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Childbirth Education

Taking a Childbirth Education Course means knowing your options, understanding the birth process, learning to trust your birthing and mothering instincts, erasing fears and gaining confidence. You are a powerful creator!

Women and their partners attend childbirth education classes to help them understand how birth works, what to expect during the labor process and how to meet the challenges of parenthood. This course will allow you have a better understanding of pregnancy, labor, birth, breastfeeding and newborn care, ease any anxieties you may have and allow you to interact with other expectant parents in a supportive environment.

The classes are fun, interactive and confidence building for both the mother and her partner. All information provided is based on the best, most current medical literature available and aims to remind women that they were born with the innate intelligence to conceive, grow, birth, nourish and nurture their babies.

THE CURRICULUM

YOUR HEALTHY PREGNANCY

Proper nutrition, exercise, prenatal yoga, nutritious herbs, staying stress free
Natural remedies, tips and tricks on easing common pregnancy discomforts like morning sickness and indigestion
Anatomy and physiology of mother and baby as they grow and develop

WOMEN’S WISDOM

Learn how a woman’s body is naturally, perfectly and intelligently designed to conceive, grow, birth and nourish a baby. Gain confidence in trusting your birthing and mothering instincts

ACHIEVING A GENTLE, COMFORTABLE BIRTH

You and your partner will get hands on practice with many different effective comfort measures and deep relaxation techniques and learn how to create a calm, peaceful birth environment

STAGES OF LABOR

Labor is a journey and a time of great physical, emotional and spiritual transformation. You and your partner will learn about The Holistic Stages of Labor so that you’ll know what to expect. Understanding the process will give you confidence and peace of mind!

CREATING A BIRTH PLAN

Yes, YOU get to plan your birth! It’s your baby, your body, your birth experience. Make it the best one possible. You are the creator and director of this rite of passage

NEWBORN PROCEDURES

The pros and cons of routine newborn procedures, such as: Eye ointment, vaccines, cord clamping, Vitamin K, circumcision, etc.

NEWBORN CARE AND ATTACHMENT PARENTING

Swaddling, soothing, co-sleeping options, kangaroo care, bonding, bathing, diapering options, baby wearing, infant massage, etc.

BREASTFEEDING

Breast is best. Learn about the womanly art of breastfeeding and why it’s best for both mother and baby

Specialty Classes

Breastfeeding 101

Did you know that there are literally 101 reasons to breastfeed? Breast milk is superior to infant formula in every way and it’s free! We will discuss why breast milk is one of the most unique and amazing substances on the planet, proper latching, breastfeeding positions, your legal right to breastfeed in public, the hazards of infant formula, breast pumps, milk sharing and where to find free local breastfeeding support.

Comfort Measures and Relaxation Techniques for Labor

The intense sensations of labor are purposeful, normal and most importantly, manageable! This class covers the MANY different ways you can easily and successfully cope with the sensations of labor using natural, non pharmacological methods, such as massage, meditation, vocalization, visualization and breathing techniques, just to name a few. Pain is NOT a necessary component of labor. We will explode the myths surrounding labor pain so that you can see that a peaceful, gentle birth is possible and is a reality for many women. This is a hands on, interactive class that you and your partner will enjoy and gain confidence from.

Attachment Parenting: Better Baby Bonding!

All parents seek a close emotional bond with their babies and care about their child’s physical, mental, and emotional well being. This class examines Dr. Sears ” 7 B’s of Attachment Parenting” : Birth Bonding, Breastfeeding, Bedding Close to Your Baby, Belief in the Language Value of Your Baby’s Cry, Beware of Baby Trainers and Balance. DID YOU KNOW: Wearing your baby in a carrier, wrap or sling is a great way to promote mother-infant bonding, quickly respond to your baby’s needs and is much more convenient than hauling around a stroller. Baby wearing helps your child feel warm, safe, secure and loved and will help facilitate your postpartum weight loss! Because baby feels confident knowing you are close by, she will develop a sense of trust and well being.

“If we hope to create a non-violent world where respect and kindness replace fear and hatred, we must begin with how we treat each other at the beginning of life. For that is where our deepest patterns are set. From these roots grow fear and alienation ~ or love and trust.” – Suzanne Arms

Know Your Birth Options

If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any. Knowing your birth options is especially important in todays health care climate, where over 1/3 of babies are now being born by cesarean section and the USA ranks 50th in terms of maternal mortality. This class examines the 3 Models of Maternal Health Care: Technocratic, Humanistic & Holistic (per Robbie Davis Floyd) so that you can make informed decisions about what kind of prenatal care you would like to receive and what kind of birth is best for you and your baby. Find out about all the different types of birth: home birth, lotus birth, water birth, natural birth, VBAC, HBAC, UBAC, cesarean, free/unassisted birth, etc.

“Unfortunately, birthing woman has not only lost touch with her body and with her ancient female lineage. She has also lost her voice to speak up, to question intervention, to ask for support, to demand respect for the work of giving birth and caring for her infant. When she finds that voice, she will regain a vital part of her creativity and power as a woman.” –Suzanne Arms

Fee

$30 per class

Class Schedule

May 8, 15, 22 (WEDNESDAYS): Holistic Childbirth Education Course for BCofJAX clients only. This class MAY extend one more Wednesday (to 5/29). The hours are 6-9pm

May 9,16,23,30 (THURSDAYS): Holistic Childbirth Education Course for BCofJAX clients. The hours are 7-9:30pm

June: Every Saturday from 4 until 7pm, course for BCofJAX clients

June: Every Sunday for the general public (FEE: $135) Hours are 2-5pm.

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