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.

Class Options:

  • Joyful Start Childbirth Education Winter Series, January 26 & February 2, 12:30-4:00 pm @ Embodyed Tides, Flourtown
  • Joyful Start Newborn Care and Breastfeeding Basics, February 9, 12:30-4:00 pm @ Embodyed Tides, Flourtown
  • VBAC Preparation Workshop, March 1, 1:00-4:00 pm, Ardmore
  • Joyful Start Childbirth Education Spring Series, March 15 & March 22, 12:30-4:00 pm @ Embodyed Tides, Flourtown
  • Joyful Start Newborn Care and Breastfeeding Basics, March 29, 12:30-4:00 pm @ Embodyed Tides, Flourtown
  • Private classes in your own home, customized to your needs and budget

VBAC Preparation Workshop

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 covers topics including:

  • 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

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 $300

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