Are you looking for a childbirth class that gives you the flexibility of learning online, but also the support and encouragement from an instructor?

A message from Molly:

Each time I facilitate this series of classes, I am reminded of the importance of discovering the "Why" for each participant.  I watch and listen as they become more confident in their choices, their ability to dialogue, and gain knowledge of the tools they have for comfort measures during birth.  

I am excited to continue to bring this Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class to families. 

Your Childbirth Class includes:

  • Mentorship from Molly Patterson, experienced EBB Instructor

  • Five weeks of online videos for you and your partner to watch together

  • Six weekly Zoom discussions with your EBB Instructor and peers

  • BONUS: Breastfeeding and newborn care videos 

When you take the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class, you will get:

Topics Covered-

In this class, we focus on comfort, evidence, and advocacy.

These are the topics we’ll cover that will help you and your birth partner prepare for birth!

  • How your Partner can be your Advocate:

  • Evidence Based Care

  • Overcoming Fears and Anxieties

  • Comfort Measures

  • Stages of Labor

  • Navigating the Healthcare System

  • Providers (Models of Care)

  • Support

  • Doulas

  • Communicating with Hospital Staff

  • Know your Rights

  • Interventions

  • Pain Coping Tools (Pain Relief)

  • Labor Rehearsal

  • Postpartum Discussion

  • Newborn Procedures

  • Baby Care

  • Breastfeeding

"Molly was so energetic and a wealth of knowledge. We always looked forward to our weekly meeting with her and the group. She did a wonderful job leading the group, adding additional information from her own personal experiences, and making everyone feel welcome. Although we met virtually she did a wonderful job making us feel like we knew each other for years. Lastly, her knowledge and empowerment that she passed along to us are worth every penny we spent on this class. We love Molly and will miss our group meetings!"

Will I Learn how to have a Natural Birth?

Evidence Based Birth® believes that every person has their own unique path. Instead of focusing on medicated vs. unmedicated birth, we focus on giving you tools and helping you learn the evidence, so that you can be empowered to make your own decisions! We do have a strong emphasis on non-drug comfort measures, because they have no side effects and can be used by everyone, whether or not you plan to use medications.

At the end of this class, my goal is that you have the ability to communicate your goals and expectations for your birth experience to the collaborative team working to support you. Being heard, respected and empowered in your choices.

Current Class Format: Online and Zoom Call

Due to the current COVID-19 conditions all classes will be held online via Zoom call.

  • First Zoom Call: 2 hours: Introductions, getting you set up on your weekly learning, and discussion of online Orientation material. .

  • Weeks 2 - 5 Zoom calls: 1 hour and will be a discussion of that weeks videos and practice time.

  • Week 6 - Our final Class- 2 hours: Discussion of online material and a practical walk-through of the birth timeline.  We will also spend quality time talking about postpartum wellness, newborn care and finding resources to support the family.  

  • Special note: Accelerated Class format are a set 4 wk format zoom calls ,with each class 2 hours in length.

For every video you watch on your own, you’ll earn points towards fun prizes!

You’ll have access to the Instructor during weekly Zoom sessions (video chat).

Classes Participants will have the option of a reunion Zoom Call – This is an opportunity to gather and share your birth experience with each other and debrief after your birth. 

Tickets and Pricing:

Registration includes the in-person classes, weekly Zoom video chats with your Instructor, access to your lessons online at the Evidence Based Birth® Academy, a PDF library, 3 month access to the online portion, and an opportunity to connect again for a reunion “birth story” class.

One ticket is good for both the pregnant parent and their chosen support person. Your doula is also invited to attend any of our final session, if you have a doula!

Registration: $195.00

Spots in each class are limited (6 couples per class), do not wait to schedule.

Add to your tool kit: 

Let's get you some more tools!  If you want to add these additional resources to your learning experience and tools kit, contact me and we can get you set up!

