Pregnancy and birth classes in Northampton & Greenfield Mass.

Bellyfull Birth’s classes, events, and workshops cover a variety of topics and are a fun affordable way to learn about prenatal care, pregnancy, birth, share your experience, and connect with other new families in Western MA. I offer small group independent childbirth education series in Northampton and Greenfield MA, and free classes as well. Keep in touch to be notified of new events.

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Group childbirth education series

The Science & Soul of Birth: Evidence-based care for heartfelt people

We wished the Science and Soul of Birth class would not end! Literally every minute was packed with useful, fascinating information and hands-on learning. We are swimming in books about pregnancy and birth, but they are just not the same. Being in class with other expectant families is educational and supportive, and Marissa is knowledgable and compassionate and she has a wonderful warmth and sense of humor. Highly recommended!
— Darry, Greenfield MA
  • $135. Registration is required.
  • 20% Mass Health discount. Most insurance companies will reimburse you
    for most or all of the cost of a childbirth education class!
  • Need-based discounts available. 
  • Contact me to register.  

2014/2015 Greenfield MA birth classes:

  • At Baystate Franklin Medical Center
  • 2 day express classes:
    • Oct. 25 & Nov. 1, 9am - 3pm
       
  • 5 week evening classes:
    • Jan. 19, Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 9, Feb. 16, 6-8:30pm
    • Mar. 9, Mar. 16, Mar. 23, Mar. 30, Apr. 6, 6-8:30pm
    • Apr. 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25, 6-8:30pm
    • June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29, June 6, 6-8:30pm
  • REGISTER HERE!

Looking for an evidence-based pregnancy and childbirth class that is also heartfelt and supportive? You've found it. This 12 hour class emphasizes knowledge-building and informed decision making, while leaving plenty of time to connect with other families and discuss the emotional changes you'll encounter as your family grows. This class, taught by a childbirth educator and professional doula, will help you discover the science and the soul of birth as you learn about all the options available to you.

  • Find freedom of choice based on knowledge of alternatives
  • Get up to date on the newest research on normal labor and birth
  • Learn about how your body changes in pregnancy and supports your growing baby
  • Understand the anatomy and physiology of labor, and what it feels like to labor and birth a baby
  • Practice comfort measures and coping techniques with an educator who is also a professional doula
  • Become familiar with common birth interventions and challenges
  • Face your fears on cesarean, induction, and coping with labor pain
  • Prepare for growing your family when you bring your baby home and breastfeeding

REGISTER HERE

After Marissa’s class, I felt more confident about the process of giving birth. She didn’t pretend that there’s any way to foresee the exact thoughts and feelings that would accompany labor and birth, but by explaining the progression of labor and the rationales and effects of every possible intervention, she provided much needed peace of mind. She answered every question and what-if scenario with candor and good humor, creating a safe and comfortable space. After having my baby, the other members of my class were my first mommy-friends. Having the support of one another postpartum made a world of difference in our happiness and enjoyment of our babies.
— Hannah, Greenfield Mass.

Free classes & events

Birth Options: Know your choices. Find your voice.

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This class is free. Contact me for more information.

Growing your family? If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any.

In this FREE 1 hour workshop taught by two doulas, we will discuss a broad range of common birth options. We’ll show you how to find credible information and make informed decisions about your family’s well-being, from prenatal care to parenting choices.

Whether you’re 10 weeks pregnant, due any day now, or trying to conceive, you’ll leave with resources to guide you in navigating all your options. Know your choices, find your voice.