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childbirth education

Childbirth Education

Birth. Until you’ve been through it, it’s often a mystery. It’s not likely you’ve been invited to take part in many births. I mean, chances are you’ve seen birth in movies or TV, but in most mainstream media, the way birth is shown is simply inaccurate. And if birth is a mystery, the postpartum period is an enigma. Expectant folks have expectations of what this time will look like, and even if they’ve experienced it before, often these expectations simply do not match reality.
 
Childbirth education and prenatal classes can take some of the mystery out of birth and postpartum.  Learning about the process and increasing your knowledge can take the fear and anxiety out of birth which decreases the pain and increases your ability to ask for what you need. Learning about realistic expectations for the postpartum period can significantly reduce your risk for postpartum mental health issues and can increase your chances of experiencing a more positive postpartum period.
 
These classes are private and in your own home for your comfort. I come to you! We spend a few hours together and you come away with knowledge of your options and confidence in the birth process and in the postpartum period. As Diana Korte and Roberta Scaer, authors of A Good Birth, A Safe Birth, said: “If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any.” 
 
If you would prefer to learn in a small group environment in your home (2-3 couples), please ask! 
Prenatal Classes will cover:
 
  • • The mind/body connection in labour
  • • Stages and phases of labour and how to get through each one
  • • Pushing – how to get that baby out
  • • Comfort measures
  • • Best positions for each stage of labour
  • • When to arrive at the hospital or place of birth
  • • Navigating the system – how to make informed choices and why consent matters
  • • Birth and postpartum planning
  • • What happens after birth?
  • • Breastfeeding and newborn care
  • • Postpartum recovery
  • • Postpartum expectations 
  • • Postpartum mental health
  • • Previous birth and postpartum debrief (if applicable)
childbirth education

Investment

Postpartum Preparation

This private 3 hour workshop prepares expectant families for the postpartum and is recommended for all families, new and experienced.

Included in this class: Postpartum resource package, postpartum plan, access to continuing education group

Investment = $125

Birth Essentials

This private 3-4 hour class is the prenatal class for you if you are an experienced birthgiver and just need a refresher on birth and postpartum. Adaptable to your needs!

Included in this class: Birth and postpartum resource package, birth and postpartum planning help, access via text until birth, access to continuing education group

Investment = $175

The Full Prenatal

When you need to cover it all! Two private 3-4 hour classes that are recommended for all are what you need. Adaptable to your needs!

Included in this class: Birth and postpartum resource package, birth and postpartum planning help, access via text until birth, access to continuing education group

Investment = $275

The Postpartum Partner

Next session coming soon!
For all of the dads, non-pregnant parents, and support people, a place to get all the questions answered that you didn't even know you had. This 1.5-2 hour workshop will teach you how to support the birthgivers in your lives after your baby comes home. It will teach you how to fix everything without "fixing" everything. Hosted in a private space at a local pub, all attendees will receive one drink of their choice. Attendees will also leave with a postpartum resource package and a gift certificate for $35 off of postpartum doula care.

This is a small group workshop, held every few months. Must have 4 attendees to run.

Investment = $45

Sibling Preparation

Not sure how to prepare your older children for your new baby? Let me help. This private 2 hour workshop will help you feel like your older children are ready for their new baby sibling. It will give you the tools to ensure that your bond with your older child remains strong.

Having your older child participate in the birth? I also give you the tools to talk about birth in an age-appropriate way with your child. Children are welcome to attend!

Included in this class: postpartum resource package, small gift for your older child

Investment = $100