Time: Dependent on the course you have selected
BYD makes every effort to cover scheduled information on time. Everyone benefits when class begins and ends on time. However, BYD is aware of the challenges of busy schedules and traffic and will accommodate them when possible.
Location: Dependent on the course selected.
Classes are informal, dress comfortably and bring 2 pillows. Skirts and dresses are not recommended, as we will be doing floor exercises, relaxation techniques and sitting on the floor.
Food and Refreshments: Please bring hydration for yourself. You may bring a snack as needed. This is a non-smoking facility.
Fees and payment: The fee is $500.00 for the full first time parents class, $150/hour private fee or $1100.00 for full new parent private instruction. All class materials are included in the fee. A $150.00 non-refundable deposit is due in advance to reserve your place and the balance is due by the 1st class. Insurance and FSA receipts are provided by request.
Lending library: We have a large lending library of books and DVDs on a wide selection of topics including: childbirth, postpartum and infant. The books listed below may be worth purchasing as supplemental class information: The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin and The Thinking Woman’s guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
Missed Classes: Handouts and DVDs will be available before or after the missed session. You are also welcome to sit in another class’s session to make up for the one you missed.
Our Job: We are professional teachers having received extensive training from various childbirth associations. We are independent educators and experienced birth workers. Our role is to guide you through a learning process, which contributes to making educated choices through your pregnancy, labor, and birth in the presence of normality. The information given in class is not medical advice.
Confidentiality: I give permission for my information to be shared in a confidential manner in the event a back-up educator is covering class. I give permission for my educator to contact the health care providers including my physician or my child’s physician if the she feels it is necessary for the sake of my health or my child’s health.
Informed Consent: Every medical situation is unique. Education in advance gives parents background information, but information about specific problems can only be obtained at that time. Informed consent is an understanding at the time of the situation. We encourage you to have open communication with your birth team so that you can have the safest and best birth possible. In order to give true informed consent for medical procedures, the parents must obtain information from many sources in advance: books, classes, providers and directly from their practitioner at the time treatment is being considered.
Your Responsibility: In order to prepare for giving birth, you must do your part. Reading outside of class and reviewing and practicing the information covered in class will make a great difference in your birth experience. I will provide the information, but it is up to you to make your own decisions. You will get as much as you put into these classes or more. Ultimately, the decisions and responsibilities are yours.