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. 


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.



Sarah Stevens, IBCLC, Breastfeeding 101 Class Instructor

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