Childbirth Education Classes – Group

Childbirth Education – Group Classes

Empowered Birth Choices

Natural Childbirth Preparation Class

Make Informed Choices. Cultivate Trust In Birth

A Four-Week Series of Natural Childbirth Education Classes for Pregnant Women and their Birth Partners. Natural Childbirth Preparation. 

We are now offering a childbirth preparation course just for LGBTQI pregnant persons and their partners. If you are interested in attending, please send an email to: for more information.

About These Classes | Why Choose these Classes | Class One: Understanding Birth | Class Two: Coping with Labor | Class Three: Making Informed Choices | Class Four: Postpartum, The Amazing Newborn & Breastfeeding | Pay for Classes and Services


Winter, 2020

Class meet on Saturdays, 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Classes are $350.00 per couple | $200.00 for Low-Income. We regret we cannot bill Medi-Cal for this course. Please contact us if paying for the class is a hardship for you.

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Make checks  payable to: “AWMNH“, Send to:

Happy Mama Healthy Baby Alliance
600 Lincoln Ave. #92495, Pasadena, CA 91109

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We trust birth. We believe in you. We help you develop confidence for birthing, breastfeeding and parenting a newborn baby. We help you develop a vision for your birth; we support you to manifest it.

Our classes are evidence-based, trauma-informed, celebrate diversity, and promote social justice in maternity care.

In this four week series, expectant parents will be empowered to take an active role in making informed decisions about childbirth and newborn care.  After taking this class, participants will be able to make choices based on knowledge of risks and benefits and alternatives to medical procedures. These classes are appropriate for first-time expectant parents and experienced parents alike.

Prenatal education today is much more than learning how to breathe. These “Lamaze” childbirth preparation classes help pregnant women (and persons) and their partners learn about the birth process, the pros and cons of medical interventions,  how to cope with labor, and how to care for their newborn baby.



By the end of this course, participants will have:

1) Increased knowledge about options for childbirth, pros and cons of medical procedures, and make informed choices during pregnancy and childbirth.

2) Increased confidence to give birth normally and cope with labor.

3) Increased confidence in their ability to provide support to the woman during labor.

3) Increased confidence to breastfeed the baby.

4) Skills to care for the newborn.


Class One: Understanding Pregnancy and Birth

  • Fetal Development
  • Preventing premature birth
  • Stress-reduction in pregnancy
  • Eating right for a healthy pregnancy
  • Coping with common discomforts of pregnancy
  • Sexuality during pregnancy
  • Couples communication during pregnancy
  • How your body works in labor and birth
  • How labor begins and progresses
  • “True” labor vs. “False” labor
  • The phases and stages of birth
  • How to time contractions
  • When to go to the hospital

Class Two: Coping with Labor

  • Breathing Techniques
  • Relaxation Exercises
  • Visualization Exercises
  • Vocalization Exercises
  • The Power of Affirmations & Prayer
  • Positions to Facilitate a Faster and More Comfortable Labor
  • Pushing Techniques and Positions
  • Delivery of Placenta (Afterbirth)
  • Options for Handling of Placenta 

Class Three: Making Informed Choices

  • Pain Medication: Options, Risks and Benefits
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Medical procedures and their Effect on Labor, Mother and Baby (induction of labor, vacuum extraction, etc).
  • Informed Consent and Refusal: Understanding Your Rights and Responsibilities
  • Birth by Cesarean and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
  • Creating a “Birth Plan”: Your preferences for Labor and Delivery and Newborn Care
  • Communicating with Medical Professionals about what you want and need

Class Four: Postpartum Adjustments, The Amazing Newborn and Breastfeeding

  • The Amazing Newborn: Appearance and Behavior
  • Newborn Medical Procedures: Making Informed Choices
  •  Newborn Care Basics:  Bathing, Swaddling, Diapering, Wearing, Soothing
  • SIDS Prevention: Two Strategies
  • Benefits of Breastfeeding to Mother, Infant, Father and Society
  • How the Breasts Make Milk
  • Keeping Your Milk Supply Up
  • How to Know if Baby is Getting Enough Milk
  • Remedies for Common Concerns of Breastfeeding
  • Working or Attending School While Breastfeeding
  •  Father/Partner’s  Role in Supporting Breastfeeding Mother
  • Sibling Adjustment
  • Couple ‘s Relationship After Baby
  •  Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression: Signs and Symptoms and When to Call for Help

WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THESE CLASSES?Pregnant - Prenatal Education Colrdelia Hanna Los Angeles, Ca

Because we educate about and promote:

  • Informed consent and refusal in maternity care–not only is it responsible and ethical, women who felt they had decision-making power during birth had improved self-esteem and bonding with their babies
  • Alternative choices in childbirth such as homebirth, waterbirth, birth centers and midwife assisted birth
  • Physiological childbirth–it’s natural and normal, and results in healthy outcomes for mothers and infants.
  • The lifelong importance of maternal-infant attachment.
  • Breastfeeding–it protects and improves maternal and infant health for a lifetime and is also eco-friendly.
  • Awareness of spiritual and emotional aspects of birthing
  • Awareness of the influence of the woman’s social environment on pregnancy, birthing, and breastfeeding
  • Family involvement in the birthing process
  • Complimentary modalities for pregnancy and childbirth: acupuncture, chiropractic, herbology, etc.
  • Attachment parenting and Biological Nurturing  as the most sensible way to develop happy and secure children.



Cordelia Hanna, MPH, CHES, ICCE, CLE, CBA  is a seasoned and passionate childbirth educator who has been teaching expectant families of all cultures for 30 years. She is the founder and Executive Director of Happy Mama Healthy Baby Alliance. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health in Health Education and Promotion from Loma Linda University. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) accredited by the National Commission on Health Education. She is certified as a childbirth educator through the International Childbirth Education Association. She is a   Certified Birth Assistant accredited by the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators and is a Certified Lactation Educator accredited by Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association. She trained as a direct-entry midwife through apprenticeship. Cordelia worked for the Pasadena Public Health Department Black Infant Health Program for 10 years where she initiated and managed the first community Doula program in Los Angeles County for  African-American families. She currently oversees the Happy Mama Healthy Baby Community Doula Program which offers doula support for families in Los Angeles County. She is a mother of two home-born, family-bedded, attachment-parented, breastfed children who are now bright and capable young adults. She is a grandmother of two young girls and is expecting her first grandson in Summer, 2020.



Questions? Want to Register? Contact:

Elsie Gutierrez, MPH, Manager of Community Programs

Email to:

(626) 388 – 2191 ext. 2

You can also Submit Birth Form