The Nine Best Online Birthing Classes

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Nearly everything is accessible online these days, and birthing classes are no exception. You can prepare for your birth from the comfort of your own home, often on your own time, with an online birthing class. 

Birthing classes often cover a wide variety of topics, from staying healthy during pregnancy, options you can work into your birth plan, how to cope with labor, when in labor you should head to the hospital or birth center, and the basics of newborn care as well as breastfeeding. 

While you may not get the same community-building aspects of an in-person course, there are many benefits to taking a birthing class online, including a flexible schedule, accessibility to pregnant people on bed rest, and a large variety of classes offered on specific topics you may be interested in. Your hospital or birth center may offer a few basic classes, but online, you should be able to find a class for virtually any topic related to birth and baby care.

The Best Online Birthing Classes of 2021

Best Overall : Lamaze International Bestsellers Bundle : Birth, Labor, and Breastfeeding Basics


Lamaze International

Lamaze International

Why We Chose It: Lamaze has been helping people birth for more than 60 years, and is one of the most trusted names in birthing classes. This comprehensive bundle is sure to cover many of the questions expecting parents have about pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. 

Pros
  • Three classes cost about $85

  • The method has been practiced and trusted for many years

  • Learn various methods for coping with pain

  • A variety of topics are covered

  • Take at your own pace

Cons
  • The amount of information may be overwhelming

  • Just taking the class won’t be enough, you have to practice the method to really get the benefits

For a one-stop-shopping experience that is also budget-friendly, you can’t go wrong with the Lamaze Bestsellers Bundle. Included in this comprehensive course are three of their top classes: Safe and Healthy Birth, Labor Pain Management, and Breastfeeding Basics.

Throughout the lesson, you’ll learn how to spot active labor, techniques to manage pain, and how to make it through the delivery process. You’ll also get tips to help you have a healthy birth (both medicated and unmedicated), as well as how to make sure breastfeeding is seamless.

Taught by a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, all of the Lamaze classes are self-paced and typically take around 60 to 75 minutes to complete. The format for each one includes text to read, videos, audio, slideshows, interactive images, quizzes, or personal reflections. If you want to try before you buy, consider taking Lamaze International's free Labor Confidence course. This allows you to view the format, content, and structure of the classes without any financial obligation.

The Lamaze bundle gives you access to three courses for around $85. Individually, these classes cost range from about $30 to $35, so you save approximately $15 when you bundle. You can get unlimited access to the site's content for one year.

Best Budget : Birth It Up


Birth it Up!

Birth it Up!

Why We Chose It: We love that there are different classes for both medicated and unmedicated births. The amount of information you’ll get in each class is great for the price.

Pros
  • You can choose a class based on the birth plan you have in mind

  • 30+ lessons with a lot of information

  • Take at your own pace.

    Both video and text lessons

Cons
  • The class is lecture-style and not interactive

  • The class does not teach hands-on things such as massage during labor or certain babycare techniques like changing diapers or swaddling

Parents-to-be who want a class with some depth, but don’t want it to make a considerable dent in their bank account, should check out the Birth It Up courses.

Taught by Liesel Teen, a labor and delivery nurse, the Birth It Up series has two options: The Natural Series and The Epidural Series. Each class has a separate fee and enrollment process, but because she breaks up the content, you get exactly what you need.

Both classes come with more than 30 lessons with video and text content (e-book). The epidural class takes approximately three hours to complete, while the natural class takes about five to six hours to get through all of the content. In both courses, you will learn about the birth process and what to expect when you go into labor, plus what happens after delivery, special circumstances, and hospital tips.

Birth It Up has two classes available for expecting parents: the Birth It Up Natural Series and Birth It Up Epidural Series. Each one is about $79 and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Once you purchase the lesson, you’ll have access to it for as long as you like.

Best for Parents Wanting No Pain Medications : Kopa Birth


Kopa Birth

Kopa Birth

Why We Chose It: This class takes an in-depth approach to guide you in your unmedicated labor. You’ll learn tips on how to successfully cope with pain, including relaxation, labor positions, and how to best prepare for the birth you want.

