Book early! Journey of Birth classes fill up fast. Most people sign up for a class that finishes before they are 38 weeks.
15+ years professional experience in childbirth, postpartum, breastfeeding and prenatal education
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We generally recommend taking classes between 32-37 weeks of your pregnancy. However, if you want to register for a class that is sooner or later than that, you're more than welcome. Classes often fill up to two months prior to the start date. To get a spot in the class you want, please register early.
Sarah's training is originally in Birthing From Within, which is a great approach to childbirth preparation that is non-outcome focused, realistic, information based prenatal education. The emphasis is on building the kind of mindset that will help you cope well during your birth, no matter how it goes.
Over the years our classes have been refined to reflect what we see works well for women and their partners. The class style is definitely focused on building resiliency, confidence and capacity through information, hands-on practice, and conversation about your coping style and innate resources. We provide fact based information about the process of birth, while helping you determine what is going to work for you based on your style of coping and your preferences and needs.
Our classes are known for great dialogue. We facilitate conversation that invites your participation. There are no powerpoint presentations, movies or lectures in the classes - we make sure you have an engaging and interesting time. The most common feedback we receive about my classes is how enjoyable and informative they are (from dads, too!)
You can expect an opportunity to ask lots of questions and get answers that inform and inspire you. You will laugh. You will meet some really great people who are having babies around the same time as you, which is perfect for building new community. You can expect frank discussion of birth, and fantastic skill-building to prepare both your partner and you. And, you can anticipate finishing the classes with a deeper confidence in yourselves in regards to your birth and new parenthood.
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No, not at all! We've had many second-time parents take classes with Journey of Birth and learn a lot. Some people are repeat clients and take classes again with their second pregnancy. Plus, your experience and input enriches the class. Please come.
Our group classes are only $175 for a couple, whether you take an evening series or a one day intensive class. We're sometimes asked about our low fee - comparable classes can be double the cost. Our class fee is low, but we don't cut corners on delivering exceptional, comprehensive content. Rather, our model is based on a goal of affordability and community access. We know that the months before and after your baby's birth are often tight financially, and we want to ensure you can allocate your funds to the other things that matter too: a date night, a birth doula, or the takeout you are craving. Our prenatal classes won't break the bank, but they will ensure you're prepared.
The short answer- yes! The longer answer is that consistently research has shown that women who are supported throughout their birth experience by someone who is dedicated to their wellbeing and experienced in birth support have better outcomes in their experience of labour and birth. If hiring a doula isn't an option for you, consider how you can build a birth support team that provides you the kind of hands-on support that will enhance your birth.
Note: Sarah Welsby currently offers birth doula support. Read more here:
Private classes are a great option if you're looking for a personalized class or a specific date to suit your schedule. Private classes take place in your home, as a one time, three hour comprehensive class covering all the same content as in a full day or series group class. This is a great chance to ask any questions you have, and feel at ease and prepared. Private classes are a very popular option - if you want to book a date, it is recommended to do so a few months before due date; however feel free to inquire anytime - sometimes there are openings on short notice.
Private group classes are also an option if you want a class in your home along with friends who are also having a baby - contact us for pricing options.
A breastfeeding counsellor is a specialist in lactation, and supporting successful breastfeeding. We come to your home in the early days or weeks after your baby is born to trouble shoot any issues you are having related to latch, fussiness at the breast, low supply, pain or other supports you may need. Many issues are resolved within one 2 hour visit, and once we've had an initial visit, we are available to you for text and phone support. Read more about breastfeeding counselling on the link below: