Childbirth University Classes

We have many classes available to help you learn all you need to know about having your baby and creating or strengthening a happy, healthy family.  


Note:  These classes are offered to the general public.

You do not have to be a client of BetterBirth to take them.

You must register at least 24 hours in advance for all classes.


Curtis Method Childbirth Preparation

Curtis Method Childbirth Preparation classes are an updated, evidence-based approach to birth hypnosis, providing comprehensive education and resources for a positive childbirth experience.  A 170-page Curtis Method live-instruction workbook combined with online homework resources are used interactively as part of the 15 hour class series: full of affirmations, inspiring Curtis Method videos and birth stories, writing activities, mindfulness practice, birth preference worksheets, educational articles, and other “tools for success”.  We have also produced original hypnosis scripts, guided relaxation recordings, and music tracks that cover pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, postpartum and beyond.

Series Length: 5 weeks

Instructor: Lauralyn Curtis (801) 358-1448  lauralyn@hypnobirthingutah.com (please include your full name and phone number when emailing)

How to Register:  http://www.hypnobirthingutah.com/signup/

Cost: Public: $235   BetterBirth Clients (25% off): $176.25

Offered:

West Jordan BetterBirth

  • 6:30-9:30 Mondays 12/5/16 to 1/22/17


HypnoBabies

Being a part of a Hypnobabies class series will empower you and your birth partner to have a comfortable birth experience and to feel confident in your pregnancy and birth choices.  You will learn self-hypnosis techniques that will create the deepest relaxation in your body and mind during your pregnancy, birthing time and even postpartum, allowing your body to do the work it is made to do.  Each class includes complete prenatal education along with our amazingly successful hypnosis techniques. 

Series Length: 5 weeks
Instructor: Jamie Wagner 
How to Register:  http://www.chooseapeacefulbirth.com

Cost: Public: $350 per mom  BetterBirth clients: $262.50 per mom (25% off)

Offered:

West Jordan BetterBirth

  • 10:00am-1:30pm Saturdays 3/4/17 to 4/15/17 (skipping April 1st)
  • 10:00am-1:30pm Saturdays 5/6/17 to 6/24/17
  • 10:00am-1:30pm Saturdays 8/19/17 to 9/23/17
  • 10:00am-1:30pm Saturdays 10/14/17 to 11/8/17


Birthing From Within

Birth is such a personal journey, and, as such, deserves personal treatment. Birthing from Within® childbirth classes do more than flood you with information about birth–they guide you along a journey of discovery.  Each class is tailored to the needs of the current parents and emphasis is placed on personal experience versus specific medical outcomes. Classes are always multi-sensory giving opportunity for lively discussion and many hands-on activities.  Birthing from Within classes do not address students with a “one size fits all” approach.  Only you know what you need to give birth.  Our classes are designed to help you on that path of personal self-discovery, empowerment and birth satisfaction.
Here's what you can expect in a Birthing from Within class:

  • Each class begins with a different pain-coping practice that not only works to bring comfort during the birth process but can also be incorporated as a mindfulness practice within everyday life.
  • Classes include comprehensive education about what to expect during labor and birth. 
  • Common interventions are understood and students discover how to advocate for themselves and work with their healthcare team.
  • We get creative as we look inside ourselves and use tools like journaling and art to tap into our true self-expression.
  • We honor the birth partner by not only giving them tools to support the birthing mother, but addressing their unique role and experience. 
  • The postpartum period is discussed. Baby care and breastfeeding are addressed along with common physical, emotional and relationship expectations.

Series Length: 5

Instructor: Raven Haymond 

How to Register: www.beehivebirthcare.com

Cost: Public: $225 per couple BetterBirth Clients: $175 per couple

Offered:

West Jordan BetterBirth

  • 6:30-9:00pm Wednesdays 12/14/16 to 1/4/17


Breastfeeding

In this one-time breastfeeding class, you will learn the physiology of breastfeeding, how to achieve a great latch, various breastfeeding positions, how to resolve common breastfeeding concerns, how your partner can be a part of your breastfeeding journey, what local resources are available for support, and much more!  Partners are encouraged to attend.

Series Length: 3 hours

Instructor: Jamie Wagner

How to Register: http://www.chooseapeacefulbirth.com

Cost: $25 (partners attend free with mom)

Offered:

West Jordan BetterBirth

  • 10am-1pm Saturday TBA
  • 10am-1pm Saturday TBA


Dads Matter
This class is for fathers (or fathers-to-be) and father figures only (sorry, moms).  It is a research-based parenting course utilizing the Fathering with Love and Logic™approach.  You will learn how to:

  • Put an end to arguing, back talk, and begging
  • Teach responsibility without losing your child's love
  • Avoid power struggles
  • Teach your children to complete chores without reminders or pay

Food is provided at each session, and incentives are provided dependent on attendance.

