About Us

Debra Barker, LPN, CCE, CLE

 Instructor Debra Barker has 30 years experience as a nurse, with 19 of that being in OB/GYN and Labor and Delivery.  She received her Lactation Educator certification from the University of California San Diego in 2002 and has been teaching breastfeeding and childbirth classes in the South Sound since 2003. Debra is currently on staff with both Providence St. Peter Hospital and Tacoma General Hospital in their Family Birthing Centers, thus ensuring you will be receiving the most up-to-date information regarding your upcoming birth experience in our area hospitals.  She provides Childbirth and Lactation Education Classes at St. Peter Hospital and South Sound Women's Center in Olympia, Washington. 

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I use my provider one card for payment?

If you have DSHS insurance, I will bill DSHS directly. Just call or text me at 360-486-4070 or text me a picture of your provider one card with the class date you wish to attend. 

Where do I find class dates and times?

If you are on a computer, the tab for your hospital or clinic is located at the top of this page. If you are viewing this website on your phone, just click on the 3 little lines at the top left of this page and your hospital or clinic name will drop down and you just click on that. 

When should I take Childbirth Class?

Ideally between 32-36 weeks of pregnancy. You want to be done about a month before your due date. It's never too late, though! I often have moms in class that are due any day!

Should I take childbirth classes at the hospital where I plan to deliver?

Yes. We realize that it's not always possible, but you will be spending quite a bit of time in this class and the hospital where it is held. It is nice to become comfortable with the hospital where you plan to deliver. A tour of labor and delivery is included in the class day as well. 

What do you cover in childbirth class?

We discuss the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, labor and birth, discomforts of pregnancy, when to contact your doctor, when to go to the hospital, comfort measures for labor and birth, pain options, practice breathing, relaxation and labor positions, medical interventions, epidurals, coping techniques, C-sections, post partum, newborns, and spend the last 1 1/2 hours of class learning about breastfeeding and even practicing with dolls and balloons! A tour of labor and delivery is also included in your class day. 



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Childbirth Classes of Olympia