Childbirth Preparation Classes

This prenatal virtual (Zoom) series comprised of 7 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!

Topics covered:
  • 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 'life giving' 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 

  • Disrupting Flow: routine medical procedures/interventions, pain medications, Cesarean birth, communication with care provider/informed consent, creating your birth vision, Dancing with the Unexpected

  • The First Hour(s): birth of placenta/cord clamping, immediate care of newborn/mother, newborn procedures/tests, newborn appearance/characteristics; Hydrotherapy & Waterbirth: research and benefits

  • Postpartum - Life with Baby: realities, adjustments, breastfeeding, sleep

Investment: $300   **Doula Package rate. 

2021 Dates:

Fall Series: Tuesdays, Nov 9, 16, Saturday Nov 20, Tuesdays Nov 23 & 30, Dec 7 & 14

Offered by Debra

Phone: 778-997-0753

Email: debra@doulasofvancouver.ca

  • 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.

Add in a 3.5 hour Breastfeeding Class!

Group class (minimum 3 couples).

The more participants, the lower the fee. 

Fee: $225 (split between couples).

2021 Dates: Saturdays February 27, May 15, Sept 25, Dec 11  

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TESTIMONIALS

"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 

"I wanted to say a huge thank you to you for the amazing prenatal classes. I felt they have really helped Duncan and I prepare so much better for the coming of our girl and we are really grateful to have been exposed to the approach that you encourage and support."

Dube

"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