decided on a type of childbirth class, how do you pick a teacher? “Find an
instructor whose agenda is yours, not her own,” advises Lisa Gould Rubin, a
childbirth educator, doula and co-author of 2005’s The Birth That’s Right
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questions before you sign up:
1. What is your certification?
(Ideally, the instructor is certified by Lamaze, Bradley, the International
Childbirth Education Association or another national group.)
2. How long have you been teaching
3. What do you cover in your class?
4. What is your basic philosophy
5. How do you feel about medication
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6. How would you deal with a
hospital’s protocols if they don’t match your own approach?
7. What are the outcomes of your
students’ births? (Perhaps you can talk to a few of the instructor’s past
8. How many couples are in your class?
(You’ll get more personal attention in a small class.)
9. What is the time commitment?
10. Are you a lactation consultant?
(This is a bonus if you’re planning to breastfeed.)
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