These few months are an exciting and anxious time, full of questions and concerns. How can I stay as healthy as possible? How can I have a gentle birth for my little one? How can I involve my partner in this process? Rest assured that you are in good company. Every woman wants to enter motherhood with the best possible start.
My interactive classes are designed to help you identify your strengths, face your fears, and create a joyful personal birth for your family. Discussion includes exercise and nutrition for the gestating body, how to stay as low-risk as possible, sex in pregnancy, when to contact your birth team, the physiology of birth, comfort measures like massage, positioning, and breathing techniques, relationship building with your partner, what to do if you birth in an unexpected place, how to handle unforeseen complications, breastfeeding, bonding with your newborn, and transitioning to life as a parent. We also take time to cover common interventions, options available in a hospital setting, and tips for navigating protocols and policies.
Come to class prepared to practice relaxation techniques, share your own research, rehearse what you'll do in labor, grill guest speakers about their experience, and do fun topic-related activities designed to help you envision the birth you want.
Every labor is unique, but it is my belief that most women with proper education, preparation and loving support can give birth naturally.
"Each baby has only one opportunity to be born; there are no second chances. So whenever possible the experience ought to be safe, wonderful, natural, empowering, and amazing." ~ Nancy Wainer-Cohen