I draw from a variety of teaching methodologies in my childbirth classes and cover a comprehensive range of subjects.  I use discussion, videos, ice practice, birth art, hands-on practice and lecture styles throughout my classes to keep students interested and engaged throughout our time together.



My instruction always includes:

  • Anatomy and physiology of labor and birth

  • Physical and emotional preparation for birth

  • Coping techniques for the sensations of labor

  • What to expect immediately postpartum

  • Importance of skin-to-skin bonding and breastfeeding

  • How partners can help during the birth

  • Medical procedures and advocating for yourself in a medical setting


Optional additional topics include:

  • Newborn care

  • Introduction to doula care

  • Cloth diapering

  • Comprehensive overview of medical procedures

  • VBAC information

  • Preparing for cesarean birth


You may recognize material here inspired by the books Birthing From Within by Pam England and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin.  I have found both these approaches to childbirth extremely effective and I believe strongly in the lessons they have to teach about the effects of fear and emotional state on the progression of labor. I do not have required reading for my classes, but I encourage all expectant parents to explore these books for a helpful addition to childbirth preparation.


Disclaimer: Ann Kaplan is a CAPPA-certified childbirth educator and is not certified through, nor trained by Birthing From Within (BFW). Any teaching methods similar to BFW techniques utilized in her classes were sourced from her experiences reading BFW, attending BFW classes as well as the breadth of her experience and training as a doula and childbirth educator.


© 2018 by Ann Kaplan