Childbirth Education

Childbirth Education

Joyful Start Childbirth Education for a more satisfying birth. These comprehensive classes prepare parents for a more positive, empowered birth, whether in hospital, birth center, or home. Classes are taught by Kelly Kolb, birth and postpartum doula and childbirth educator. Much more than a hospital childbirth course that may prepare you to be a good patient, these courses prepare you for what to expect during your pregnancy, birth, and your time home with a newborn. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of your body and your baby, a toolbox of comfort measures to use in labor, and knowledge of how to have a more positive, empowered birth.

Private, in-home classes: customized to your needs and schedule

Note: Group classes are temporarily suspended due to caution around COVID-19. New dates will be scheduled again when the situation permits. In the meantime, feel free to contact me about private or online sessions!

VBAC Preparation Workshop Next dates coming soon!

This 3-hour VBAC preparation workshop is perfect for people planning a vaginal birth after cesarean who completed a childbirth education course before their previous birth or who are taking this in conjunction with the full childbirth series. In this workshop, you’ll:

  • Understand how the evolution of cesarean birth and VBACs impact your experiences now
  • Investigate and process your previous cesarean(s)
  • Learn about your options and how to build your birth team to best support your goals and improve your odds
  • Learn and practice comfort measures to support you in labor and help you preserve your widest array of options
  • Discover how to have a more positive, family-centered cesarean if a repeat cesarean becomes necessary
  • Discuss postpartum recovery expectations and plans
  • Come away with resources to help you achieve your VBAC

The Joyful Start 2-session childbirth series

Future dates coming soon!

  • Healthy pregnancy
  • Physiologic birth
  • Interventions
  • Comfort measures
  • Creating your plan for birth preferences
  • Your rights and advocating for your preferences
  • Healthy postpartum
  • More!

Come meet other expectant parents and learn how to have a positive, empowered birth.

Joyful Start Newborn Care and Breastfeeding Basics
Future dates coming soon!

In this one-session class, you’ll learn and practice the information, skills, and techniques you’ll need to come away feeling prepared for baby’s arrival, including:

  • Getting breastfeeding off to a great start
  • Paced bottle-feeding
  • Infant development/what to expect
  • Swaddling & other soothing techniques
  • Basics of infant sleep
  • Bathing & nail care
  • How to know what’s normal/when to call the pediatrician
  • More!


  • Childbirth class only: $140
  • Newborn/breastfeeding class only: $60
  • Both childbirth and newborn/breastfeeding class: $180
  • VBAC workshop only: $60
  • VBAC workshop and childbirth class: $180
  • Private, in-home classes: 4 2.5-hour sessions to cover healthy pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, newborn care, and breastfeeding $375

Register now