Childbirth Education in China

Living in China brings a special set of challenges to expats abroad. And when you’re expecting to be pregnant or give birth in China, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed! Your city may not have expat support, English speaking doctors, or doula support, leaving you feeling like you have to navigate the system alone.

We’re here for you! When you join the Evidence Based Birth® childbirth education class, led by Holly, you will have the benefit of professional help and support right on your phone.

This 6 week or accelerated 4 week childbirth education course is the MOST comprehensive offered in China. You will follow the class with your same group of peers each week, giving you that connection and support that you’ve been looking for: other couples going through the same process in China, and mentorship from a professional doula who has been there and seen it. And it’s 100% online, so you can access your doula, meetings, and exclusive content from anywhere!

For more information and reviews from previous couples who took the course, click here!

What you’ll get:

– Small group learning environment (6 couples max)

-3 or 6 month access to exclusive online content (videos have either English or Spanish closed captions)

-4 or 6 online group meetings with your doula mentor

-Digital workbook (English or Spanish)

-Bonus breastfeeding/chestfeeding and newborn care videos!

– Mentorship, community, and guidance from your professional doula and peers

Weekly Content

Week 1: Evidence based care and choosing the right provider/hospital

Week 2: Comfort and advocacy 101

Week 3: Comfort and advocacy 201

Week 4: Hospital interventions and birth plans

Week 5: The fourth trimester – postpartum care

Week 6: Comfort measures rehearsal

Register now for the upcoming Spring 2023 Group:

Week 1: May 28, 2023 10 am

Week 2: June 4, 2023 10 am

Week 3: June 11, 2023 10 am

Week 4: June 18, 2023 10 am

Week 5: June 25, 2023 10 am

Week 6: July 2, 2023

Register now! Use WeChat to scan the code below and reserve your spot in the class.

Holly Hurst
Evidence Based Birth® Instructor

Holly is a birth doula with over 10 years of experience supporting families through pregnancy and birth in the US and China. She is passionate about teaching parents what to expect during birth in Chinese hospitals, helping you confidently navigate your pregnancy and birth in China so you are safe, feel respected, and able to advocate for the birth experience that you want.

Holly is the founder of Doulas of Shanghai, and a professional birth doula, postpartum doula, certified lactation counselor (CLC), and Evidence Based Birth® childbirth educator.

She is available for in person and online consultations to answer your questions from pregnancy through baby’s first year. Contact Holly on WeChat at DoulasofShanghai or at

“Take this course! I started out nervous but now I’m very excited and looking forward to the birth of our baby! My husband and I feel very prepared!”
– Rachael Fryst

“One of the things that was huge for both of us was the research… Not only are we learning things that are evidence based, but this is not one of those things where, ‘Just because someone put it in a research article, it must be true.’ We both really loved that academic aspect of it. Everything we had learned gave us a lot more confidence, and the ability to focus on what we were doing and not have to worry about ‘what-ifs’.” – AnnaMarie Stoudenmire

“Sign up! You’ll feel more prepared for your baby and your partner.”
– John Fryst

“I really appreciated how informative it was. I knew a lot about the biology of birth and babies, but what we learned was just very impressive. It was a really good experience—fairly chill, fairly laid-back, and not nearly as awkward as I thought it might be. All the information—I never would’ve thought there was that much information out there! If we hadn’t have taken this class, it would have been significantly more stressful.” –Drew Stoudenmire