Pros
  • Labor exercises with each lesson

  • Step-by-step approach to a birth without pain medication

  • Relaxation audio files included

Cons
  • A lot of information (not for the casual student)

  • Hospital-focused, not a lot of information for those birthing in birth centers or at home

  • Not a lot of information on how to cope when things don’t go according to plan

  • No lifetime access

New parents wanting a pain medication-free experience need to check out this necessary online class. Not only is it a top pick for first pregnancies, but it’s also a quick study.

Typically taught as a three-month course, you can condense learning to one month of intense learning if you choose. Instructor Katie Griffin is a registered nurse and a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator with several years of experience in unmedicated hospital births.

The overall goal of the Kopa Birth class is to teach laboring parents coping tools to manage contractions without pain medication. The Prepared Essentials course consists of 12 hours of video divided into eight classes: relaxation, the birth process, early labor, patterned breathing, pushing phase, labor positions, and more.

Once you purchase the course, you'll have access to it for three months. They also offer a Prepared Plus class with a seven-month access period with additional topics such as relaxation triggers, prenatal fitness, babywearing, partner labor guides, and more.

There are two lessons to choose from: Kopa Prepared Essentials and Kopa Prepared Plus. The Essentials course will cost around $195 and the Plus class is about $245. It also comes with a risk-free, 30-day money-back guarantee.

Best for a Home or Birthing Center Birth : Mama Natural Birth Course


Mama Natural Birth Course

Mama Natural Birth Course

Why We Chose It: This class is appropriate for wherever you’re choosing to give birth. It’s created to support birthers in their birth plan, but also helps them cope when things don’t go according to plan, which is always a possibility. 

Pros
  • Great for hospital births, birthing centers and home births

  • 10+ hours of instructional video, plus a detailed text guide and worksheets

  • Goes through all the stages of labor and afterwards

  • Helps you handle the unexpected, such as c-sections and unplanned interventions

Cons
  • Expensive

  • No lifetime access

Let’s face it: Going pain medication-free is no easy feat. But just because it requires you to feel everything doesn’t mean you should shy away from this incredible experience.

That’s why the Mama Natural Birth Course is a top pick for mothers-to-be who want an unmedicated birth at home, the hospital, or a birthing center. Not only does this class have an excellent reputation, but it’s also taught by Maura Walker, a certified nurse-midwife and board-certified lactation consultant, and Genevieve Howland, author of a week-by-week guide to pregnancy and childbirth.

The instructors will walk you through eight classes that cover topics like preparing your body and mind for birth, finding your support team, early and active labor, transition and pushing, aftercare for baby, and how to handle unexpected stuff that can happen during labor.

In addition to the eight videos, you'll also get a breastfeeding masterclass, printable cheat sheets, and resources. You'll have a full year to work through the course at your own pace.

The Mama Natural Birth Course is around $264 and comes with a risk-free, 30-day money-back guarantee. If you can’t pay-in-full, a three-month payment plan is available.

Best for Couples : The Online Prenatal Class for Couples


The Online Prenatal Class for Couples

The Online Prenatal Class for Couples

Why We Chose It: This class really involves the birth partner in the preparation for birth, rather than just focusing on the birther. Partners learn to connect over their birthing decisions and learn about the birthing process together.

Pros
  • Taught by a labor and delivery nurse

  • Really involves the birth partner

  • Video and written materials included

  • Hands on assignments

  • Doesn’t overload students with information

Cons
  • Some students may feel they want more information than is offered in the class

  • Doesn’t coach you through pain management or breathing techniques

Grab your partner and get ready to tackle everything birthing-related in this three-part class that's specifically designed for couples.

The Online Prenatal Class for Couples, taught by labor and delivery nurse Hilary Erickson, is for any pregnant person and partner who are planning a hospital/birth center delivery. Since this course begins and ends with both partners participating, it allows couples to be on the same page.

