Childbirth preparation

In this 3-hour course, a culturally sensitive approach will be used with emphasis on the following topics:

  • Preparing for labor and childbirth (mentally, physically, socially)
  • The natural process of childbirth (What is happening in your body when labor begins?)
  • Methods of pain relief (Breathing and relaxation techniques, massage and other methods)
  • Finding confidence in yourselves and what you can do to have a positive birth experience
  • What birth supporters can do during labor and childbirth
  • Caring for the newborn in the first days after birth

It is important to register ahead of time, send e-mail to

We recommend attending the class at around 32 weeks or later, but of course, you decide what the best time for you would be! The class will be held in a comfortable and relaxed environment at Hlíðasmári 10 in Kópavogur. We offer a cozy atmosphere and few participants in each group.

Each class is 3 hours, and it is important that the woman and her birth supporter attend together. If a class is fully booked, it is possible to request to be on the waiting list.

Price for the course: 15.000 kr.

Next courses: 

Saturday 7th of August at 13-16  (on site)

The midwife

Edythe L. Mangindin, RN, RM, Msc. is originally from San Francisco, California in the United States, born to immigrant Filipino parents. Since moving to Iceland in 2009, she has gained experience as a non-Icelandic speaking user of the healthcare system, given birth to two boys and completed her studies in nursing and midwifery at the University of Iceland. In addition, she has been an active member of W.O.M.E.N. (Women of Multicultural Ethnicity Network) in Iceland. Currently, she is a doctoral student who is researching culturally sensitive care along with respect, autonomy and mistreatment of foreign women in Icelandic maternity care services.