Why take a class?

By now, you’ve probably surrounded yourself with articles on childbirth and heard countless labor stories from friends and family. But do you really know what to expect during labor and birth and do you know your birthing options? Are you an informed consumer feeling like you can participate in you and your expectant baby’s care? A childbirth education class can make all the difference.

Because you
  • Learn things you never knew about labor, birth and postpartum care. You’ll find out what happens to your body as your baby makes his or her way into the world. Knowledge is power. You’ll feel less vulnerable during labor and birth if you understand what’s happening and reassured of the “normalcy” of this process.

  • Address your fears. What if I don’t make it to the hospital in time? What if I lose control during labor? During class, you’ll have the chance to talk about your fears and have discussions with other couples who share the same concerns. The instructor can dispel myths and help put your mind at ease.

  • Connect with your partner. A class offers your partner the chance to learn about childbirth, too — as well as how to support you during labor. Many feel the experience brings them much closer together.

  • Camaraderie of interacting with other couples. Often, friendships continue even after the class is through.

  • Exploring your pregnancy, labor and birthing options. Find out more about various interventions in the hospital, like electronic fetal monitoring, IV’s, being “induced”, artificial rupture of membranes, episiotomies, instruments like the vacuum extractor and forceps. Knowing about these things, in advance, can reduce anxiety and empower you to make informed choices.

  • Discuss options for handling pain. You’ll practice various methods for coping with contractions, such as breathing, relaxation, labor positions, birth balls, massage and visualization. Explore the benefits and risks of medications, such as narcotic analgesics and Epidural & Spinal anesthesia.

  • Get the basics on Caesarean and VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)

  • Brush up on newborn care and breastfeeding


Katja Bajema, AAHCC, Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula
PHONE 808.366.0230

I help couples get ready for the birth of their child through The Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth. Classes prepare you for a natural unmedicated birth experience. I encourage women to find and embrace the power within while educating themselves about the normal process of labor and birth. A major focus of The Bradley Method® is to prepare the mother’s partner to support her on this journey. Class content covers: physiology, progression of labor and birth, pain management and relaxation techniques, information on variations, explanation of possible options, nutrition, exercise and more. Classes are held in small groups in an informal encouraging setting.

In addition, I offer private childbirth classes that cover many of the same topics. For more information please visit the websites linked above or contact me by phone or via email. I have 3 naturally born and breastfed children and I also offer labor doula and postpartum doula services.

Pamela Duncan

Pam Duncan, BS, LPN, ICCE
PHONE 808.263.2500

I am certified to teach childbirth classes through the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA). I have been teaching childbirth education classes for 22 years. I am a mother of four children and believe pregnancy, giving birth and parenthood to be the most important tasks we undertake as adults. Class topics include anatomy and physiology, body conditioning, breathing in labor, stages of labor, coaching, pain relief, newborn characteristics, breastfeeding and parenting. Join other pregnant couples as we explore unique challenges and ultimately prepare for an extraordinary experience. Your birth will change you forever! I offer empathetic and compassionate support. My goal is that you feel respected and empowered as you enter parenthood. In addition to the group classes taught at Kaiser Honolulu Clinic, I am available to teach private classes. Please contact me for current classes.

Jessica Fujimoto, LCCE, CD(DONA),
DONA Trained Postpartum Doula

PHONE 808.561.1383

Contratulations! You are pregnant and that is a joy in and of itself. I offer Lamaze Prepared Childbirth Sessions to families who are interested in preparing themselves emotionally and physically for the work of birthing a baby. While I place much emphasis on unmedicated labor and birth, I also cover induced, medicated, and cesarean births. This way, no matter what path your labor takes, you and your partner will be informed and prepared to make the best possible decisions for your family.

My sessions revolve around helping the Mother put all her trust in her birth partner and training the birth partner to be a competent, loving, emotional and physical support. Together we will cover everything from early labor, to breastfeeding, to postpartum recovery. Thank you for considering me, and blessings to you and your baby!


