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Preparing for Your Birth

  • Preparing for Childbirth

    Preparing for Childbirth

    You have 2 in person options.

    Preparing for Childbirth 3 week series

    Our traditional Preparing for Childbirth class covers everything you need to know to prepare for childbirth, including:  

    • The final weeks of pregnancy.
    • The birth process, including the different stages and phases of labor
    • Back labor
    • Labor and birth coping skills (including breathing and relaxation, and labor positions) with hands on practice time during class
    • Medications for comfort
    • Inductions and medical interventions
    • Cesarean birth
    • Postpartum recovery and the adjustment to parenthood

    3 weekly sessions

    Member Tuition: $112.50

    Non-Member Tuition: $125

    Tuition covers the expectant parent plus one support person.

    Preparing for Childbirth Fundamentals

    If you’re just looking for the basics, or prefer attending a shorter weekend class, you can take our Preparing for Childbirth Fundamentals. This condensed class covers similar topics as our 3 week series, with the exception of in-depth conversations of labor variations and hands-on practice of labor and birth coping skills. Families are encouraged to practice comfort strategies on their own, or take our Labor Skills Workshop for guided hands-on practice.

    Preparing for Childbirth Fundamentals – one 4 hour session 

    Member Tuition: $81

    Non-Member Tuition: $90

    Tuition covers the expectant parent and one support person.

    COVID-19 and Your In person Class

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

    Parents are encouraged to register in the fourth or fifth month of pregnancy and have their classes completed by about 36 weeks. 

    If you desire lower intervention, non-medicated childbirth, or a more in-depth experience of hands-on skills, you will benefit from taking the Labor Skills Workshop in addition to this class. You may also consider our Natural Childbirth 5 week series as an alternative to Preparing for Childbirth.

    Private childbirth classes can often be arranged upon request.  Our private classes are 3 hours and the tuition is $300 (non-members) and $270 (members).

  • All-In-One 3 Week Edition

    All-In-One 3 Week Edition

    Looking for a prenatal class that covers the essentials in three short sessions?  This class highlights the birth process, postpartum recovery, beginning breastfeeding, and newborn care over the course of three weekly sessions. 

     Topics covered:

    • The birth process
    • Coping strategies for labor, including pain medication
    • Partner support
    • Cesarean birth
    • Postpartum healing
    • Initiating breastfeeding, and how to recognize signs of success
    • Newborn care procedures in the hospital and continuing care at home

    Our instructor will recommend good websites and books for more in-depth learning. Because of the condensed nature of the class, hands-on breathing and relaxation will not be practiced. Parents wanting to learn and practice breathwork and relaxation techniques should consider our Labor Skills Workshop Virtual as a supplement to this class.  Infant CPR is not covered.  Please see our Infant CPR schedule for available classes.

    3 weekly sessions

    Member Tuition: $180

    Non-Member Tuition: $200

    Tuition covers one expectant parent and one support person.

    COVID-19 and Your In person Class

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  • Natural Childbirth

    Natural Childbirth

    Natural Childbirth is the prenatal class best suited to women who wish to avoid or reduce the use of medications and interventions.

    The birth process is the foundation of the class, and each week you’ll practice coping strategies like breathing, intentional relaxation, visualization, massage, and helpful positions.  While this holistic approach makes it a good fit for women hoping for an unmedicated birth, pain medications, and supportive interventions are discussed.  With less lecture and more interactive, hands-on learning, we will explore issues like keeping a positive attitude about your body’s abilities, advocating for yourself, informed decision making, exploring emotions, and how to prepare yourself for parenthood.

    Spending time within a small group of other parents-to-be establishes a support network of other families who may become friends for life!  You’ll even have a visit from a Natural Childbirth graduate family with their baby.

    You’ll learn:

    • The complete birth process
    • Extensive coping strategies for comfort, with ample time to practice
    • Pain medication and supportive interventions
    • Cesarean birth
    • Decision making and how to advocate for yourself in a medical setting
    • Planning out a “wish list” with goals for your birth
    • Postpartum healing
    • The transition to parenthood, with breakout sessions for both mothers and support partners
    • Weekly takeaways such as journaling projects, relaxation exercises, and positive affirmations
    • How to make a plan for your care team, both in the birth setting and at home with baby
    • The last night is our “Sneak Peek” night.  You’ll be visited by a new family to prepare you for what’s ahead.

    We recommend taking this class with plenty of time before your due date to practice the techniques throughout the third trimester.  Please budget time to finish the class by about 34-36 weeks.  As always, all families are welcome regardless of where their babies will be born.  For those families birthing in a hospital, please note that a tour is not part of prenatal classes at Amma. We encourage you to contact your hospital directly for information about tours.

