Birth Positive is currently offering virtual classes to expecting and new parents located anywhere in the world! In-person offerings are available to those in the Five Towns community, or anyone willing to travel to the Five Towns.
Yes! There is much more to the birth process than the decision to get or not to get an epidural. Many of my students come in leaning towards wanting pain relief during labor. If this is you, then that’s great! We discuss the benefits, risks, and considerations for deciding if and when to get an epidural. I will share some tips for how to mitigate some of the risks that come with an epidural so you can set yourself up for the most positive epidural birth experience possible. Please note that even if you are planning on getting an epidural, there will be some amount of time that you will be experience the intensity of labor prior to receiving the epidural. For this reason, you will also benefit from learning the non-medical pain relief options that will be covered during class as well.
If you are planning an un-medicated birth, we will spend ample time on non-medical coping techniques so you are prepared to meet your goals. I also emphasize the mental aspect of labor, and re-orienting your mind to a more positive mindset going into labor - which is crucial for achieving the un-medicated birth you desire. Finally, I will spend time on how to navigate the hospital environment so that you can increase your chances of having an unmedicated birth no matter what obstacles you may face in the hospital.
I have gotten this question a number of times when I tell people that I am a childbirth educator (CBE)!
Let's talk about the differences...
A CBE is someone who teaches classes to expecting couples during pregnancy to help them have a healthy pregnancy, and prepare for birth and postpartum. In this role, I provide the latest evidence-based information to help parents make informed decisions as they bring their new baby into the world. In addition, I help parents acknowledge and conquer any fears they may have in order to approach this transitional time in a positive and empowered way. Finally, I guide parents to build a support network of people and resources to help them transition as smoothly as possible into their new role as parents.
A certified birth doula is a trained and certified person who is there at the time of the labor and birth to support the laboring mom and her partner. A certified postpartum doula is a professionally trained and certified person who is hired to support the new parents during the postpartum period. I actually am currently in the process of receiving my full-spectrum certification as a doula through Doula Trainings International. As such, I have attended a handful of births as a doula and also provided postpartum doula support to clients. My main focus is still on the childbirth education aspect of my work, but if you have questions about doula support, I am always happy to speak about it and if/how working with a doula could be of benefit to you during your birth and postpartum experience!
Yes. Husbands are not required to join the class, but are highly encouraged to take the class together with their wife. Most of the content out there around birth is targeted toward women - whether that be apps, social media, or books - and it's important and really empowering for couples to take a class together so that the expectant father can be included! This allows you both to hear the same information at the same time, and have a springboard for conversation for how you can go through this journey as a team. It gives you the opportunity to ask questions that you may not otherwise have the opportunity to ask. If you want to take the class as a couple, but would feel more comfortable doing so in a private class, great! I offer private classes as well for this reason. Please reach out for more information via email or by scheduling a free intake call. PS - It's best to schedule your first session to begin when you are around 30 weeks or so; so please don't wait until the last minute to reach out as availability is limited.
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