  • 3 months extension access to EBB online Material portal: $25

  • 1 hour private Birth Plan Session: $40

  • Infant Massage Parent Classes:  This is a 4 week virtual series in group or private format : $175.

  • Virtual Support Through your Birth: Texting support through birth - Support is specific to Client's goals for their birth Experience.  This add-ondone before, during or after series is complete: $550.

FAQ

Refund Policy: Your payment reserves a spot in the class and is non-refundable, but tickets are transferable with adequate notice and approval from Molly Patterson.

  • I am a birth professional (doula, childbirth educator, physician, etc) who wants to audit your Childbirth Class: Great! Limited seats may be available for audit, fee applies. Email me at tenderhandsdoula@yahoo.com to inquire

  • Do you offer other payment options: Yes! Prefer to pay with cash, check, or on a payment plan? Email me at: tenderhandsdoula@yahoo.com. Pending availability of seats

  • Prefer to book a private class? Email me at tenderhandsdoula@yahoo.com to discuss availability.

  • I have a Doula/additional Support Person and would like her to be part of my class: Our last in-person class is all a Labor Rehearsal Class. 1 additional support person can be brought as a guest to this class!

Upcoming Virtual - Online Format Classes: 
January 2022
February 2022
Tuesday, Accelerated Series:* First Zoom Call: Tuesday, Feb. 1: 6-8  pm PST*
This is an Accelerated format series. 4 wk format with each class 2 hours
Saturday, Accelerated Series:* First Zoom Call: Saturday, Feb. 5: 9-11 am PST
*This is an Accelerated format series. 4 wk format with each class 2 hours
Monday, 6 week Series: First Zoom Call: Monday, Feb. 7: 6-8 pm PST
Thursday, 6 week Series: First Zoom Call: Thursday, Feb. 24: 6-8 pm PST
March 2022
Tuesday, Accelerated Series:* First Zoom Call: Tuesday, Mar. 8: 6-8  pm PST
*This is an Accelerated format series. 4 wk format with each class 2 hours
Wednesday, 6 week Series: First Zoom Call: Wednesday, Mar. 9: 6-8 pm PST

Saturday, 6 week Series: First Zoom Call: Saturday, Mar. 5: 1-3 pm PST
April 2022
Monday, 
6 week Series: First Zoom Call: Monday, Apr. 4: 6-8 pm PST
Tuesday, Accelerated Series:* 
First Zoom Call: Tuesday, Apr. 5: 6-8  pm PST
*This is an Accelerated format series. 4 wk format with each class 2 hours

“I really appreciated how informative it was. I knew a lot about the biology of birth and babies, but what we learned was just very impressive. It was a really good experience—fairly chill, fairly laid-back, and not nearly as stressful and awkward as I thought it might be. All the information—I never would’ve thought there was that much information out there!”
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Savvy Birth Class for Parents
Are you anxious about your upcoming birth? The Savvy Birth Workshop for parents was developed by Evidence Based Birth® to give you and your partner the confidence and know-how you need to have a more positive, empowering experience in the birthing room.

 

Unlike other childbirth classes, we will help you avoid the typical assembly-line care with five virtual “tickets!”  These “tickets” are your secret advantage to coping with the unknowns of birth!  At the workshop you’ll find out how you can use these tickets in the hospital or wherever you intend to give birth!  We believe that the knowledge you will gain from the Savvy Birth Workshop will leave you and your partner inspired, hopeful, and excited about the upcoming birth of your baby and ready to approach the big day with a savvy swing in your step!


 

Learning Objectives covered in this Class:      

  1. Define evidence-based care and discuss the difference between evidence-based care and routine care

  2. Describe how the power system works in most hospital labor and delivery units

  3. Discuss ways to create a team-based atmosphere in the birthing room, so that you and your partner can get evidence-based, family-centered care

 

These Savvy Birth Parents Classes are  taught by Molly Patterson, CLD, Evidence Based Birth® Instructor.