You Have Questions
We Have Answers
I’m not a single or young mother and I’m not facing an unexpected pregnancy. Can I still register?
You are welcome to join our wait list. This is not a guaranteed spot in class, but we will release tickets if there is room in the series. Sometimes this happens after the series has started and we have no-shows. As our program has grown we have exceeded our capacity and find ourselves turning away many families who truly need our services free of charge. Many people seek us out based on positive word-of-mouth and our reputation for fun, informative classes, but please consider whether or not you truly meet the criteria for need before registering for class. If you can afford to pay even $75 for a childbirth class, we encourage you to seek out other resources in our community so that we can continue to serve those who most need our services.
Childbirth Education Resources:
Cascade Birth Center
I’m on the waiting list for a class, when will I know if I am able to get in?
Tickets are released in two groups. The first group is released 1-2 weeks before the class start date. A second group of tickets is released after the series has already started,(prior to the classes on labor and birth). All tickets are released via email, with a limited time to respond. You are welcome to contact your instructor at any time to ask the status of the waitlist. Please be sure to add Expecting Miracles and Eventbrite to your contact list, as most email providers considers us spam.
Where are classes held?
Classes are held at the Pregnancy Resource Center located at 4310 Hoyt Avenue in Everett. The closest major cross street is 41st and Rucker. Our building is one story with taupe siding and white pillars. Click here for a map.
What do I have to do to qualify for classes?
1. Be pregnant!
2. Be a single or teen mother or facing an unexpected pregnancy. We have no specific income requirements. There is no special application or approval process. We rely on the honor system and encourage only those who could not otherwise afford childbirth education to register.
Are the classes really provided at no charge?
Yes! We promise we do not charge for our classes (and there is no sales pitch for anything either). All of the services offered by the Pregnancy Resource Center are privately funded by individual donors and local churches. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women facing unexpected pregnancies and we welcome any family who may benefit from our services that are free of charge.
What are classes like?
Each class is two hours long with a short break in the middle. Class starts and ends promptly. Our curriculum blends practical information with interactive group work. Instructors strive to make class an enjoyable place to be.
Do you provide child care?
Unfortunately we do not provide child care and we are not able to accommodate children in the classroom. Please secure your own child care arrangements. Babes-in-arms are welcome to our Parenting and Becoming a Family classes.
Can I bring someone with me to class?
YES! We strongly encourage you to bring at least one partner to every class whether it is your boyfriend, husband, family member, or friend. Please choose a partner who you can depend on to be kind, patient, and helpful through your labor and postpartum.
What do I need to bring to class, other than my partner?
We recommend that you bring whatever helps you remain comfortable. We offer padded seating, birth balls, and rocking chairs for your comfort. You are welcome to bring beverages and/or food as long as they are not distracting during class. We will provide a class handbook, but it is recommended that you consider buying the textbook “Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn” by Penny Simkin. You can usually find it at Half Price Books for around $5.
I’m definitely having/not having an epidural, are these classes for me?
Absolutely! Our curriculum is evidence based and unbiased. We are here to give you all the information you need so that you can make your own informed decisions. A large portion of class time is devoted to labor coping skills which are essential even if you decide to have medications. We receive referrals from many local midwives and obstetricians because they know their patients will receive a balanced education that prepares them to approach labor with confidence no matter where or how they choose to give birth. Our motto is: “Freedom of choice based on knowledge of alternatives.”