1. Start Here – Free Online Childbirth Class


 #1 – This is where you begin! 🙂

#2 – Connections     #3 – Journal Feelings  #4 – The Cycle of Fear  #5 -The Stress Response   #6 –  Anatomy of Pain   #7 – Support   #8 –  Labor “Tool Box”   #9 – Relaxation   #10 – Breathing     #11 – Movement     #12 – Choices    #13 – Labor Anatomy    #14 – Stages of Labor    #15 – Unexpected Birth Experiences    #16 –  Baby’s Here    #17 – Unwanted Events   #18 – Postpartum    #19 – Final Words   #20 – Resources

Take the quizzes too, test your knowledge from what you read :-). You’ll find a quizz at the end of each page. Then ask your questions in the comment box.


Welcome to the Free Online Childbirth Class!

Lesly Federici here, your childbirth educator!  🙂 I am a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE). I’ve been teaching childbirth education for over 14 years. Find out more about me here.

Leslynotes.com created in 1998,  is a free resource for expectant moms-to-be, dads, and partners, world wide looking for information on preparing for childbirth;  How to have a natural birth, one with medications (epidural), how to use breathing techniques, comfort measures for labor, and how to manage “labor pain”.

The information offered here encompasses the philosophies of Lamaze (R) International,  current evidenced based practices for childbirth, and my own philosophies based on 15 years of teaching expectant couples and experience as a labor & delivery nurse.

Evidence based practices are those practices that have been proven, through research, studies, and documentation, to benefit the laboring women.

Many hospitals, even though the evidence is clear, do not  implement these practices. In the USA, the care women receive during labor and birth in hospital environments often  lead to increased medical interventions and unnecessary Cesarean births.

Maternal/Infant care is undergoing great changes in the United States to implement Evidenced Based maternity care.

This creates a challenge for you, the expectant mom in three ways:

  • learn what these evidence based practices are and how they can enhance your birth experience
  • present this information to your doctor
  • have the birth experience you want in spite of opposition from others (family, friends, even your doctor)

Two practices you should look into right now:

  • Get a midwife. Midwives are very safe care providers to manage pre-natal care and birth.   If you can’t find a midwife and you are seeing a doctor – that’s fine. Then … 
  • Get a Doula or a Labor Support Person. A Doula is a person trained to provide emotional and physical  support to the laboring woman and works as a “team” with your partner. Research has shown that their presence in the labor room decreases the use of medications and cesarean births.If you can’t  get a Doula, enlist a family member , a sister, mother, etc. or friend who would be willing to be with you during your labor.

Throughout this free online childbirth class,  will be sprinkles of Evidence Based information and resources for you.

This online childbirth class supplements your “live” childbirth education class at your birthing facility (hospital, etc. ).

If you are unable to enroll in a childbirth class where you live, you may  be interested in the  Birth Bold Live Classes offered here at Leslynotes that you can enroll and take right from home!

The free online childbirth class provides you with information on relaxation techniques, breathing for labor, movement, physiology, and much more.  Leslynotes also offers teleconferences, events and support calls. Make sure you subscribe to the mailing list to stay informed.

Do yourself a favor – don’t wait to the last minute to enroll in a birthing class! Be PROACTIVE! This is YOUR body, YOUR health, YOUR baby, and your experience – no one else’s.  Learn well, birth smart.  What you learn and experience in birthing classes can affect your:

  • attitudes about birthing
  • labor and level of discomfort
  • attitudes about baby
  • decisions
  • life and relationships
  • parenting
  • confidence
  • awareness of how birth really is

While at the same time, provide an educational foundation for you and your new family!

 How The Leslynotes Free Childbirth Class works

Tour the e-class by following the numbers (#) of each post and title.  The numbers next to the title  are meant to guide you through the information in an organized manner.  The topics are meant to flow into the next to build on the information presented earlier.  You’ll get the most out of it if you follow it consecutively.

The topics provide information and discussions with explanations when needed.  There are also suggested readings from other sites that you can access immediately. And remember, you can take the quizz at the bottom of each page to test your reading knowledge!

I welcome your comments and suggestions. This site is for you, so if there’s something you would like to know more about, let me know – send me a message below!  I want the feedback. There are links to other websites to reinforce, or give more information on a topic.  These links may change. (Disclaimer)


Something to remember


All childbirth education classes, be it Lamaze(R), ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association), and others, all share the common goal in guiding you, assisting you, preparing you, and empowering  you with information on options  and choices in planning a birth experience that is rewarding, filled with positive memories,  and right for you.

I hope this free online childbirth class provides you with information you want,  need, is useful,raises your awareness about birth, is interesting, and fun.  I welcome your questions and feedback. Leave a comment or send me a note 🙂

2 – Connections

Birth Bold,

Lesly 🙂

Now, take the quiz below and see how you do. If you have questions, write them in the comment box that follows and I’ll answer you!


There are 3 questions.

What two actions should you take now to prepare for the birth of your baby?

Do you think you'll get the information you need in a hospital based childbirth class?

What are the benefits of enrolling in a childbirth class?


9 Responses

  1. Heather says:

    Hi! I’m excited to dive in and absorb all the info I can but I got a 404 error when I clicked on the link above to look into the smartbirth online class.

    • Hi Heather,
      Sorry about that. Smartbirth classes have been replaced by Birth Bold Classes which you can enroll in. They start in June 🙂 But there’s lots of free information for you to look at. Enjoy! Thank you for visiting!

  2. Fleur says:

    Hi Leslie!

    Thank you for all the great information on your website!

    I am trying to decide how much time I should take off before birth. I live in Sweden so I got plenty of maternity leave.
    My pregnancy is going well. I am a first grade teacher and on my feet a lot. It is quite stressful and the days seem to feel longer and longer. What would you recommend?


    • Hi Fleur,
      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you! I know being on your feet for long periods is tiring, and working is stressful. Take breaks as often as you can, I know it may seem difficult, but even 5 minutes of rest throughout the day can help… when you get home, put your feet up. Also learning prenatal yoga, or some kind of meditation program can also teach you how to destress using deep breathing … hope this helps.. and come visit again! My best, Lesly

  3. Jessica says:

    How can i manage labor pains with no medication with a hospital birth?

  4. Melissa says:

    I can’t find where to click Ion for the online breathing class.

  5. Lesly Federici says:

    Hi Jessica,
    It is very possible to have an unmedicated birth in a hospital. You have to PRACTICE breathing, moving – changing positions, learn deep relaxation methods like hypnosis and meditation and practice daily. There are many things your body can do to reduce your perception of pain. Medication is a “tool”, an option to manage “labor pain”, but it shouldn’t be the first choice. There are many factors that influence pain: personal pain threshold, environment, the kind of support you have or don’t have, how the medical staff treats you, and here’s the big one- your thoughts, emotions, and expectations can increase pain. Look through the online class. Go to the section on stress, breathing, and relaxation. Thank you for your comment. Feel free to ask more questions!

  6. Hi Melissa,
    You’ll find the information on breathing fro labot here: http://www.leslynotes.com/free-online-childbirth-class/10-breathing/#.UtZ7zfRDua8

    Thank you for visiting Leslynotes.com!

  1. October 9, 2012


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