Resources

We know you’re committed to a healthy pregnancy, healthy baby and a safe delivery. We feel that childbirth preparation is essential for a healthy birth. So in addition to our large lending library of books and videos, Bay Area Birth Center hosts and recommends a variety of childbirth education courses throughout the year. Please contact the instructor directly for more information about a class.

two pregnant women chatting at Bay Area Birth Center during a Childbirth Class

To inquire about availability or registration for the classes listed below, call Mary Cunningham at 713-472-5525.

Breastfeeding and Newborn Care Classes

When: February 6th and 20th- at the Heights Office
Cost: $50 Each or $75 for Both
Register Online

Taught by Katy Kissler, these classes cover getting a good start on breastfeeding and newborn care.

Lamaze Classes

When: Quarterly. Call 713-472-5525 for details.
Cost: $150

Taught by Dena Rogue. This is a 5 week class that covers everything you need to know about labor and birth. Dena Rogue teaches a Lamaze class that she has developed specifically for our clients. Jackie Griggs teaches the last class and covers getting off to a good start and the first week after the birth. From the web site for Lamaze International: “Lamaze promotes a natural, healthy and safe approach to pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting. Knowing that pregnancy and childbirth can be demanding on a woman’s body and mind, Lamaze serves as a resource for information about what to expect and what choices are available during the childbearing years.” Visit the Lamaze site for more information.

La Leche League

When: Monthly on the 3rd Monday each month at 10:30 am.
Open to all women – Pregnant moms and babies welcome!

From the web site for La Leche League USA : “The mission of La Leche League USA is to help mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.” Learn more at their web site.

Bradley Method® Classes

When: 12 week series held twice yearly at Johanna’s house in Sugarland.
Cost: $275
Call Johanna Garcia to register at (281) 745-1503

Taught by Johanna and Juan Garcia, certified Bradley instructors, this is a 12-class series that teaches prenatal nutrition an exercise, relaxation techniques, and husband-coached childbirt. From the Bradley Method® web site: “The Bradley Method® teaches natural childbirth and views birth as a natural process. It is our belief that most women with proper education, preparation, and the help of a loving and supportive coach can be taught to give birth naturally.”
 Learn more.

Bradley Overview Class

When: 2nd Saturday of each month at the Bay Area Birth Center
Cost: $75
Call Johanna Garcia to register at (281) 745-1503

Taught by Johanna Garcia, this single class is a great refresher course or for couples who want just a brief overview of the Bradley method. Please contact Johanna if you’re curious if this class is right for you. Learn more.

A Work of Heart: Childbirth Education Class

When: 2-day Course offered Monthly
Cost: $200
Call Nicole Deelah for more information (616) 558-4436

This intensive weekend course taught my Nicole Deelah is designed to equip couples with practical tools to help them navigate the journey into parenthood when they have chosen a home or birth center birth.
The class covers:
Basic anatomy of pregnancy
Stages of labor and their emotional/physical signs
Needs of a laboring woman
Natural labor and active birthing techniques for coping/assisting the process
Massage
Relaxation through imagery, progressive relaxation, and conditioned/cued response
Developing a birth vision
In the event of a transport
Birth Teams, roles and responsibilities, and how to cope with unsupportive family and friends
After the class, we keep in contact through a community group to offer encouragement and birth stories.

Pat Jones

When: Quarterly, call Pat at (713) 298-6984 for more informatio
Where: Heights Office- 811 Heights Blvd, Houston
Cost: $200

Pat Jones has been a midwife for 30 years. She offers an intimate 5-week course that covers everything you need to know about labor and birth. She guides families to be empowered by their birth experiences and gives them the information they need to make fully informed choices about he way they give birth. She assists families in moving through the wide range of experiences they have during pregnancy and childbirth and helps them embrace those experiences as part of the process. Please visit www.houstonnaturalbirth.com for more information.

HypnoBirthing® Classes

When: Call for scheduling details.

From the web site for HypnoBirthing® – the Mongan Method: “HypnoBirthing® provides the missing link that allows women to use their natural instincts to bring about a safer, easier, more comfortable birthing. Emphasis is placed on pregnancy and childbirth, as well as on pre-birth parenting and the consciousness of the pre-born baby.” Learn more at the HypnoBirthing® web site.