Most people sign up for a class that finishes before they are 38 weeks. Classes fill quickly - sign up early to get a spot in the class you prefer.
12+ years professional experience in childbirth, postpartum, breastfeeding and prenatal education
I generally recommend taking classes between 32-37 weeks of your pregnancy. However, if you want to register for a class that is sooner or later than that, you're more than welcome. Please note my classes often fill up to two months prior to the start date. To get a spot in the class you want, register early.
My training is in Birthing From Within, which is a great approach that is non-outcome focused, realistic, information based prenatal education. The emphasis is on building the kind of mindset that will help you cope with your birth.
Over the years my classes have been refined to reflect what I see works really well for women and their partners. My style is definitely focused on building resiliency, confidence and capacity through information, hands-on practice, and conversation about your coping style and innate resources. I provide fact based information about birth, while helping you determine what is going to work well for you based on your style of coping and your preferences and needs.
My classes are known for great dialogue. I facilitate conversation that invites your participation. There are no powerpoint presentations, movies or lectures in my classes - I make sure you have an engaging and interesting time. The most common feedback I receive about my classes is how enjoyable and informative they are (from dads, too!).
You can expect an opportunity to ask lots of questions and get answers that inform and inspire you. You will laugh. You will meet some really great people who are having babies around the same time as you, which is perfect for building new community. You can expect frank discussion of birth, and fantastic skill-building to prepare both your partner and you for all that lays ahead. And, you can anticipate finishing the classes with a deeper confidence in yourselves in regards to your birth and new parenthood.
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No, not at all! I've had many second-time parents take my class and learn a lot. Plus, your experience and input enriches the class. Please come.
The short answer- yes! The longer answer is that consistently the research has shown that women who are supported throughout their birth experience by someone who is dedicated to their wellbeing and experienced in birth support have better outcomes in their experience of labour and birth. If hiring a doula isn't an option for you, consider how you can build a birth support team that provides you the kind of hands-on support that will enhance your birth.
Note: I don't currently offer birth doula support but would be happy to recommend others who do.
As much as you can! But not just in the form of hiring a doula - take your family and friends up on their offers to help whenever possible. Accept all offers of a cooked meal or an errand run for you!
Postpartum doula support can be once a week or once in a while - talk to me about your needs.