Childbirth Education

Open Arms provides Childbirth Education classes for Spanish-speaking, Black, and collective classes for Black, Indigenous, and All Families of Color. Our classes are birthing-person centered and cover what to expect, comfort measures, newborn care, lactation, and culturally focused topics.  

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Services Offered

Our culturally-specific Childbirth Education classes are open to the community and registration is available through our online intake form.

Looking for other community-led, culturally-specific childbirth education and classes? Check out the Class Schedule & Event Calendar or Virtual Library.

Program Offerings

Childbirth Education for Spanish-speaking Families

Led by Andrea Balina, this class is offered to Spanish-speaking families. The class aims to provide families with childbirth education in their primary language to build the knowledge and confidence needed to give birth and make informed decisions for healthy outcomes.Childbirth is a normal, natural, and healthy process! Questions? Email Andrea at andrea@openarmsps.org. 

  • March 23-24, 10 am-2 pm
  • June 29-30, 10 am-2 pm
  • September 21-22, 10 am-2 pm
  • December 7-8, 10 am-2 pm
For Black, Indigenous and All Families of Color

Led by LeChante’ Raiwalui, this two-day class has been intentionally crafted to influence a deep connection to self and honor the cultural experience of birth. Layered with activities for yourself and a support team to explore birth from conception to infant care, everyone will benefit from attendance. Come, laugh, cry, learn, meditate, and celebrate the life-giving process as a community of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, featuring a panel of BIPOC Birth Keepers on day two. Questions? Email cbe@openarmsps.org.

  • March 23-24, 10 am-2 pm
  • May 4-5, 10 am-2 pm
  • August 3-4, 10 am-2 pm
  • October 5-6, 10 am-2 pm
Childbirth Education for Black Families 

Intended for Black families and led by Eula Scott Bynoe, this birthing person-centered class focuses on the journey of pregnancy from a whole-body perspective.  Topics include mind, body, and soul health, strengthening and honoring the connection to culture and stages of labor from an intentional and mind-full point of view.  Questions? Email cbe@openarmsps.org.

  • March 30-31, 10 am-2 pm
  • May 25-26, 10 am-2 pm
  • August 24-25, 10 am-2 pm
  • October 26-27, 10 am-2 pm
For Indigenous Families

The Center for Indigenous Midwifery offers Indigenous families a twice-monthly free childbirth preparation workshop. Topics covered in the three-hour course include the Stages of Labor, Comfort Measures, and Preparing for Baby. An Herbal Care kit is included, and classes are offered virtually and in person.

Zoom Gatherings for Indigenous Pregnant and Parenting Families is offered every Wednesday at Noon, Pacific Standard Time.

  • Click here to join the Zoom meeting.
For Spanish-speaking Families

Childbirth Education Classes hosted by the Center for Indigenous Midwifery, virtual or in-person. 

Rainier Valley Birth & Health Center: Belly Talk Tuesdays

For birthing parents only, except partner class, more details and registration here.

Parent Trust for Washington Children

Multiple classes are available, more details and registration here.