There is no right or wrong way to birth a baby. Couples are faced with many decisions to navigate as they make the best choices for themselves. I believe that childbirth education is profoundly important in helping women and couples explore their options while they prepare for birth and the transition into parenthood. Having access to information is both a right and a responsibility as a new parent. In addition to information, the most valuable thing a woman can bring to birth is trust in her body and the birthing process.
Rather than teach one type of labor support, classes are designed to help couples understand the birth process, while providing information what the evidence shows us about birth . By helping them understand the array of options available and teaching a wide range of coping strategies to help couples have a satisfying birth experience, the goal is to connect parents to their strengths and beliefs about birth. By providing women and partners with a range of evidence-based information, I encourage them to follow their instincts in birth, empowering them to make the choices that are right for their body, their birth and their baby.
Beyond What to Expect When You’re Expecting Classes
I offer both small group classes (no larger than 6 couples) or teach private sessions catering to your specific interests about birth. All of our childbirth education series typically cover:
- Discovering your beliefs about birth
- Third trimester, self-care and complimentary care for pregnancy
- Exercise and nutrition
- Signs of labor
- Phases and stages of labor
- Discover how similar birth is to sex
- You have what you need: discovering your natural pain coping strategies
- Movement and positions for labor
- Massage, rebozo, and acupressure for labor
- The role of the partner and the role of a doula
- Develop excellent communication with your birth team
- Medical technology and interventions: evidence based practices
- Transfer to the hospital (for homebirth only)
- Newborn care: caring for your mammal
- Diapers, baby wearing, crying and comfort
- The postpartum body
- Postpartum relationships, change in identity and sexuality
- Healthy habits for happy relationships
- Transition into parenthood
*this list does not include all information that would be included in a vbac, or refresher class*
3 Hour Workshops
What to Expect When Expecting in Ithaca: This FREE workshop is designed to help you find the care that works best for you. After years of practice, I have summed up that there are 4 things that every pregnant woman needs to know to have a great birth! Come learn what they are!
Developing your Pain Coping Toolbox: You already have what you need to in order to have a baby. REALLY. Birth doesn’t need to be a mystery, scary or traumatic. The body knows what it needs throughout the whole process and put simply: if you can breathe, poop and have a uterus, you can have a baby.
However, we can make it MUCH more enjoyable with a few coping tools. As creatures of habit, women behave how they always have for coping with pain and stress. In addition to learning birth best practices form an experienced doula, this workshop helps you explore your natural and well honed physical and emotional pain coping strategies and apply them to birth.
- Natural methods of coping with physical and emotional stress
- Positions for birth
- Doula Best Practices
- Birth Teams
- Birth Plans
- Coping with detours
Upcoming Classes for 2016
THURSDAY NIGHT SERIES: 6-9pm
May 5th-June 9th FULL
June 16th-July 21st
September 8th- October 13th
October 27th- December 8th (skipping 11/24 for Thanksgiving)
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN EXPECTING IN ITHACA
*This is a free workshop!
April 12th from 7-9pm
September 21st 6-8pm
DEVELOPING YOUR PAIN COPING TOOLBOX
August 21st 6-9pm
December 14th 6-9pm
For more information about scheduled classes or private instruction, please contact me, or call: 917-613-7865.
To sign up for classes, click here.