As the Director of Education at Blooma, I truly believe that our classes are the best that the Twin Cities has to offer. Here are my top 5 reasons to take your childbirth education classes here with us at Blooma:
We serve all families, whether they are planning on birthing at home, in a birth center, or in a hospital. We serve families birthing with midwives and with OBs. We serve families who are planning unmedicated births, epidurals, or planned cesareans. This provides our students with amazing opportunities to learn from one another and to share a variety of perspectives on birth, breastfeeding, and parenting--all in a non-judgemental environment. We don’t believe there is one right way to birth. We do, however, believe that education is empowerment and we want to make sure that you always know your options.
We cap our classes at 12 couples. We know that our smaller class sizes help us to foster relationships among students and between students and instructors. We are able to tailor our instruction to the individual circumstances of our students and allow plenty of time for questions.
We write our own curriculum. We don’t believe that birth is one-size-fits-all, so our curriculum can’t be either. New research comes out everyday that we need to incorporate into our curriculum. We pay attention not only to our content, but also to our methods of instruction, because it’s important to us that our clients retain what we are teaching. Our classes are a fun, upbeat mix of lecture, video, hands-on practice and discussion. Our instructors are all active doulas or nurses in the community who attend regular professional development opportunities and each bring their own unique perspective, experience, and personality to their classes.
We teach you how to communicate with your provider. Our classes teach you how to differentiate between signing a consent form and what it really means to make an informed decision. We teach you how to navigate unexpected circumstances in birth by analyzing the risks, benefits, and alternatives. These are skills you will take with you throughout the rest of your life as a parent and as a person navigating the healthcare system.
While we care a lot about healthy moms and babies, we also care about birth satisfaction and reducing the rate of birth trauma in the US. We know that how we give birth to our babies has a profound effect not only on our postpartum recovery, but also on how we view ourselves as individuals and as parents. In our first class, we talk extensively about the importance of finding a provider that is a good match with your own individual needs and values and what to do if you feel you are currently with a provider who is not the right fit for you.
Here are what a few of our recent students had to say about their childbirth education classes at Blooma:
I wasn’t sure what to expect from a birth class, but I can honestly say I left the four weeks with way more confidence going into labor and empowered to be my own advocate. Thank you!
My husband went into this class with some anxiety around birth and whether he would be able to handle it all. After our third class he told me that he felt SO much more confident and felt like he knows what kinds of things to expect when I'm giving birth. That alone made the class 100% worth it for our family.
After this course, we feel more confident and less fearful of the process of birthing our first child. The way the information was presented normalized the process, making us more confident in our abilities to be able to handle what may come our way. We also feel more informed to make decisions, if we come across things we cannot anticipate or plan for.
The Blooma Birth Class and the Blooma Birth Class Express both come with a FREE month of unlimited yoga and barre that can be used at any of our three locations (Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Plymouth).
If you are hoping to take a class with us, but are concerned about cost, we now offer full and partial scholarships for our classes. You can find the application here.
Do I have you convinced yet? We recommend that you take your classes in the third trimester and complete all classes before you reach 38 weeks of pregnancy. View our schedule and register for classes here. Have more questions? Reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We can’t wait to see you in class!