Natural Childbirth Classes

Give a call or text message, 7 days a week: (505)232-2772

childbirth classes with inspired birth and familiesNatural Childbirth Class Series-

5, 2 hour classes

Increase your understanding of the hormonal, physical, and emotional process of birth and clarify your preferences with the current evidence-based information in these classes.  You will finish this series feeling confident, prepared, and even excited for your upcoming birth! 

Unlike some other natural birth 'programs' like birth hypnosis or Bradley Birth Method, this class does not present a program you must follow in order to experience a natural birth.  Instead we explore all the comfort measures and pain coping options that are out there, and leave it up to you to choose the techniques that work best.


Consider this series if:

  • You are planning a natural birth at a hospital, or at a birth center within a hospital.  Information presented is specific to our local hospitals and can prepare you for what to expect in these settings.  We also discuss complications and interventions, and how to keep a flexible, open mind within your preferences.
  • This is your first baby, or the first baby for your partner.  It's also a great refresher course if it's been 4+ years since your last baby, or if you had a difficult or disappointing previous experience(s).
  • and/or you want unbiased and evidence-based information about giving birth!


Pricing for the full series is $175 +tax per couple.  Find upcoming classes and register from the Class Calendar.


Session 1- Late Pregnancy and Onset of Labor

Covering prenatal preparation for birth, stress reduction & fear processing, and how to know when labor begins with topics including:

  • Pathway to a Healthy Birth overview
  • Care Providers/ Locations
  • Labor Support/ Doulas
  • Common Signs of Labor

Session 2- Stages & Phases of Labor 

Learning how the hormonal and physical process of labor unfolds, beneficial positions, and partner support during labor:

  • Natural Hormones of Birth
  • Stages and Phases of Labor
  • Early Labor vs. 'False' Labor
  • Active Labor Management
  • Guidance for Birth Partners

Session 3- Comfort Measures and Pain Coping Techniques

Focused on exploring and practicing options for comfort during labor, partner support and pain coping exercises:

  • Positions and Movement Practice
  • Partner Support
  • Relaxation and Massage Practice
  • Active Pain Coping Activity

Session 4- Interventions and Informed Decision Making

Introducing common interventions and complications, options for pain medications, and how to make informed decisions during labor:

  • Natural and Medical Induction of Labor
  • Common Interventions and Complications
  • Options for Pain Relief Medications
  • Informed Consent and Refusal

Session 5- Birth and Postpartum

Wrapping up with delivery and birth, the immediate postpartum period, and post-birth recovery:

  • Descent and Birth/ Pushing Stage
  • Optimal Fetal Positioning
  • First Few Hours Postpartum
  • Healing and Recovery


Private Childbirth Classes-

Individualized sessions can be completed in the convenience of your home at an affordable price.  It's recommended to complete around 8 hours of personalized curriculum pulling from the outline above.  Availability varies.

Give a call or text message, 7 days a week: (505)232-2772


Find upcoming classes and register from the Class Calendar.  Click the 'Register' button to see ticket options and fill out the required information.  For most classes, a 50% deposit is due upon registration, and the balance can be paid up to the start of the first class.

Pay-It-Forward Referral Discount: 

After classes or services received, refer a friend and they can claim a 5% discount on any class or service!  To redeem discount, enter full name of person whom referred you at the time of registration.

Credit or Debit Card Payments:

Choose to pay in full or just the deposit (where applicable), and conveniently & securely make your payment through PayPal- you will be redirected to the payments page after registration.

Cancellation and refund policy:

If you need to cancel your space reservation in a class series, please let us know as soon as possible. In the event of a cancellation, we will return your payment minus a cancellation fee (10% of class price) when we receive notice at least 14 days prior to the first class.  If we receive a cancellation less than 14 days from the first class, we will refund your payment, minus a cancellation fee, only if we are able to fill your space. There will be no refunds made once class has begun.  Please contact us for more info.

valbelly"I feel more comfortable about what will happen to my body during birth after going over how each stage will happen and what to expect.”

-First-time expectant mother


If you're expecting your first child, you've probably read about childbirth and heard very different stories from friends and loved ones, but there is some very conflicting and confusing information out there.  Here are some reasons first timers should consider taking childbirth classes:


  • To be wise and savvy about giving birth in our medical system! Maternity Care in this country is in crisis.  Our intervention and preventable cesarean rates are sky high, and our outcomes are proving to be very poor compared to other industrialized countries:   Learn what YOU can do to keep your family safe and healthy, and how to best navigate our current system.


  • Help your partner understand how they can best support you during the process, and to learn about labor and birth themselves.  We expect you to bring a partner, friend, mother, doula, or other support person to class.  If it's their first time, or have only experienced their own birth(s), then they probably don't have a clue how to best support you in your unique journey!


  • Childbirth Preparation Classes are a place to meet other expectant parents, and to discuss common goals and fears that you may be experiencing.  Private Sessions are also great for processing fears with an experienced instructor who really understands, and can provide helpful suggestions, factual information, and practical advice for preparing for the birth that you want.


New Parents with BabyAbout our Independent Childbirth Classes

The Independent Childbirth Classes at Inspired are taught by professional doulas. We choose to remain unaffiliated with other organizations so that we are free to use the most current, evidence-based, and unbiased information that is available about childbirth.  Classes are held in our cozy classroom located in the North Valley, and our small class sizes are personal and unique.

Our classes cover the emotional and physical aspects of labor and birth, practical pain coping and decision making tools, preparing partner for labor support role, early postpartum changes, breastfeeding, and so much more!  We present information in a way that empowers parents, and encourages processing of fears or stresses related to labor and birth.  We use hands-on, interactive teaching methods, and facilitate activities and group discussions that will leave you feeling confident, even excited, and prepared for your upcoming labor and birth!

Give a call or text message, 7 days a week: (505)232-2772


“It was a great class with a lot of insight into the birth experience.”

-Second time mom, and second Inspired Birth class


“. . . helped me feel like birth is a natural, not a medical, process.  Also that one video . . . presented such a beautiful image of birth-really stuck with me.”

-First-time expectant father


“I will recommend this class to every expectant parent I meet!”

-First-time expectant father


“All of the open communication was extremely helpful!  A lot of thoughts & concerns I had were shared with the other couples.”

-First-time expectant mother


“The discussions on pros & cons of different medications was very helpful & helped me solidify what I want to try to do.”

-First-time expectant mother


“Very well balanced and great interaction between husband/wife, other classmates, and teacher.  Great class, keep it going.”

-First-time expectant father


“I will definitely recommend this class to my colleagues and friends!”

-First-time expectant father


“It was very informative and left us feeling more confident.”

-First-time expectant father


“I’m glad I took the class.  Would recommend to first time soon-to-be parents.”

-First-time expectant mother


“I knew nothing ‘real’ and so I learned a lot.  The process is not scary anymore.”

-First-time expectant father




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