Because You Deserve a Beautiful Birth

Rochester Birthing Classes

You have so many questions as you prepare to give birth. We're here as your guides.

You have a big life event right in front of you and you want to be ready. To be prepared. To lean into hopes and dreams for your baby’s birth.

You’ve heard that it’s hard, that it might be the most challenging thing you’ll ever do. That’s what we’re here for. To share the truth. To help prepare you. And to help guide you toward an informed, intuitive, and incredible childbirth journey.

Let’s get you ready! You might be at a place where you have a fairly good idea of what you want for your birth, or you may be at starting point zero - tell me all the things. Either way, our Rochester childbirth classes will gather you and other expectant new parents who are walking a similar journey together in one space to figure it all out. Our experienced educators will get you starting from the same baseline and then delve into all of the really cool things that you’re about to experience. Trust us. Your body is amazing.

The truth about giving birth:

So yes, giving birth will be one of the hardest and most challenging things you’ll ever do. And we believe that you deserve to be as prepared as possible.

  • That means excellent, evidence-based information and resources that you don’t have to go digging for.
  • It means guidance for you and your primary support person as you learn about what your body and your baby are designed to do together; understanding the physiology of birth.
  • And it means encouragement to tap into your intuition about what your needs are and when to draw on the people around you.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN OUR ROCHESTER BIRTHING CLASSES:

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Practical tools.

The goal of our childbirth classes is to give you the tangible tools you need to take with you into your labor and birth. We hope that you leave feeling empowered and informed about the incredible physiology of labor and about your choices surrounding labor, birth and the postpartum period.

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Diverse approaches.

Our teaching is informed by our backgrounds and experiences in decades of doula work, as well as our education and training from organizations like Lamaze International, Evidence Based Birth, Spinning Babies, and Body Ready Method.

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All birth choices.

We teach from a comprehensive model, so whether you’re planning for a hospital or home birth, an unmedicated birth or wanting to access use of an epidural or other pain medications, or if your plans are open and flexible and your goal is want to learn about your options, we want to give you the information and tools to do so.

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Creative learning.

Our classes are interactive and engaging with a variety of learning styles. You will find yourself engaged hands-on comfort measures, birth stories, small group activities, birth planning, lectures and group discussions, and even an opportunity to hear from brand new parents. We mix it all in so that everyone walks away feeling educated, empowered, and supported.

EACH CHILDBIRTH CLASS INCLUDES:

  • Late Pregnancy
  • Stages & Phases of Labor
  • Anatomy & Physiology of Labor
  • Hormones in Birth
  • Comfort Measures
  • Coping & Relaxation Strategies
  • Optimal Fetal Positioning
  • Choices in Birth
  • How to Navigate Possible Interventions
  • Cesarean Birth
  • Planning for Immediate Postpartum

CHOOSE YOUR CHILDBIRTH CLASS:

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5 WEEK CHILDBIRTH SERIES

WHEN: Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9 PM
COST: $275.00. One registration includes both the birthing person and their primary support person.

CHOOSE YOUR CLASS:

Mondays, June 10 – July 8, 2024
Wednesdays, July 10 – August 7, 2024
Wednesdays, Aug 21 - Sept 18, 2024
Mondays, Sept 9 - Oct 7, 2024
Tuesdays, Sept 17 - Oct 15, 2024
Wednesdays, Oct 2 - Oct 30, 2024
Tuesdays, Nov 5 - Dec 3, 2024
Wednesdays, Nov 13 - Dec 18, 2024

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One Day Express ChildBIRTH Class

WHEN: Saturdays, 9 AM - 3 PM
COST: $200.00. One registration includes both the birthing person and their primary support person.

CHOOSE YOUR CLASS:

Saturday, June 29, 2024
Saturday, July 20, 2024
Saturday, August 24, 2024
Saturday, September 21, 2024
Saturday, October 5, 2024
Saturday, October 26, 2024
Saturday, November 9, 2024
Saturday, December 7, 2024

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PRIVATE BIRTH CLASS

WHEN: Scheduled at a time that works for your family.
WHERE: Taught at our Rochester Beautiful Birth Choices studio.
INCLUDES: Individualized information covering specific topics decided by the birther and the instructor together.
COST: $55/hour. 4-hrs recommended with a 3-hr minimum required, to be paid when class is scheduled. Any additional hours will be paid at the time of class. Registration includes both the birthing person and their primary support person.

We do encourage you to consider joining us for a series or express class – you’ll fill your tank with so much knowledge, birth wisdom, and hands-on learning! However, if our class dates and times don’t work for you, let's create a private childbirth class for you. 

THE DETAILS

CLASS SIZE: When meeting in-person for class at our studio, we do keep our classes capped at twelve couples so that you have the opportunity to build community with each other and to have your questions answered in an in-depth and personalized manner.

INSURANCE: You may find that your insurance company will cover your childbirth class investment - it’s happening so often now! The best thing you can do is to call the number on the back of your insurance card to verify if this is possible. Either way, almost all HSA and FSA accounts will reimburse or pay for our classes. If you need a detailed receipt, just email us at info@bbcroc.com and we’ve got you covered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Of course we do! And it’s always dark!

Time. Six hours vs twelve hours. The Express Class meets the needs of families who are on a tight schedule, have a complicated work regimen, or honestly just want a comprehensive but compact class. The Five Week Series is designed to spread things out, allow for more questions and processing, and give you more time for community building.

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

CHRISTY MUSCATO

FOUNDER, CO-OWNER, BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM DOULA, DOULA TRAINER, CD/BDT(DONA), EDUCATOR, LCCE, SpBCPE, ACTIVE CERTIFIED BODY READY METHOD PRO

JULIA SITTIG

FOUNDER, CO-OWNER, MSW, ADVANCED BIRTH DOULA, DOULA TRAINER, AdvCD/BDT(DONA), EDUCATOR, LCCE, SpBCPE, ACTIVE CERTIFIED BODY READY METHOD PRO
Phyllis Sharp Birth Doula

PHYLLIS SHARP

SENIOR LEVEL BIRTH AND POSTPARTUM DOULA, EDUCATOR, CD(DONA), CLC
Kirsten Elting Birth Doula

KIRSTEN ELTING

SENIOR LEVEL BIRTH DOULA, EDUCATOR, BA, CD(DONA), LCCE, CLEC, CLC, SBD, CVD(TVL), BODY READY METHOD PRO
Nella Goho Birth Doula

NELLA GOHO

SENIOR LEVEL BIRTH DOULA, EDUCATOR, CD(DONA), CLC
Casey Perry Birth Doula

CASEY PERRY

SENIOR LEVEL BIRTH DOULA, EDUCATOR, RN, LCCE