What to Expect From Class

What to Bring

  • Yoga mat or large beach towel
  • 2-3 pillows
  • A sweater if you get cold in air-conditioned spaces
  • Water/snacks as needed

  

What a yoga mat and pillows? Each partner will be helping Mom get into comfortable positions and learning how to support her, to become as relaxed as possible during contractions. 

   

Wear comfortable clothes, since we will be trying out different relaxation poses and labor comfort strategies. (Yoga pants or leggings are a great option.)

Class Materials

Each mom and her partner will receive a professional 120 page handbook entitled “Prepared Childbirth, The Family Way.”  Written by Debbie Amis and Jeanne Green, this interesting book is a helpful guide, complete with detailed information and illustrations regarding pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and newborn care. Lesson handouts will also be provided during each class.


Class Location - Castle Medical Center, Ohana Room of Vera Zilber Birth Center

   

Park on the side of the lot closest to the Pali Hwy. The ‘Ohana room is located at the far left end of the Castle Birth Center - it is connected to the Vera Zilber Birth Center. Once you are in front of the Birth Center glass doors, look to your left for the Ohana room. Brightly colored “Lamaze Class” signs will be posted around the area about 15 minutes before class begins. 

We will cover these topics and more:

  • Stages and phases of labor
  • Ways to determine labor progress
  • Signs of labor (pre-labor and true labor), when to go to the hospital, how to time a contraction 
  • Pain in labor - real ways to manage and cope
  • Hands on work with partner and mom, practicing a variety of positions and breathing techniques. 
  • Six healthy Lamaze practices 
  • Positions and breathing ideas for the “pushing” stage
  • Cesarean birth
  • Medical choices (pain management and medical procedures)
  • Positive communication with your healthcare provider
  • Developing a birth plan
  • First hour of baby’s life
  • Your body after the birth
  • Breastfeeding and newborn care  

Teaching Style

The structure of this Lamaze class series is a mixture of lecture, short teaching videos and “hands-on” work between the mother and her partner. This “hands-on” time practicing contractions proves to be a valuable resource in helping couples learn how to work together for comfort strategies and coping techniques. Practicing comfort strategies in class also helps a woman learn what sort of touch and verbal cues specifically help her with relaxation and focus. The teaching video clips are from “InJoy Productions” and are modern and professional, with genuine birth clips, to help students see “true life” scenarios.


These classes provide mothers-to-be and their partners with general information about childbirth preparation. As medical circumstances vary widely from woman to woman, each individual and setting presents a unique situation. These classes are not designed for specific medical advice for individual pregnancies or complications. Such advice is best obtained from a healthcare provider.