Classes offered through The Gathering Place are more personal and typically smaller in size than classes offered in hospitals. Our classes are taught by certified, knowledgeable and experienced instructors. You can choose to enroll in our "core" classes - Giving Birth with Confidence, Breastfeeding Basics, Your Amazing Newborn, Coping with Fear & Pain in Labor and Preparing for Hospital Birth which are each offered monthly. You can also select a la carte from the variety of specialty classes we offer on a quarterly rotating basis.
Below is a list of classes we offer for parents and soon-to-be parents, as well as those training for certification. Pre-registration is recommended for all classes with the exception of drop-in classes or groups.
- Giving Birth with Confidence
- Birthing From Within® (not currently available)
- Preparing for Out of Hospital Birth
- Baby Maybe?
- So You're Pregnant, Now what?
- Expecting Better
- Myths & Facts About VBAC
- Becoming a Father
- Eating for Two
- Creating a Birth Plan
- Coping with Fear & Pain in Labor
- Your Amazing Newborn
- Adjusting to Motherhood
- Breastfeeding Basics
- Bringing Baby Home
- Cloth Diapering 101
- The Art of Babywearing
- All About Pumping
- Infant Massage 101
- All About Doulas
- Going Back to Work
- Baby's First Year
- Newborn Sleep: Establishing Good Sleep Habits
- The Family Bed
- Vaccinations A-Z
- Finding Quality Childcare
- Bringing Baby Home
- From Diapers to Diplomas
- Baby-Led Weaning
- How to Raise an Emotionally Intelligent Child
- Footsteps (a group for moms)
- Empty Arms (a group for perinatal and infant loss)
- Bestfeeding (a group for breastfeeding support)
- Infant Safety, CPR & Basic First Aid
- Birth & Postpartum Doula Training
- Communtiy Breastfeeding Educator
- Birth Assistant I, II & III
Our instructors devote quite a bit of time and energy into preparing for their classes and workshops. Please take the time to let us know in advance if there is a reason you are unable to attend a class for which you are registered.
In the event that you need to cancel, our policy is as follows:
If you cancel with at least seven days notice before a class begins, you will receive a credit in the amount that you paid for the class. Our classes are semi-private (limited to 6 pregnant people with 1 support person) and so we do not offer refunds. No credit will be given for any cancellation with less than 48 hours notice.
In the event that we cancel, our policy is as follows:
In the unlikely event that we need to cancel a class we will refund all monies paid in full within 30 days, except in unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, such as war or the threat of war, riots, terrorist activity, civil strife, industrial disputes, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, flood or adverse weather conditions. In those cases every possible attempt will be made to reschedule the training at a day/time that fits best with the schedule of the majority of registrants. Notification of our cancellation will be made via either a telephone call, text message or an e-mail to you prior to the beginning of a workshop.