Childbirth Prep Series (5 week)
- 350 US dollars$350
- Location 1
This class series aims to prepare expecting parents (physically and emotionally) for their upcoming birth & baby by using a combination of: evidence-based information, visual aids, videos, demonstration & practice of various labor coping techniques, engaging activities, thought-provoking discussion with other expecting parents, and a take-home folder of helpful handouts. This series meets over 5 sessions (~2 to 2.5 hours each) which allows for a more in-depth learning experience, more Q&A, and more community building compared to a one-day course. Topic Breakdown: Week 1: Birth Planning & Understanding Your Body's Physiologic Design for Birth -communication with care providers -informed decision making -birth planning -basic anatomy & physiology of birth Week 2: Stages of Labor -progression of labor (including physical & emotional changes, and helpful strategies throughout) Week 3: Coping & Comfort Measures -understanding the nature of labor pain -partners/labor support companions -coping & comfort measures (including breathing, relaxation, and more) -labor positions Week 4: Understanding Medical Procedures -interventions vs. solutions -monitoring the baby in labor -induction: when labor needs help getting started -augmentation: when labor needs help moving along -pain relief medications (benefits, risks, and helpful strategies) -cesarean birth Week 5: Newborns & Postpartum -newborn procedures -basics of breastfeeding & infant feeding -postpartum (physical, emotional, and relationship changes, plus strategies for care) What to bring or wear: -*Birth/exercise ball (Typically available on Amazon or fitness stores)** -Pillow(s) -Food and drink allowed -Dress comfortably (We move around for certain activities) -Folder of handouts (You will receive a folder at the first meeting. Please bring to every class meeting.) *Birth ball is used for practice of various labor positions, increasing comfort for pregnant bodies, and are a great tool for soothing fussy newborns. Birth balls are highly recommended and a reasonable, worthwhile investment. If you are truly unable to purchase/find a birth ball, I ask that participants share during class. **Please make sure birth balls are the appropriate size for your height/weight and properly inflated.
Payment, Cancellation, Refund, & Make Up Policies
Payment Policy: Class fees are due upfront in full. Without payment, registration will be deemed incomplete. Cancellations/Refunds: Cancellations made 2 or more weeks prior to the start of class will be given an 80% refund. Cancellations made within two weeks’ notice will be given a 50% refund. Cancellations made with less than 48 hours’ notice and no-shows will NOT be given any refund. Full refunds will always be given in the case of pregnancy loss/miscarriage. Please notify me as soon as someone is reasonably able so that I may offer my condolences and your refund. I reserve the right to make case by case exceptions to my discretion. Rescheduling: If you wish to change to another class date, you will be charged a $25 rescheduling fee. Please give me at least 48 hours' notice. Availability in another class date(s) is not guaranteed so it is to your advantage to reschedule sooner than later. Refunds will NOT be given if you cancel the rescheduled class. Making Up a Missed Class in a Prep Series: If you are enrolled in series course, please choose class dates carefully to ensure you can make every class meeting. Partial refunds will NOT be given for missed classes. If you must miss a class, please notify me of your absence 24 hours prior to the start of class. When given proper notice, I will try to accommodate you by sending class handouts, suggested readings, or videos to supplement learning. I DO NOT send supplemental learning materials for absences with less than 24 hours’ notice. I DO NOT offer make up classes. Low enrollment: In the event that a class does not have the minimum number of spots enrolled, the class will be cancelled. If your class is cancelled due to low enrollment and you still wish to do your childbirth preparation with me, I will offer discounted topic lessons. Details will be emailed to you. Instructor Illness or Emergencies: I reserve the right to reschedule any classes due to illness or emergencies on my part. In such an event, I will do my best to notify you of any class changes and reschedule the class as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.