Childbirth Preparation Classes
This prenatal series comprised of 7 weekly classes is for our birth clients. Coming from our collective doula perspective, with much first hand experience, we bring a unique slant to this childbirth preparation series. Classes are comprised of interactive exercises, brainstorming sessions, explorations of topics in small groups/pairs, as well as incorporating relaxation/breath awareness, meditation, body sensing practices and dance!
Physiologic Birth: choosing to birth naturally; birth as a rite of passage; birthing hormones; Evolutionary Regression; birth & sex
Our Birth Culture: medicalized model and our culture's social messages of childbirth; 'labour bypass era', disarm fears that can impact your experience; working with functional pain
Preparation for your journey: anatomy & physiology of birth; practical comfort measures, breathing and relaxation techniques, positions and massage; use of TENS/rebozo
Ecstatic Birth: alternative to the 'pain relief' paradigm; use of pleasure to enhance your experience
Hydrotherapy & Waterbirth: research and benefits; The First Hour: birth of placenta/cord clamping, immediate care of newborn/mother, newborn procedures/tests; newborn appearance/characteristics
Disrupting Flow: routine medical procedures/interventions, pain medications, Cesarean birth, communication with care provider/informed consent/ creating your birth vision
Postpartum - Life with Baby: realities, adjustments, breastfeeding, sleep
Offered by Debra
Access to resource materials, including DVDs, books, handouts, articles
*Option to create a customized private class that is tailored to meet your needs. Learn exactly what you want to, nothing that you don't. Save on time and money! Choose from a variety of topics. Contact Debra for details.
Investment: $300 **Doula Package rate.
Winter Series: Jan.19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2
Spring Series: May 18, 25, 29, June 1,8,12,15
Summer Series: Aug 10,17, 21, 24, 31, Sept 4, Sept 7
Fall Series: Nov 16, 23, 27, 30, Dec 7,11,14
Add in a 3 hour Breastfeeding Class!
Group class (minimum 3 couples).
The more participants, the lower the fee.
2021 Dates: Saturdays February 27, June 19, Sept 25, Dec 18
“In a mere 3 hour session, Debra had the exceptional ability to give my partner and I a huge number of helpful lessons that we have continued to use. Not only that but she inspired us to create a birth plan that was not fear based, high-risk or filled with doubt but rather, one that allowed us to envision a positive birth experience. She also gave us various reading materials, a DVD and the recommendation of a number of key professionals that contributed to the success of my pregnancy and birth of our twins. We would highly recommend Debra because of her caring commitment to offer us what we needed.”
Kim and David
"I want to tell you again thank you for such a comprehensive and thoughtful prenatal class. Meeting with you was a game changer for us. I laboured at home until I was 6cm, then had an unmedicated vaginal delivery. My husband was an incredible support. He used the take charge technique to the maximum. It was incredible. I have nothing but positive feelings about my entire labour experience and am certain the preparation we did made a huge impact on our daughter's entrance. It wasn’t easy but then again I never thought it would be. I just felt prepared and with the right combination of people supporting us we have a healthy beautiful daughter. "