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Preparation for Childbirth - Hypnobirthing Class

"The educated consumer is our best customer"

In order for you and your spouse to be partners with us in your healthcare, you will likely need some additional information about how to achieve your goal of a healthy, normal pregnancy and natural birth. We have a series of classes that will completely prepare you for labor and birth and the important first weeks with your new baby.

Childbirth Classes (a.k.a Lamaze Classes) - HypnoBirthing® Method

hypnoHow exactly does one manage this whole "natural birth" thing, anyways? Isn't labor horribly painful and don't women "need" drugs to handle it?

You might be surprised by what you can achieve with proper preparation....

When you have your baby with HypnoBirthing®, you will not be in a trance or a sleep. What you will experience is similar to the daydreaming or focusing that occurs when you are engrossed in a book or a movie or staring into a fire.

You will experience birthing in an atmosphere of calm relaxation, free of the fear and tension that prevents your body from functioning as nature intended it to. In this calm state your body's natural endorphins replace the stress hormones that constrict and cause pain.

The relaxation techniques of HypnoBirthing® eliminate the Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome. Classes are currently being taught throughout the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

We are very proud to be the only birthing center in Southwest Florida offering this valuable technique for our clients. All Baby Love Birth Center clients must attend this class series (unless you have already had a natural birth). The Birth Center subsidizes the majority of the cost of the class, so that it costs couples only $90 to attend the class series (starting in August, the fee for the class is $100).

Classes are held on Thursday Nights at the birth center.

JaciThe instructor, Jaclyn Sieben, RN, has been a nurse for 25 over years. She has worked in both hospitals and free standing birth centers. Jaci has extensive experience in "natural" childbirth, waterbirthing, and HypnoBirthing®. She began teaching HypnoBirthing® classes in Maine after experiencing first hand as a labor and birthing nurse what women can do when their bodies are in harmony.

What you will learn:

  • Everything you need to know to achieve a safer, easier, and more comfortable birth.
  • To explore the myth that pain is a necessary accompaniment to labor.
  • What's wrong with labor as it exists with most other childbirth methods.
  • Techniques of deep relaxation to help eliminate the Fear-Tension-Pain Syndrome.
  • How your body is naturally designed to conceive, nurture and birth your baby with ease and comfort.
  • To create the body's own natural "epidural", the body's only safe labor enhancement.
  • Natural ways to bring your body into labor without artificial chemical induction.
  • How you and your birthing companion can create a birthing environment that is calm, serene, and joyful.
  • Gentle birthing techniques that allow you to birth your baby the way that nature intended.

hypnoinactionHypnoBirthing® is as much a philosophy as it is a technique. The method teaches you that in the absence of fear and tension, severe pain does not have to be an accompaniment of labor. You will gain an understanding of how the birthing muscles work in perfect harmony--as they were designed to--when your body is sufficiently relaxed. You will learn how to achieve this kind of relaxation, free of the resistance that fear creates, and you will learn to use your natural birthing instincts for a calm, serene and comfortable birthing.

Read Time Magazine's Article on Hypnobirthing - Birth Bliss.

Weekend Classes - the entire series in one weekend. Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am - 3:30 pm.

By special arrangement for Baby Love Birth Center clients ONLY, the fee for this class is $90 per couple for the entire 4 week series (or Weekend Series). Starting in August, the fee for the class is $100. The Birth Center subsidizes the majority of the cost of the class (normally $350).

You can also view the class schedule online.

The series is also open to parents who are not clients of the birth center, but only Baby Love Birth Center clients get the subsidized rate of $90.

The birth center subsidizes the cost of the class because we feel strongly that the Hynobirthing techniques will allow you to have a peaceful natural labor and birth.

If you are not a Baby Love Birth Center client and would like to take the class, the tuition is $350 for the class.


Register at the birth center and pay by check or cash. Braidy, the office manager will give you the forms to fill out and collect your payment.


You can also view the class schedule online.

Nutrition Class

The first cornerstone of a healthy pregnancy is nutrition. Many pregnancy complications can be prevented or treated through proper nutrition and supplementation with vitamins where needed. We encourage you to make healthy choices while still living your normal life. We do not expect you to become totally organic or avoid all artificial substances (although that would be nice, it is unrealistic for most of us).

Betsey Lunsford is our Director of Nutrition Education. We feel so strongly about the importance of nutrition in a healthy pregnancy that we require you to attend her nutrition class once during your pregnancy. You should bring your partner to the class, so that you both can learn what is important for a pregnancy diet and how to achieve optimal nutrition in the context of your normal life.

Betsey has a wealth of knowledge to share and, as the mother of five, she shares lots of tips on easy ways to improve your diet without needlessly complicating your life. Betsey is also a trained La Leche League breastfeeding counselor and is available to clients for consultations throughout pregnancy and post-partum.

This class is required of all new clients. The class is free.

Nutrition Class is held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 7 pm

Call Betsey Lunsford (239) 481-8730 to register or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more info.

You can also view the class schedule online.

Breastfeeding Class


Betsey Grace

Breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn't mean that it is always easy.

For new mothers, the first weeks of nursing can sometimes be difficult and confusing. We offer a breastfeeding class and on-going support to get you through the sometimes rough beginning of life as a nursing mother.

Your body was designed to feed your baby and makes the exact unique food your baby needs. We are here to help you before and after you have your baby, unlike most obstetrical practices. The usual care by a doctor ends with the birth of your baby, except for a brief six-week postpartum check up.

Betsey Lunsford, La Leche League Leader and mother of 5, teaches the class.

Husbands/Fathers/Partners welcome.

This class is free for clients.

Breastfeeding Class is held the 3rd Monday of every month at 7 pm.

Call Betsey Lunsford (239) 481-8730 to register or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more info.

You can also view the class schedule online.

Just for Mom: Massage for Pregnancy and Postpartum


We are very excited to be able to offer massage services in the birth center. Braidy Jones, Licensed Massage Therapist (#MA41524), offers Therapeutic Massage for both pregnant and non-pregnant clients.

Benefits of pregnancy massage include reduced fatigue, less swelling, and more energy.

Therapeutic Massage is available for $70/hour.

We offer packages for Expectant Moms and New Moms (did anyone say "shower gift idea"?).

Call Braidy Jones at (239) 645-8541 to schedule, or give us a call at the birth center. You may also email Braidy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Infant Massage Class

A wonderful way to bond with your baby and soothe your newborn. Infant Massage is an easy to learn technique which can lessen tension, fussiness, and irritability in your baby. It is especially helpful for colic and gassy babies. Massage strengthens the baby's immune system, enhances bonding, and improves the baby's sleep. The class is taught by Braidy Jones, Licensed Massage Therapist (#MA41524).

babymassage1The course is about two hours with hands-on instruction of thirty to forty-five minutes. You will receive a routine outline to help you at home as you and your baby start to enjoy infant massage together.

Tuition is $40 per person or couple, for this group class. If you would like to have private training, individual sessions can be scheduled for $65.

Call Braidy Jones at (239) 645-8541 to register for the class, or give us a call at the birth center. You may also email Braidy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.