Preparing for Childbirth: Prenatal Education for the Modern Family
Preparing for Childbirth is an independent, tailored class series that bridges childbirth preparation with a modern, hands on approach geared towards busy families in the DC/MD/VA community.
This class is a comprehensive 8-week series covering pregnancy health, relaxation, labor anatomy and physiology, pain management, and common variations and complications. Each class will include hands on activities, videos, relaxation methods and practice exercises designed specifically for labor and delivery. While focused on preparing for a natural childbirth in a hospital setting, Preparing for Childbirth also includes thorough and judgment-free discussion of all labor and delivery scenarios, including epidurals and c-sections so you are prepared for whatever situation that may arise.
Come prepare for your birth, your way!
No time for an 8 week course during the holidays? Check out our crash courses!
Preparing for Childbirth: A Crash Course When: Mon, 11/30/2015 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Length: 3 weeks
Cost: $175 per couple
Held at the Hill Center in SE DC!
Prepare for your birth, your way! This three-session, independent childbirth class prepares you for labor and delivery, common interventions, navigating the hospital and pain management.
Class 1: Labor and Birth
Class 2: Interventions/Informed Consent
Class 3: Comfort measures/Labor practice
Preparing for Childbirth: A Crash Course
When: Sunday, December 13,2015
Cost: $162 per couple
Held at the Jewish Community Center, 16th St NW
Prepare for your birth, your way! This one-day independent childbirth class prepares you for labor and delivery, common interventions, navigating the hospital, and pain management. Perfect for those who are too busy for a multi-week class, but with all the information you need for a great birth. To register please click the link above.
"Taking Nicole's class was one of the best decisions we made before the birth of our son. The class material was informative and the personal anecdotes were just what we needed to make us feel adequately prepared for our home birth. There is so much to learn in parenthood. In just a few weeks, Nicole helped us get a good start for our journey. We are thankful that she has chosen to use her gift to educate and encourage new moms and dads." Candace & Desmond
8 Week Course Content
Class 1: Introduction/Nutrition and Exercise
Introduction to the course materials, philosophy and goals including a discussion on fear, pain, and finding the right support. How to stay healthy and low risk during pregnancy, evaluate your diet, cover pregnancy exercises and discuss common pregnancy concerns and ailments.
Class 2: First Stage Labor
How your body works in first stage labor. We will cover anatomy and physiology of first stage labor including hormones, sensations, and determining the stage of labor you are in. Learn how to time contractions, when to go to the hospital, and standard hospital admitting protocol.
Class 3: Second Stage Labor
How your body works in the second stage of labor. We will cover the anatomy and physiology of second stage labor including hormones, sensations and normal progression. Discuss basic pushing techniques and second stage positions. Brief review of third stage labor included.
Class 4: Interventions and Variations
Common interventions, complications and normal variances in labor and birth, including epidural, instrument assisted delivery, induction and cesarean surgery. Learn how to evaluate whether it is necessary to intervene, and how to handle interventions that become necessary.
Class 5: Communication and Informed Consent
Learn the importance of evaluating your feelings and listing your priorities, as well as making a birth plan. Learn how to navigate true informed consent, and effectively communicate with your birth partner as well as hospital staff.
Class 6: Pain Management and Comfort Measures
Advanced techniques dealing directly with the challenge of handling first stage labor. How to manage the length of labor, various pain coping techniques and extensive hands on education of labor positioning to address common labor indications.
Class 7: Labor Rehearsal and Coaching Technique
Labor rehearsal and hands on exercises that will cover all of the various techniques and common occurrences in labor as well as offer review of labor stages. Opportunity to apply knowledge but have access to an expert to address questions and technique.
Class 8: Immediate Postpartum and Class Review
Final class review. Basic newborn care and medical choices, breastfeeding, and third stage labor review. Topics include circumcision, cord clamping, skin to skin, postpartum depression and continuing newborn and parent education.