Childbirth Classes and More

 

Island Midwife, Postpartum care, Baby, Midwifery care

 I teach these classes for the purpose of sharing unbiased information and resources with parents so they will be able to make informed decisions for their baby and family. My hope is to create an environment where everyone in class can listen, participate, and share. These classes are for birth parents and families planning all types of birth, whether in the hospital, home, or a birth center, and for parents welcoming their first baby or have more children. 

I offer private classes or private group classes if you have friends who can join. Each class is three hours long, with a break in the middle. Pricing for 3 hr classes: $100 for private classes or $80 per individual/couple/team for a group class. Pricing for 4-week series is $200. No one is turned away for lack of funds. If you are interested in taking one of the classes listed below please contact me and we can find a time to meet!

CB Prep flyer jpeg

Labor and Birth 4-week series:

Tuesdays, November 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th from 7 – 8:45pm

at the Good Witch Apothecary, Alameda

  • Class 1: Anatomy of birth – what’s actually going on in there
    • Labor stages – there’s a wide range of normal
    • When to call your midwife or doula
  • Class 2: Labor positions and breathing – coping with the unpredictable and working with your body
    • Videos of normal labor and birth
  • Class 3: What to expect when laboring at home – gathering your best birth team and setting up your space
    • What to expect in the hospital – what to bring, setting up your space, and a discussion of possible interventions
  • Class 4: Feeding your baby – getting started with breastfeeding and other feeding options
    • Healing from the birth – the best self-care for a healthy recovery
    • Newborn care – sleep, eating, normal baby habits

Please contact me soon if you are interested in this class! $200 for the series

 

VBAC class flyer jpeg

VBAC Preparation Class: 3 hour class for in late March, details to come!

  • Processing previous labor and birth experiences – how will things be the same this time around?
  • Discussing the specifics of Vaginal Birth After Cesarean – what your doctor or midwife will be watching for
  • The importance of a your labor support team and care provider
  • Review of birth anatomy and labor stages – changes for this birth

Pregnancy:

1st and 2nd Trimester Class

  • Changes and discomforts during the 1st and 2nd trimesters – nausea, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, body aches, etc.
  • Explaining routine lab work and your options – prenatal and genetic testing, ultrasounds, gestational diabetes screening, etc.
  • Nutrition to nourish you and your baby
  • Exercise to feel good, stay strong, and build community
  • Choosing a care provider
  • Emotional health – relationship changes in early pregnancy, your changing body, feelings about the pregnancy

3rd Trimester Class

  • Anatomy and changes during the 3rd trimester
  • Explaining routine 3rd lab work and your options
  • Should I hire a birth doula? Should I make a birth plan?
  • Pre and postterm labor
  • Care of your newborn: baby sounds, temperature, sleeping arrangements, caring for the umbilical cord stump, bathing, finding a pediatrician
    • Explaining routine tests and treatments for your newborn: Vitamin K, Hepatitis B vaccine, Antibiotics for the eyes, Newborn Screen, Hearing Screen

Labor and Birth Refresher Class

  • Processing previous labor and birth experiences – will things be the same this time around?
  • Incorporating a new person into the family – talking to siblings about a new baby and the changing dynamic of your adult relationships
  • Review of birth anatomy and labor stages – changes for this birth
  • What will be different about your body after this labor and birth

How to Feed Your Baby

  • Physical changes – finding bras, easing engorgement, nipple health
  • Positioning and latch – guides for how things should look and feel
  • Foods to support your milk supply
  • Signs of trouble: nipple pain, mastitis, clogged ducts, thrush
  • Pumping and bottle feeding
  • Supplementing with donor milk or formula
  • I encourage you to take this class before you have your baby if possible.

Care After the Birth

  • Your new, changing body and self-care – recovery from the birth and good habits going forward
  • The first two weeks – rhythms of your new baby
  • Nutrition and exercise for the postpartum time
  • Emotional health – baby blues and postpartum depression
  • Finding the right kind of support
  • Incorporating your new baby into an existing family
  • Newborn care: diapers, bathing, sleeping, and more
  • I encourage you to take this class before you have your baby if possible.