Education Series

Out of Hospital Childbirth Education

Two-Part Series


At Empowered Pregnancy we offer two, three-hour out-of-hospital childbirth classes that are designed to give our families the tools critical to have a successful natural childbirth. These classes fall on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, from 9 am–12 pm. Our childbirth classes are led by our Certified Nurse-Midwife, Kimberly Johansen.

The first class, of the two-part series, focuses on changes to a mother’s body during the last four weeks of pregnancy which enables the labor process to progress effectively. We discuss how hormones allow her cervix and uterus to ripen so they respond quickly to the labor process. We also discuss ways the mother can help the ripening process along. We discuss the anatomy and physiology behind childbirth and what normal changes the couple can expect. We go over things that the mother, couple, provider, and doula can do to support the mother during each step of the labor course.

The second part of the childbirth class is a hands-on approach that teaches the mother and her support person how to successfully manage each step of the childbirth process. This class is co-taught with our massage therapist. We review massage and acupressure techniques that can be helpful during the last four weeks of pregnancy and during each stage of the labor process. We practice different labor positions and how the support person can assist with each of these positions.

We incorporate music, aromatherapy, breathing techniques, and meditation into this class. We use hands-on demonstration to teach the support person how to use destressing massage techniques incorporated with meditation and breathing that can help the mother get into a state of surrendering her body to the labor process. This state of total surrender and peace will help labor progress smoothly and be less stressful for both mother and infant.

We encourage couples to take this class early in their pregnancy so they can practice these techniques at home. At the end of the first class, we make an aromatherapy massage oil unique to each mother’s needs and desires. If couples practicing the skills we teach incorporate their own personal sounds and aromatherapy, it can make the last four weeks of pregnancy easier on the mother and labor go more smoothly.

These two classes cost $200 total for Empowered Pregnancy families and $250 total for outside families.

Breastfeeding 101

Two-Hour Class


Take a step towards infant nutritional preparedness in this one-and-a-half-hour class breaking down breastfeeding basics. This class falls on the 1st Monday of every month from 6:30 pm – 8 pm.

Learn how your body prepares to nourish your new baby and how their nutritional needs develop and change during the initial two weeks of life. Kimberly Johansen, Certified Nurse-Midwife, breaks down some of the myths surrounding the first 48 hours after birth that pertain to breastfeeding and newborn development. The class informs mothers what is happing in her body and her infant’s body and how to establish successful breastfeeding that is nonstressful for both.

Our Massage therapist, who is certified in both breast and infant massage, joins this class to teach hands-on skills to help increase milk supply, decrease the risk of clogged ducts, and the symptoms of engorgement when your milk supply comes in. She also teaches basic infant massage to help reduce colic and gas buildup.

Heng also teaches one-on-one classes for both breasts in infant massage.

This class costs $50 for Empowered Pregnancy families and $75 for outside families. For prices specific to the one-on-one classes see Heng Ma’s web page.

Meet Up


Empowered Pregnancy is excited to announce our meet up group for expectant mothers, new parents, and children up to one year of age. Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at Empowered Pregnancy Birth Center. Come learn from your peers and get great suggestions on how to deal with everyday issues like, what the best baby supplies are, best kid-friendly brunches, how to get spit up out of your new suit, etc. It is a good time to relax, laugh, share stories, cry, and learn a thing or two about being a new parent. This will be a place you can come to be yourself and relate to other parents going through the same challenges and obstacles as you. You may even make a new friend for you and your baby!

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