Upcoming 2020 Series Dates:

The class dates listed below indicate the start and end of each series. Weekly online Zoom classes in-between will be scheduled as a group at the first class. Those enrolling in a fast track series must have some weekday evenings available for Zoom classes.

May/June Series- FULL

(COMPLETELY ONLINE Fast Track 4-week class)

First in-person class Sunday, May 17

Last in-person class Sunday, June 14

June/July Series- FULL

(COMPLETELY ONLINE- Fast Track 4-week class)

First in-person class Saturday, June 13

Last in-person class Saturday, July 11

Sept/Oct Series- 4 spots left


First in-person class Sunday, September 13

Last in-person class Sunday, October 18

Oct/Nov Series- 6 spots left

(COMPLETELY ONLINE- Fast Track 4-week class)

First in-person class Sunday, October 25

Last in-person class Sunday, November 22

Nov/Dec Series- 6 spots left


First in-person class Sunday, November 15

Last in-person class Sunday, December 20


In-person classes held in Sacramento, CA.

Not finding a date that works for you? Check out the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Classes offered  by my partner, and doula, Jennifer Anderson at  Birth Fusion!

See what recent attendees are
saying about our classes:

The Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class is a 6-class “hybrid” curriculum for today's busy families, delivering current evidence based information in a friendly and approachable way. By taking the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class, you and your partner will not only learn the evidence for your birth options in an online class, but you’ll also get to meet in-person with an experienced instructor and other parents who are going through pregnancy and birth just like you! This class is limited to only six (6) couples per session.

Who should take this class? 
​Anyone who wants the confidence, education, and tools to have an empowered birth and receive mentorship by your own Evidence Based Birth®  Instructor, Shalin Butterworth.

Your in-person + online class includes:
Skillful Mentorship from Shalin Butterworth, a certified birth and postpartum doula, certified lactation educator counselor, and Evidence Based Birth® Instructor.

2 in-person classes (unless you've signed up for a completely online series) to learn about the stages of labor and hormonal physiology, discuss our perceptions about birth, and a labor rehearsal to pull it all together (approx 2.5 hours each).
5 weeks of online videos for you and your partner to watch together.
4 weekly Zoom sessions with Shalin and your classmates to discuss local hospital and alternative birth setting statistics, evidence on various topics, advocacy, comfort techniques, and more!
BONUS: Breastfeeding and newborn care videos & discussion
• BONUS: Earn points throughout the class to redeem for great prizes at the end of the class!

You'll Learn About:

Partner Advocacy • Evidence Based Care • Overcoming Fears and Anxieties • Comfort Measures • Stages of Labor • Navigating the Healthcare System • Providers (Models of Care) • Support • Doulas • Communicating with Hospital Staff • Know your Rights • Interventions • Natural and Medical Pain Relief • Labor Rehearsal • Postpartum Discussion • Newborn Procedures • Baby Care • Breastfeeding

Check out the FAQs at the bottom of this page!

Standard Class Package - $275

  • Complete 6-week series

  • Spiral-bound workbook

  • 3 months exclusive access to Evidence Based Birth® Parent Dashboard

  • Free online postpartum course with Better Postpartum (a $97 Value). Add to your postpartum knowledge base with this additional 8 week course focusing on the delicate weeks after you give birth. Find out how Better Postpartum meets ACOG Guidelines for Optimizing Postpartum Care

Deluxe Class Package - $300

  • Complete 6-week series

  • Spiral-bound workbook

  • 6 months exclusive access to Evidence Based Birth® Parent Dashboard

  • Free online postpartum course with Better Postpartum (a $97 Value).

  • Free Bronze plan at  [M]otherboard where you will be able to access more reliable resources and build a beautiful, interactive visual birth plan ($50 Value).

Private Childbirth Class- $450 

The ultimate in flexible, personalized childbirth education! 

  • Standard Class Package


  • First and last classes scheduled on a date that works best for you AND held in the comfort of your own home or through Zoom.

  • 4 in-between Zoom sessions scheduled at your convenience.

  • One-on-one guidance and mentorship from Shalin!

Check out the amazing resources with whom I've partnered to make your childbirth class experience as well rounded as you want it to be. Click on the videos below to learn more about Better Postpartum and [m]otherboard!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can’t I just educate myself online using search engines and videos?
A: Would you rather have generic information that may or may not apply to your local area or information from a professional who has lived and worked in multiple birth settings in Sacramento and Yolo counties? Plus, a lot of that information you find online isn't accurate. Anyone can write a blog post or record a youtube video. The benefit of the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class is that we curate evidence-based information and get you and your partner engaged in the learning process.

Q: Shouldn’t I just let the doctors and nurses tell me what to do?
A: Routine practices in some hospitals are still about 15 to 20 years behind the research, even here in Sacramento and Yolo counties. There is a lot of pressure to conform to traditions that might not be in your best interests. We will teach you and your partner how to be your own advocate—a skill you can use in and out of the medical care system for the rest of your life!

Q: My friends told me that taking a childbirth class is a waste of time.
A: There are a lot of poor-quality classes out there that have given childbirth education a bad reputation. Shalin is a personable, engaging, and invested instructor. The founder of Evidence Based Birth®, Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, knows how to make classes exciting for adults. The end result is a class that is motivating and fun to participate in. 

Q: What will I actually learn in this class that could be of use to me?
A: We cover pain management techniques like massage, water immersion, upright birthing positions, acupressure, music therapy, and deep breathing, just to name a few. Both parents will learn how to be advocates through positive communication techniques. The stages of labor, newborn procedures, and the first 3 months of your baby's life will all be covered. Replace fear with excitement as your birthing day approaches!

So Zen Birth Services

Phone: (916) 616-4093    Email: Shalin@sozenbirthservices.com

​Counties We Serve: 

Sacramento, Yolo, Solano, El Dorado, Placer

Depending on availability we may consider additional requests outside of these areas. An additional charge may apply.​