before and after the birth
childbirth, postpartum and parenting education since 2002
amy brooks murphy ☮️❤️
childbirth classes are currently held online.
anyone from anywhere can sign up!
currently taught live, online.
“Amy is a very gifted, passionate childbirth educator. When my clients participate in her classes they approach their labors and births with confidence. They are knowledgeable, trusting in their bodies and open to their individual birth experiences. I highly recommend her class.”-Dana Ericson, Certified Nurse Midwife
“Amy has a true love and passion for guiding couples through the birth process. Her class will help to provide a strong framework for couples to prepare for the most important event in their lives. I highly recommend Amy’s class.”
-Susan Hernandez, Certified Nurse Midwife
people of earth, take back your birth!
My childbirth classes educate and empower pregnant people so they know their options and actively participate in the birth of their baby. Topics discussed in class include: optimal nutrition, how to prepare mentally, emotionally and physically (it’s called labor because it’s hard work), relaxation, active participation of the birth partner, knowing what birth looks like and that it's normal, understanding informed consent and the rights of pregnant people, newborn procedures, breastfeeding/feeding baby and preparing for the fourth trimester and postpartum care. If you don't know your options, you don't have any. Knowledge is power.
During class we'll talk about how to write a birth plan and make an affirmation banner. You'll watch birth films of class graduates and you and your partner will learn comfort measures and pain coping techniques for labor and birth. Pregnancy exercises and relaxation methods are also incorporated into class. This class teaches techniques that can be used with a midwife or doctor and in any birth location: hospital, birth center or home. You got this.
We discuss how to advocate by asking important questions like, ’Is this procedure really necessary?’, ‘What will this procedure tell us?’, 'Can we wait a few more minutes?', ‘What is best for me and my baby?'. We talk about knowing your options, making informed decisions for your family and trusting your instincts. When you're processing your experience you'll know you did what you needed to do to have the safest, healthiest birth.
Most people start class around their fifth or sixth month of pregnancy, but it's really up to you and what works best with your schedule. I currently teach a Monday and Tuesday night childbirth class. The average class size is eight couples. I've had many single pregnant people take class, same sex couples, mother/daughter pairs, everyone is welcome. I am committed to honoring and protecting the human rights of all people. I'm always working to make my classes and support services as respectful and inclusive as possible.
My childbirth classes are entertaining, informative, and non-judgmental. You gain the confidence and support you need to achieve your birth goals. We enjoy hanging out and meeting people who share a lot of the same beliefs and concerns about birth and parenting. Many people stay in touch long after class ends and their babies become friends. The cost for the class series is $325. Payment is due when we start, but I'm open to payment plans and sometimes it's covered by insurance. If you want to get educated, I will do my best to make it happen.
I offer a pregnant power mini class for pregnant people who are in their first or second trimester. We cover optimal pregnancy nutrition, finding a care provider, should you hire a doula?, pregnancy exercises and everything else that's on your mind. The cost is $100.
I teach a refresher/crash course for those who need a little re-empowerment or don't have time to take the full childbirth class series. We'll go over the basics and answer any and all questions. The cost for a private session is $100.