Birth Education

In Due Time Childbirth Classes

In Due Time Childbirth is founded on the principle that with the proper education, couples are better prepared for labor and birth and are equipped to make informed and wise choices. I teach natural labor techniques in which a woman and her coach play an active part, as well as the use of pain medications and interventions should they be wanted or needed. You will learn ways of increasing self-awareness; how to “tune in” to you body to deal with the stress of labor. Instead of seeking to control the sensations of labor with distraction methods, you are encouraged to trust your body using natural breathing combined with movement and relaxation.

The class series involves eight weeks of instruction and discussion, practice and activities regarding relevant issues of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period. These include prenatal exercises that condition and tone the body in preparation for birth; nutrition and its effect on the growing fetus; stages of labor and how to work with each stage to produce the most efficient labor; medical interventions and how to avoid them when they are not needed and to be able to make informed decisions; options for pain; cesarean sections and how to avoid an unnecessary one along with options should one become necessary; breastfeeding and how to achieve a successful nursing relationship; the postpartum period and how to be supportive both physically and mentally; and finally, newborns and what they need.
In addition, because labor coaching is paramount to the birth process, time is spent in each class learning and practicing coaching techniques. A thoroughly prepared coach knows what to expect in labor and is therefore better able to facilitate the laboring woman’s ability to birth normally. Your coach will be educated on how your body works in pregnancy, labor, birth, breastfeeding and the postpartum period. This enables him or her to be able to provide great support. The presence of an effective labor coach not only reduces the need for medical interference, but it also increases the couple’s satisfaction with their birth experience. We will also discuss doulas and bodywork (massage, chiropractic care, acupuncture…) for you and your baby.

In Due Time Childbirth Classes are thorough and personal. They are limited in size so as to provide time for each couple’s concerns and input. I encourage full participation as this type of preparation produces not only the safest births and healthiest babies, but also the most exciting and satisfying birth experiences!
I hope you will join me for my next series of classes. The complete listing of dates and times along with other helpful information can be found below. If you need more information, please feel free to contact me at (978) 473-6316 or email me at

Class Fee: $350.00 ($100.00 deposit to reserve your spot is required. The balance is due at first class and is non-refundable after 1 class).

Check with your insurance company to see if they will reimburse all or part of the fee. If finances are an issue, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate you.

I look forward to meeting you,

Mandi Ledwith CPST