Pregnancy ClassesIn Portland, Oregon

We offer a variety of in-person pregnancy classes in Portland, Oregon to support you on the journey through pregnancy and to help you prepare for birth and parenting. Check out our class descriptions below!

Birth Classes
Birth Classes in Portland, Oregon

Couples Connection Class

In-Person Birth Class

This 2.5 hour Couples Connection Class is unlike any other class you might take in preparation for birth. You can’t predict or plan for birth, not really. But you can set yourselves up to be present to one another, to focus on what really matters, and to feel deeply connected as a family even before your baby arrives. Couples Connection is about solidifying your couple relationship in preparation for labor and birth. There will be practical hands-on experiences focused on the role of the partner and what they can do specifically to help you cope with your contractions. You will learn how to create your own “Connection Bubble” the term I use to create a special bond between you and your partner so that no matter how your birth unfolds, your baby can be born in to this deep, strong connection that you share already.

Barb Buckner Suárez is a Health Educator specializing in pregnancy, birth, and parenting. She’s taught thousands of couples for over 25+ years about the benefits of embracing the vulnerability that comes with becoming a parent. Barb’s a Lamaze-certified Childbirth Educator, a Fellow in the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators, a Certified Becoming Us Facilitator, Mentor for Becoming Us Facilitator, and holds a Masters Level Certificate in Interpersonal Neurobiology. 

*Price is for two people.
*Masks are required to attend this in-person class.
*Space is limited to 7 couples. 

Teacher: Barb Buckner Suárez

Location: 7800 SW Barbur Blvd.#3, Portland Oregon 97219

Fee: $150 for 2 people

CPR First Aid For Infants, Children & Adults

In-Person Parenting Class with Videos & Ebook

This CPR AED First Aid class for infants, children, and adults has a blended format: there are a few hours of online instructional videos that must be completed before attending the in-person skills session that you register for. The 45 minute skills session will be hosted at the Birth First Education Center and will provide you with an opportunity to practice skills on manikins and using CPR equipment. Online instructional videos and an ebook are included in this course, along with the in-person skills session.

*Price is for one person.

*Masks are required during the in-person portion of this class.
*Space is limited to 6 people.   

Teacher: Lisa Appel

Location: 7800 SW Barbur Blvd.#3, Portland Oregon 97219

Fee: $110 per person

Respectful Parenting Preparation Class

In-Person Birth Preparation Class

This three-part series will cover an introduction to the basic tenets of respectful parenting, natural motor development, encouraging independent infant play, and caregiving routines. Each of the three sessions will be 1.5 – 2 hours long, filled with big-picture theory, discussion, and modeling.

Courtney Dern is an Infant and Toddler Education Specialist. She holds a Masters Degree in Education, a Reading Specialist Certificate, an active Teaching Credential, and a graduate certificate in Infant and Toddler Mental Health. Before launching Beech Street Parenting, Courtney taught in early childhood classrooms for over a decade and served as an instructional coach for teachers and home visitors. She is trained in RIE Foundations and is heavily influenced by Magda Gerber’s respectful approach to caregiving.

*Price is for two people.
*Masks are required to attend this in-person class.
*Space is limited to 8 couples.

Teacher: Courtney Dern

Location: 7800 SW Barbur Blvd.#3, Portland Oregon 97219

Fee: $150 for 2 people

Prenatal Nutrition Foundations

In-Person Nutrition Class

*This class can be taken along with “Optimizing Postpartum Recovery” at a discounted rate. 

In this 1.5 hour class you will explore the ways in which you can use food to optimize you and your baby’s health in pregnancy. Topics will include:
1. Using food as medicine to address common pregnancy discomforts and challenges, from nausea to sleep challenges, to leg cramps and swelling.
2. Your baby’s nutrient needs in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, and why listening to your cravings is key to meeting those needs.
3. Why common diet recommendations for pregnancy can increase your risk of developing Gestational Diabetes and what research tells us will decrease your risk instead.
4. How to harness this time in pregnancy to lay the foundation of your baby’s health for life but without guilt, “shoulds,” and stress!
… and so much more!

Sarah Lax is a Certified Professional Midwife, as well as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and has a passion for supporting sustainable and enjoyable food journeys for prenatal and postpartum clients. With over a decade of experience as a practicing midwife, Sarah has the pleasure of working as the in-house nutritionist with families at Vivante Midwifery and Women’s Health in Portland, Oregon, teaching as adjunct faculty in the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University and is the owner of Beginnings Whole Body Nourishment. Born and raised in Portland, Sarah spends her free moments on nature outings with her husband and three children, exploring new foods, playing music, moving and finding quiet moments as parent to breathe.

*Price is for two people.
*Masks are required to attend this in-person class.

*Space is limited to 8 couples.  

Teacher: Sarah Lax, CPM, CHN

Location: 7800 SW Barbur Blvd.#3, Portland Oregon 97219

Fee: $55 for 2 people

Optimizing Postpartum Recovery

In-Person Nutrition Class

*This class can be taken along with “Prenatal Nutrition Foundations” at a discounted rate. 

While the medical definition of the postpartum period is 6 weeks, most postpartum folks report that it takes many more months to feel fully recovered from birth. As your “birth date” draws near, it is important that you have a dedicated time to meet in a small group and discuss ways to optimize your postpartum recovery experience. The goal of this class is to give you the tools and education you need to stay as strong, connected, and energized as possible during this marathon time with your little one. This non-judgmental space allows you to strategize and set the foundation for postpartum success. During this 1.5 hour class, we will discuss:
1. Postpartum planning and how to set the stage for your physical recovery.
2. Simple daily tools you can utilize to boost your mental and emotional health.
3. How to connect with resources (and what is available to you) when you are struggling.
4. We will also have space for a Q&A so feel free to bring your questions, concerns, and curiosities as we open the conversation to support your individual postpartum journey.

Sarah Lax is a Certified Professional Midwife, as well as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and has a passion for supporting sustainable and enjoyable food journeys for prenatal and postpartum clients. With over a decade of experience as a practicing midwife, Sarah has the pleasure of working as the in-house nutritionist with families at Vivante Midwifery and Women’s Health in Portland, Oregon, teaching as adjunct faculty in the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University and is the owner of Beginnings Whole Body Nourishment. Born and raised in Portland, Sarah spends her free moments on nature outings with her husband and three children, exploring new foods, playing music, moving and finding quiet moments as parent to breathe.

*Price is for two people.
*Masks are required to attend this in-person class.

*Space is limited to 8 couples.  

Teacher: Sarah Lax, CPM, CHN

Location: 7800 SW Barbur Blvd.#3, Portland Oregon 97219

Fee: $55 for 2 people

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