Tight for time?
Confined to bedrest for the remainder of your pregnancy?
Too tired to go out again after a long day’s work?
Interested in taking small group classes with friends in the comfort of your home?
I was certified as a childbirth educator over twenty years ago and offer private or small group prenatal education in the comfort of your home, on your schedule. Your life is busy and your time is precious. Sometimes having an educator come to you will work best with your life needs.
I have an eclectic non-judgmental style of teaching “what to expect” partially based on what I have seen work at close to 450 births that I have attended as a doula. Classes cover basic anatomy and physiology, pre-labor signs, and how to make decisions that will allow you to follow your own path to birth in your unique way. Learn how to make your home a peaceful “laboring space” as we practice comfort measures, massage options, labor positions, partner support, breathing and sound techniques. Decision-making, variations, medications, complications and technology will also be discussed, as well as information regarding the use of a birth plan should you wish to create one to share with your practitioners. Books and videos/DVDs available for loan. Classes are suitable for those birthing at home, in hospital or birth center.
Private childbirth preparation classes are held either in three meetings of approximately 2-2½ hours each, or two classes of approximately 3-3½ hours each, depending on your schedule and mine. Classes with more than one couple should plan to add a little more time each session for discussion and questions. Length of classes is approximate, as my work is not complete until your questions are answered and you feel inspired, confident and ready for labor!
Preparing for Labor practice sessions – Forgotten what you learned in your classes? Two hours of refresher regarding comfort & breathing techniques, creating your optimum labor space at home, important reminders for early labor as you begin the last days of pregnancy and move into labor. Typically scheduled for 37-38 weeks.
Private prenatal series in your home: $300
Two or more couples: $250/couple
Preparing for Labor practice session: One two-hour session – $100
Fees are due in full at the first class session.
Ideally, I suggest your series of preparation classes be held in your seventh month of pregnancy or early in the eighth month to allow for time to process, practice and make your ideas your own. However, preparation at any stage will be helpful regardless of timing. To allow you to choose the best dates to suit you, please contact me as soon as possible.