childbirth classes Virginia

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Childbirth classes

Designed for pregnant couples who want to be in control of their experience, expectant mothers can learn how to work with their body and let it fulfill its task unimpeded by tension, fear, or anesthesia through information, support, and encouragement. You and your birthing partner will learn about pregnancy exercise and nutrition, comfort measures, labor & childbirth, and newborn care; as well as how to support you on your big day and during the postpartum period! 

  • Discover you and your partner's unique personalities and learn how your own medical decision-making processes help you make the best possible decisions for YOU.

  • Find a unique approach to envisioning your birth experience.

  • Learn the physiology and anatomy of childbirth.

  • Explore various methods of relaxation and practice a variety of comfort techniques to inspire your own individual childbirth style.

Classes are a safe place for you to discuss your fears about labor and birth with other couples struggling with the same concerns. 

OFFERED IN A 6-WEEK SERIES, AS WELL AS A WEEKEND WORKSHOP

Topics Covered:

PREGNANCY NUTRITION AND EXERCISE

  • Discover the importance of nutrition, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle on childbirth

PREGNANCY COMFORT MEASURES

  • Common discomforts during pregnancy

  • Positions and exercises to provide relief

  • Natural relief remedies

PREPARATION FOR LABOR

  • Writing your birth preferences

  • Labor rehearsals

  • Childbirth options

  • Physiology

  • Emotional aspects of birth

  • Managing expectations

STAGES OF LABOR

  • Normal labor progress and milestones

  • Slower labor- birth positions, using the senses, and how to get labor back on track

  • Natural methods to help avoid intervention

  • Information about medical procedures

CREATING YOUR BIRTH ENVIRONMENT

  • We will discuss support measures to help you achieve an un-medicated home birth, birth center, or hospital birth

  • Choosing a birthplace and care provider that matches your desires

  • Exploring cultural attitudes about birth

  • Creating a peaceful environment in your birth place

  • Addressing fears

LABOR TECHNIQUES

  • Relaxation techniques

  • Identifying comfort measures

  • Positioning for labor and birth

  • Pain relief options (natural AND medicinal)

  • Pain-coping practices for you to practice daily into daily in order to better prepare you for labor

LABOR SUPPORT AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS

  • How to use doula support for birth and/or post partum

  • Partners class to provide guidance and help prepare your birth partner/coach/doula for the birth and postpartum period

  • Preparing your partner for natural childbirth's sights, sounds and challenges

  • Communicating with care providers during pregnancy and labor

POSTPARTUM CARE

  • Breastfeeding

  • Newborn Feeding and Basic Care

  • Normal Newborn Appearances

  • Healing and Rest

  • Realistic expectations for the postpartum period

  • Postpartum depression prevention and awareness


Availability

Saturday Evenings

Location

Manassas, VA 20110

Serenity Series

6-WEEK SERIES & WORKSHOP

Natural childbirth is not only the shortest, happiest and most cost-effective way to have a baby, but it is also the safest. We teach and view birth as a natural process. Most women with proper education, preparation, and the help of a loving and supportive birth team can give birth naturally.

You can expect information that is enlightening, transformative, and builds a foundation for birthing awareness, whatever the birth location or outcome.  Classes are a safe place for you to discuss your fears about labor and birth with other couples struggling with the same concerns.

During this series, we will cover complete everything included in the childbirth workshop curriculum, with an additional focus on using various forms of meditation and self-hypnosis to ELIMINATE pain during childbirth. 

I embrace the understanding that childbirth is a natural, normal rite of passage and not a medical event. You and your partner innately possess the knowledge and tools required to create your desired birth, we can help you access that inner-awareness. We will discuss how to minimize and even prevent emotionally difficult births through compassion and honest preparation.

Availability

Please email for updated schedule

Location

Manassas, VA 20110

 

Breastfeeding Classes

We offer the latest evidence-based information to guarantee that you will learn more about nourishing your baby and your breastfeeding relationship whether this is your 1st baby or your 10th!

BREASTFEEDING CURRICULUM

This class is essential for breastfeeding with success. You'll find the session is more like a Breastfeeding Intensive Workshop that will leave you and your partner feeling at ease and completely prepared for your breastfeeding journey! Classes are fun, honest, and full of useful information for expecting parents. 

Class Topics Include:

  • Proper latch-on 

  • Positioning

  • Troubleshooting

  • What to expect in the early days

  • Signs of Complications/Latch Issues

  • Structure and function of the breast

  • Pumping and storage of breast milk

  • Nutrition

  • Benefits of breastfeeding

We want you to ENJOY your breastfeeding relationship, which is why we offer hands on tools and nursing techniques to increase your confidence and get you on the path to success!

Duration: 2.5 Hours

*A partner or main support person is greatly encouraged to join.

**Private classes are available to specifically tailor the information to you and your circumstances. The more comfortable you are, the easier it is for us to address your concerns and prioritize your needs for baby. 

 

Availability

Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening

Location

123 Demo Street
Manhattan, NY 12345

 

Newborn Classes

Availability

Monday – Saturday
Morning, Afternoon or Evening

Location

123 Demo Street
Manhattan, NY 12345