Thanks for the support everyone. My thoughts about the small fee was exactly that...if something is free it is worthless if it costs it has value. Not always but often the is the case. I used to be a vet tech and often if someone got a free kitten and it got sick they refused to properly care for it but it seemed like those people that paid (even a small fee) for an animal it was better cared for (but not always of course).
I got another suggestion to speak with the Human Services personnel in our area. I guess if a woman or family is on some type of assistance they are required to do a certain number of hours of community service. If I got in with the right people I may be able to get my class to be considered some of the hours they need to fulfill. I would hope that coming to a class would be more fun that sitting in an office someplace shredding paper.
In my class I also go into shaken baby, SIDS, and I am a certified child passenger safety technician so talk about car seats. It is a pretty crammed full class doing all of that and labor and delivery and breastfeeding.
We are in a small community and it is poverty ridden so if I charged a fee I would have to have a scholarship
fund and I am pretty sure our hospital volunteers would do that.
I do think that the mentality of "I am just going to have an epidural anyway" is part of it. They don't realize there is a lot more to learn about childbirth/breastfeeding/infant care and its not all about pain management (although I go into that too).
Thanks again and keep those ideas coming I will take any info I can get!