We currently offer three types of classes at Midwifery & Women’s Health Care at Geneva Woods. Sign up at the office, or call 561-5152 to register.

Basic Childbirth Education Class


These important topics will be discussed:

  • Overview of the labor process
  • Relaxation and breathing
  • Signs of impending labor
  • True and false labor
  • Phases of labor
  • Comfort measures for labor
  • Kegel exercises
  • Basic breastfeeding
  • Newborn care
  • C-sections and other medical interventions
  • Role of a support person in labor

The classes do not contain information on topics covered extensively in prenatal care, such as nutrition, testing, ultrasounds, etc. The prenatal care that patients receive at Midwifery and Women’s Health Care is both comprehensive and personalized, so these classes focus almost exclusively on the birthing process and the immediate postpartum period. There is ample time allotted at each class to address any individual questions and concerns.

Clients are encouraged to bring a partner or support person to these classes.

Cost of the class is $110.


“Not Your Mama’s Breastfeeding Class” aka Breastfeeding 101

Sarah Stevens (click here for Sarah’s bio), our staff IBCLC, teaches a fun, informative and interactive breastfeeding class called “Not Your Mama’s Breastfeeding Class”! It’s a one night class designed to answer the questions that most families have when preparing to breastfeed for the first time.  We call it “Not Your Mama’s” because research has given us new information about breastfeeding in the last decade, so this class is designed to give you breastfeeding help that your mother had no access to!

It is best to attend this class within the last six weeks of your pregnancy.  We hope that partners will attend this class, as they are the optimal loving support person for a new mother. If your partner cannot come with you, please feel free to bring another person who can learn with you and support you after the arrival of your baby.

Cost of the class is $40. 


The Dad Class

Classic dad role models confuse or fail you?

Navigating 21st century fatherhood seem daunting? You might as well get some information while you are still in a relaxed state!

The discussion will cover you (the dad to be) and how you can be part of your partners late stages of pregnancy, early labor, birth, the first few days/weeks/months home and starting your new role as a dad.

ALL from the MALE perspective!

Discussion led by Jason Walsh (see his bio below)  who has been around the block raising organic kids from the ground up!

Cost of the class is $40*.

* Includes information, beer, and the opportunity to commiserate.



Class Instructors

Janie Sandberg, Basic Childbirth Class Instructor

My husband and I came to Alaska as newlyweds 40 years only to find we were pregnant with our first child. We took a childbirth class from the Childbirth Education Association of Anchorage and had an amazing birth with the preparation I received through them. Through this experience I found the career of a lifetime: teaching pregnant women and their partners. My initial training was through the same organization I had taken a class with, and a year later I received a national and international certification through ASPO/Lamaze.

We have 3 amazing children who live in Alaska with our 5 even MORE amazing grandchildren. All of our grandchildren were born at home with Laura Gore in attendance at 4 of them.

I had been teaching childbirth preparation in Anchorage for 38 years and have been very fortunate to have been teaching at Midwifery and Women’s Health Care since 2006. I also teach classes at Providence Hospital.

Heather Reier, CD (DONA), CCE, Basic Childbirth Class Instructor

Over 10 years ago I began my journey into supporting birthing families by attending births as a doula. I've been honored and blessed to have attended over 100 births since then. This exposure, and my own two births - one with the midwives of Midwifery and Women’s Health Care, have helped shape my understanding of what women go through when birthing.  I've also had the privilege of bringing that hands on experience into teaching childbirth education classes through MWHC for over 3 years.  I thoroughly enjoy helping expecting parents get a glimpse of how birth can be and what to expect.   My husband and I have been married for almost 20 years and we have two great kids and loads of dogs at any given moment!  In my spare time I like to foster pups for a local rescue organization and I work part time at my daughter's school to fund my coffee habit. 






Jason Walsh, Dad’s Class Leader

I have been struggling with fatherhood nearly my entire adult life (er...enjoying).  With two grown boys and two children (a son and daughter) still at home I have spanned two decades as a father.  I did part of this time as a single father, juggling the responsibilities of making all ends meet solo, until I was saved by a woman.  I have no official certifications or degrees related to teaching a class on the subject of fatherhood, dadliness, or birthing at the birth center.  What I do have is real world experience with all of these issues.  I have attended four births (two at the birth center) and two in a hospital setting; I brought all four children home, cared for them and I still like them all!  I am well practiced at delivering some tips, advice and general information while deferring to the experts when necessary.  Outside of being a dad I do have actual certified expertise in the subject of land and natural resource management.  I also have accumulated a considerable amount of experience running up and down mountains and yelling at bears.

Sarah Stevens, IBCLC, Breastfeeding 101 Class Instructor

Read more about Sarah Stevens on our Staff Profiles page >>