Important FAQ to assist the first time mother (parents)
Q: Is “Prepared Childbirth” the same as “Natural Birth” (i.e., no medication)?
The classes prepare women for all types of births and with each form of medication (or none at all). All birth options are presented, so well-informed decisions can be made by the laboring woman, her birth partner and the medical professionals aiding the birth. The class is balanced in the presentation; no dogmas are stressed.
Q: Who presents the childbirth classes?
A private professional service, Birthing Basics, LLC has provided private and classroom education since.2008. Many of our students have been personally recommended to take these classes by their primary obstetrician, friends who’ve taken classes and staff from several different doctors’ offices here in the Metropolitan DC area.
Q: What are the credentials of the instructors?
Lisa is a RNC-OB (certified RN in Inpatient Obstetrics). She is certified by International Childbirth Educators Association (ICEA), a professional organization that supports educators and health care professionals who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care. She also holds the certification for as well as being an instructor for Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Electronic Fetal Monitoring (C-EFM).
Instructors must complete a demanding program, which includes testing for certification and continuing education to become certified as experts. She is also a certified childbirth Doula through Prepared Childbirth Educators and continues to advocate for evidence-based maternity services here in the Washington DC metropolitan area.
Q: How does a labor partner help during birth?
The labor partner is extremely important during birth and actively participates, giving the laboring woman comfort and support. By taking these classes the partner is knowledgeable, able to help in decision-making and bonds closely with the mother and baby.
Q: At what point in pregnancy should the childbirth course/seminar be taken?
Ideally, the course should be started late in pregnancy (about one to three months before the due date; 28th – 32nd week of pregnancy, but sooner is better than later), so the information and training are still fresh in mind when the time comes. If you are at risk for preterm birth, on bedrest, or have any high risk factors, we recommend that classes should be taken as soon as the 24th week of pregnancy. We recommend that you enroll early in your pregnancy since many classes fill well in advance.
Q: How do I get more information, register, and pay?
Registration couldn’t be easier! Just get online; you can do everything over the internet–no paperwork! And, you’re welcome to use PayPal, which accepts various credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc.) and bank accounts plus debit cards; or you can pay by check/money order, mailed to Birthing Basics; payment is due at registration. A letter of confirmation will then be mailed to you that confirms the date(s), times, and location for each class; includes a map of where to go; and a link to tell you what to bring to class. Receipts and a certificate will be given on the day of class.
Q: Does insurance cover the cost of childbirth classes?
Some health care insurance plans or health “flex spending accounts” do cover the tuition of taking childbirth classes. If you check with customer service for your insurance plan or benefits plan, you may find that you can file for reimbursement. If “Childbirth Education” benefits are included in your policy, the certificate of completion and receipt that we provide should suffice to submit for approval to repay all or part of your tuition.
Q: What if a class is rescheduled or cancelled?
Besides inclement weather; Illness, injury, emergency, or some other unforeseen circumstance may occur necessitating a class be rescheduled or cancelled. While this is an extremely rare phenomena, it could happen.
Birthing Basics will attempt to make a decision as soon as possible once an issue arises, but there is no control over issues leading to this type of decision. Birthing Basics will attempt to create a new make-up class date as close to the original class date as possible, and as the instructors schedule permits. The next alternative is students may re-schedule into an alternate, already upcoming class date, if space is available; please contact Birthing Basics to reschedule for another class.
As a last resort; if no dates are amicable or available, a refund will be issued.
Q: What is the refund policy?
ALL CANCELLATIONS MUST BE MADE AND CONFIRMED 14 DAYS PRIOR TO CLASS START. Student cancellations prior to 14 days of the class start will receive a refund, and are subject to a 20% cancellation fee. Student Cancellations within 14 days prior to the class start date are subject to no refund.
Q: What is the policy for attending make-up classes?
Depending on availability, you are welcome to make up a class in another group class. There is no extra charge, but you must call to reschedule your make-up class. Re-scheduling/multiple re-scheduling’s, then a subsequent cancellation will be subject to no refund.