We offer in home private, affordable childbirth education classes. Our most popular package includes four hours on private instruction and we focus on things that are important to you.
We will meet once before your due date and review everything that happens in labour, at your birth location, how to cope in labour and what to expect in the first few days. I’ll also help you prepare your birth preferences which you can share with your healthcare provider.
After you’ve had your baby and are back home, we will meet again for two hours, where we review basic newborn care, feeding support, review your birth and help answer any questions you have about transiting into parenthood. Not sure how to bathe baby? Need help with breastfeeding? You’ll get hands on experience from a doula in the privacy of your own home.
You can also reach out to me via email, text or phone with any questions you have up to until we meet after your birth.
Topics covered in Childbirth Education Classes
Prenatal Visit – 2 hours
Stages of Labour
We will review the stages of labour – how to time contractions, what are the signs of early labour, when to call your midwife or go to your hospital.
Learn what the common medical interventions are, why they occur and ways to avoid them.
Practice comfort measure techniques that help at home in early labour and at the hospital. Learn about the medical pain relief including epidurals (and no, it’s almost never too late to receive one). Learn about the roller-over and peanut ball – a must if you receive an epidural. What positions are best for labour? What about birth? Learn those and more.
Learn about the top must have items to pack for labour and birth and find out what items are provided to you and what items that are packed but seldom used.
There are common tests and procures done to babies once they are born and before you leave the hospital. Learn what those are and what your choices are. As of January 2019, some are no longer mandatory.
Learn what to expect with recovery for a vaginal birth and caesarean. How long do you stay at the hospital? What to buy ahead of time for a smooth recovery – adult diapers have never been more in fashion!
Postnatal Visit – 2 hours
We will talk about your birth experience and review any questions you may have.
We will review basic newborn care. I’m happy to help support you giving your baby their first bath, review safe sleep practices, feeding support and any questions you may have.
After birth Care
We will discuss your care and healing process. You can ask me any personal burning questions. You will receive unbiased support.