I strive to meet your needs by tailoring each class to suit you. We will engage in lots of discussion designed to help you flesh out your own birth values and to help you communicate as a couple.
childBirth class topics:
Birth options and decision-making (place of birth, care provider, labor support, natural birth vs. medicated), Nurturing yourself and your baby (fetal development, nutrition, prenatal care, comfort exercises), Nurturing each other (increasing communication with your partner, enriching your relationship, emotional changes, sexuality)
Birth in the media, Models of birth, Safety of birth, Being a good consumer, Cesarean birth prevention
Understanding the process of normal labor and birth, Practice using “tools” for labor and birth (relaxation, visualization, breathing, vocalization, communication and support). Acupressure for Efficient Labor will be covered.
Routine birth procedures and interventions, The “Domino Theory” of interventions, Medication options, Barriers to birth, Active birth, Writing your birth values (birth plan)
Dealing with the unexpected, Addressing fears about birth and developing tools for dealing with them
Welcoming your newborn (bonding), Newborn exam, The first week, Breastfeeding, Parenting resources
If you choose to take a full birth class with me, we will cover all of these topics over 6 weeks. See the Fees page for rates.