Small Class Size
Twenty-Seven Years Experience
Come and meet other couples in a
warm, cozy atmosphere and have fun!
Group Childbirth Classes Drop-In Childbirth Classes
Private Childbirth Classes The Crash Course Birth Class In A Bag
While it could be argued that between all of these sources you could get a passable education about childbirth, absorbing information on your own and having an experienced childbirth educator teach you in an organized way are very different.
A childbirth class is not just for couples who are planning to have an
unmedicated birth – in fact, it's quite the opposite.
You'll learn all about:
Planning on an epidural?
Planning to have an epidural in labor does not
mean you don't need a birth class! How will you
cope before it is medically advisable for you to
have an epidural? What if you arrive at the
hospital too far advanced in your labor to receive
one? Learn how to work with an epidural to
minimize potential side effects and have the best
outcome. Besides, birth classes cover many more
topics beyond medications, see the "Class Topics"
Everyone, regardless of your plans to have a
natural or medicated birth, needs to prepare for
whatever Mother Nature may have in mind for
you. Come to class and learn how to cope with
the most challenging yet rewarding day of your
A new class begins every month, on either a
Monday or Tuesday night. We begin at 7pm
and end at 9pm. The classes are held in my
home in East Ventura, near Toys R Us.
Here is a well written Australian article titled
"9 Reasons Why You Should Choose Independent
Birth Education": So you’re pregnant, want the
very best birth for you and your baby and want to
get your hands on as much information as possible!
So, here’s 9 great reasons why independent
childbirth education is going to help give you the
best chance possible at the most positive
experience. Why should you choose independent
childbirth education? Because...
Upcoming class schedules:
Tuesday, March 11 to April 22
(No class April 1)
Monday, April 7 to May 19
(No class May 5)
Tuesday, May 6 to June 17
(No class June 3)
Class Fees: The fee for the group class is $125. A $25 deposit reserves your space in class. The additional $100 can be paid in full on the first night, or you can pay $50 on the first night and $50 at the fourth class. You can pay with a check or cash or use your credit card through PayPal, go to www.paypal.com and use this email: LMeehan93003@aol.com .
Private Childbirth Classes Do you need scheduling flexibility or would you prefer not to be in a group setting? Private classes might be perfect for you. Choose the full six week series for $600 or only a few classes at $125 per class. Classes can be scheduled at a time convenient for you, and your own personal concerns can be discussed. See the "Class Topics" page to choose the classes of most interest to you, and custom classes that best meet your own needs can be designed. You can pay the usual ways or use your credit card through www.paypal.com.
Drop-in Childbirth Classes Can't commit to the full six week series? If your work schedule or due date would prevent you from attending all six classes in the group series, you can attend the group class when it works out for you on a week by week or drop-in basis. You must notify me by phone or email no later than 4pm on the day of the class, so that I can have a set of the class materials and seating ready for you when you come. You can pay-as-you-go with drop-in classes at $25 per class. Call or email to inquire about the class topics each week, or see the "Class Topics" page. (Dates for drop-in classes are noted in purple print.) Remember, prior notice of your attendance is required for drop-in classes.
The Crash Course: Crash Course - a limited program (call to check on availability) is the Crash Course. This program consists of a commercially produced childbirth education DVD plus a number of childbirth education magazines and one workbook. You purchase this program and keep everything. If you have only a few weeks left or the pick up / drop off of the video program would be a hassle, this program is best for you. The fee for the Crash Course is $40.
Birth Class In A Bag: Another alternative program is Birth Class In A Bag, which consists of all the handouts I give out in my entire series, plus numerous pregnancy, childbirth and parenting magazines, and one workbook. This program is best for those who have attended a childbirth class in the past. It is a fun collection of goodies! The fee for Birth Class In A Bag is $25.
I began teaching in 1987 after certifying with the AAHCC (Bradley), but I have not been associated with that organization for a long time. I am a big fan of Penny Simkin. I stress abdominal breathing over breathing patterns. My classes stress beginning with the natural things, like walking, showering, and position changes plus many other comfort measures.
If you do not get the results you need from the natural tools, then the more medical tools are appropriate. I teach how to be politely assertive and how to make informed choices. Click on the FAQs, Class Topics, Lamaze Healthy Birth and/or Comments buttons above for much more information. Please call 805 647-6633 or email to LMeehan93003@aol.com for any additional information or to register.