Each class includes a video with written materials (in the form of an e-book) and resources to supplement, plus a couple of discussion questions included after every chapter. Topics include third-trimester testing, signs of labor, the pain factor, types of births, contractions, inductions, and going home.

Couples will enjoy the insider information that Erickson can provide after spending several years in the delivery room. They will also appreciate the simplicity of the course since it only covers what you absolutely need to know.

The Online Birthing Class for Couples costs around $99, or you can get the deluxe version, which features the ability to replay the videos of all the classes, access to a private Facebook group, and a 100-page e-book and workbook for about $150.

If you don’t want the online video content, you can just purchase the basic version for approximately $35, which includes the e-book and couples' workbook.

Best for Non-Pregnant Partners : SupportingHer


SupportingHer

SupportingHer

Why We Chose It: It’s so important that birth partners get their own training. Too often, the non-pregnant partner feels helpless and like a third arm during the labor process. This class teaches birth partners how to be supportive and involved when their significant other is in labor so they are able to adequately bond and feel like part of the event.

Pros
  • Focuses on emotional and physical support

  • Easy tips and advice for non-pregnant partners

  • Access to SupportingHer Facebook group

  • 2-hour instructional video

Cons
  • No information about the biology of labor

If your other half needs a fun, concise, and completely relatable tutorial on what to expect during labor and delivery, then SupportingHer is a great place to start.

Broken up into three sections—Before Labor, She’s in Labor, and Baby Is Here—this short but informative course is perfect for the birth partner. This course consists of instructor-led videos that teach the basics about how to be a supportive partner during labor and delivery, both physically and emotionally.

In fact, it’s the emotional connection that is emphasized the most in this course. So, if you’re looking for an in-depth view of the labor process, this course is not for you. Topics include a birth partner’s role, verbal and physical support, what to do at the hospital, dealing with medical staff, and more. Plus, you’ll get bonus videos of other non-pregnant partners talking about their time in the trenches (aka the delivery room).

The SupportingHer online course is around $59 and comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Once you purchase it, you have unlimited access for about 10 months.

Best for Birthers without Partners : Motherhood Reimagined


Motherhood Reimagined

Motherhood Reimagined

Why We Chose It: The support group atmosphere that Motherhood Reimagined offers really can’t be beat. Instead of a class that just covers solo birth, this is an extensive course that is specifically designed to prepare you for and support you through pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond as a single parent. 

Pros
  • Support group atmosphere

  • Diet and exercise advice

  • Birth preparation and pregnancy support focused on solo pregnancy

  • Postpartum success advice

  • Classes and groups are live

Cons
  • Pricey

  • Runs on a schedule, so if you miss the start date you may benefit from paying month-to-month

Pregnancy and birth can be even more tough for those without partners. That’s why Sarah Kowalski, single mom by choice, fertility doula, life coach, and author, teamed with certified nurse midwife Betsy Freeman to create this six-month course about the solo pregnancy journey,  Motherhood Reimagined.

It’s more than just a robust childbirth education class. The course functions as a support group as well. You’ll be joined by other single pregnant people and the class focuses on the challenges of navigating the childbirth arena solo, as well as the empowering and transformative aspects of single parenthood. 

The package includes a weekly 90-minute Zoom group call, a private platform to connect with the other group members, as well as a larger community platform that houses guest experts and interviews. You’ll also get direct access to Sarah and Betsy, both single parents themselves, so you can ask questions or receive support when needed. 

The course is about $550 for six months, or can be paid monthly for roughly $97 per month.

Best for LGBTQ+ Pregnant People : Maia Midwifery & Fertility Queer & Trans Pregnancy Program


Maia Midwifery & Fertility Queer & Trans Pregnancy Program

Maia Midwifery & Fertility Queer & Trans Pregnancy Program

Why We Chose It: Maia Midwifery & Fertility offers a plethora of resources and classes for LGBTQ+ families, and the way you build your own education is flexible on their platform. You can go for the full support package, or pick the classes and groups that most fulfill your needs.

