Doulas of Orange County is proud to offer a comprehensive and unbiased approach to childbirth education focusing on the unique needs of the class participants, along with evidence based information.

Our goal is to assist you in preparing for your birth with confidence, by providing you with the tools needed to make informed decisions every step of the way. In this class, Orange County families will learn about pregnancy health and nutrition, birth partner support & communication, the physiology of labor, relaxation and pain management techniques, birth choices, standard procedures, the welcoming hour, and how to confidently navigate through all your options. Each session will include hands-on activities that will create a deeper bond with your partner and prepare you for the incredible experience of childbirth. Our classes include uncensored, judgment-free discussion of all birthing options and scenarios including natural birth plans, pain medications VBACs, and cesareans. We encourage our students to share openly and connect with other parents in the class to begin building their community for years to come!  

If your schedule doesn’t allow for regular group classes, we are proud to offer private, in-home childbirth education classes that are personalized to your specific needs, learning style and schedule. 

Confident Birth 4-Week Group Series

Held on Tuesdays 6:00-8:30pm at Doulas of Orange County

Students will:

  • Learn optimal health and nutrition during pregnancy

  • Explore the history and role of the Birth Partner - Dads Matter Too!
  • Address fears relating to pregnancy, birth, & postpartum

  • Learn the Stages of Labor including emotional/physical markers

  • Develop an ideal vision for labor and birth & begin to create your own unique birth plan

  • Practice comfort through Massage, Visualization, Meditation and Relaxation

  • Practice properly paced breathing

  • Understand common/routine procedures & interventions, as well as policies for OC hospital and birthing centers

  • Explore medicated and unmedicated pain relief options

  • Practice Labor and Birthing positions for comfort and progression

  • Education on the β€œWelcoming Hour” including newborn procedures

  • Utilizing Tools: Birth Ball, Peanut Ball, Rebozo, Counter Pressure, Massage, Hot/Cold Therapy, Aromatherapy and more

Confident Birth : Weekend Intensive

Perfect for expectant parents who don't have time for a multi-week series! This one-day, 7-hour workshop gets straight to the point teaching you everything you need to know for a confident birth experience. Our focus in this class is learning the ins and outs of the labor & birth and includes interactive fun for you, your partner, and the group as a whole! Held monthly on Sundays from 9am-5pm at Doulas of Orange County in Irvine and includes a 1 hour lunch break.