Childbirth Education & Classes

I offer many classes, from pregnancy throughout postpartum and motherhood topics. Ask me about any details directly! All the classes are personalized to your needs and interests and go at your own pace, so you can get the answers and confidence you need. The added benefit of private classes is avoiding the hassle of leaving the house, or sharing your class with an audience. Most classes are included with Doula support, please inquire with me about details.

 
 

Sussex County Moms Group

Free - Since we don't have a standing mom meeting in Sussex County, I wanted to start one! This meeting will be held every third Thursday of the month at my home in Ocean View, Delaware.

Open to moms of all walks of life. As an experienced mom and Doula I can lead discussions and offer advice on crunchy mom topics such as breastfeeding, babywearing, cloth diapering, prenatal and postpartum care, gentle parenting, and much more. Feel free to come seeking advice or just some new mom friends. Little ones are always welcome!

 

Birth Planning

$100 - 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. At the end of this meeting, you’ll have a document that covers your preferences to confidently share with any support person attending your birth.

  • Discuss the importance of the birth setting

  • Preparing your body for labor and birth

  • Mental relaxation techniques

  • Physical comfort measures

  • What you need for the birth process

  • Registries and shopping

  • Postpartum expectations and adjustment

 
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Childbirth Education

$250 - 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

  • Creating comfort with the five senses during labor

  • Positioning for labor and birth, information on tearing

  • Comfort measures and how to manage labor pain without drugs

  • Tips on how your partner can support you

  • 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 other support persons

 

Partner Support

$100 - If your partner’s desire is to be your main support person, this class is perfect for them. I teach the tools and tricks of the trade on how to be the best birth coach for you in a crash course format! This partner class can be for your significant other or spouse, your best friend, your parent, or anyone else who you’ve chosen to support you. Have your birth plan in mind for this class, or combine this meeting with a Birth Planning class.

  • Your partner will learn about mental, physical, and emotional comfort measures during all stages of labor

  • 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

  • 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

  • Newborn care and supporting breastfeeding

 

Postpartum Planning

$100 - From how to give baby their first bath, to umbilical cord care, feeding and diapering, even how many dirty diapers to expect, newborns can be a challenge! 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, and help you achieve your goals as a new parent.

  • Taking care of your newborn baby and your body

  • Family adjustments

  • Meal planning and nutrition

  • Breastfeeding or Bottle feeding

  • Planning for postpartum support at home

  • What do you really need?

  • Sleeping information

  • Postpartum depression, anxiety, and baby blues

 
Breastfeeding Baby Class

Breastfeeding

$100 - Learn about the basics of breastfeeding in the privacy of your own home, and how to get breastfeeding off to the best start. Partners welcome and encouraged to attend this class. You will have the ability to ask questions and get the information you need to start out breastfeeding.

This class can also be useful as a consult to get help, tips, and troubleshoot issues as needed once your baby is born.

Topics include:

  • Recognizing a good latch

  • Positions and ensuring comfort

  • Dietary ideas and recommendations

  • How to know if your baby is getting enough milk, and what to do if they aren’t

  • Common challenges and how to overcome them, including supply issues, pain, scheduling, pumping, and anxiety

  • How your partner can support you

  • Helpful infant massage techniques

 

Yoga

$55 - 60 minute class begins with breathing instruction and an opening meditation. I offer classes for any level of practice. You may choose an invigorating Vinyasa flow or a slower paced, restorative class. I personalize every class 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

 
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Bengkung Belly Binding

$100 - During your belly binding session, I will show you the wrapping technique and teach you and your partner how to apply the wrap. Wrapping is safe 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. I recommend that you wear your binder for a maximum of 6 hours per day for at least 2-4 weeks. I include the belly binding wrap and a herbal warming paste in the class price.

  • 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