Birth Classes

Good Birth Class Online

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Do something extraordinary for yourself. Take a completely customized birth class from the comfort of your own couch. Together, with a small group of other first-time parents, we’ll get clear about what you need to have the birth that is just right for you!

You can wear what you want, eat while we work, let your dog out, meet my dogs (Peace and Baloo) and use your own bathroom.

Sounds pretty great, right?

“What month in pregnancy should we take Good Birth Class?”

I figure, the sooner you start learning about the birth process, the sooner you can start discussing what comes up for you with your care providers, get clear around what you need and how to best set yourselves up to have that in place.

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Topics include:

  • Creating your Collaborative Birth Team: who do you want with you for support at your birth?
  • How birth works, recognizing labor, what to do at home in early labor and when to leave for the hospital or birth center
  • Creating a customized list of what to bring for your physical and emotional comfort
  • Laboring in a way that works for you, even when things don’t happen the way you envisioned
  • Customizing strategies for labor (positions, breathing, relaxation and rituals) based on what you already do in your everyday life
  • Pain Medication: your expectations, your fears and choosing the medication/s and dose that’s right for you (not just what you’d be given) based on what’s going on in your labor and what you need the medication to do
  • Cesarean Birth: why it happens, avoiding an unnecessary Cesarean and Gentle (Family Centered) Cesarean
  • You and baby just after delivery

Choose your set of dates for 2018…

Four Wednesday evenings, 7-9pm EST

Jan 10th, 17th, 17th, 24th and 31st
Feb 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th
March 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th
April 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th

Once you sign up, you’ll get an email with information about your class and some technology stuff.

If you don’t see a time here that works for you, let me know what you need and we’ll set it up!

Live locally? Join my new classes at The Homestead at Wheeler Nature Park (South Burlington, VT) if you’d like.

Reach right out to me if you have any questions.

Private Classes

online or in-person

The Good Birth Session

1 session / 2 hours

This session is for you if:

  • You took the class at the hospital and feel like you didn’t get all the information you needed.
  • You took some other childbirth class/method and want to go over some things that may not have been covered (or covered enough) and fill in any blanks.
  • You really just want to learn about the stuff that you want to know and not take an entire series.
  • You want custom-fit, concrete strategies around what you need to have the birth that’s just right for you.
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Topics include:

  • Creating your Collaborative Birth Team: who do you want with you for support at your birth?
  • How birth works, recognizing labor, what to do at home in early labor and when to leave for the hospital or birth center
  • Creating a customized list of what to bring for your physical and emotional comfort
    Laboring in a way that works for you, even when things don’t happen the way you envisioned
  • Customizing strategies for labor (positions, breathing, relaxation and rituals) based on what you already do in your everyday life
  • Pain Medication: your expectations, your fears and choosing the medication/s and dose that’s right for you (not just what you’d be given) based on what’s going on in your labor and what you need the medication to do
  • Cesarean Birth: why it happens, avoiding an unnecessary Cesarean and Gentle (Family Centered) Cesarean
  • You and baby just after delivery
  • Custom prenatal and postpartum resources based on your needs

The NEXT Good Birth Session

…to get ready for this next baby

1 session / 2 hours

Every birth experience is different, even in the same body. In our time together, we’ll go back over what happened in your previous birth/s; looking at what worked and what did not.

We’ll cover questions you might have about the birth process itself and fill in any blanks. We’ll create custom-fit coping strategies – relaxation, breathing, medications and whatever else we come up with – based on what you already do naturally in your every day life. You’ll come away with a really clear idea of how to make this next birth the experience you want for yourselves.

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Topics include:

  • What happened last time/s? What worked and what did not?
  • How do you feel about having this next baby?
  • What’s your plan for your child/children at home when you leave?
  • Your labor team: who do you want with you for support at your birth?
  • How you’ll know you’re in labor
  • How you’ll labor at home
  • Deciding when to go to the hospital
  • Creating a customized list of what to bring for your physical and emotional comfort
  • Laboring in a way that works for you, even when things don’t go the way you envisioned
  • Customizing strategies for labor (positions, breathing, relaxation and rituals) using what worked and what did not in your other birth/s and what you already do in your everyday life
  • Pain Medication: your expectations, your fears and choosing the medication/s and dose that’s right for you (not just what you’d be given) based on what’s going on in your labor and what you need the medication to do
  • Custom prenatal and postpartum resources based on your needs

The Good VBAC Session

1 session / 2 hours

I once had a client say when someone asked if she was trying for a VBAC, “There is no “T” (for try) in VBAC. I’m having a VBAC”. One of the biggest factors for having a VBAC is believing that you can have a VBAC and that it is SAFE for you to have a VBAC. The other big factor is having a team that believes both of those things too. I know…my 2nd and 3rd daughters were VBACs.

We’ll revisit your previous birth looking at the reason/s for your Cesarean, what your fears are, what your feelings were then and how you hold it now. We’ll get real about the facts and dispel any myths around VBAC. You’ll come away with real data, concrete strategies for labor, a clear idea of what and whom you need to feel completely supported and confident in your team and yourselves.

Try this. When asked about your upcoming birth, practice saying, “I’m having a VBAC”. We’ll fill in whatever else you need to really believe it from there.

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Topics include:

  • Revisiting the story of your birth/s and the reason/s for your Cesarean/s
  • Exploring your fears around VBAC and clearing up any myths
  • Your labor team: who do you want with you for support at your birth?
  • How you’ll know you are in labor
  • How you’ll labor at home
  • Deciding when to go to the hospital
  • Creating a customized list of what to bring for your physical and emotional comfort
  • Laboring in a way that works for you, even when labor doesn’t go the way you envisioned
  • Pain Medication: your expectations, your fears and choosing the medication/s and dose that’s right for you (not just what you’d be given) based on what’s going on in your labor and what you need the medication to do
  • Customizing strategies for labor (positions, breathing, relaxation and rituals) using what you already do in your everyday life
  • Custom prenatal and postpartum resources based on your needs

The REALLY Good Transition Home with Baby Session

1 session / 2 hours

Set yourselves up for a MUCH EASIER transition at home with your new baby in those first hours, days and weeks by preparing in advance for baby’s sleeping, feeding, gas and looking at what kind of help you’d actually find helpful.

You’ll feel a whole lot more informed and centered with strategies, systems and support in place that we’ve created based on who you are, what you need and how you see things, rather than what all the books, blogs and best friends are saying you should do. This is SO much better than scrambling to figure things out from scratch at 2am your first night home (which is a total drag).

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Topics include:

  • Sleeping – where, in what (equipment), when (theory and reality) and how (developing your systems)
  • Feeding – breast and/or bottle, feeding stations, set up, supplies, systems, supplementing, pumping, self soothing/pacifiers
  • Changing – changing stations, set up, supplies and systems
  • Gas – possible breastfeeding offenders, burping techniques, gas aides
  • Help – what you need (meals, marketing, errands, housecleaning, laundry) and where you get it (family, friends, baby nurse, postpartum doula, housecleaning service)
  • Products to have in the house (so you’re not running out at midnight to find them)
  • Additional resources – lactation consultant, massage therapist, chiropractor, acupuncturist, psychotherapist

Please call or email me with any questions or if you just want us to talk about what you need.