Required Classes


If this is your first baby


Consider taking our Pathfinder: Dar a Luz Classes and Services class to get some guidance (see below).

Families agree to attend all of the following classes (these are included in your birth center service fee):

We also strongly recommend: 

  • Pathfinder: Dar a Luz Classes and Services

  • Babies: Beyond the Basics

  • Pumping Basics

  • Infant, Child, and Adult CPR Certificate CourseBirth class: You must sign up for either the Dar a Luz Birth Class (5 classes) or the Blissborn Natural Birth Class (5 classes). These are included in your total cost of care. Our continued accreditation requires childbirth education for every mom. (With approval, you can substitute classes you've taken elsewhere.)

  • Interventions and Transfers Class -- before your baby is born. This class is designed to increase your confidence about the possibility of transfer to a hospital, and to help make it a more positive experience if it happens.

  • Newborn Care -- before your baby is born.

  • Breastfeeding 101 -- before your baby is born.

  • We strongly encourage taking our Intro to Birth Center Birth Class before your birth class series.

  • We strongly recommend our Car Seat Class


Subsequent pregnancies must attend:

If this is not your first baby
If this is your first baby with Dar a Luz, consider taking our Pathfinder: Dar a Luz Classes and Services class (see below).

Families agree to attend the following classes (these are included in your birth center service fee):

  • Please note, you may be able to bring your other child(ren) to some classes, but not all. Please check with your instructor.

  • Interventions and Hospital Transfers class is required before your baby is born (if you haven't taken it before). This class will increase your confidence about the possibility of transfer to a hospital, and it will make it a more positive experience if it happens.

  • Carseat Clinic is strongly recommended, as laws and seats change constantly.

  • Condensed class class can positively affect your birth experience with reminders, new techniques, and updated research. You are welcome/encouraged to take one of the 5-class series offered instead: either our traditional Dar a Luz Birth Class series, or our Blissborn childbirth series hypnosis class. Processing past experiences and learning new skills can be very valuable for parents. We strongly recommend taking these classes week 28 or later.

  • You are also strongly encouraged to attend the same classes we require for first-time parents. We have some amazing classes!