The 4-Week Course meets in the Buckhead area at Atlanta Sport & Spine. It’s located at Howell Mill Village on 857 Collier Rd. Suite #1 Atlanta, GA 30318. Parking is free. Satruday classes are taught at various locations throughout the Atlanta area.
The courses vary in price depending on the instructor and location. A $50 registration fee is required to reserve your spot in the class. The remaining class balance is due in full at the first class. Most instructors accept cash, check, and credit card.
Confident Childbirth of Atlanta classes typically qualify for FSA reimbursement. You will receive an FSA receipt for the $50 deposit automatically when you register online. Ask your instructor for an itemized receipt for the class balance. Submit both receipts (deposit receipt and receipt from you instructor) to your FSA for reimbursement.
All course registration is done through our online registration system. Once you register, you will automatically receive a login and password to access your online resources (videos and downloads) at www.kopabirth.com. You can view and register for all available Atlanta classes here. A $50 registration deposit is required to reserve your spot in the class.
If you need to miss a class, discuss the situation with your instructor. You may have the option to view the KOPA® PREPARED online classes that corresponds with that week’s lesson. Or, you maybe be able to jump into the same class in a different session/month. For example, if you miss the 4th class in one month, you can join the 4th class of the next month instead. Again, discuss your situation with your instructor. We don’t typically offer make-up classes outside of our scheduled courses.
The $50 registration fee paid at the time of registration to reserve your spot is non-refundable. The class balance is not due until the first class, but is non-refundable after the first class has been attended. We do not typically give refunds for unattended classes.
7. Can you give me some examples of the things that you teach couples to help cope with natural childbirth?
Some examples of coping skills we teach for natural birth are breathing techniques (slow-paced breathing, modified paced breathing, accelerated paced breathing, he-blow breathing), positions of comfort for laboring (double hip squeeze, counter pressure, etc), and deep relaxation. Partners are taught how to effectively support mom in the breathing techniques, how to put her in each position and promote her comfort, etc. These are just a sampling of the tools, but should give you an idea about what to expect. We present each Confident Childbirth Method class in such a way that couples can leave with a labor “game-plan” and a list of tangible tools that they can take with them to the birth.
We can talk in class about about how to use the positions you will learn while in the water, but for the specific “how-to’s” of water birth (when you get in the tub, procedures with baby, etc), we recommend supplementing this course with the short water birth course offered at your hospital.
While most locations allow water, it’s best to eat before you come to class. Many locations have a hallway area where you can eat and drink.
10. Do you know if women who have taken this class in the past feel like it helped them have a better chance of getting through natural labor?
Yes! Absolutely! Please view our Testimonials page. Clients are often recommended to our classes through friends as well as local healthcare providers. Every woman copes with labor in her own unique way. Some are good at getting very internal with deep relaxation and visualization. Others have more success with external coping skills like focal points, breathing techniques, and lots of hands-on interaction. Some find success with a combination of the two. The unique benefit of the Confident Childbirth of Atlanta / Kopa Birth® is that you’ll learn a wide variety of internal AND external coping skills, so you can get a feel for what works for you and be prepared to get creative during labor. Most moms contact us after their birth and report that they felt well prepared for labor–many experience natural birth and some choose epidurals. Of course, we can never guarantee a natural birth experience. That depends largely upon the circumstances of your birth and your own personal wishes. However, if you’re committed to practicing your relaxation and breathing techniques outside of class, this class should help you and your partner feel well prepared for labor.
Your partner is vital in helping you practice and implement the skills you will learn in the course. Your partner can be your husband, a family member, or a friend. Many women prefer their husband as a partner, and find that sharing the birth experience strengthens their relationship. Whoever you choose, it is best if the partner is consistent and plans to accompany you during labor. We understand that work schedules and childcare conflicts might make it difficult for a partner to attend every class with you. Don’t let this barrier keep you from attending–it’s OK to come alone or with a friend/family member/doula.