This is my first baby

This page will help guide you through our class enrollment process for first-time mothers. Please read the instructions carefully.

Please note: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all of these essential classes are online at this time.

Keep on going down the page… and then if you need to get on the waitlist for full classes, or to be informed when we schedule more classes than we have below, click the button.

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Pathfinder: Dar a Luz Classes and Services

We strongly recommend that you attend Pathfinder prior to registering for other required classes. These are typically scheduled every other month.

Required Classes

please choose one series

Dar a Luz Birth Class series

Meets five afternoons, for 2.5 hours each time. This class is available to non-birth center clientele as well, for a $300 fee (no tax, payable to Dar a Luz). Taught by childbirth education expert Amity McElroy. Read about Amity on our staff page. First-time Dar a Luz moms have the choice of this class or the Blissborn class (also on this page), included in your birth center fees. Typically scheduled every 6-10 weeks. We strongly recommend taking these classes week 28 or later.

Partners welcome and encouraged! Amity teaches a fun and interesting class that not only covers the basics, but brings together movement, activities, birth art, videos, discussions, a mother blessing, use of a reboso (a Mexican shawl to help with comfort and movement) … and so much more! Even belly dancing! Please try not to miss more than one class. Get in touch with Amity if you have questions — or better yet, attend our Pathfinder class as early in your pregnancy as you can!

Blissborn Natural Birth Class series

Meets five Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. *Extra fee for materials is $75 plus tax, payable to Laura in the first class (for both Dar a Luz clients and non-clients). This class is available to non-birth center clientele as well, for a $300 fee (no tax, payable to Dar a Luz), plus the materials fee. Taught by Blissborn founder, hypnotherapist, and childbirth educator Laura Wood. Read about Laura on our staff page. First-time Dar a Luz moms have the choice of this class or the Dar a Luz class (also on this page), included in your birth center fees. Typically scheduled every 6-8 weeks. We strongly recommend taking these classes week 28 or later.

Partners strongly encouraged (hint: doesn’t have to be baby’s other parent)! Laura teaches a fun and fascinating class that not only covers the basics, but brings together profound relaxation/hypnosis, activities, lots of information to build confidence, fear/worry/anxiety work, pain control methods and touches and movements, advocacy tips, lifelong skills for everyone… and so much more! Missed classes should be made up. There is an extra fee for materials ($75+tax) and there is homework in this class. Get in touch with Laura if you have questions — or better yet, attend our Pathfinder class as early in your pregnancy as you can! MOre info and a free download at www.blissborn.com

PLEASE SIGN UP FOR ONE OF EACH OF THE FOLLOWING CLASSES

NEWBORNS HEAD TO TOE

In this class you will learn how to figure out what your baby needs and understand their communication cues. Learn about normal newborn behavior and appearances and what to do if something doesn’t seem right. We will focus on the basics like diapering, holding, swaddling (bring your own blanket), and burping. Please bring a newborn blanket to work on your swaddling skills.

Cost of class is $30 for each mom or couple (non-clients). Pay by credit card at sign-up, or by cash, check (made out to Dar a Luz), or charge at class. Classes are on Sundays, and are 3 hours each. Typically scheduled monthly. Also check out Babies Beyond the Basics, parts 1 & 2.

BREASTFEEDING 101

Register to take Amity’s breastfeeding class before or after your birth class series. You can also come after your baby is born, but we recommend coming before.

Included in birth center care (click “Pay Later” during sign-up) for Dar a Luz clients. Cost of class is $30 for each mom or couple (non-clients). Pay by credit card at sign-up, or by cash, check (made out to Dar a Luz), or charge at class. Typically scheduled monthly.

INTERVENTIONS & HOSPITAL TRANSFERS

This class is required for all Dar a Luz moms. Learn what happens when birth doesn’t go as expected. Hear from key birth center personnel who help before, during and after a transfer. Meet past Dar a Luz parents who experienced a transfer from the birth center to the hospital and listen to their story. Get your questions answered and find out how to minimize your chance of transfer. Scheduled monthly.

Interventions and hospital transfers

This class is offered once a month, every month, and we suggest taking it between your 5th and 8th month of pregnancy. There’s no additional charge for birth center clients.

CARSEAT CLINIC

This is a clinic held once or twice a month by Nancy, who is a certified car seat safety instructor. You will learn which car seat is right for your baby and how to install it. You can attend before or after your baby is born, but we recommend doing it before, to ensure that your car is ready to drive your baby home.

RECOMMENDED (NOT REQUIRED)

We recommend that you explore all of our class and group offerings. There is an extra cost associated with some of them, but they are all well worth the time and effort!

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