· Resources ·
Big Belly Services – Carrie Kenner, owner, is a leader in the doula community and believes that birth is a transformative experience. Childbirth classes, including VBAC classes, are taught in the Eastlake area by a variety of instructors and are based on the book Birthing from Within. Additional class offerings cover topics of early pregnancy, breastfeeding, newborn care, becoming a father, diapering and baby-wearing. www.bigbellyservices.com
The Birth Zone – Liz Chalmers has received midwifery training and actively supports the Seattle midwifery community. Liz inspires women to trust the innate wisdom of their bodies to birth. Her classes are offered in Redmond. www.birthzone.com
Great Starts – Classes are offered at many locations and incorporate a variety of approaches to childbirth. Classes are also available covering topics such as breastfeeding, newborn care, infant CPR, sibling preparation for kids, and vaccination. www.parenttrust.org
New Moon Birth – Classes are taught by Sharon Muza, one of Seattle’s leading birth activists, and are based on Lamaze principles. Classes are offered privately or in groups. Sharon also teaches a 4-hour course on labor techniques, and a one-day class focusing on VBAC. www.newmoonbirth.com
Penny Simkin, PT – Penny is a noted author, educator, doula and birth counselor, and she is one of our “founding mothers” in the field of childbirth preparation. Childbirth prep classes are focused on either in-hospital or out-of-hospital birth. Sibling prep classes are also available. www.pennysimkin.com
Sometimes schedules, finances and other circumstances can make attendance at classes difficult. If you prefer an online course, consider www.givingbirthnaturally.com. This online course seeks to prepare and inspire women planning unmedicated birth. Access to a childbirth educator is included in the fee of $50.