Curriculum Summary

Childbirth Education Series – Small Group Classes


Instructor:      Kim Amos, ICCE, LCCE, CLC, CD (DONA), PCD(DONA), BDT(DONA)


Location:        Instructor’s home at 6004 Columbia Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139 (see map page)


Format:          Classes are typically offered on Tuesday evenings for four weeks from 6:15 PM until 9:00 PM.  Class sizes are limited so register early.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital tour available at no additional cost.  Check out the Barnes-Jewish Tours link on the left for dates and times.




Teaching aides - videos, posters, handouts, massage tools, model pelvis and baby


Week 1

  • Urban Legends, old wives tales                                       
  • Childbirth…what comes to mind
  • A & P of pregnancy
  • Nutrition
  • Body mechanics
  • Relaxation exercises (Massage, Lotion, Imagery)
  • Labor (Practice vs. True Contractions, Water Breaks, How to Tell, Pre-term Labor)
  • Early labor

 Week 2

  • Active labor (Dilation, effacement, station)
  • Interventions and hospital procedures
  • Coping techniques
  • Comfort measures
  • Breathing techniques

 Week 3


  • Cesarean birth
  • Medication options (Narcotics , Epidural)
  • Informed decisions
  • Questions to ask
  • Transition

 Week 4

  • Pushing
  • Birth
  • Recovery
  • Postpartum
  • Newborn care
Week 5
  •  Breastfeeding