Welcome to Ypsi-Arbor Childbirth Education!

Pregnancy, birth, and parenting can be the most rewarding, exciting, and wondrous, albeit overwhelming, time of your life.  We hope that by providing a firm foundation you will be able to enter into this next phase of your life with confidence and joy,  as well as a realistic view of what new parenthood can be.

Please join us as we explore this meaningful and joyful time!

Register for  Multi-week Evening Classes  &  Condensed Weekend Classes


Multi-week Evening Series
6 week and 3 week options

Join us for Understanding Birth & Baby, our 6 week childbirth and postpartum class series covering both labor & birth, and a healthy postpartum. We offer 3 week options that can be mixed and matched with our condensed classes.

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Weekend classes, childbirth education, Ann ArborCondensed Classes
Half day, weekend option

Can’t fit in a multiple week class? Evenings too busy? Join us on Saturdays from 9am – 1pm, for the condensed versions of our Understanding Labor & Birth, and/or Nurtured Mother, Baby, Family classes. Each condensed class is currently offered monthly.

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Our Team

Ariana and Katy have been friends for six years, and business partners for three.  They share a belief in physiological birth, evidence based care, and informed choice.  They also know a mother’s intuition and connection with her baby is more powerful than is often given credit.

Their work as doulas in the community keeps their fingers on the pulse of local and current expectations and practices, ensuring the most up-to-date info for their students and clients.   Teaching with love and respect has been a passion in their work as doulas, and translates seamlessly into the role of childbirth educators.


Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor Childbirth Educator - Ariana RiegelAriana Riegel

Ariana is a childbirth educator and doula. She has been attending births and teaching childbirth ed for over three years. Seeing expectant couples take ownership of their birth experiences and flourish as parents is one of her favorite parts of this work. When she is not busy supporting families, she is studying to earn her Masters of Social Work. She lives in Ypsilanti, MI with her partner and their two cats.


Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor Childbirth Educator - Katy GladwinKaty Gladwin

Katy is a mother, doula, childbirth educator and women’s advocate.  Katy has been teaching childbirth ed for the past 2 years through Pregnancy Arts, where she learned so much from Deb Rhizal, and fell in love with the laid-back style,  evidence-based information, as well as supporting families to tap into their own strengths and power. She lives in the woods in Ypsilanti with her partner, four year old son, one dog and two cats.

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