Childbirth Classes

harris_cathy_profile-picture_460-mpx_20160204-300x300Our very own Cathy Harris, Certified Childbirth Educator of the Bradley Method has been teaching childbirth courses for over five years! Since the end of 2015, when she completed her 21st Bradley class, Cathy has had the privilege of teaching and preparing for natural childbirth through the Bradley Method for over 100 couples!

Cathy is certified in Natural childbirth as well as a Labor Coach/Doula through the Bradley Method of Husband Coached Childbirth, one of the most trusted childbirth methods for over 40 years. She is also a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor through the Virginia Department of health.

Personally, she has successfully delivered and exclusively breastfed 3 beautiful babies. She experienced a first time natural labor, a cesarean, then a natural VBAC.

Her passion and vocation has been educating families and mothers in natural childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting for over 10 years.

She is also a homeschooling mom and educator for Classical Conversations, an international homeschooling organization. She is a blogger and writer at She and her husband live in Manassas, Virginia with their 3 energetic babies.

“I attended Cathy’s class and was very impressed. She knows so much and has a great way of sharing it. This isn’t our first baby and both Caleb and I were surprised how much we learned! I highly recommend Cathy’s classes. It was so convenient having the classes at the birth center, too. We just live down the road.”


Classes include topics such as nutrition in pregnancy, relaxation, stages of labor, labor rehearsals, prenatal and post-natal exercises, the coach’s role, breastfeeding, preparing a birth plan, staying low-risk, complications and unexpected situations and MORE!

Class Style includes a mixture of lecture, discussion, videos and interactive games. Here are some photos of Cathy in action!

Wow! When can I take this class? It looks great! Here is the schedule for what is coming up next and when you are ready to see more or to register, go to Cathy’s page at

The Bradley Method ® of Natural Childbirth
2017 Class Dates

Group Class – $375

12 Week Course

Sunday evenings 3-5 pm and Sunday evenings 6-8 pm

at NOVA Natural Birth Center, Chantilly VA

Sunday Afternoon 3-5 pm 

July 9                   October 1

Sunday evening 6-8 pm 
May 21                          August 27

** Private Classes are also available upon request. Limited availability. See Private options at

Did you already take a childbirth class with your last pregnancy and want to freshen up and practice again before this next baby comes? We have just the thing for you! Cathy teaches a Childbirth and Breastfeeding Refresher Course for couples birthing again who have completed a childbirth course during a previous pregnancy.

Topics include: Emotions about previous birth and birth expectations, review of stages of labor, review of relaxation and comfort techniques, growing your family, review of breastfeeding basics, and troubleshooting/Q&A.

Birthing Again Refresher Course-$75

Saturdays 1-4 pm @ the NOVA Natural Birth Center

  • April 1
  • September 30
No Time?

If you have not already had a full childbirth class, but for some reason find yourself at the end of your pregnancy and you need something fast, something that can make the difference in your experience, here is that something. Something is always better than nothing! This is a 2 hour condensed class for couples unable to take a full length childbirth course. It includes stages of labor, positions for labor, comfort measures and relaxation, the coach’s role, and postpartum care.

Condensed Labor Prep Class- $60

Saturday 10:00 am- 12:pm

  • Feb 18
  • April 1
  • September 30

Breastfeeding Class

Cathy is also a big fan of Breastfeeding and teaches a class that will get you started breastfeeding your baby smoothly! In this class you will learn:

  • how to communicate with your birth team,pediatrician, and family about your desires to breastfeed
  • why skin-to-skin helps your baby and breastfeeding experience
  • how to help your baby have a painless and effective latch
  • how to develop a good milk supply
  • how to position yourself and baby
  • about the benefits of breastfeeding
  • how to pump and store your milk
  • how dad can be an essential partner in breastfeeding
  • how to continue breastfeeding after going back to work
Breastfeeding Basics Class-$20
Special Additional Class: Saturday Feb 25th 9-10:30am.

Sunday 5:30-7:00 pm at the NOVA Natural Birth Center

  • March 26
  • June 25
  • September 24
  • December 10

Registration is on my homepage

Our Service Area: NOVA Natural Birth Center midwives serve families throughout the entire Northern Virginia area and about 50 + miles surrounding our Chantilly location. We are near the Dulles International Airport and serve the following communities,  Aldie, South Riding, Centreville, Dulles, Fairfax, Falls Church, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Leesburg, Arlington,  Alexandria, Annandale, Burke, Springfield, Manassas,  Woodbridge, Gainesville, Haymarket, Bristow,  and beyond. We also attend home births in these areas. Some couples come to the birth center from Washington DC, Maryland and beyond. If you live near the border of our service area, we may, depending upon your exact location, still be able to help you or refer you to a midwife who lives closer to you.

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NOVA Natural Birth Center
location 4200A Technology Court, Chantilly, VA 20151
phone 703-357-3808
Se Habla Español
fax 888-770-0243