RIE® Before Baby™

Becoming a parent is the greatest job for which there is no training.

All new parents spend time and energy thinking out their birth plan.  How your child is born is important to both you and your baby.

Give yourself the same preparation for those first few months at home with baby. RIE can help you understand your baby and know what to expect and what to prioritize during this time. You’ll feel more confident, conserve your energy, and build a strong relationship with your baby right from the start.

RIE® Before Baby™

An introductory course for those expecting, waiting to adopt, or thinking about becoming a parent, Before Baby™ is designed to start you on your journey with confidence in yourself as a parent and trust in your baby’s unique ability to show you the way.

Before Baby will help you to establish healthy patterns from the beginning of life and includes:

  • What crying means and how to respond
  • Setting up the baby’s room
  • Sleep for baby and parents
  • Bathing
  • Feeding
  • Diapering
  • “Quality” time together
  • The science and practice of attachment

Class structure:  This class meets once a week for 3 weeks for 2 1/2 hours each time for a total of 7 1/2 hours.

Price:  $310.

This is a RIE-certified course.

Location:  Brilliant Births on 4th Street in Berkeley


All classes will be in-person in Berkeley unless the COVID situation changes. Per the City of Berkeley, attendees must be vaccinated and proof of vaccination will be required. Contact me if you would prefer a zoom class.

I typically offer this course in September, November, January, March & May.

March session: Wednesday, March 9, 16, 23, 2022:  6:30-9 pm — This class is full.

May session: Tuesdays, May 10, 17, 24, 2022:  6:30-9 pm — This class is full. You can register still to join the waitlist.

Fall 2022: Join the waitlist for Fall classes.

Register now.


For expectant parents… I am aware that now you are preoccupied with the birth of your baby, and everything that happens afterwards may seem remote and intangible. Yet this is the ideal time to become acquainted with some basic RIE ideas… it is [easier] to develop good habits from the beginning than to undo and change ‘bad’ habits later. — Magda Gerber

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