After instructing over 100 couples in both the art and science of normal birth, I have had the pleasure of receiving news from my students of more than 90 normal births occurring in hospital, home, and birth center environments. While there is no specific student demographic, there is a single common denominator: each couple wants to welcome their child in the safest manner possible.
During our 24 hours of instruction (typically 12 two hour classes), students learn to strengthen their bodies through proper nutrition and exercise specific to pregnancy, to trust the purpose and design of labor by understanding its biochemistry and mechanics, to prepare for the postpartum experience while caring for a newborn, all while integrating the husband/partner/doula as the irreplaceable support person. Special care is taken to address all aspects of the pregnant, laboring, and postpartum woman- physically, mentally, and emotionally. Each couple receives a full-color comprehensive workbook, 24 hours of in-class instruction, relaxation tips for pregnancy and labor, ongoing support, plus unbiased, current, and research-based materials which aid in understanding the multifaceted experience of labor and birth.
Mary offers childbirth classes at Labors of Love Birth Center.