Preparing for Waterbirth

At hospital or home

A First of Its Kind for the Madison Area 

Our classes combine yoga, water aerobics, and relaxation to help you prepare for laboring and giving birth in the water. Even if your care provider does not attend waterbirths, movement and relaxation in the water is an excellent way to prepare for and cope with labor. Our focus is on breathing, relaxation, and strengthening and opening the body with a focus on the hips and pelvis to get your mind and body ready to birth.

As a supplement to formal childbirth education or your own research and learning, our class provides an opportunity to practice movement and relaxation in SwimWest Fitchburg’s shallow warm water pool.

Classes are taught by Johanna Hatch, doula, childbirth educator, and perinatal fitness educator, and Anna Grelson, certified life guard and experienced water aerobics instructor. Our goal is to help you have a healthy, satisfying pregnancy and birth!

Why water for labor and birth?

Labor and birth in water is a safe and effective way to cope with labor that reduces requests for epidurals, reduces the length of labor, and increases satisfaction with the birth experience.

Waterbirth is available at Meriter Hospital with trained care providers, and with a number of area homebirth midwives.

Laboring in water prior to birth is an option at both Meriter Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital. 

Join us!

**Regularly scheduled classes on holiday hiatus until January 2014. If you are interested in scheduling a class in November or December please call Johanna at 608-556-06810 or use our contact form.**

Classes are held every Sunday at 1:00 PM at SwimWest Fitchburg, 6220 Nesbitt Road (behind the Pancake Café).

$15.00 per class

$50.00 for 5 class pass

Payment by cash, check, or credit card accepted prior to the beginning of class. Credit card payment through PayPal accepted online and the day of class.

New to class? Print and sign a waiver ahead of time!


Contact us! We can't wait to hear from you! 

Single Class

$ 15.00 USD


5 Class Pass

$ 50.00 USD

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