8-Hour Childbirth Preparation Class

First Voice Healing Arts Studio in San Francisco
41A Parsons Street (between Fulton & McAllister)
Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22 from 10 AM – 2PM on both days


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.
  • 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 on July 21 & July 22 unique?
This class is:

  • Semi-private, consisting of no more than 4 couples, and facilitates personalized instruction.
  • Offered at a reduced price of $225 (instead of $345).

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 take this class as opposed to a hospital childbirth preparation class?

  • This semi-private class (consisting of no more than 4 couples) is equal in price to our local hospital’s price, which commonly enrolls 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 we meeting for two 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.

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 lydia@urbancrunchymama.com) with your questions about this dynamic, experiential, childbirth preparation class. Depending on your preference, we can continue to communicate via email or schedule a phone call.

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 and facilitating childbirth preparation classes are two, direct ways she serves our community.

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