Classes

I offer childbirth preparation and postpartum classes in English for international families in Munich, Germany. My in person classes take place in a lovely room at a church in the west of Munich: Adventskirche in Aubing. The adress is Limesstraße 85 a, Munich. There are designated parking spots behind the church in Strahlenfelser Straße.

Childbirth and Postpartum Classes in 2021

I am teaching childbirth preparation and postpartum classes for mothers and their support persons throughout the year. If necessary, due to Corona regulations, I switch all my classes to virtual. I would recommend finishing the class before week 38 of pregnancy.

Upcoming childbirth preparation and postpartum classes*

4 Friday evenings, 6-9 pm
Childbirth preparation: 25.6., 2.7. and 9.7.2021
Postpartum class: 16.7.2021

6 Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm
Childbirth preparation: 15.9.2021 until 06.10.2021
Postpartum class: 13.10.2021 and 20.10.2021

6 Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm
Childbirth preparation: 10.11.2021 until 01.12.2021
Postpartum class: 08.12.2021 and 15.12.2021

*As I attend births as a doula and births tend to happen at unexpected times, I might have to sometimes postpone a class on short notice to another evening.

Course Content

During my childbirth classes, we will talk about the importance of pregnancy for your birth experience, as well as the physiology and anatomy of birth. I put a lot of emphasis on coping and comfort measures that support the physiological birth process. We will furthermore discuss the pros and cons of different interventions. Also, we will talk about belly birth (cesarean birth) and all the options around that, extensively. The fourth evening of the class is dedicated to the immediate postpartum time.

I will show you how to find evidence-based information on all the topics that are crucial for you. However, my focus while helping you attune for the birth of your child is on mindfulness and the practice of deep relaxation. Our minds and bodies are deeply intertwined, and these interactions powerfully influence our emotions. The emphasis on mindfulness and relaxation will help you to create a calmer and more peaceful birth experience.

The postpartum part of the class helps parents prepare for the inevitable, marvellous and breathtaking changes that come when a new baby arrives.  I want to provide ideas on how to prepare for the lying-in period (the first weeks after birth) in the healthiest way possible.  We discuss postpartum mood disorders in both women and men as well as different ways to feed and calm the baby. Furthermore, we will cover topics such as breastfeeding and bottlefeeding, calming a newborn and taking care of yourself and your relationship after becoming parents. Therefore, the class should be taken before your baby is born.

Prices

The four evening childbirth class costs 225,00 Euro. The costs include the birthing parent and one partner. Single or underage mothers can always contact me for indidvidual solutions.

The postpartum class costs 125,00 Euro.

Families who have hired me as a doula get a 10 % discount on the class.

Please note, that I am not a midwife and tehrefore some insurances might not cover the costs for this class.

Private childbirth and postpartum classes

In case you feel more comfortable in a private setting, I will create a 3-hour customized class for you and your support person. We will discuss ways to prepare for birth, the anatomy and the physiology of birth, as well as comfort measures for labor. If desired I can help you create a birth plan. Also we will briefly cover what to expect postpartum, breatsfeeding tips and how to prepare for life with a newborn.

The 3 hour class costs 210 Euro.

Registration

Please use my contact form or sign up via email: info@doulajohanna.com

Once you are registered you will receive an invoice via email that is due 10 days before the course begins. Please remember to send me your adress for the invoice.

Refunds will be given only if the birth occurs before class begins.

We must give women the opportunity to challenge their fears, work with them, and birth through them. Not only will this change each woman, it will change the political and medical climate in which they make these choices. - Connee L. Pike.Urlacher