When you’re expecting your first child, your mind is full of excitement, questions & a bit of nerves! So you sign up for a childbirth class hoping to calm your nerves, get your questions answered & figure you’ll sit through some charts of uteruses & watch your husband squirm through some horribly graphic birthing videos circa 1960.
But when you have Danielle as your instructor, you don’t get just a class, you get an experience & build a pre-baby memory!

From the moment you walk in, you can tell that Danielle is not only passionate about teaching about birth & babies, she is passionate about YOUR birth & YOUR baby.

You do look at charts, fill out a workbook & watch (current) videos, but Danielle presents the information in a humorous & honest manner, knowing exactly how much the expecting parents can handle per class!

Not only are all of your questions answered & fears calmed, but you learn a lot of ‘tricks of the trade’ via Danielle’s experience & leave the course feeling prepared for anything! No topic is off limit or question too ‘dumb’, the environment is friendly & supportive. And the best part-the back rub Mom-To-Be gets at the end of each class!


My husband and I took child prep classes with Danielle before our first child was born a little over 3 years ago. At that time, we knew nothing about babies. We were basically clueless. When we walked into her classroom, we were greeted at the door by a smiling Danielle (plus snacks) and immediately felt at home. Danielle has a way of turning what can be overwhelming and “scary” information (especially to new parents) into a clever, funny, and knowledgeable presentation. No question was too stupid or too gruesome for her. She never embarrassed anyone or called them out if they didn’t want to talk. And she was always available to us…Everyone was given her email address in case they had questions before or after class. The thing I remember the most is her sense of humor that had the whole class laughing throughout most of the session. My husband and I actually liked to go to our classes and looked forward to heading there together after a long day at work. It was kind of like mini “date nights.” Even in the hospital as I was laboring and pushing, I would think of Danielle and remember what she had taught us in class. To this day, I will always remember 4-1-1 (Danielle’s special phrase that you will only know what I mean if you take her class)!

Carrie and Ryan
Aliso Viejo, CA

Taking the Preparation for Birth Services/Childbirth classes with Danielle Gauss was a valuable experience as my husband and I approached the due date of our baby. As first time parents, we found the classes biologically interesting; it was amazing to discover how connected the baby and I would be even after delivery and all the instinctual behaviors she would exhibit after birth. After taking the series of classes, we felt very informed on what was going to happen before, during, and after labor. While in the process of laboring, we were happy to report to one another what we recognized from the classes! I felt more prepared for the unknown experience of childbirth and my husband felt that he was equipped to be a knowledgeable and supportive coach during labor and afterward. What was special about this class series is that, unlike other aspects of preparing for a child, this was a wonderful time of bonding just for my husband and I. Knowing what was in store for us during labor helped us through the process and I think enabled us to feel truly connected as we worked together to bring our daughter into the world.

-New Mommy, California

My husband and I attended many of the classes Danielle offers. The Preparation for Birth class was wonderfully informative. I walked into the class terrified of the birthing process and I walked out knowledgeable and confident in my ability to trust my body, instincts, and the knowledge I had been given. She touched on everything from different birthing plans to personal care after birth (no one else had ever told me about any of that!). During the classes Danielle responded to all questions with honesty and expertise. When I am ready to have my next child I look forward to taking some refresher courses from her.

Brandi McCarthy

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Danielle is an AMAZING teacher! We have taken so much of what we have learned from her courses and become smarter and safer parents because of it. She is not only knowledgeable and experienced, but makes learning fun through her humor. We recommend her to all our friends and family. Thank you Danielle for helping to make us better parents.

-Tiffany and Donna