Happy Birth Way offers childbirth classes to parents-to-be in the Tampa Bay area on Florida’s west coast. Founder June Connell, certified by the International Childbirth Education Association, DONA International, Pranakriya Prenatal Yoga (Hatha), and Yoga Alliance (Kundalini), leads a team of experienced, dedicated and knowledgeable birth professionals.
“Expectant moms have their hands full preparing for a new baby,” says June. “Happy Birth Way makes it easy for them to find a great birth class so they know what to expect during labor and in the first few weeks after birth.”
“The birth class we took during my first pregnancy left us with just a vague idea of what to expect in labor, so we were really unprepared for the fast labor and complications that shouldn’t have been complications at all. The medical interventions made for a difficult recovery that some time to heal from, physically and emotionally. Fortunately, my baby was healthy, but we missed the first few hours of his life together since he was rushed off to the NICU.
“When I got pregnant the second time, I took a Bradley Method class, and it really prepared me for how to handle an even faster labor (an hour and 15 minutes!). When I went into labor in my kitchen a week before my due date, I knew how to use my breath to relax while I waited for my husband to come home. At the hospital with our midwife, there were no forceps, no episiotomy, and no tearing. The recovery was fast, and caring for my new baby was much easier.
There is no doubt that my contrasting birth experiences were intended to lead to me to become a childbirth educator. With my Bradley certification (2006), ICEA certification (2009), doula certification from DONA International (2010) and yoga certification through Yoga Alliance (2010), I have helped other women and their partners learn what to expect in labor so they can make informed decisions that can help them have a positive birth experience.”
The Happy Birth Way Philosophy
Life is inherently unpredictable. So is childbirth. Happy Birth Way helps prepare women and their birth partners for whatever physical and emotional challenges they may face in labor so they can make informed, personal decisions that result in the most positive, happiest birth experience, even when they don’t go as planned.
Happy Birth Way’s mission is simple: to empower women to create a foundation for a happy family.