    Member Tuition: $189

    Non-Member Tuition: $210

    Tuition for the five-week series covers one expectant parent and one support person.

    COVID-19 and Your In person Class

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  • Labor Skills Workshop

    Labor Skills Workshop

    If you’re hoping for an unmedicated birth, or just want to further practice your coping strategies, this supplemental workshop is perfect for you. This is a great option for families expecting a second (or more) baby, who just want a refresher of skills.

    This specialty workshop on coping with labor pain is all hands-on . We’ll practice:

    • Breathwork patterns designed for labor
    • Visualization
    • Intentional relaxation
    • Massage
    • Positions for labor

    Perfect for moms and labor partners wanting more practice or second-time moms looking for a refresher without the lecture component. This class does not cover traditional class topics such as the birth process, medications, c-sections, and the like and is best taken as a supplement to Preparing for Childbirth or the All-In-One prenatal class.

    Please bring a blanket and pillow to class.  Dress comfortably. This class will include movement and floor work on a yoga mat.

    Member Tuition: $45

    Non-Member Tuition: $50

    Tuition covers the expectant parent and one support person.

    COVID-19 and Your In person Class

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Preparing for your newborn

  • Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding

    A little bit of preparation goes a long way when you’re planning to breastfeed. Topics include:

    • How milk is produced in the breast
    • Getting started in the hospital
    • Establishing a plentiful milk supply
    • Recognizing signs of success, as well as when to seek help
    • Interpreting your baby’s hunger cues
    • Life as a nursing mother
    • Common concerns and how to handle them
    • What partners and family members need to know

    This class is designed for both the pregnant mother and her partner.

    Member Tuition: $40.50

    Non-Member Tuition: $45

    Tuition covers the expectant parent and 1 support person.

    COVID-19 and Your In person Class

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  • Newborns 101

    Newborns 101

    Newborns 101 prepares you for life with a newborn baby.  You’ll “graduate” ready to start life with your new son or daughter!

    Hear the most current information on early development, how to care for your infant, and parenting strategies for the first few months.  The mixture of video, hands-on practice and real-life scenarios go beyond what you can read in a book.

    Topics include:

    • Care procedures at birth
    • Newborn behaviors, cues, and reflexes: what they mean and how to respond
    • How to soothe and hold your baby and use swaddling products
    • Car seat installation basics
    • Using dolls, you’ll practice holding and diapering
    • Tummy time and taking a temperature will be demonstrated

    Member Tuition: $40.50

    Non-Member Tuition: $45

    Tuition covers one expectant parent and one support person

    COVID-19 and Your In person Class

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  • Combination Breastfeeding and Newborns 101

    Combination Breastfeeding and Newborns 101

    An easy way to complete both of these classes on the same day. All the topics from both Breastfeeding and Newborns 101 are presented in one class.

    Member Tuition: $81

    Non-Member Tuition: $90

    Tuition covers one expectant parent and one support person

    COVID-19 and Your In person Class

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  • Infant CPR

    Infant CPR

    We strongly encourage everyone in your baby’s caregiving circle to take an Infant CPR class, including parents, grandparents, babysitters and nannies.

    These CPR courses are not certification courses, but the curricula follow those of the American Heart Association. Our instructors are AHA certified.

    Infant CPR

    Learn how to respond in a respiratory or cardiac emergency. Demonstration and hands-on practice of chest compressions, breaths, and choking relief on infant and child mannequin will reinforce your learning and help you understand how to act in real life.

    Member Tuition: $72 per couple for the 2.5 hour class

    Non-Member Tuition: $80 per couple

    Looking for the virtual Infant CPR class? Register here

    If you are registering as a 2-person couple, you may use our online registration software.

    If your party includes multiple caregivers and family members, please call us directly at (952) 926-2229 and we will register your group. We offer individual registrations for $45 (member) or $50 (non-member).

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

    In order for the class to learn effectively, we do not allow children to attend these classes. We do make exceptions for newborn infants who can sleep or hang out in their car seats during class.

Mom and Baby Classes

  • The New Mama Class

    The New Mama Class

    Calling all Amma Mamas! Do you have a brand new baby? Come see why moms tell us this class is the best thing they did for themselves. Bring your newborn to a baby-friendly environment and get help on all the topics of concern to new moms: feeding, sleep, soothing, vaccinations and pediatric visits, postpartum adjustment, emotions, returning to work, and more. You won’t find a more welcoming place for help and encouragement than the New Mama Class.  The perfect way to spend maternity leave!

    The New Mama Class supports all new mothers.  Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle feeding, parenting solo, partnered or married, adoptive or biological, have one baby or twins, you are welcome here. Being introduced to a range of parenting experiences shows us how many right ways there are to be a family.

