BEST Birth Hawaii Classes

During COVID-19 we will continue to offer childbirth education classes. They will be online in real time. Discounts offered to those financially affected.

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"When you don't know your options, you don't have any" Diane Korte

Labor and birth are amazing! Many emotions may come up when you think about it, good and bad. The day you get to meet your baby is one you will never forget and it is BEST Birth Hawaii's goal to inform you about the many choices you have in childbirth, so you may make true informed decisions. We also aim to educate you on the normal progress of labor and birth and it's variations, to teach you and your partner about coping techniques and positions to facilitate a more comfortable and faster labor. We believe that knowledge is power and that support and respect are key in having the BEST birth possible.

BEST Birth Class

Our most popular class and developed with YOU in mind. The goal of the class is to give you confidence, reduce fear and empower you to be an advocate for yourself and your baby. This series is based on the Thoughtful Childbirth curriculum by Plumtree Baby® and teaches you about the labor and birth process. It provides information on how to have a healthy pregnancy so you may stay low risk and avoid common interventions. We will go over things you can do in pregnancy to help you and your baby get ready for labor and birth, physically, mentally and emotionally. There is a major focus on how to find comfort in labor with hands on practice of positions and natural coping techniques, as well as information on medicinal options available to you. These classes are designed to encourage informed decision-making and provide opportunities to learn about and discuss the advantages and drawbacks of many routine procedures. It emphasizes making your own decisions in various situations during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum experience. The final class in this series is a full breastfeeding class.  Partners are encouraged to join so they may learn the same things and be prepared to be a valuable support to the mother on the big day.

Classes are held on the weekends and a new series starts every month. See our calendar for schedule. CLASSES ARE OFFERED IN HONOLULU AND KAPOLEI

This class includes:

  • 6 session, 3 hrs in duration

  • 3 workbooks with great visuals and evidence based information

  • personal attention due to small group size (6-7 couples)

  • Lasting friendships and connections with other families

investment: $300*

Our class series use quality materials from:

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting Class

Perhaps you've attended other types of childbirth classes offered by your hospital or care provider, but you're looking for something that equips you not only with information, but with practical skills and tools that you can apply to both childbirth and parenting. Maybe you understand what's going to happen to your body during labor and childbirth, but you've heard that this MIND OVER MATTER thing is really where it's at.

Developed by Nancy Bardacke, CNM, who authored the book Mindful Birthing, and based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program that has helped thousands of people since 1979 overcome health challenges such as anxiety, depression, stress, diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic pain, etc., this course will equip you with the tools, practices, and resources to feel truly prepared for the journey of childbirth and parenting.

Class meets once a week for 9 weeks and cover the basic principles of preparing the body AND mind for childbirth with mindfulness practices you can apply to your daily life. While we may not know how our labor or birth will unfold on our baby’s birthday, this class gives us the skills to respond to every step of the journey with grace and calm, rather than reacting with stress and anxiety. 

We cover topics such as inner preparation for childbirth; the 9 aspects of mindfulness and how they apply to childbirth and parenting; being in the present moment; understanding pain and fear in childbirth; responding vs. reacting; yoga for childbirth; mindfulness meditation; managing your thoughts so they serve you rather than enslave you...just to name a few!  We also cover basic childbirth course topics, such as how labor progresses, what’s happening in your body during childbirth, supportive comfort techniques and laboring positions, beneficial pushing positions and breathing techniques, typical hospital procedures, informed decision making, newborn needs and breastfeeding.

Here’s an article recently published by Pregnancy and the Newborn all about the MBCP program!

Classes are held on the weekends and a new series starts every 3 months. See our calendar for schedule.

This class includes:

  •  9 sessions, 3 hours each

  •  Take-home resources and mindfulness meditation audios to guide you through each practice

  •   Personal attention due to small group size (max. 8 couples)

  •   Lasting friendships and connections with other families

Investment: $395​*

 
 
 
Breastfeeding 101

Breastfeeding is not easy. It's surprisingly challenging for most new moms and babies and according to the latest research more than 90% have significant difficulty in the first week. This class aims to help you prepare for breastfeeding by setting up realistic expectations. Newborn babies breastfeed differently from the older babies you may see out and about and this class will help you understand and support the differences. We also cover the most common challenges and how to avoid or solve them. Partners are strongly encouraged to come as their support is one of the most important factors to success.

Classes are offered once a month alternating our Honolulu and Kapolei locations. Class meets for 3 hours on Sunday afternoon. Please see our calendar for the current class schedule. 
This class includes:

  • 3 hour group class instruction

  • workbook with great visuals and helpful references

Investment: $50*​

Private Birth Class

 

If you are interested in learning about childbirth in a more private setting, private childbirth classes are available either at our center or in your home. (We charge a small travel fee depending on where you live.) We offer 2 options:

  • 4 sessions that prepare you and your partner for the upcoming birth. This class covers anatomy and physiology of birth. It teaches you about progression of labor and techniques to use for comfort and pain management. It also informs you about your options in labor and birth and I help you write a birth plan. Each class will have a personal touch and will be catered to your specific needs. The same wonderful book we use for our Basic Birth Class is used here too.

     investment: $395*

  • A 3 hour class that covers the very basics you need to know before going into labor that leaves room for questions and answers. The class goes over basic anatomy and physiology of birth. It teaches you positions you can use for comfort and pain management in labor.

     investment: $125/3 hrs*

 

*The Small Print:

Military Special:

To show our appreciation to our military families, we offer $15 off any group childbirth class for military couples. Please call/text to take advantage of this special deal. 808-366-0230

Payment Plans Available:

We never want money to be a reason for you not to get educated or receive the support you need. Call us to talk about our affordable payment plans for all services.

All fees subject to HI General Excise Tax (4.712 %)

Payment is required to reserve your spot for any class.

Cancellation policy: In case of cancellation we require 4 days notice for a full refund. 1-3 days notice will result in a 50% refund and any cancellations within 24 hours cannot be given a refund at all.

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