Doula support is most effective in conjunction with a comprehensive childbirth Education Class. Since we likely won't have enough time together to cover everything a CBE class does, I encourage all my clients to take one outside of our work together. There are many offerings available in the Bay Area. Consider your learning style when deciding on a Childbirth Education course. Will the basic course offered by your birthing hospital be sufficient? Are you most drawn to a series style class that allows for slow integration of material in a community of pregnant people close to your due date? Do you want a private one-on-one session that addresses your specific needs?
CBE Offerings That I Love
The Birth Journey from Susan Bradford
Private or group classes from Lindsey Weinstein of Bellyfull Birth
Birthing from Within classes from Alli Cuentos and Shannon Padlog of Collective Hearts Doulas
Live and on-line courses as well as an audio relaxation program from Rachel Yellin. (To receive a $25 discount on her classes, enter the code "25bucksoff" on Rachel's registration page. Be sure to list "Brigette Barnato" where the registration asks for the name of the referral. For 20% off her audio program, use code "brigettebarnato" at purchase).
Many classes around childbirth education, support groups, and more from Natural Resources
The Empowered birth blueprint and other offerings from Cassie Shcemper
Homebirth Prep Class
This class is specifically designed for people preparing to give birth at home with a midwife. Co-taught with local birth worker, Lauren Brown, we will lead participants through an educational journey over a 5-week period.
This class currently meets Wednesday Evenings from 6:30-8pm over Zoom
WEEK 1: Anatomy and Postpartum plan
WEEK 2: Stages of labor
WEEK 3: Comfort Measures and Relaxation techniques
WEEK 4: Reasons for transport and Hospital birth
WEEK 5: Immediate Postpartum and Newborn Care
Summer Session: 8/18 - 9/15
Fall Session: 10/6 - 11/3
To sign up, please fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page