    You’ll leave this class with confidence and friends for life.

    Our teachers are all Registered Nurses, Board Certified Lactation Consultants, or both.

    Plan to start your 6-week session when your baby will be between the ages of 1 to 8 weeks of age.  This class and its curriculum are designed specifically for mamas and their babies of this age. We recommend you register prior to the arrival of your baby. Look for a class series that begins 2 to 3 weeks after your due date. Please note: this class is intended for first-time mamas.

    *If your baby is older than 8 weeks of age at the start of the session, please consider our Beyond Newborn class.

    Member Tuition: $157.50 for six-weekly 2-hour sessions

    Non-Member Tuition: $175

    COVID-19 and Your In person Class

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  • Second Time Mama

    Second Time Mama

    Becoming a Mama again? It’s different this time around! Bring your newborn to a baby-friendly environment. We’ll refresh your memory on the basics, like feeding, soothing, baby care, good sleep habits, postpartum adjustment, and returning to work. We’ll also discuss parenting more than one child, sibling issues, time and stress management, and learning how to manage a multi-kid family. Moms will be encouraged to share strategies with each other. We recommend you register prior to the arrival of your baby. Look for a class series that begins 2 to 3 weeks after your due date.

    For Mamas with babies ages 0-2 months (or so) at the start of class.

    Member Tuition: $158.50 for six-weekly 2-hour sessions

    Non-Member Tuition: $175

    COVID-19 and Your In person Class

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

  • Beyond Newborns

    Beyond Newborns

    Now that your baby has outgrown the newborn months, you’re ready to take on the next stage. Many moms are wondering what to do with their babies? Bring your baby to a baby-friendly environment, to enjoy song time and learn play ideas to foster development.

    The parenting curriculum covers topics such as sleep & naps, feeding & introducing solids, temperament, infant development, family dynamics, maintaining an identity while being a mom, returning to work or beginning at-home motherhood, and more.

    This series is for Mamas with babies ages 3, 4 and 5 months at the start of class, or direct New Mama Class graduates.

    Daytime Tuition:

    Member $171 for eight weekly 2-hour sessions.

    Non-Member Tuition: $190

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Please note that make-ups are not available for missed classes in the Beyond Newborns series.

  • Baby Massage

    Baby Massage

    This Two part Baby Massage class helps you feel confident as you tune in to your baby’s needs, communication cues, and responses.  Infant massage is a wonderful way to promote brain development through positive touch. While promoting development you may see your baby becoming calmer, happier and easier to soothe.  They may even sleep better for you!

    This hands-on class, led by an Occupational Therapist certified in infant massage, provides parents with an easy, beautiful way to learn about and care for their baby.  Relax and have fun with your baby as you both enjoy the many benefits of Baby Massage.

    Recommended for babies ages 3 weeks through cruising.

    Member Tuition: $63 per baby (and their twin, if they have one!) and two caregivers
    Non-Member Tuition: $70 per baby (and their twin, if they have one!) and two caregivers

    COVID-19 and Your In person Class

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Please note that make-ups are not available for missed classes in the Beyond Newborns series. 

  • Small Talk: Sign Language for You and Your Hearing Baby

    Small Talk: Sign Language for You and Your Hearing Baby

    As babies near their first birthday, language starts to develop. But until they master words, those little people can have big frustrations when no one understands them! Teaching your baby simple words in American Sign Language can give your baby a powerful new tool to communicate with you until they learn to speak. This class will teach you how to use simple signs with your pre-verbal baby, and tuition includes an instructional booklet. 

    This class is babies 6 months and older.  Babies welcome in class!

    Member: $36 per baby (and their twin, if they have one!) and two caregivers As

    Non-Member Tuition: $40 per baby (and their twin, if they have one!) and two caregivers

    COVID-19 and Your In person Class

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Please note that make-ups are not available for missed classes in the Beyond Newborns series. 

  • Starting Solids with Baby Led Weaning

    Starting Solids with Baby Led Weaning

    Baby led weaning is an approach to starting solids that allows baby to self-feed as opposed to be fed. Instead of purees and spoon-feeding, baby and parents can share the same foods while baby exercises his hand/eye coordination, pincer grasp and ability to know when he is full. Led by New Mama instructor and IBCLC, Vickie Albright, this workshop will cover signs of readiness for solids, benefits of allowing baby to take the lead, approaches to getting started and safety concerns.

    Member Tuition: $36 for two participants
    Non-Member Tuition: $40 for two participants

    COVID-19 and Your in person class

     

    We ask that families read our policies before registering for classes. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. 

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