An online birth class for expectant parents who want to go from feeling “excited but kinda clueless” to “totally confident we can do this.” 


Because there’s more to preparing for birth than just packing your suitcase. 


You’ve done everything right so far.


You've shared the good news with friends and family, maybe even had a gender reveal


You've made changes in your daily life


You've stocked up on diapers, wipes, and all those cute little newborn outfits


You've prepared the baby's nursery and purchased the essentials


But you haven't yet taken an in-person or online birth class

baby feeding chair mom standing over crib

Birth School didn’t stress me out like a lot of courses do. Ann’s voice is so sweet and gentle and made me feel like ‘I can do this!’ I found it soothing, and a great way to prepare. I know it’s going to be a little chaotic, but it’s going to be okay.

Saphora K.

Birth School Member & Mom-to-Be



A self-paced virtual birth class

By the end of this birth class, you will…

  • Have a plan for labor

  • Know how to prepare your body for a strong delivery and postpartum recovery

  • Be prepared to breastfeed your baby (or not)

  • Learn to make healthy comfort food to nourish your body and feed your soul

  • Understand how to process the emotions around this major life transition

Birth School is a really good overview of what to expect and how to prepare yourself for birth. It helped me start to build the foundation of everything I’m going to need to have my baby. I learned so much from the breastfeeding section. She really had her ducks in a row and was very knowledgeable about the topic. I re-read the birth plan 6 or 7 times and talked to my husband like “we’re going to do this and this.” There were things in there I didn’t even know to discuss or that they were a possibility to not do.

Savanna M.

Birth School Member & Mom-to-Be

You want to be prepared for labor, breastfeeding, and taking care of yourself as well as your new baby.

You're in the right place.
ann mckitrick

If we haven’t already met at a coffee shop or at the park where I exercise most afternoons… Hey there! I’m Ann. 

I’m a bit of a child development nerd. 🤓  It filters my take on things. Like when a politician shows their true colors, I think to myself, “what in the world happened in your childhood to make you behave like this now?” or when I hold a newborn and their eyes follow a mobile, I think “oh look, she’s tracking, that’s good!”  

And I love watching parents with their newborn – it’s such a beautiful thing. By applying what I’ve studied about human and child development, I help new parents understand both themselves and their child because there’s a lot going on in the first weeks for all of you.

Even though I had tons of experience with other people’s babies, when I was an expectant mom I NEEDED help. I wanted someone to tell me what I needed to know about labor, what breastfeeding would be like, how to get my pre-pregnancy body back and how to manage the day-to-day things like meals, laundry and setting up the house for a newborn.

I created this online birth class for you, to prepare you for the unknowns and uncertainties that we all feel. It’ll answer many of your questions and fuel your curiosity on what you want to learn next. Birth School gives you the tools to navigate the first days of parenthood. Just the right mix of medical, personal and practical, Birth School is comprehensive without overwhelm.

You’ll be connected to a community of parents-to-be who are experiencing birth in a pandemic just like you. The course tells you what you need to know initially, then as you participate in the FB community, we’ll dive a little deeper and answer your questions as they come up. 

And I’ll want to see some pics of that bump and then your baby, of course. 🥰

ann mckitrick

Taking Birth School early on in my pregnancy was super helpful. I’m so glad I did it because I was coming from a place where I knew nothing. I literally wrote everything down. Every single thing. I mentioned Birth School to my friend the other day. I feel like she would love it. We’re having completely different pregnancies and births, but it all still applies to her and she would get just as much out of it as I did.

Meghan G.

Birth School Member & Mom-to-Be


Pregnant Women Who Are Moderately Afraid of Childbirth


Pregnant Women Who Are Severely Afraid of Childbirth


Pregnant Women Who Don't Feel Comfortable Talking to Their Birth Team

Women who are afraid of childbirth spend on average an additional 90 minutes in labor and are 4% more likely to need an emergency cesarean section.

Birth School will help ease those fears so you can approach childbirth with confidence and strength.

It’s such a massive topic – pregnancy and childbirth. The way Birth School is set up with the modules and individual chapters, it really got me thinking about all these things that are happening without being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of it. The birth class experts brought up things I hadn’t really thought about as a husband or father and made it so much easier to conceptualize as a whole.

Andrew O.

Birth School Member & Father-to-Be



that prepare you for parenthood without overwhelming you with what-ifs


to help you and your partner enter parenthood on the same page


comfort foods that nourish your body and soul and satisfy your cravings


that strengthen you *in all the right spots* for labor and recovery



a place to connect, learn and share your bump and baby pics



birth plans, checklists, actions plans, guides, journal prompts and more

I have several friends who have little ones, but it’s different when you’re the one going through the experience. I really enjoyed the videos and learned a lot. I was excited and wanted to just keep going, so I watched them all in one day.

