Vicki Elson

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Vicki Elson, MA, CCE, CD


Vicki Elson, MA, CCE, CD has been a childbirth educator and labor support “doula” since 1983. Her classes are noted for being both comprehensive and fun. Like the other N.I.C.E. instructors, she teaches classes that aren’t preachy about any particular “right” way to have a baby. Her classes emphasize confidence, strength, joy, informed choice, flexibility, and sensible parenting with love.

She holds a master’s degree in Medical Anthropology, with an interest in cross-cultural perspectives on childbirth. She inspires and trains childbirth professionals,and she offers a low-cost, low-hassle, high-spirited workshop and certification program for childbirth educators. She offers resources to help TV and movie producers create more accurate birth scenes. Find more free goodies for pregnant people and her award-winning film, Laboring Under An Illusion: Mass Media Childbirth vs. The Real Thing at

She can adapt classes for any pregnant people’s schedules or needs, but her typical class is 3 hours (e.g. 6-9 pm) one night per week for 5 weeks. She also teaches a short refresher class for experienced parents.  She teaches at her home near downtown Northampton. Maximum 5 families.  $150.  Scholarships available.

Class Topics

Class 1

  • Yes, you can!
  • Getting to know each other
  • Confidence exercise: Amazing Yourself
  • Vicki’s movie

Class 2

  • Your body: pregnancy and birth
  • Birth planning
  • Juggling work and family

Class 3

  • Labor tools experiment – what works for YOU?
  • Labor practice

Class 4

  • Understanding and preventing complications and interventions
  • Newborn procedures
  • Postpartum care of the mama
  • Birth movies

Class 5

  • Breastfeeding
  • Newborn care
  • Raising kids