12751 Marblestone Dr, Suite 200, Woodbridge, VA 22192 | info@thecenterforconnection.com | (703) 878-3290 |

Childbirth Classes

Our Philosophy

We believe that pregnancy and birth are profound experiences, offering opportunities to grow, heal, and connect. Welcoming a child into the world is a milestone event in family life, so we intentionally offer childbirth classes that are grounded in real-world parenthood experiences and the importance of connected relationships.

We offer a balanced, unbiased, and comprehensive way of preparing for birth and parenthood. Prepare for a positive and empowered birth experience, whatever your birth plan or family structure may be.

Our childbirth classes offer the information you need to make informed decisions, find your voice and advocate for your needs, and feel prepared for your birth experience however it unfolds.

We have created a range of perinatal services that offer specialist expertise, information and support in a one-stop setting. Our mission is to help you navigate pregnancy, birth and parenthood in ways that fit you and your unique family.

Enjoy the experience

We’ve invested a lot of thought into making the class experience relevant, enjoyable, and informative. Classes are co-created and facilitated by our dedicated perinatal staff team:

Sara Healy, Childbirth Educator; Jennifer Guiney, Infant Mental Health and Attachment Specialist; Elayne Smith, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; and Elizabeth Wilkins-McKee, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Perinatal Mental Health Specialist.

We combined our specialties to offer a thorough overview of the complex and powerful experience that is birth. Classes are designed to be predictive about all aspects of birth so that you can feel empowered and prepared for whatever comes your way. 

Classes begin with a warm welcome and a good sense of humor! Practical strategies combined with plenty of time for questions allow you tailor the content to meet your particular needs. Handouts, ‘cheat sheets’ and resources are provided so that you can refer back to them as your birth gets closer.

Even our space has been designed as a sanctuary for the pregnant body. Classes offer light refreshments and plenty of comfortable seating options. You are welcome to bring anything you need to enjoy the class experience. A fridge and microwave are available for your convenience.

Community of support

In addition to Childbirth Classes, we offer a range of perinatal and infant-focused services. Services can be combined meet your unique needs, offer a deep-dive into the areas that are most relevant to you, or provide a touch-stone of support throughout pregnancy and the first years of life.

Our services include: 

• Infant Mental Health and Attachment Specialist – learn your baby’s body language, cues and signals so you know what they need, moment to moment

• Practical ways to offer secure attachment and deepen your bond

• Processing of birth experiences

• Trauma healing

• Individual Therapy (we specialize in Perinatal and Reproductive Mental Health)

• Post-Partum Depression Support Group and screenings

• Couple and Family Therapy (including parent support)

• Mom’s Groups 

Content

Empowerment through preparation

Class Content

  • Understanding your due date
  • Emotional and physical changes that occur with pregnancy
  • Baby positioning and presentation in the womb
  • Preparing your body for childbirth
  • The fear-tension-pain cycle
  • Signs of labor
  • Stages of labor and what to do in each stage
  • Staying connected with yourself and your birth partner
  • Designing your birth plan and advocating for it
  • Picking your providers
  • Comfort measures
  • Informed decision making about interventions 
  • Practical tools for birth partners
  • The post-partum body, mind and emotions
  • Breastfeeding basics
  • Newborn bonding and care

Attendance

Childbirth Classes

How can I get started?

Childbirth classes are held at The Center for Connection, Healing and Change in Woodbridge, VA and run for six  weeks. The next class begins on Tuesday June 13th, running weekly through June 20th, 27th, break for July 4th, then July 11th, 18th and 25th. Each class starts at 6.30pm and ends at 9.00pm. 

We ask that you arrive 10 minutes before the class starts to prepare and settle in. Classes are offered in a group format, allowing for sharing and support from other families.

How do I book a place? The cost of the class is $325.00 per family/birth team. We accept cash, checks or credit cards. Class space is limited so we encourage you to book early.

To reserve a place in the class or get more information please call Elayne Smith on (703) 898-3290 or email her at info@thecenterforconnection.com 

What should I bring? Just you and your birth partner! You are welcome to bring anything you need to feel comfortable. Handouts and class resources are provided.

Can I come as an individual? Yes! We welcome all participants.

Who are the classes suitable for? Anyone who is looking to feel more prepared and have a range of tools and strategies available to them that support a positive birth experience. We work with ALL birth plans (hospital, home, medicated, natural, planned c-section etc). We encourage you to attend around the start of your 3rd trimester so that class content is relevant and fresh in your mind.

When will another class be held? The next class series begins on Tuesday September 12th and runs for six consecutive weeks. You are welcome to book your place in the next class at any time.