Childbirth Education Classes hosted by The Alternative Birthing Center (ABC)
Classes tailored to ANYONE looking for a natural birthing experience!
At the ABC, we recognize the influence that the mind, and environment, can play in the birthing process-- sometimes starting a cascade of unwanted interventions. That's why for 45 years we have offered a birthing environment centered on supporting natural, family-centered birthing and require some form of birthing classes to qualify for our birthing center.
Our classes are tailored to future/current ABC families, but is open to everyone interested in natural birth. The classes are led by ABC Registered Nurses, who have also personally birthed naturally (Check out Nurse Jessi in the title photo rocking that rebozo during her son's labor!).
We build our curriculum on current, evidenced based education and aim to help you and your support person build the confidence you deserve. We recognize there are rare cases where advanced care may be needed--that's why our center is equipped for anything unexpected and our classes review the basics of when such care could be needed and inform you of the options that exist.
Our classes encompass a variety of common natural birthing methods. We offer the information you need to build your preferred birth team and birth wishes. Your support person will also learn what to expect and build their confidence and skills. We will review the most beneficial way to use comfort measures, such as massage, relaxation, visualization, breathing, music, hydrotherapy, labor aids and more.
We aim to empower you to trust your body and the process!
Anyone, from any hospital, is welcome to take our classes! To learn more about our classes, please click HERE. For additional questions or if you are having trouble registering, please email [email protected].
Did you know some classes may be eligible for reimbursement?* Call the number on the back of your insurance card and verify your coverage. -Childbirth: CPT code S9442 -Breastfeeding: CPT code S9943 -Infant Care: CPT Code S9444
*Any amount not covered by insurance will be the registrant's responsibility.
If your class required payment, a refund will be given if a cancellation request is received 2 business days (48 hours) prior to the start of the class/program. Ascension Providence reserves the right to cancel classes with less than 5 registrants. A full refund will be given for any class cancelled by the site.
A note from our team about our in-person classes and coronavirus (COVID-19):
As our communities begin to recover, we're committed to keeping you safe while you attend our classes. You can rest assure that our Ascension facilities have implemented safety precautions to minimize the exposure risks related to coronavirus (COVID-19). We continue to evaluate policy and procedures regularly and will keep you updated accordingly. Our priority remains continuing to reduce transmission risk of COVID-19 while delivering high quality education and care.
We ask that you and your support person please adhere to the following guidance*:
*At this time, this is requested in all medical facilities regardless of vaccination status
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding and are grateful to be able to be able to offer you classes at this time. In the event that the community experiences an increase in COVID-19 cases, classes may be changed to virtual.
THIS CLASS IS TWO DAYS AS NOTED UNDER "SESSIONS". Cost covers birth person + support person. Please do not register separately.
In the event there is an increase in Covid-19 cases in the area, classes will be switched to virtual. You and your one support person will receive a COVID screening that must be passed upon entry.You and your support person must wear a mask and practice social distancing while in any area of the facility.You and your support person must limit going to other areas of the hospital.You and your support person should practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands and/or using hand sanitizer prior to entering and exiting the classroom.*At this time, this is requested in all medical facilities regardless of vaccination status
If an option you are interested in is SOLD OUT, please contact us at [email protected] to join the waitlist or be the first to hear about an additional class date being added.
Saturdays, March 18 &25, 2023 from 9 am -2pm [5 remaining]
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. There will be a breaks and snacks are encouraged :)
Saturdays, May 20 & 27, 2023 from 9 am-2pm [7 remaining]
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