American College of Nurse Midwives Clinical Bulletins & Statements:
Childbirth Education Classes
We recommend that all first time parents take childbirth preparation classes taught by a trained
childbirth educator. For those planning an unmedicated birth, a natural childbirth class is preferred.
Hospital childbirth classes are very comprehensive and educational, but do not necessarily focus on
the practice needed for an unmedicated birth.
Below are some national and local childbirth class options. A course's philosophy should be in line
with your own for it to be most effective. It is wise to do some research and speak to the instructors
to decide if this is the best class for you. Also, take into account the length, location, and price of the
class. Most classes should be started between 26 to 30 weeks. Twelve-week courses might need to
be started earlier.
If you know of a class you'd like added to our list, please contact us below!