Natural Childbirth Classes
Rae Andrews, RN, CNM, MS has taught natural childbirth classes since March, 1977. Classes are generally taught on Saturday mornings from 9 - 11:00 a.m. or on Sunday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. The classes are limited to four to five couples per group. Because the demand for the classes is great and space is limited, it is suggested that you enroll in the classes and send your deposit to hold your spot for the class series as soon as possible. Ms. Andrews also teaches private classes for interested couples.
The classes focus on a natural delivery for hospital, birth center, and home birth couples. We place no emphasis on the place of birth in the classes. The majority of the couples that participate in the classes are planning and do have hospital deliveries with physicians or certified nurse-midwives. The main focus of the class is based on the premise that you desire to have a natural, drug-free delivery. If you hope to learn what will happen to you during labor and birth and you plan to have pain medication if it gets too hard, these are probably not the right classes for you. Hospital-based childbirth classes tell you what you can expect in their facilities and what coping methods you can utilize until you are ready for pain relieving medications. In these classes, you and your birth partner are instructed and shown how to work together during labor and birth.