic doesn’t fully relate to me, or I have already gone to a session on that topic? Should I still attend?
Because these are group classes, every session will be a unique experience related to the group dynamic. Perhaps the first time you are a learner and by the second time you are the teacher! Often, though a topic doesn’t seem to fit, there will be relevant details that will be much broader in relatability than anticipated. Additionally, relating to others and their unique journeys (even if it’s not our own) helps us to be better friends and family support systems.