family education


No matter what your birth plan or birthing experience, taking childbirth and child care education classes with The Wren’s Nest will help you feel confident and prepared.


Education Offerings

Mindfulness Based Childbirth       |       Baby Care Basics

mindfulness based Childbirth


All Birth Education classes at The Wren’s Nest are evidence-based and integrate mindfulness skills, partner support, comfort measures, coping skills, and how to navigate hospital protocols and staff.

While this class is not specifically about natural childbirth, many parents will use the skills taught in this series to reach that goal.

This series is detailed enough to replace either your hospital childbirth education class or homebirth course. 

We have a class to fit your personal birth plan and schedule.


“However you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body and your spirit for the rest of your life.”
— Ina May Gaskin

What you will learn:
  • Mindfulness skills for labor, birth, and parenting
  • How to manage fear and anxiety
  • How to create a birth plan that staff will read and respect
  • Effective communication with your care provider
  • Basic anatomy and physiology of labor and birth
  • Psychology of labor, birth and early parenting for both parent; how to manage common emotions
  • Positions for labor and birth
  • Common interventions and making informed decisions
  • Medical and natural pain relief
  • When to get an epidural if you want one
  • The hormonal physiology of childbirth and the mind-body connection
  • Navigate hospital protocol and staff
  • Partner support
  • Evidence-based care vs. routine care
  • Emotional and physical recovery
  • *Breastfeeding resources
  • Cesarean, induction, epidural and natural birth information will be discussed

Next series will begin May 2019.

Each series is 8 hours in length and consists of 4 - 2 hour long classes for $150. Some or all of this expense may be reimbursed by your insurance provider.

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Baby Care Basics


In this class, you'll learn the basic essentials of baby care including evidence-based calming, swaddling, bonding and gentle sleep techniques.

This class is appropriate for expecting parents or those with infants 3 months old or younger.

“A new baby is like the beginning of all things… hope, a dream of possibilities.”
— Eda Lashan
What you will learn:
  • Holding and burping
  • Bathing
  • Diapering
  • Sleep
  • Self soothing
  • Handouts about infant feeding and postpartum depression
  • Local resources for new parents

Enrollment Ongoing
Classes are 1.5 hours in length, and include one support person. Cost: $40.

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Crossing the Threshold: Planning for the Postpartum

For many of us we spend the 10 months leading up to babies arrival preparing for birth. But when do we prepare for life AFTER birth? During this 2 hour workshop we will talk in depth about the realities of the Postpartum period.

Topics covered:
  • Physical recovery
  • Changing relationships
  • Support systems
  • Nourishing foods
  • Developing a Postpartum Plan including tangible self care practices
  • Postpartum depression
  • Returning to movement / exercise in the 4th Trimester
  • Local resources for new parents

Next class February 19th 2019
Group classes are 2.5 hours in length, and include one support person. Cost: $60. Private Postpartum planning services also available.

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