Pros
  • Several classes and support groups for queer and trans families

  • Atmosphere is not only inclusive, but caters specifically to LGBTQ+ families

  • Flexible pick and choose platform

  • Classes cover everything from pregnancy and childbirth to navigating the healthcare system and parenthood

  • Live classes and groups

Cons
  • Full package is expensive

  • Classes are live, so you’ll have to run on their schedule

For a more inclusive birth class for LGBTQ+ families, Maia Midwifery & Fertility’s Queer & Trans Pregnancy Program offers a support group-like atmosphere and educational environment online. 

The class is run by midwife Kristin Kali, who has more than 25 years of experience working with LGBTQ+ families. The comprehensive class provides care and information beyond what is typically provided by your midwife or obstetrician. 

The Centering Queer & Trans Pregnancy Group guides you through announcng your pregnancy and exploring your care options, along with caring for your changing body and emotional well-being as you transition into parenthood. 

The Childbirth Class for LGBTQ+ Families offers a 100% gender inclusive, LGBTQ+ centered, in-depth curriculum that covers hospital, birth center, and home birth preparation.

Several other classes and groups are offered with the full package such as a Lactation Class for LGBTQ+ families and a transition to parenthood group, but you can pick and choose which courses you’re interested in if you don’t want the package deal. 

The full package including the support group, childbirth class, lactation class, Transition to Parenthood group, and early parenthood support group costs about $1,400, but you can take the childbirth class alone for roughly $400. Sliding scale payment is available as well.

Best Free : Pampers Childbirth Education Class


Pampers

Pampers

Why We Chose It: This is a great way to start your pregnancy and childbirth education, or it may be a good refresher course for those who have already given birth. The class covers all the big topics, from body changes to postpartum care and bringing baby home.

Pros
  • Nine videos spanning from five to fifteen minutes

  • Expert advice from Heidi Rice, RN, BSN and Alisa Williams, RN, MSN, IBCLC, RLC

  • Real life stories

Cons
  • Not a replacement for an in-depth birth class

  • Not tailored to specific types of birth plans or locations

Babies cost a lot of money, so anything you can get for free is always a bonus. That’s why the Pampers Childbirth Education Class is our top pick for this category.

During this 90-minute course, you will take nine classes: Body Changes and Discomforts, Prenatal Health and Nutrition, Preparing for Labor and Birth, Labor and Birth Parts 1 and 2, Immediately After Birth, Feeding Your Baby, Bringing Baby Home, and Postpartum Care.

And the best part? Each segment features real-life, expecting parents, so you'll feel like you’re taking a live class. The instructors, who are registered nurses and clinical childbirth experts, deliver the material in short segments, which means you'll leave feeling informed but not overwhelmed.

In terms of format and content, this one is like an in-person, hospital-based birthing course. You can use this class as an add-on to a more comprehensive session, or watch it with your partner for a quick summary of what to expect.

Since The Pampers Childbirth Education Class is free, you'll have access to the course content whenever you want.

Final Verdict

You can find a childbirth class online to cover virtually any area of interest, from unmedicated home births to c-section preparation, from specialized classes for birth partners to classes focused on navigating the birth journey as an LGBTQ+ parent. If you’ve got specialized needs and interests you’d like to learn about, an online class may be the way to go, either in place of, or in addition to, your hospital or care provider’s birth classes. Our favorite birth class on this list is Lamaze International Bestsellers Bundle Birth, Labor, and Breastfeeding Basics for its comprehensive approach and inclusive atmosphere.

