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CHILDBIRTH SERIES + CLASSES

What To Expect And When To Book

Which class is right for me?

The Nest Family Resource has spent years cultivating a local birth education class to support families in our area, no matter the birth plan or family dynamic. Our Embracing Birth classes are fully inclusive, comprehensive and taught by professionals working in the perinatal field for decades. 

We encourage families to attend a birth class in the third trimester of pregnancy, between weeks 30-35 are best. All bookings for our birth classes include the birthing parent and their partner, or birth attendant.

The Nest offers two different classes, a 4-part comprehensive Embracing Birth & Beyond class or express class for families with less time or who need a more affordable class without sacrificing the quality of the education and experience. 

EMBRACING BIRTH & BEYOND

Offered In-Person and Virtually

​Our comprehensive birth course is 4-class series taught by Shalin Butterworth, CD(DONA), and Katie DaMota, MAS,LC. All sessions in this course take place in our virtual classroom or the Nevada City classroom to provide comfort and safety without compromising our teachings or personalization.

Topics Include:

Childbirth Preparation

Be able to identify the stages of normal, physiologic labor & birth

Pain Management

Discuss a range of pain management options

Postpartum Planning

Thriving postpartum,  mental health, and infant feeding

Stages of Labor

Identify contraction patterns, emotional signposts of labor

Birthing Positions

Identify ways to prepare the mind and body for birth

 

Newborn Care

Babywearing, newborn behavior & communication, sleep and bathing/body

Comfort Measures

Describe and perform natural comfort measures

 

Informed Consent

Describe the concepts of advocacy and informed consent

Co-Parenting

Expectations for parenting together and sharing the workload.

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Shalin Butterworth
Katie DaMota

Short on time? Explore our basics course.

EMBRACING BIRTH: EXPRESS

5-hour Accelerated Birth Course

Are you looking for a childbirth education class but are short on time? This is an ACCELERATED in-person class on labor, birth, and the first week postpartum. Taught by Cristy Solomon, Licensed Midwife.

Topics Include:

Stages of Labor

Be able to identify the stages of normal, physiologic labor & birth

Birth Plan Options

Navigating Changes to Your Plan (Inductions, Medical Interventions, Cesareans)

Comfort Measures

Describe and perform natural comfort measures

Building Support Team

From birth attendants to family, who can help prenatally and postpartum?

 

Pain Management

Describe medical pain management options

Immediate Postpartum

First week postpartum and tips for your new family.

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Cristy Solomon,
LM, CPM

Our Birth Courses Can Be Paired With Supporting Classes

Once registered in a childbirth series, use code Birth Bundle to receive a discount on our companion prenatal classes:

What classes does my Midwife cover?

We work with most Midwives in Nevada County to offer bundles and discounts. If you aren't sure if your Midwife has a discount with us, ask! Each practitioner has a specific discount or bundle code available to you. If you need extra help, please give us a call. The Nevada County Maternal and Child Health Dept is also offering financial support.

Current Booking Dates for 2024

Select the date you would like to book below. We recommend booking your class at the start of your 3rd trimester. The full course dates are listed below. 

Embracing Birth + Beyond: Virtual Class

May

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM

Course Duration: 2h 30min - Virtual

4 Sessions: May 7, 14, 21, 28

August

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM

Course Duration: 2h 30min - Virtual

4 Sessions: August 6 - 27

Oct/Nov

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM

Course Duration: 2h 30min - Virtual

4 Sessions: Oct 10 - Nov 5

Embracing Birth + Beyond: In-Person Class

June/July

Wednesdays at 6:00 PM

Course Duration: 2h 30min

4 Sessions: June 19, 26 and July 3, 10

September

Wednesdays at 6:00 PM

Course Duration: 2h 30min

4 Sessions: September 4,11,18, and 25

Embracing Birth: Express Class

May

Wednesdays at 5:30 PM

Course Duration: 2h 30min

2 Sessions: May 15 and 22

Comfort Skills for an Easier Labor

June 2nd

Sunday at 2:30 PM

Course Duration: 3 h

June 12th

Wednesday at 5:30 PM

Course Duration: 3 h

July 17th

Wednesday at 5:30 PM

Course Duration: 3 h

October 30th

Wednesday at 5:30 PM

Course Duration: 3 h

Birth Class Dates
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