Childbirth Education Classes

Wanda Sundermann ICCE, NCMBT, ICD International Childbirth Educator Association (ICEA) trained childbirth educator, NC licensed massage and bodywork therapist and certified professional doula, has practiced in the community for the last 30 years. Wanda brings a knowledge base to her childbirth education classes that addresses the physical, emotional and logistical needs of birthing couples. Wanda is familiar with the practices and protocols of most of the local birthing facilities. In her experience working with over 600 couples as a doula and birth assistant she has seen the wide range of possible birth scenarios.

Now offering live group Zoom classes and private Zoom classes. 


In recognizing that every couple comes to their birth with different needs and expectations Wanda is aware that we all have a different experience on the day our child is born. Her goal is to empower couples to discover the options they feel most comfortable with, give them the tools they need to follow through on their plans, and adjust if things go in a different direction. The class covers normal birth, coping techniques, common complications of the birth process, natural and medical ways of dealing with those complications, relaxation for birth, newborns and their care, breastfeeding, infant massage and other related subjects. The classes are held on Saturdays or Sundays, morning or afternoon, depending on the availability of the classroom at the Women’s Birth and Wellness Center in Chapel Hill. Please see the schedule for specific dates and times.


Upcoming Class

Each class, of this four class series, meets Saturday mornings 9:00 am to 1:00 pm unless otherwise noted.

Due to the issues of COVID19 all classes will be conducted on-line via Zoom until it is safe to resume in-person classes.


January 16, 23, 30, February 6

April 10, 17, 24, May 1

June 5, 12, 19, 26

August 7, 14, 21, 28


If there is a weekend that does not work for you it is possible to make that class up in another series. Let me know if that applies to you.

REFRESHER CLASSES are available upon request.  Please email to set one up. The fee starts at $130 for a three hour class. That fee is reduced to $90 for groups of two or more families.

PRIVATE CLASSES are available upon request. Please email Wanda for more information.

During the class there will be breaks for a snack and time to stretch.

Each couple will be asked to contribute snacks one of the classes when meeting in-person.

The cost for the class for a pregnant woman and her support person is $250. A reduced fee can be arranged for families with financial challenges. Please contact Wanda to request that change.

To register by mail, please print and fill out the class registration form and mail it to the address listed on the form along with the full payment of $250. Checks will be deposited in the bank after the first class. Please send an e-mail to Wanda when you have sent your registration. A confirmation email will be sent when the registration arrives.

To register on-line, email the completed class registration form to Wanda and send a Venmo payment of $250 to @Wanda-Sundermann.

Penny Simkins book, The Birth Partner is recommended to supplement the class experience and handouts.

Download class syllabus

“Wanda’s birth class was excellent. We couldn’t have asked for better. Wanda created a really comfortable learning environment. There was a great flow to each class– with time for discussion, information sessions, helpful videos, and hands-on practice with relaxation techniques. We felt really prepared for labor and birth after attending Wanda’s classes.”
–Katie and Brian Harper




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