Compare the Best Online Birthing Classes

Best Online Childbirth Class Cost Key Specs
Lamaze International Bestsellers Bundle Birth, Labor, and Breastfeeding Basics Best Overall $85 Three classes for $85. Long trusted birth philosophy. Take at your own pace.
BirthItUp
Best Budget
$79 Unmedicated and epidural classes available. 30+ lessons with text and video. Take at your own pace.
Kopa Birth
Best for Parents Wanting No Pain Medications
Essentials class is $195. Plus class is about $245. Labor exercises. Step-by-step approach to a birth without pain medication. Relaxation audio files included.
Mama Natural Birth Course
Best for a Home or Birthing Center Birth
$264 10+ hours of instructional video. Detailed text guide and worksheets. Covers all stages of labor and aftercare. Covers unexpected interventions and prepares the birther for the unexpected.
Online Prenatal Class for Couples
Best for Couples
$99 - $150 Taught by a labor and delivery nurse. Video, written materials and hands-on assignments. Heavily involves birth partner.
SupportingHer
Best for Non-Pregnant Partners
$59 Specifically designed for the non-birthing partner. Focuses on emotional and physical support. Access to SupportingHer Facebook group.
Motherhood Reimagined
Best for Birthers without Partners
$550 Six months of live online courses and support. Birth preparation and pregnancy support focused on solo pregnancy.
Maia Midwifery & Fertility Queer & Trans Pregnancy Program Best for LGBTQ+ Pregnant People $400 - $1400 Inclusive atmosphere heavily focused on queer and trans families. Sliding scale payment program. Live online classes.
Pampers Childbirth Education Class
Best Free
Free Nine short videos. Expert advice from Heidi Rice, RN, BSN and Alisa Williams, RN, MSN, IBCLC, RLC and real-life stories from parents.

FAQs

What Are Online Birthing Classes?

Similar to in-person birthing classes, online birthing classes help pregnant people and their partners prepare for labor and delivery. Some online childbirth classes may be text-based, offering you access to online materials that can be viewed and read at your own pace. Other programs are video-based, so you watch live or pre-recorded videos with instructors. Some classes are a combination of reading materials and videos, and/or include an interactive component such as an online chat room.

Online birthing classes are usually taught by registered nurses or clinical childbirth experts. They typically cover the same topics as in-person classes, including pregnancy basics, stages of labor, comfort measures, labor positions, medications, c-sections, postpartum adjustment, and newborn care.   

What Are Some Pros and Cons?

Taking online birthing classes can be beneficial and effective for parents-to-be, especially for those whose location, schedules, or required bed rest don’t allow them to take in-person classes. Additionally, parents-to-be can take the classes at their convenience and spend more time on the topics that are most relevant and helpful to them.

If you choose an online childbirth class, you’ll miss some of the hands-on activities and in-person interaction with the instructor and other expectant parents. Some online programs don’t give participants the opportunity to ask the instructor questions. However, some online classes do have videos that simulate some of the demonstrations you would see at an in-person class. You may also have the ability to do a video conference with the instructor or submit questions in a chat or by email.

While taking an online birthing class may not be the ideal solution for everyone, it can be helpful as a supplement to in-person experiences or as a substitute for those who can’t attend face-to-face classes.

When Should I Take an Online Birthing Class?      

As with any childbirth course, you’ll want to have enough time to get through the program without feeling pressure to rush through it. Generally, in case you start labor early, you should aim to finish the class before week 36 of your pregnancy so that you have some time to practice the techniques before childbirth.

How Much Do Online Birthing Classes Cost?

The cost of online birthing classes can vary greatly depending on the quality, amount of resources and instruction, level of interactivity and personal support, and length of access to the materials. Some basic classes are completely free, while other more comprehensive programs may cost up to $250 or more. Generally, most classes fall in the range of $80 to $200.

Are These Classes Covered by Insurance?

In some cases, birthing classes may be covered by health insurance. Talk to your health insurance provider to ask about coverage for online classes.

How We Chose the Best Online Birthing Classes

To make the list, we chose online birthing classes that are easy to access, taught by qualified instructors, and have an excellent reputation. We also considered the cost. Most of these classes come in under around $200, with Pampers offering a free class and Birth It Up offering two budget-friendly options.

Our top pick, the Lamaze Bestseller Bundle, is both comprehensive and affordable, which are the top things to consider when shopping for a class. Finally, we included courses like SupportingHer and the Online Prenatal Class for Couples that are designed for both the pregnant parent and the birthing partner.

Additional reporting by Nicole Bonaccorso.

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