Frequently Asked Questions
When should I take a birth class?
We recommend starting one of our birth classes late in your second trimester or early third trimester.
Why do you only offer private classes?
Are the birth classes designed for expectant mothers alone or for couples?
Birth Beyond Bias welcomes both individual women and couples, but we really believe that every woman should have a familiar support person with her in the delivery room and that support persons, whether husbands, partners, family, or friends, need to prepare, too!
I have a doula. Do I still need a birth class?
Yes! Labor is like a marathon: It takes practice and preparation! A doula is there to support you through the labor and birth process. Birth education prepares and equips you so you are ready to face the joy and challenges of labor and beyond The knowledge and practice you will get from a birth class will make a doula that much more valuable to your labor support team.
What is your philosophy of labor and birth?
I believe pregnancy and birth is an incredible and precious time. I believe that there is no “right” way to give birth. I believe that every woman and partner should know all of their options and make the choices that are right for them. I believe that every woman should have access to unbiased, accurate information about birth and that no one should ever push their personal agendas over her needs.
I believe that feeling respected and informed may well be one of the most important parts of the birth experience and that has nothing to do with the “way” a woman delivers. I believe that every woman deserves to feel happy, confident and respected with the birth choices she makes. I believe that a woman can achieve these things whether she has a natural birth, an epidural or a cesarean birth. And I believe that all of these options should be given to every pregnant couple so they can feel confident and informed.
What is the cost? Will insurance cover birth classes? What if I can't afford it?
Birth preparation classes with Birth Beyond Bias currently start at $109.99, and you may find special offers online to make this cost even lower. If you ask, some local ob-gyn's and midwives' offices have partnered with us to provide coupons and referrals, as have many other local businesses.
The insurance question can be difficult to answer. If this is something you are interested in, we recommend contacting your insurance company to request a pre-authorization of coverage. If cost is a serious concern for you, please call us at (402) 617-3978; we believe that every woman deserves to be prepared for birth.
How is the instructor trained?
Our instructor certifies through the ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association), a professional organization that supports educators and health care professionals who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care. Certification requirements include an extensive reading and study list, workshop attendance, evaluated teaching series, regular labor and birth observations, a commitment to advocacy for informed consent, certification examinations, and continuing education.
What kinds of medical interventions are covered in these classes?
We aim to prepare you for every possible eventuality in the labor room. Our classes cover the benefits and risks of common interventions such as epidurals, narcotic pain medication, labor induction and augmentation, cesarean section, episiotomy, and others. We also explore effective relaxation and coping techniques for managing labor discomforts without medication or intervention.
What kinds of comfort measures are covered in your birth classes?
We explore just about every comfort technique there is, from laboring or birthing in a bathtub to breathing techniques. You will be shown a variety of relaxation methods, positions for labor and birth, massage techniques and given time to practice all of them! We'll also cover the benefits of using hot or cold during labor, eating and drinking, and many more!
Does Birth beyond bias promote birth without medication or support women who choose interventions and pain medication?
Here at Birth Beyond Bias we are committed to supporting every mother in every situation. We believe that every baby is precious and that all birth is beautiful, and we will prepare you to have the birth that you want to have while also providing you with the knowledge you need to understand every option - natural and medical alike. Find out more about the Birth Beyond Bias difference here.