Childbirth Education & Classes

If you aren’t looking for a Doula but are seeking some hands on education and expert advice, these classes are for you! Each class lasts an hour long and is held in your chosen location, whether that’s Starbucks, virtually through Skype, or in your living room. I am available for classes in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Discounts are available when booking multiple classes.

 
Pregnant Couple Prenatal Class
 

Birth Planning

$70 - This personal meeting will ease your fears by educating you on your options for childbirth. Together, we create a document that will show your decisions regarding various options available to pregnant women. This is a great opportunity to discuss feelings that may arise as your birth approaches and get answers to your questions and concerns. This is different from a childbirth education class, it's time devoted to planning your upcoming birth.

  • Deciding on a provider and birth facility
  • Preparing your body for pregnancy, labor and birth
  • Developing your birth plan
  • Mental relaxation techniques
  • Physical comfort measures
  • Packing for the hospital or birth center
  • Registries and shopping (what do you REALLY need?)
  • Postpartum expectations and adjustment
  • Choosing a doctor for you and your baby

If you decide to hire me as your Birth Doula, this planning session fee is applied towards your new balance.

 

Childbirth Education

$170 - Pregnancy and birth are physically demanding. Mental preparation and emotional support can go a long way towards helping you manage the intensity of your upcoming labor and birth. Ideally, you should take a childbirth class between weeks 20 and 36 of your pregnancy.

  • We will go over the emotional and physical stages of labor, birth and postpartum
  • Positioning for labor and birth
  • Comfort measures and how to manage labor pain without drugs
  • How your partner can help support you
  • Evidence regarding your birth options
  • The importance of the labor environment & how to use it to your advantage
  • How your birth team affects your pregnancy, birth and postpartum
  • The benefits of breastfeeding and how to begin
  • You will have the freedom to discuss controversial topics related to childbirth and the class will discuss strategies for broaching these subjects with their care providers.

If you decide to hire me as your Birth Doula, this childbirth education fee is applied towards your new balance.

 
Partner Support Childbirth

Partner Support Class

$170 - Most partners desire to be your main support person, and with this class I’ll teach them the tools and tricks of the trade to be the best birth coach for you. This class is best in combination with Birth Planning and/or Childbirth Education, as those meetings will help me personalize your partner’s class for your birth plan.

  • Your partner will learn about mental, physical, and emotional comfort measures
  • Reminders to keep you hydrated, using the restroom, up and walking
  • Things to say and NOT say during labor
  • Positions for childbirth and how they can actively assist you
  • Support during interventions, such as an epidural or cesarean birth
  • Comfort measures like acupressure points, hand and foot massage, rebozo positioning and sifting, counter pressure, hip squeezes, and more.
  • The Take Charge Routine- if you become overwhelmed and don’t know what to do, they will know how to keep you focused
  • Keeping their head in the game and self care ideas
 

Grandparent Support Class

$170 - Grandparents are always thrilled to support you and help welcome your bundle of joy into the world! I will discuss all the sensitive issues with them, educate them on the birth process and what to expect, and help them learn how to best support you throughout pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum recovery period. Whether they are attending the birth or not, I can help prepare them to help you in the best way for your family.

  • Your babies’ grandparents will learn about the birth process and your birth plan
  • How to support at the birth OR How to offer support from afar
  • What they can do to support you during postpartum recovery
  • What to say and not say to new parents
  • Updated newborn care information
  • Working through their own birth experiences, feelings, thoughts
  • Eliminate common myths & misunderstandings
 

Postpartum Planning

$70 - When you arrive home from the hospital, sometimes there are a lot of questions. From how to do baby’s first bath, to umbilical cord care, feeding and diapering, even how many dirty diapers to expect! I’ll answer all of your newborn care questions, offer information and resources, and help you create a postpartum plan that will ease your transition into parenthood. Together, we create a document that will be a reference for support during the early days, as well as help you achieve your goals as a new parent.

  • Enlisting help from friends, family, neighbors for various needs
  • Taking care of your newborn baby and your body
  • Family adjustments
  • Meal planning
  • Breastfeeding and Bottle feeding
  • What do you really need?
  • Sleeping schedules
  • Postpartum depression, anxiety, and baby blues
  • Choosing a doctor for your baby

If you decide to hire me as your Postpartum Doula, this planning session fee is applied towards your new balance. 

 
Postpartum Belly Binding

Belly Binding

$100 - During your belly binding session, I will demonstrate the wrapping technique and teach you and your partner how to apply the wrap. This session can be held as early as 2-3 days postpartum after a vaginal birth or 1-2 weeks after a surgical birth, depending on your comfort level and healing. It is recommended that your binder be worn for a maximum of 6 hours per day for at least 2-4 weeks. The wrap is included in your fee!

  • Belly binding helps organs return to normal positions after being displaced by pregnancy
  • Relieves the “loose” or “jelly” feeling that many women experience after giving birth
  • Facilitates your body’s return to pre-pregnancy size and shape, supporting your rib cage and pelvis
  • Supports your abdominal muscles and helps them knit back together
  • Reduces bleeding time after childbirth
  • Prevents slouching during nursing sessions which can lead to painful injuries
 

Yoga Classes

$50 - 60 minute class begins with breathing instruction and an opening meditation. I offer classes for any level of practice. You may choose a power vinyasa flow or a restorative class. Every class is personalized for your physical abilities and stress points. We always end class in Savasana with five minutes of meditation.

Benefits of Yoga Practice:

  • Reduced Stress Levels
  • Healthier Pregnancy
  • Effective Breathing Practice for Labor
  • Strengthens the Pelvic Floor
  • Improves Posture and Reduces Body Tension
  • Increases Circulation
  • Enhances Connection with Your Baby
  • Mindful Self Care