Aubree B.

Birth School Member & Mom-to-Be


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I loved how the course was made of short little videos. It was really quick and easy. If someone’s looking for something specific, they can go right to it and it’s a 3-10 minute long video. I really liked the birth plan discussion and PDFs, and the section talking about preparing for birth and after birth with your partner. I keep telling my husband we need to set some time aside to sit down and go through all this!

Mélodie C.

Birth School Member & Mom-to-Be



Module 1 - Preparing for birth

The first module is all about getting ready to have that baby. You’ll learn how to prepare by planning, packing, learning, and reflecting on the big changes coming. Heather Barrett answers your questions about labor and delivery and you’ll get great insight from birth doula, Parrish DuPree.

Here’s what you’ll find inside Module 1:

  • Preparing for your time at the hospital
  • What’s a doula?
  • What’s a midwife?
  • Common questions about labor
  • Mindset: Getting ready for the unknown
  • Plus these helpful tools: Top 6 Things to Include in Your Birth Plan, Birth Plan templates, What to Bring to the Hospital, Journaling and Positive Affirmations
module 2 - preparing your body

This one’s all about getting your body prepared for the birth process with 5 simple exercises you can do at home. They just take a few minutes each day and will make a world of difference. Pregnancy fitness expert, Maria Dior, explains what you can do to have a strong delivery and demonstrates each exercise. All you need is a little space and a yoga mat for these non-strenuous moves.

Here’s what you’ll find in Module 2:

  • Why you need to get in shape for labor
  • 5 video demonstrations from a pregnancy fitness expert detailing how to safely exercise in a way that supports your abdomen and pelvic floor
Module 3 - preparing to breastfeed (or not)

In this module, Lactation Consultant Erica Campbell explains what you need to know about feeding your baby… whether you breast or bottle-feed. It’s a process for both of you – your baby learns to suck and swallow, you learn to get a good latch, pump, or make formula. This will help you through the learning process.

Here’s what you’ll find in Module 3:

  • What does a lactation consultant do?
  • Getting ready to breastfeed
  • How do you know if you have enough milk?
  • What’s a tongue-tie?
  • Bottle feeding and milk suppression
  • What’s up with pumping?
  • Plus Tips for Breastfeeding and Pumping
module 4 - preparing your heart + home

This one’s all about getting ready to actually do life as a new parent. There are so many changes that happen the minute you walk through the door with your newborn. All of the sudden it’s real and life is different (and pretty wonderful!). These lessons will help you get ready.

Here’s what you’ll find in Module 4:

    • Important things to talk through before baby comes
    • Nesting
    • Cooking School: Freezer meals
    • Cooking School: How to create a salad you actually want to eat
    • What happens exactly when you “become a parent”
    • Plus these tools to put what you learn into action: Conversation Starter Cards, Recipes You’ll Love, Becoming a Parent Journal Prompts
Why learn with Ann?

Because every new parent deserves to be nurtured and that’s what I do best! I’ve spent 30+ years studying child development – as a teacher and administrator, professor, teacher trainer and parent consultant. I love helping you understand yourself as a parent and your baby. My superpower is helping you understand ways to nurture and respond lovingly to your child.

You can learn more about me here.

If you want personal, one-to-one coaching that goes beyond the content of Birth School, click here to email me or here to schedule an inquiry call. I take 1-2 personal coaching clients per month for a deep dive into your journey as an expectant parent. 

When I found out about the birth plan, I was like “what’s a birth plan?” My doctor never asked me about that. When I would Google it, it would just be everyone’s handwritten plan on a piece of paper – not organized or anything I could follow. I like that Birth School has templates and things that I can use to create my birth plan.

Jasmine G.

Birth School Member & Mom-to-Be


I am certain that Birth School, my online birth class, will help you! Learning everything you can to prepare for the unexpected is the right move, and one that will build confidence and ease your mind as you head into the birth of your child.

If you complete at least 50% of the lessons (completion of Modules 1 & 2) and are not satisfied, simply email me and let me know. I’ll be happy to refund your money within 14 days of your purchase.

– ANN                    

Ann McKitrick

On a scale of 1 to 5, Birth School was a 5 for value. The organization of it and the content were very relevant and even at 5 months pregnant, I still learned a lot. I really like the conversation cards. They prompt things that I didn’t know I needed to think and talk about. It’s a direct way to involve my husband in the planning.

Jamie A.

Birth School Member & Mom-to-Be