I'm Robin Elise Weiss, and I've been teaching childbirth classes since August of 1989. I'm certified with Lamaze International and International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) as a childbirth instructor and as a postpartum educator. I'm also certified with the DONA International as a professional doula and doula trainer. And I hold a certificate as a lactation counselor. I also write books on pregnancy and parenting. More importantly, I have eight beautiful children of my own.
Being a doula, someone who does professional labor support for a living, I'm able to view different types of birth on a regular basis. This allows me to see what really works in the throes of labor and to adjust my classes accordingly. You'll find that I teach a very laid back class, that will give you a lot of different ideas and techniques for getting through labor, birth and postpartum.
Now it's your turn! Seriously, I'd love to know about you. So, if you care to, tell us a bit about you and the class.
Okay, let's discuss why people come to childbirth classes. There is no right answer, because everyone comes for a different reason. (Vote in our poll!)
Many people list pain as their number one reason for coming to childbirth class. Fear is often a close second. So I believe in starting out with the heavy material right away and talking about pain first.