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All Your Questions About Our Prenatal Classes Answered

Your prenatal class will include:
  • Small classes of 6-8 couples ensure a personal approach.

  • Stages of labour & birth

  • Learn & practice pain-coping approaches

  • Creating a supportive environment at home and hospital

  • Affirming partner’s role and needs

  • Birth fears, cesarean birth, and informed consent

  • Baby care basics & breastfeeding

  • Postpartum health and transition to parenthood

  • Special PDF Resource Guide

  • Exclusive pain-coping audio CD for practice at home.

When should I start my childbirth class?

Sign up early if you can so you get the class you want. Most people are in their 6th or 7th month of pregnancy when they start their prenatal class. We recommend that you sign up for a prenatal class that finishes within 3 – 12 weeks of your due date.  You will appreciate having time to integrate the information and comfort measures.

Should I choose a weekend prenatal class or a weekly series?

Your work and travel schedule will likely be the most important factors but also reflect on your learning style and goals. Some do best with an immersion-style weekend class, and others prefer to progress in smaller doses with a weekly series. The content of both courses is identical. Weekly series are one evening per week for six weeks starting on the date shown; weekend classes run Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Your choice of three convenient Vancouver and Lower Mainland childbirth class locations.

We teach out of three Vancouver locations and online for our childbirth classes: 

Bloom Community Midwives which is located in Downtown Vancouver,

Pomegranate Midwives in East Vancouver / Hastings-Sunrise and 

Pacific Midwives is close to Granville Island.

Dancing Cat Yoga Studio New Westminster

We are currently running some of our prenatal classes online. Check our calendar for upcoming classes.

What Makes Us Unique?

Like most prenatal classes, we cover:

  • Stages of labour

  • Fetal positioning  

  • Comfort measures – TENS, tapes, visualizations, water, acupuncture  

  • Physical labour support – massage and positions

  • Timing – calling care providers, going to the hospital

  • Pain medications – options and procedures

  • Cesarean birth – what to expect

  • The first 24 hours

  • Breastfeeding

  • Baby care

  • Postpartum – mom’s recovery and healing

What is the Curriculum?

Class 1

  • Where do you get your information from?

  • Medical Provider Overview 

  • Community Providers

  • Place of Birth - When to go to the hospital!  

  • Birth Movie

  • Comfort Measures

  • Pregnancy Tips


Class 2

  • Early Labour / Physiology of Birth

  • Hormones of birth

  • Phases of Birth 

  • Comfort Measures - Breathe Awareness, Sounds, Touch

  • How to be a good birth partner

  • Newborn Sleep


Class 3

  • Early Labour

    • What does it feel like?

    • What is happening in your body

    • What do you do during this phase?

    • What the partner can do during this phase

  • Active Labour

    • What does it feel like?

    • What is happening in your body

    • What do you do during this phase?

    • What the partner can do during this phase

    • Comfort Measures

  • Pushing

    • What does it feel like?

    • What is happening in your body

    • What do you do during this phase?

  • Comfort Measures - Hip Squeeze, Pressure points, doula tricks

However, we also go further, and cover: 

  • Hormones of labour

  • Pain coping practices

  • Emotional labour support – communication and creating connection

  • Pain medication – tips for partners, making the choice

  • Coping with anxiety and fear

  • Dealing with the unexpected

  • Building a positive dynamic with your care team

  • Culture of birth – dealing with judgement, opinions, and expectations

  • Cesarean birth – enhancing the OR birth experience

  • Postpartum – partner support

  • Inclusion and roles of the birth partners

  • Community resources.

Class 4

  • First 2 hours after birth

  • Newborn  

  • Placenta  

  • First Feeds

  • First 24 Hours with your Newborn

  • Caesarean Birth

  • Postpartum Tips


Class 5

  • Informed Consent 

  • How to communicate with your medical team

  • Using BRAIN

  • Number 1 Dancing Star Birth Rule

  • Pain Management

  • Non-Medical Comfort Measures

  • Medications: Nitrous oxide, Morphine, Fentanyl and Epidural

  • Birth Plans

Class 6

  • Comforting your Newborn

  • Diapering

  • Babywearing

  • Bathing your baby

  • Preparing for your Newborn what you need

  • Feeding your Baby

  • Soothing your baby 

  • Breastfeeding basics

  • How to Breastfeed your baby

  • How to know if your newborn is getting enough?

  • First 6 weeks with your newborn

  • Community Support


What precautions is Dancing Star Birth taking with Covid?

From the beginning, Dancing Star Birth has been driven by the interests and involvement of our incredible and engaged community members. We are growing and changing as the government makes decisions around the Covid-19 pandemic. Currently, we are hosting our prenatal classes online and in person.  We have had positive reviews. Our clients have enjoyed our classes and we have limited the possible transfer of covid between families. If you have any questions please reach out. 

What if I have my baby early or can't attend classes because of a medical reason. 

Should you need to cancel for medical reasons anytime prior to the start of class, you can request to switch your class to a one on one online session. If you have given birth before the start of the class, a refund will be given minus a $100 non-refundable deposit. Please give us as much notice as possible so we can fill the spot. For all other cancellation reasons, up to 3 weeks before the class start date, a 50% refund will be issued. No refunds are available 3 weeks before the class starts and for the duration of the class.

Our classes fill quickly. If your preferred class is full, please email or call us at 604.254.1100 to see about waitlists, private prenatal classes or other options.

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