Why should I take a childbirth education class?Unfortunately most OB-GYN's and midwives don't have time during your prenatal visits to educate you on the process of labor and birth. Their focus in on ensuring that you are having a safe pregnancy. Childbirth education classes at Ann Arbor Baby Beginnings focus on the labor and delivery process itself. Our classes are evidence-based, meaning that we provide you with the latest research on safe practices during labor and birth. Our goal is to provide you with information and tools to go into labor and early parenthood feeling confident. For most families with a healthy pregnancy, a good portion of your labor will be spent at home. Our classes give you a set of tools that both mom and partner can use before you even get to the hospital.
I'm Pregnant. What is the best time to take a Prenatal Education Class?Congratulations! We recommend that you finish all of your prenatal education by the time you are full-term (37 weeks pregnant), just in case your baby comes early. Most families choose to take a childbirth class or newborn know-how towards the beginning of their third trimester (27-33 weeks). You can always take a class earlier, or later, in pregnancy if that works better for your schedule. Just be aware that if you are registered for class and your baby comes early, our cancellation policy still applies.
What is the difference between the Four Week and two week (or condensed) childbirth class?The four week class is our most comprehensive childbirth education class. Because you have more total hours of instruction, you have more time to ask questions, get to know your classmates, and practice labor positions and relaxation. Our condensed childbirth classes cover all of the same topics as our four week class, just in less detail. Some families prefer the condensed classes because it is easier to fit into a busy schedule. In both classes you will have email access to your instructor to ask any questions that might not have been covered in class.
What is the difference between Childbirth Education and Newborn Know-How?Childbirth education classes cover labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum period. The newborn know-how crash course picks up where childbirth education classes leave off and covers all the essential details of caring for a newborn in the first few months. Many families, especially those who don't have a lot of experience with newborns, choose to take both classes.
I'd Like to Join a Mothers Group but I'm going back to Work before the session ends?As long as you tell us in advance that you will be missing certain classes, we are happy to prorate the cost of Mothers Group for you to cover only those classes you will attend. Please also know that although we run Mothers Groups in six-week sessions, you may join at anytime during the session (i.e. you don't need to wait for the start of a new session) and pay for only the classes you attend. Just send us an email at info@annarborbabybeginnings if you need to prorate. Mothers groups are designed for moms and their babies ages newborn to crawling.
Will My Insurance cover the cost of class?This is a question you will need to ask your insurance company, because all plans are different. We do not bill insurance directly. In general, we have found that those with flex-spend accounts or HSA's are often able to get reimbursed by their insurance company. Most HMO/PPO plans do not cover prenatal education, though it never hurts to check with your provider.
What if my schedule changes and I need to switch classes?As long as space is available, we are happy to switch you to another class free of charge. The earlier you notify us of the need to change classes, the better the chance of an opening being available.
What is your cancellation and refund policy?If you are registered for a class and decide not to attend, our cancellation policy is as follows. If you cancel more than 30 days before the class start you will receive a full refund minus the cost of credit card processing. If you cancel 30-15 days before the class start, you will receive a 50% refund. If you cancel less than 15 days before the class start no refund will be given. However, you are welcome to use your class fee towards another class, or switch into a different class (if space is available) at no fee.