Childbirth Preparation Classes

Michelle Carman Cushing and Jenny Gullen are also co-owners of Rose City Birth, and are excited to begin co-teaching Group Childbirth Classes in the Hillsdale area. They will be offering both 5-week series for first-time parents, as well as short refresher classes for parents who have already given birth. These classes will be fun, interactive and intimate, with about 3-5 couples per class. Check back soon for more details!

Private Classes provide an opportunity for parents to practice and prepare for the upcoming birth within a comfortable and familiar setting – their own home.  By working with families individually, we tailor the course to focus on the things that are most important to you while ensuring that you receive thorough information about the birth process and postpartum time.  Private classes are generally 6 hours in length, which can be two 3-hour classes, or one 6-hour class.

Both the group and private childbirth preparation classes offer information on:

  • The stages of labor
  • Breathing, relaxation and pain-coping techniques – with practice!
  • Navigating your options with medications and interventions
  • Breastfeeding
  • Transition into parenthood
  • Postpartum recovery and mental health
  • Newborn care

Classes follow the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) philosophy: “Freedom of choice based on knowledge of alternatives” and focus on providing parents with a variety of resources to help prepare both physically and emotionally so that they can make the choices that are right for them.

  • 5-week class: $250/family for early-birds, $275/family for general
  • Refresher class: $100/family
  • Private class: TBD upon needs of the couple, generally $50/hour

Check back soon for updated information!

In addition to her work with the Portland Doula Collective, Scarlett Lynsky is co-owner of Head Over Heels Birth Education, a childbirth education company that offers a comprehensive 6-week class series that includes birth preparation as well as prep for breastfeeding and newborn care.

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Head Over Heels classes are currently held in the Milagros Boutique Classroom on Sunday evenings from 6-8:30 pm. The next classes are as follows.

  • January 22 – February 26, 2017
  • April 2 – May 7, 2017
  • June 11 – July 23, 2017 (no class on July 2)
  • October 1 – November 5, 2017

Head Over Heels Classes are $300 per series

Learn more and sign up at

Couples Classes

This three hour class will focus on the transition to parenthood and the challenges most couples experience when adding a baby to their family. Staying connected physically and emotionally as a couple makes for happier parents and happier babies. You and your partner will learn skills to help you stay connected and nurture your relationship. Taking this course before baby arrives will help give you the tools to make your first few months as new parents as smooth as possible!

Rebozo Classes for Parents & Professionals

In this workshop you will learn so much more than mere techniques. You will learn how to incorporate the rebozo into your practice, explore how to connect and communicate more deeply with partners and dads, understand brainwave states and their relevance to the birthing mother, and you will practice using the rebozo for comfort, relaxation, visualization, and establishing intimacy.

Workshops are ICEA approved for 6 CEUs.

Regular registration will be $100.

Expecting couples, please contact Prudence for a discounted rate of $65.