Childbirth education sets you up for a smoother experience of labor and birth. It is easier to meet the intensity of labor with confidence and calm if you know what to expect.

This five-week series is perfect for families planning on home or birth center births. You will learn the tools you need to be confident and connected throughout the birthing process, and will be in community with other expecting families.

You will learn about:

  • Anatomy and physiology of labor

  • Ways to support your comfort and coping during labor

  • Positions and massage techniques to use by yourself or with a partner

  • How to push effectively

  • When hospital care might be necessary and what that looks like

  • Preparing for postpartum changes and challenges

  • Breastfeeding tips and techniques

  • Caring for your newborn

Classes are held from 7:00 – 9:00pm at Oakland Birth & Wellness at 5735 Shattuck Ave, Oakland.

Space is limited to 5 couples.


Your Educator: Tess Clabby

Hi, I'm Tess! I'm a midwife, doula, and childbirth educator who has been attending births since 2013. I feel so lucky to be able to bear witness to the power, beauty, and vulnerability of the birth process as I support families through this transition. In addition to birth work, I also teach self defense as well as consent and communication workshops. In all of my classes and trainings I teach an empowerment model: my goal is to give you all the information you need in order to make the choices that are right for you. I strive to make all of my classes inclusive and intersectional - queer folx and families super welcome! All of my offerings center around body autonomy, body knowledge, and body power. I believe in you! When I'm not teaching or doing birth work, you might find me making my own clothes, practicing kung fu, backpacking, making music, or being silly with my friends.


Upcoming Series: Wednesday evenings from 7pm-9pm starting on October 16th, meeting through November 13th. *ideal for families due end of November through December*

If there is not an option for a group class that meets your needs, please be in touch about scheduling a private, 4-hour in home session.