Berlin Birth Preparation Classes in English

13 September 2022 | Before Your Baby is Born | By Lisa H

As you’re preparing for the arrival of your little one, you might be looking for some professional guidance about what to expect in the lead up to and during labor.

Birth preparation classes are led by midwives and can help answer some of the following questions:

  • How can a couple prepare for a baby?

  • What are the different stages of labour?

  • What are the signals that labour is starting?

  • When to go to your chosen place for giving birth?

  • What tools, positions or drugs might help during labour?

  • When might a woman be induced?

  • Relaxation and breathing techniques

  • The role of the partner (if applicable)

  • The postnatal period and caring for a baby

It can also be a great way to meet other expecting couples!

Different Types of Birth preparation classes

There’s different types of courses, such as with and without the partner, or far families expecting multiples or families that already have an children.

Some courses run for a few weeks in the evening, while others are intensive courses that are held on a single weekend.

When to take the course

Depending on the length of your course, you should start it between the 25th and 30th week of pregnancy.

Special courses, such as those focusing on HypnoBirthing techniques, might start earlier so there’s enough time to practice the techniques you learned before your baby is born.

However, make sure to book your course ahead of time as spots go quickly! I would recommend to start looking at the different options at least 2 months before you want to take the course.

Who pays for the course?

For the classic birth preparation course, the woman’s fee is covered by the health insurance. The partner’s participation fee is not usually reimbursed but do check with your insurance.

Specialty courses (such as the above mentioned HypnoBirthing courses) are not usually covered by the health insurance but it is always worth checking, especially if the course is run by a midwife.

Here’s an overview of professionals and midwife practices that offer (live) birth preparation classes in English:

Prenzlauer Berg

Kreuzberg

  • Hebammerie - in-person or hybrid

  • Marie Lakshmi - in-person (package of 13 sessions, incl. hypno birthing, yoga and reiki)

Friedrichshain

Weißensee

  • Heviana - in-person or online (check with them on current rules)

Charlottenburg/Westend

Online Only

Happy birthing prep!

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