Semi-Private Childbirth Preparation Classes & Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum Services

First Voice Healing Arts Studio in San Francisco
41A Parsons Street (between Fulton & McAllister)

  • Saturday, November 3 from 10 AM – 2 PM
  • Wednesday, November 7 from 6-9 PM
  • Saturday, November 10 from 10 AM – 2 PM
    (11 hours of instruction)

Cost: $345

Do you know about ACOG’s new recommendations for birth? And how they may affect you and your baby?
In February of 2017, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued new, safer recommendations for labor, birth, and newborn procedures for low-risk women. In response to these exciting developments, I have crafted an entire childbirth preparation class that highlights these recommendations.

In this dynamic, experiential class, we will also explore and discuss:

  • Pregnancy and birth as healthy, physiological processes
  • How to collaborate with your provider in making shared decisions
  • The stages of labor and when to go to the hospital or birth center
  • What can facilitate and what can inhibit the progression of labor
  • Pain coping techniques and what can increase and decrease sensations of pain
  • How partners can support women during pregnancy and birth
  • Common medical interventions and their alternatives
  • The role of a doula and how s/he may contribute to your birth experience
  • What to consider when crafting a birth plan
  • C-sections and options to enhance the experience of surgical birth

What makes this particular childbirth class series unique?

  • This is a semi-private class (consisting of no more than 5 couples). Our local hospitals’ classes commonly enroll as many as 16 couples per class.
  • Hospital classes offer only what is on that particular hospital’s “menu” of options and can vary greatly between hospitals.
  • Independent classes, like this one, offer a much fuller spectrum of information, options, and tools to prepare you for labor and birth.

Why are ACOG’s new recommendations so important?
They can:

  • Increase the safety of birth for you and your baby.
  • Increase the satisfaction you and your birth companion experience during birth.
  • Help you determine the degree to which your current provider and current birth location will be able to offer the services you and your baby need.

Why are we meeting for three days instead of one?

  • To avoid the physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion of exploring these topics in one, long class
  • To allow you to digest and integrate the information more manageably
  • To make space for questions to arise between classes
  • To give you an opportunity to discuss what you learned with your partner or birth companion between classes
  • To cultivate a sense of community with other couples

I invite you to bring your questions, open mind, and sense of humor as we discuss and practice tools for pregnancy and birth together.

Please email me (at with your inquiries about this dynamic, experiential, childbirth preparation class. Depending on your preference, we can continue to communicate via email or schedule a phone call.

Couldn’t have been better! — James, expectant partner

Lydia’s heart was in the presentation, and I felt safe with her from the very beginning. — Lauren, expectant mother

I appreciate Lydia’s openness, honesty, and non-judgmental approach. — Tyler, soon-to-be-dad

Choose to be 1 of only 3 families who enjoy:
– An initial consultation to identify your needs
– Educational and emotional support until birth, through birth, and 2 weeks after birth
– Support during active labor at home
– Continued support at the hospital, birth center, or home until you give birth
– Photo documentation of your labor and birth
– An organic, home-cooked postpartum meal tailored to your family’s dietary needs

The cost?
I invite you to reciprocate in way that resonates with you.

Yes, you read that correctly. Between now and the day I deliver your organic, home-cooked meal to your home, *you* determine exactly how and to what degree your reciprocate for my services.

Only 3 families will receive these services. Please contact me (at as soon as possible if you think you might be interested.

A little more about Lydia…
Unsatisfied with pushing pixels across a screen as a graphic designer, Lydia left the corporate world nearly 20 years ago to earn her teaching credential and Master’s in Educational Technology. Since then she has honed her craft in both public and private settings for preschool through adult learners.

With her daughter in her womb 13 years ago, Lydia awoke to a new way of seeing the world and approaching life. And it all began with learning about her options in pregnancy and childbirth.

What she saw in movies and on TV about birth (from childhood through adulthood) did not represent the full spectrum of what is possible. If anything, mainstream media instilled a sense of fear and a duty to follow orders.

The information and tools Lydia uncovered through prenatal yoga, holistic childbirth preparation classes, and research fueled a passion for supporting families on their journeys through the threshold of parenthood. Teaching weekly yoga classes, facilitating childbirth preparation classes, offering pregnancy, birth, and postpartum consulting services are three, direct ways she serves our community.

Lydia also organizes Baby Blessingway Ceremonies, hosts Sacred Circles, and writes articles about childbirth and self-directed learning.