Best taken in the third trimester, ideally completed before the end of your 36th or 37th week of pregnancy.
All Childbirth Preparation series classes are weeknight evenings, 6:30pm – 9:00pm:
Thursdays April 2nd – April 23rd
Thursdays June 4th – June 25th
Thursdays August 6th – August 27th
This class series is an expanded version of our Childbirth Prep Signature Series. By utilizing about 30 minutes to 1 hour of home study per week (videos and reading), additional class time in hands on exploration, practices in mindfulness and relaxation techniques, and processing the “what ifs”. In addition to comfort and relaxation techniques, participants will be guided in helpful hands-on techniques for working with their bodies and babies to move through labor in a connected manner.
Our aim is for you and your partner to finish the series feeling more confident, prepared (despite there being ‘unknowns’), and excited to meet your baby when he or she arrives!
Key topics of this series are:
- The process of “normal” labor and birth — plus the signs that you’re getting close to starting labor
- Practices to support a more relaxed labor and coping skills to relieve stress and anxiety
- Positioning to facilitate the normal progress of labor and birth
- How to minimize the chance of back labor or actively cope with it
- Massage and touch to ease the pain of labor
- Practical information for birth partners to help them understand some do’s and don’ts of supporting a woman in labor
- Skills to communicate effectively with your birth partner and healthcare team
- How to proactively work to minimize or work through common challenges in labor
- Practical skills in helping baby to be optimally aligned in the body for birth.
- Understanding some key people potentially supporting the birth and their roles: OBs, Midwives, Doulas, Anesthesiologists, and Nurses. (Medical personnel for those planning hospital births or needing to transfer to the hospital)
- Guidance to make informed decisions about pain medications, compassionate use of epidurals, and medical interventions, including cesarean birth
- And an overview of the first few days postpartum and considerations like having visitors, sleep, and considerations for a woman’s recovery from birth.
Getting breastfeeding off to a good start will be covered in your Complementary Breastfeeding 101 class; Life with a Newborn and understanding Your Newborn is covered in our Living on Baby Time class (which participants have a 15% discount on).