Are you looking for a childbirth class that focuses on birth as a normal event, practical ways to cope with labor, tips for a smooth transition into parenthood, helping you to understand your birthing choices, and building your confidence in preparing for this life-changing event?  

Embracing Birth Classes are based on the six healthy birth practices of Lamaze International.  These are:


The Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices help simplify the birth process with a natural approach that helps alleviate fears and manage pain. Regardless of the baby’s size, labor’s length and complexity, or the mother's confidence level, these care practices will help keep labor and birth as safe and healthy as possible.

Healthy Birth Practice 1: Let labor begin on its own 
Healthy Birth Practice 2: Walk, move around and change positions throughout labor
Healthy Birth Practice 3: Bring a loved one, friend or doula for continuous support
Healthy Birth Practice 4: Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary
Healthy Birth Practice 5: Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your body's urges to push
Healthy Birth Practice 6: Keep mother and baby together - It's best for mother, baby and breastfeeding



Embracing Birth Classes are recommended by the UW Health Midwives, many local Obstetricians and local Home Birth Midwives!  Embracing Birth Classes are more than just a series of videos or a run-down of all the things that can go wrong.  Embracing Birth Classes use a variety of teaching methods:  discussion on normal birth, how to ask questions and get answers, positive and encouraging DVDs, how to cope with unexpected surprises, medication options in the hospital, postpartum connections and tips for a smoother transition into parenthood!

Embracing Birth Classes help you:

  • Create a birth plan that reflects your desires and intentions
  • Understand and implement pain-coping practices, including: relaxation, breathing, massage, hydrotherapy, visualization and much more through lots of hands on practice during EACH class
  • Recognize that for most, labor is painful, but it is also NORMAL, and much can be done to reduce suffering
  • Gain confidence and alleviate fears
  • Actively involve your chosen partner(s) in the process by focusing on what he/she can do to help through the process


Embracing Birth Classes offer:

  •  Open, honest discussion with lots of time for questions and answers
  •  A childbirth educator and doula with 20 years experience who is passionate about birth and guiding women/couples through this amazing time  in their lives
  •  A welcoming environment for all women/couples, whether they choose to birth in a hospital, birth center, or at home
  • LGBTQ friendly




For more information or to register for Embracing Birth Classes, contact Jodi at embracingbirth1@gmail.com or 608-444-8812