Choosing a Caregiver

The most important decision you can make regarding your pregnancy is where and with whom you will give birth. Your choice of setting and cargiver will determine the options available to you during and after birth. This private consultation covers the range of birthing options in your area as well as the practices of specific caregivers wherever known, helping you to match your vision of birth with the appropriate midwife/doctor in your area. Consultations last 1-2 hours.

Birthing Your Baby

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A comprehensive birth class focusing on preparation for labor and birth, including information on breastfeeding and the postpartum period. Held as series of three 3-hour skype sessions or in situ as a two-day weekend class. Designed to be taken early in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. See an outline for the class here.

Baby Basics for New Parents

Not sure how to change a diaper? Take a baby's temperature? Calm a fussy baby? Unsure of how your new role may affect your life? This class will help parents make the sometimes difficult transition to parenthood by developing practical baby care and self-care skills. One 3-hour session. For class outline click here.

Coaching Sessions

Individualized pre- and post-natal sessions focusing on your personal situation, needs, desires, and goals for your pregnancy, labor, birth and beyond that may not fall under the topics covered in other classes. Timing and number of sessions based on need.

Refresher Birth Class

A labor class for parents who already have one or more children, but are having their first in a new environment. One or two 3-hour skype sessions depending on needs, or a one-day in situ class.

Birthing Your Baby - Express class

CEC's comprehensive birth class in a one-day express format. Available only at The Birthplace in Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, MA. Designed to be taken early in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. See an outline for the class here.