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Conscious Birth Series 

This is a prenatal series comprised of 8 sessions. It's an exploration that presents birth as a healthy, physiological process, while examining common cultural beliefs and dispelling misperceptions. Content provides opportunities for expectant parents to become critical thinkers. Sessions are comprised of interactive exercises, brainstorming, discussions of topics in small groups/pairs, as well as incorporating relaxation/breath awareness, meditation, body sensing practices and dance!

This series offers expectant parents a pathway to discover what's truly important to them, to be their own powerful advocates, while claiming agency during their birth journey. Creating a vision that includes being fully aware of what informed consent means and how to navigate decision making in order to give birth consciously. 

Topics covered:
  • Opening to Birth: choosing to birth naturally, birth as a rite of passage; birthing pleasure hormones, birth & sex interconnectedness

  • Our Birth Culture: medicalized model and social messages, 'labour-bypass' era, disarming fears, working with 'life giving' pain

  • Birth Labyrinth: anatomy & physiology of birth, rite of passage phases, birth as an altered state of consciousness; supporting body wisdom

  • Ecstatic Birth: alternative to the 'pain relief' paradigm, use of pleasure to enhance your experience; hydrotherapy & waterbirth

  • Dancing with the Unexpected: navigating changes, medical procedures, interventions, pain medications, Cesarean birth, creating your birth vision, communication, informed consent/decision making

  • The First Hour(s): birth of placenta/cord clamping, immediate care of newborn/mother, newborn procedures/tests, newborn appearance, characteristics

  • Breastfeeding: getting off to a great start, common challenges

  • Life with Baby: recovery, realities, priorities, adjustments, sleep

Offered by Debra

Phone: 778-997-0753

Email: debra@doulasofvancouver.ca

  • Access to resource materials, including videos, books, handouts, articles

  • *Option to create a customized private class that is tailored to meet your needs. 

Investment: $375

2024 Winter Series: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, 21  

Wednesday evenings 7-9pm. Classes 3 & 5 run 7-930pm.

Online, recorded 

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TESTIMONIALS

 "I highly recommend Debra's course to everyone I speak to who is seeking one. It was perfectly constructed to offer deep insight across the board regarding pregnancy, birth, postpartum, breastfeeding, partnership etc., via ample medical resources, studies, videos, and facts. [Debra even provided prep material before each class, summary notes from each session, in addition to some extra resources as well -- which I really enjoyed pouring over and saved them all.] Debra does such a wonderful job with her birth prep class--she is such a wealth of knowledge and experience!"

Angela

"The childbirth course with Debra was absolutely vital to our preparation as first time parents. Debra has amassed a remarkable amount of resources and has curated an in depth course that strengthened our arrival to birthing. Her course is evidence based, it is illustrative of the realities of birth and also engaging at an emotional level, meeting both partners in their journey of receiving new life wholeheartedly. The course also prepared us in navigating difficult decision making during the birth which was particularly important in our experience. We felt empowered to inquire about our options and to take a stand for our preferences. Debra is devoted to healthy childbearing, we could not recommend this course more."

 

Mariana and Pablo

"We would like to thank you for your time and all knowledge you shared in the birth classes. We learned a lot from you.  

We are so grateful and feel really lucky that we attended the class. Personally I really enjoyed the additional materials you sent us before and after class. If there was any topic I needed to know more about,  I could always find some extra answers there. The class overall changed our perspective about giving birth. 

From a stressed and "hospital ready" mommy-to-be I became an informed and confident mom who knows what she wants to achieve with this amazing life changing experience. And after the birth, we feel confident in our new role as parents. And we are rocking with exclusive breastfeeding! 

So again, thank you so much!!"

Kate and Israel 

"Just wanted to say a big thank you from Jemma and myself. We found the course to be extremely informative and useful and we are both feeling much more prepared in the run up to the birth. It's a good mix of emotional and mental preparation and information, facts and evidence that I think will help us to be fully equipped in our decision making process, however the birth turns out. "

Paul and Jemma 

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