Lamaze® Childbirth Class 

This class is appropriate if you plan to birth at home, a birth center or hospital, with or without medications.  There is a strong focus on physiologic birth, what the research shows related to choices in childbirth, exploring the pros and cons of choices, learning comfort and relaxation techniques, communication skills, and early postpartum, newborn care, and breastfeeding.  This is a complete childbirth class.

The Lamaze Approach to Pregnancy,Birth and Parenting

Six decades of research and experience have taught us that birth is transformative and that every family deserves a safe and healthy birth experience. Our evidence-based Six Healthy Practices are the basis of Lamaze education, which teaches about the safest and healthiest practices for a safe and healthy birth.  They are recommendations to help ease the birthing process and instill confidence. While some may have unique circumstances, all parents can benefit from understanding the options and information available to them.

Lamaze Helps You Decide What’s Best for Both You and Your Baby
  • Supporting you with science-backed pregnancy, birth and parenting information taught by certified childbirth educators.
  • Guiding you as you navigate all of your options and their benefits and risks.
  • Helping you understand how your body was designed for birth, and encouraging you to work with your body’s natural abilities.

Providing strategies for comfort and coping with pain during labor, reducing unnecessary medical interventions, and receiving continuous support during labor and birth.

Encouraging bonding between you and your baby, with the importance of skin-to-skin contact and time to get to know your new baby after birth.   To learn more abour Lamaze, check out the Lamaze website and parent resources, including the blog Giving Birth With Confidence.

Hybrid Format Includes:

  • 5 weeks of instruction and mentoring
  • 4 weeks of online videos for you and your partner to watch together at your convenience with access for 4 months
  • 4 weekly classes with your instructor and classmates to review and answer questions related to online content
  • 1 in person 3 hour class for question and answers and hands on practice for labor positions and comfort techniques
  • Printed book and handouts to complement the online content
  • Small group classes limited to 4 couples to ensure individualized instruction
  • BONUS: Breastfeeding and newborn care videos!
  • Bonus: Links to my favorite resources, blogs, podcasts, and videos on topics from pregnancy to postpartum
  • Bonus: 30 minute private in-person or virtual meeting before or after birth to review topics of your choice related to childbirth, postpartum, breastfeeding or newborn care

 

This 5 class series explores:
  • The physiology of birth
  • Preparing the mind and body in pregnancy
  • Relaxation, coping strategies and comfort techniques for labor
  • Common interventions and medication  options
  • Communicating with your partner and care providers
  • Your birth environment
  • How to be a great birth partner to work as a team
  • Positions that help labor progress and comfort
  • Tips for early breastfeeding, bonding, and recovery

The focus of this class is to provide you with researched-backed information and personal strategies to move confidently into parenthood. This course has it all!  Couples will prepare by reviewing videos and short reading assignments before class meetings. Your questions are encouraged to get what you most want out of our time together.   Summer Special Class fee per couple: $299. $225. for small group and $375. $300. for  private classes. Limted scholarships are available per small group session, so please contact me if you are interested, but the class fee is a hardship for you.

 Sundays from 10:30 AM-1:30 PM from July 11th-August 8th-FULL

New Sunday class series starting on: Sept. 12th-Oct. 10th from 10:30 AM -1:30 PM(Perfect for November/December babies)

**If you don’t see a scheduled class that works for you, send a message or call. I also offer private, customized classes of varying lengths. Some classes I have done in the past include: a single 4 hour or 2 sessions of 3 hours accelerated childbirth class, or combining topics such as comfort measures for birth and breastfeeding, or comfort measures and newborn care. These can be scheduled based availability and fees vary.**
Did you know that childbirth education is an eligible expense for a Flexible Spending Account or a Health Savings Account enabling you to use pre-tax dollars and pay with your FSA debit card? And, some insurance companies will reimburse you for childbirth education. That is because the benefits for birthing people and  newborns are indisputable.

To view some short video clips from first time parents on the significance of childbirth education check here and here.  And, appreciate that they also once felt all of the things that you are feeling now!

 

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