Penny Simkin is a well known and internationally revered childbirth educator who, in the natural birthing community, is known as the mother of the modern doula movement. Simkin has trained thousands of caregivers to provide physical and emotional support for women during birth.
Penny and co-instructors April Bolding and Sharon Muza offer a seven week class for those who are planning to give birth outside the hospital (home or birth center).
Amity Kramer and Katie Spataro and others provide classes that help people prepare for birth and parenthood. The birth classes are based on the powerful book Birthing from Within. “With the use of story telling, meditation, games, group dialogue, and birth art parents have ample time to explore their values to make their birth the best it can possibly be.”
Maia Midwifery and Fertility
Taught by Kristin Kali, LM, CPM and created specifically for LGBTQ Families, this class offers complete preparation for hospital, birth center or home birth, including: stages of labor, anatomy and physiology of birth, coping with labor, comfort measures, partner support, decision-making during labor, and what to expect in the hours after birth. Queer-specific topics such as intentional family-building, gender identity and expression, and the central role of nongestational parents are woven throughout the childbirth preparation material. Presented with a blend of lecture, group discussion, experiential learning, and inner exploration.
The Birth Zone
Liz Chalmers has received midwifery training and actively supports the Seattle midwifery community. Liz inspires women to trust the innate wisdom of their bodies to birth. Her classes are offered in Redmond.
In addition to childbirth classes, other classes are offered covering topics scuh as breastfeeding, newborn care, infant CPR, sibling preparation for kids, and vaccination.