Series Length: 5 weeks
How to Register: http://www.healthyrelationshipsutah.org/class_descriptions/fatherhood-description (then click county and find course by date)

Cost: FREE

Offered:

Orem BetterBirth

  • 6:30-8:30pm Thursdays  1/12/17 to 2/9/17 Instructor: Dallin Belt  801-822-1852  dallin.belt@usu.edu

Spanish Fork BetterBirth

  • 6:30-8:30pm Wednesdays TBA.  Instructor: Nathan Robbins nathan.robbins@usu.edu

West Jordan BetterBirth

  • 6:30-8:30pm Thursdays TBA.  Instructor: Mike Sitton mike.sitton@usu.edu

Salt Lake BetterBirth

  • 6:30-8:30pm Thursdays TBA.  Instructor: Mike Sitton mike.sitton@usu.edu


Understanding Insurance
If terms like "deductible," "coinsurance," "in-network/out-of-network," and "out-of-pocket maximum" are all Greek to you, you need this class!  We'll teach you the ins and outs of insurance and also help you understand how to use insurance for your BetterBirth services.  We'll teach you how to verify the benefits of your specific insurance policy and how to get maximum coverage for your birth, no matter where or with whom you plan to deliver.  Insurance is a strange, convoluted world, but we can help.
Series Length: 2 hours
Instructor: Suzanne Smith & Carrie Ann Kemp (801) 225-5668 carrie@betterbirth.com
How to Register:  Call BetterBirth at (801) 225-5668
Cost: FREE

Offered:

Orem BetterBirth

  • 6:30-8:30pm TBA

Spanish Fork BetterBirth

  • 6:30-8:30pm TBA

Salt Lake BetterBirth

  • 6:30-8:30pm TBA

West Jordan BetterBirth

  • 6:30-8:30pm TBA


Birth Options
In this very broad class we will discuss many choices you have in childbirth, such as:

  • pain relief methods (epidural, narcotics, water birth, nitrous oxide, doulas, physical support methods)
  • venues for giving birth (hospital, birth center, home)
  • maternity care providers (obstetricians, family practice doctors, certified nurse-midwives, direct-entry midwives, do-it-yourself)
  • type of delivery (c-section, forceps, vacuum, spontaneous vaginal, vaginal birth after cesarean)
  • newborn procedures (vaccines, vitamin K, eye ointment, blood screen, hearing screen, heart defect screen)
  • any other options you care to know about

This class is not intended to sway you toward or away from any particular option or options, but rather to help you find the right options for you.
Series Length: 2 hours
Instructor: Suzanne Smith (801) 225-5668 carrie@betterbirth.com
How to Register:  Call BetterBirth at (801) 225-5668
Cost: FREE

Classes Offered:

Orem BetterBirth

  • 6:30-8:30pm Monday 9/12/16

Spanish Fork BetterBirth

  • 6:30-8:30pm Tuesday 8/16/16

Salt Lake BetterBirth

  • 6:30-8:30pm Tuesday 10/11/16

West Jordan BetterBirth

  • TBA


CPR & Choking for New Parents
Choking is a leading cause of injury and death among children, especially those younger than 4 years of age.  The majority of choking-related incidents among children are associated with food, coins and toys.  Did you plan on your child having contact with any of those?  Don't be caught unprepared!  This course is taught by a former Life Flight paramedic who actually saved her own daughter's life by properly administering CPR in an emergency.  It's serious business, but the class is really fun!
Series Length: 2 hours
Instructor: Carrie Ann Kemp (801) 225-5668 carrie@betterbirth.com
How to Register:  Call BetterBirth at (801) 225-5668
Cost: $20 per person or $30 per couple

Offered:

Orem BetterBirth

  • TBA

Spanish Fork BetterBirth

  • TBA

Salt Lake BetterBirth

  • TBA

West Jordan BetterBirth

  • TBA


Newborn Resuscitation for Non-Professionals
90% of babies breathe well after birth all by themselves.  10% need assistance.  Our midwives are all experienced in helping babies breathe at birth, but it's not rocket science.  Be prepared in case this job should fall to you (some babies come very quickly!).  We will teach you how to know a baby needs help and a very simple technique to give him or her the breath of life.
Series Length: 2 hours
Instructor: Suzanne Smith & Carrie Ann Kemp (801) 225-5668 carrie@betterbirth.com
How to Register:  Call BetterBirth at (801) 225-5668
Cost: $10

Offered:


Orem BetterBirth

  • 2:00-4:00pm Saturday 1/14/17
  • 2:00-4:00pm Saturday 2/11/17
  • 2:00-4:00pm Saturday 3/4/17
  • 2:00-4:00pm Saturday 4/1/17
  • 2:00-4:00pm Saturday 4/22/17
  • 2:00-4:00pm Saturday 5/20/17
  • 2:00-4:00pm Saturday 6/10/17
  • 2:00-4:00pm Saturday 7/8/17
  • 2:00-4:00pm Saturday 7/29/17
  • 2:00-4:00pm Saturday 8/26/17
  • 2:00-4:00pm Saturday 9/16/17
  • 2:00-4:00pm Saturday 10/14/17
  • 2:00-4:00pm Saturday 11/4/17
  • 2:00-4:00pm Saturday 12/2/17

Learn to relax

"Loved the CPR class!  I'm so glad to know what to do if my baby stops breathing or worse.  Sure, I'll probably forget some small details, but at least I won't be standing by helplessly, waiting for the 911 dispatcher to get someone who does know to me.  I feel confident I can save my child's life (or anyone else's) if I should ever be presented with such a situation."

- SS July 2016