How do birth preparation courses in Berlin work? Where to find them? When to register? How much does it cost? Find out everything you need to know about childbirth preparation courses in Berlin. Breathe in, breathe out, lets go...
How does it work?
Birth preparation courses in Germany are offered in two formats:
- either spread over 7 to 10 weeks at the rate of one evening per week
- or as an "intensive" course for an entire weekend
According to your availability you can choose the one that suits you best.
When to register?
The best time to attend a preparation course is the 7th or 8th month of pregnancy. Before and you might forget what you learned there, after that it might be very uncomfortable to sit for long hours. The shortage of pregnancy professionals is also beginning to affect this sector, so it is better to register 2-3 months before the beginning of the course, i.e. around the 5th month of pregnancy.
How much does it cost?
If the course is given by a midwife, and this is almost always the case, then the mother's participation is reimbursed by all health insurances. Dads (or other partners) must pay privately in most cases, but try to ask for reimbursement from health insurance (don't forget to ask for an invoice!). The participation for the partner costs about 80-120€ depending on the providers.
Where to find them?
Birth preparation courses are offered either in midwifery practices, hospitals or birthing centres. Today there are several birth preparation classes available in English in Berlin.
Birth preparation courses in Berlin in English
Hebammenpraxis am Mauerpark (Prenzlauer Berg)
Katrin Zwanzig (Prenzlauer Berg)
Elements of Birth (Kreuzberg)
Midwife in Berlin (Lichterfelde)
DRK Westend (Charlottenburg)
Baby In Berlin is a concierge service for young parents - for expecting expat families in Germany who need assistance with the organisation of their pregnancy and paperwork related to baby and birth. More information about my services here.