BEST Birth Hawaii Classes
"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:
4 birth preparation session, 3 hrs in duration
1 postpartum preparation session, 3 hrs
1 breastfeeding class, 3 hrs
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
Our class series use quality materials from:
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
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 (10 hrs total) to 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 your birth preference a.k.a. 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 BEST Birth Class is used here too.
A 2.5 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: $125/2.5 hrs*
*The Small Print:
To show our appreciation to our military families, we offer $10 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. 2-3 days notice will result in a 50% refund and any cancellations within 48 hours cannot be given a refund at all.