UPDATED AND EXPANDED!  Our childbirth class has grown!! We've added a 5th class and a 3rd facilitator to the conversation. Our goal is to provide you with an even more comprehensive experience that will prepare you for a positive birth journey as well as a peaceful, supported postpartum period.


This 5-part series is an evidence-based, common sense childbirth class designed to educate and empower families for the joys and challenges of natural childbirth and early parenthood. Together, we will cover stages of labor, normal, physiologic birth, comfort measures, interventions, birth plans, navigating unexpected changes to your plan, and more! Additionally, we share perspectives and resources for new baby basics, feeding and early parenting. Our approach is an all-encompassing model, not specific to one type of childbirth 'method'.  We like to mix it up and offer a variety of perspectives to help you find what works best for your family.


This class is designed for all families regardless of where you choose to give birth (homebirth, birth center and hospital births). We believe it's important to prepare yourselves for all possibilities.


The first 3 birth classes are taught by Shalin Butterworth, experienced birth doula and childbirth educator at So Zen Birth located in Auburn, Ca.


The final 2 classes focus on life with newborn, relationships and feeding as well as planning for the 4th trimester. Co-taught by Katie DaMota, IBCLC, MAS and David Arrell, author, coach and father. Katie is a lactation consultant with a master's degree in Maternal and Child Nutrition plus an experienced postpartum doula and early parenting educator. David is the author of Welcome to Fatherhood as well as a fatherhood coach. Learn more: https://www.welcometofatherhood.com/


Also included in this series: 5 weeks of free access to our weekly, prenatal gatherings while you attend class and a preview into our postnatal gatherings with Katie and David. Plus a 30-minute complimentary visit with David and a 15% discount on an initial lactation consult with Katie.


  • Offline payments are accepted. Please enter 'offline payment' and  send a check made out to The Nest to 107 W Main Street Ste B, Grass Valley Ca 95945.
  • If you are a client of Mariposa Birth Center or Mackenzie Leeke, please enter your coupon code for your discount. "mariposa' or 'mackenzie'
  • PREPAYMENT IS REQUIRED TO SAVE YOUR SEAT so be sure to reach out to us if you plan to pay offline.
  • Nest Subscribers (those who are paying the monthly $30 fee) receive $10 off enter 'Prenatal Subscriber' in the coupon box.

All of our current classes are virtual on Zoom. Most often our classes are on weekday evenings. Recordings will always be available.


Embracing Birth & Beyond: Childbirth 5-part Series (ONLINE)