Loving Arms has added some features and topics to our classes to deepen the zoom education experience and create new ways for our families to form community.    Here is our new brochure!


Loving Arms Childbirth Services statement regarding “Black Lives Matter”.  Please read our statement in full by Clicking HERE


Loving Arms Childbirth Services has curated some resources for pregnant and postpartum family during the Covid pandemic.  You can access them by Clicking HERE


As of April 2020 due to the Coronavirus and in accordance with CDC and other health agencies, we converted all classes to a virtual format on Zoom.    We will continue holding classes on Zoom until the city/county fully re-opens and until all our students are ready to return in person.

All of the Loving Arms teachers are fully vaccinated and we have windows that open and an air purifier.  Please take a moment to let us know when you would prefer an in-person class.  There is a place for this when you register for a class.

Thank you.

Welcome to Loving Arms Childbirth Services. Janaki Costello, Molly Brannigan and Annaleah Glick provide education, foster community building for new families, help build confidence in the woman’s ability to birth her baby and give her partner skills to help her achieve the birth they want.Through education we support the parents in understanding their amazing newborn, and prepare them for the ups and downs of life as a new family.

We believe each mother will birth in her own special way and that each birth is personal and should be empowering for her and her family.

Molly is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (East Bay Lactation Associates at same location)  who is committed to helping parents get off to a good start with breastfeeding and to working in-depth to help solve breastfeeding challenges.


Molly Brannigan, IBCLC of East Bay Lactation Associates is doing lactation consults virtually (lending a scale for parents to use at home for weighing where necessary).  In urgent situations, she is still seeing families in person where a virtual appointment is insufficient.  Please see http://www.eastbaylactationassociates.com for infection control details.  Please feel free to be in touch if you need support, or to share this information with others if they are having breastfeeding difficulties.  The WHO, the AAP and CDC are still encouraging families to breastfeed and East Bay Lactation Associates is here to support you!


“5 star rating 6/2/2020
This class was really amazing and we highly recommend it. Our instructor was Annaleah and she was nothing short of spectacular. The material was covered in an interesting and engaging manner and Annaleah did a great job providing evidence based information and also addressed situations for the various birthing options and locations. Due to the quarantine all of our classes were online; however, she made the classes engaging and helped build a sense of community for the families in the class. We would highly recommend this class to anyone considering. CS”

“I did not fully appreciate the value of the Loving Arms class until I was in labor; the preparation we received from Loving Arms resulted in a very positive and empowering birthing experience. In addition, having the support of a community of parents with children at similar levels of development has been invaluable during our baby’s first few weeks. I would highly recommend this course to any soon-to-be first-time parents.”  JH.  April 2021

Our 2021 Class Available Dates

July 8 – August 26,  Thursdays

August 10 – September 28,  Tuesdays

Sept. 13 – Nov. 1, Mondays

October 12 – Nov. 30, Tuesdays

Dec. 6, 2021 – January 31, 2022,  Mondays


Refresher Class Schedule

Sunday June 13, 2021.  1-5 pm

Sunday September 12, 2021.  1-5 pm

December 5, 2021. 1-5 pm

Email about other dates if these do not work for you!  info@lovingarmschildbirthservices.com

Postpartum Support by Birth Month



For more information, click the Loving Arms Childbirth Classes Link below.

Loving Arms Childbirth Classes

Lactation Consultation & Services