Pat Goding, RNC, BSN, ICCE
PHONE 808.677.8554

I am an ICEA certified Childbirth Educator, teaching for 31 years. I teach Childbirth Preparation classes at the Kaiser Waipio Clinic and I do private classes in the client’s home. I’ve been an OB nurse, both Air Force and civilian, for over 10 years and I am also a Labor Doula. My husband, who is retired Air Force, and I live in Waikele, and have lived in Hawaii for 19 years.

I feel honored to be with women and their families during their most vulnerable, impressionable, courageous and tender moments, while allowing themselves to open up to the sheer force and unpredictable nature of labor and birth. I believe that if women are nurtured and respected during pregnancy through birth, they can gain a new sense of self and can discover more things about themselves that they ever thought possible. This strength and empowerment can sustain them throughout their lives and they can teach their children, that ANYTHING is possible.


Kitty Harding, MA, LCCE, FACCE
PHONE 808-843-1841 or 808-222-4047

As a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, I have taught over 4,000 couples over the past 33 years, both on Kauai and Oahu. My husband and I together gave birth naturally to four beautiful healthy children, three sons and a daughter. (My daughter is so healthy, she became Ms. Fitness USA twice!) Each childbirth experience brought my husband and I closer together, empowering us as a strong parenting team. My goals as an educator are to answer your questions about birth, eliminate any fear of the unknown, and give you the tools to help your childbirth be as positive an experience as possible. I teach classes at Queens Hospital on weekends, and am also available for private sessions.


Kaela Kajiyama, AAHCC, Labor Doula, Postpartum Doula, Bradley Method Instructor
PHONE 808.393.5967

I am certified to teach The Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth. There are 12 classes in a series and we focus on birth partner support, staying low risk and healthy, deep relaxation, and so much more. Classes are 12 weeks long to help couples to gain confidence and prepare for their birth. I offer private classes in addition to group classes. Contact me today for more information or visit me at the bradley birth website link above.

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Sharon Love, RN, LLCE, CD
PHONE 808.387.5538

Aloha, My name is Sharon Love.
I have been attending births for the last 12 years as a Certified Doula. Supporting women is my life’s mission! I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii on Maui, with my Registered Nurses’ Degree. I am also a Licensed Lamaze Childbirth Educator. The option to include private childbirth preparation classes with my Doula services, is available upon request. I have had the privileged to assist over 212 births, and counting. I have been involved with many cultural and religious practices relating to birth. I am open and comfortable supporting personal preferences of my families. My goal is to give my client’s the confidence and support they need to allow their bodies to do the job they were designed to do. I believe this experience to be one of those moments in life that will last forever.


Nicia Platt, LCCE, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
PHONE 808.780.1357

Find your own “Right Path” for childbirth with fun, informative classes, focusing on partner support and mother empowerment. Group classes held on the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base at the Armed Services YMCA — private classes also available. Please visit my website for more information.


Brooke Saltsman, ACBE, CD(DONA)
Trained Postpartum Doula

PHONE 808.398.5992

Beautiful Beginnings is a series of four classes focusing on the labor process, options for labor and birth, movement and positioning techniques, and methods for relaxation and comfort. I offer face-to-face group and private classes on Oahu, or online classes from the comfort of your home! I also offer education for the postpartum period in my Peaceful Postpartum course. I love providing education and support to women and couples as they transition into their new roles as parents. Check out my website for more information and to find helpful links and resources for birth, babies, and beyond!


CLC, DONA Hawaii State Representative

PHONE 808.672.5399 ⁄ 808.225.0668

As a Certified Counselor in Lactation, my goal is to offer a loving, caring, and supportive environment for my clients and their children. My role is to assist my clients with professional instruction, guidance and confidence to develop good breast feeding techniques for a more comfortable routine. I accomplish this through education, information and physical support.

I have over 30 years of experience in supporting mothers and their families during childbirth. I am also a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula through DONA International and a certified Labor Doula through CAPPA. On a personal note, I am married and have 6 adult children (one set of twins) all were natural childbirths and breast fed. Please visit my website for more information.