• What to expect throughout the phases and stages of labor. How your body works and the many variations of normal. How to stay flexible and open to whatever your birth story will be.

 

  • Coping techniques. Different methods work for different people, and you won't know what is best for you until you are in labor. You will learn many ways to increase your relaxation and ease in working with your body.

 

  • Nutrition and exercise. Physical ways to encourage optimal position of the baby.

 

  • Medical interventions (benefits and unintended consequences), how to be thoughtful when interventions are offered, where to find evidence based information, how to adjust when things don't go as planned. 

 

  • Writing a birth plan (we call it "Birth Requests" or "Birth Wishes", for as we know labor can't truly be planned) and discussing it with your healthcare providers. 

 

  • The importance of the healthcare provider, how to communicate with him/her, and what your options are.

 

  • How to be a supportive birth partner. Techniques for helping manage pain, communicating with all parties involved, staying in tune with the laboring woman's needs, basic ways to help labor progress as it needs to.

 

  • Examining hopes and fears leading up to labor and building peace and confidence through this process.

 

  • Assembling your ideal birth team. What is a doula and would you like to use one? A local doula comes in to share some special labor techniques. 

 

  • Life after labor. Emotional and physical needs of mother, father and baby.

 

  • How birth affects the breastfeeding relationship.

 

  • Your needs. Information will be tailored to fit the needs of each specific group of students.

       

And much more!