Birth

 Essentials 

Class

Class Description

4 hours

Especially in the time of COVID, where partners aren't able to attend prenatal appointments and hospital tours are closed, many expectant parents are feeling in the dark when it comes to knowing how to prepare for their upcoming labor and birth. I hear you! 

This is a mini-childbirth class focused on just the essentials for labor and delivery. Based on the the Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices and designed to build your confidence, educate yourself about what to expect, know your options, and empower yourself to have a safe, satisfying birth experience.

What will I learn?

End of Pregnancy

  • Anatomy review

  • Warning signs

  • Reducing the preterm labor risk

Labor

  • Understanding labor pain

  • Signs labor is near

  • Stages of labor

  • When to go to the hospital

Comfort Techniques

  • Labor support team

  • Positions for labor

  • Breathing / relaxation

  • Massage

  • Visualization / focal points

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Labor pushing positions

  • Tips for back labor / long labor

  • Tips for support people

Possible Interventions

  • Birth plans

  • Thoughtful decision making and Self-advocacy

  • Minimizing interventions and risks

  • Induction and augmentation of labor

  • Monitoring and IVs

  • Medications for pain

  • Pushing interventions

Cesarean

  • Types of cesarean

  • Reasons for cesarean

    • Planned​

    • Unplanned

    • Emergency

  • Anesthesia​

  • Family centered cesarean

  • Cesarean recovery

Early Postpartum

  • Self-care and comfort

  • Baby blues and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders

  • Warning signs and when to call your provider

Includes a 70 page full-color comprehensive childbirth guide; access code to exclusive companion web app including: more than 50 videos, contraction timer, fetal movement counter, feeding & diaper tracker, printable PDF checklists for your birth plan and birth center/hospital packing list, web links to trusted pregnancy resources and more.

Class Setting

Classes are offered in a private, comfortable setting in my home in DeWitt. I have a private office, bathroom and family style lounge area for class comfort complete with a projector for videos/slides and room to work on techniques. Light refreshments provided. If you would like to take a private class, take a look at my private class offerings. For expectant parents wishing for classes offered in their home due to bedrest or other special circumstances, I will travel within 20 mi of the Lansing area for a minimal travel fee. Please contact me if you are looking for classes in your home. 

Class Options

Virtual class

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Group Class

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Private Class

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Class Packages

Thinking of taking 3 or more classes? Book as a package and save!

TESTIMONIALS

"My husband and I took Abbie’s Childbirth class and were blown away by all of the very useful information we obtained. We feel incredibly confident in our ability to have a natural home birth now. We are so grateful for everything we learned this weekend."

Betsy I.

"Abbie's professional knowledge and personal interest and care are the perfect combination for new parents seeking to become more informed, less anxious, and better advocates in this new, life-changing chapter of their lives.  She provides a safe, comfortable space to ask questions and grow as a couple. While we know there are always unknowns ahead, we feel much more capable of handling them with the knowledge obtained. Our gratitude is immeasurable!"

Allison P.

"Abbie's class was the most informative, fun, and interesting class! She covered everything from labor, delivery, to breastfeeding. Abbie was informative, kind, friendly, and compassionate.  She answered all our questions and we both felt very welcome in her home.  We never felt rushed and she gave us frequent breaks during the classes."

Amanda and Bill K.

"This class was very comprehensive, I feel like Abbie didn’t skim over any part of the pregnancy, birthing, and post-natal process. I would totally recommend the class for anyone, natural minded or not."

Emily W.

"I loved working with Abbie! Her Lamaze class was extremely informative and hands-on. The breathing techniques and partner support activities were so helpful and we ended up using a lot of what we learned during our actual labor experience. I can't thank Abbie enough for her support and encouragement. I left her class feeling more empowered than ever!"

Tess E.

"I was really torn on whether or not to take a birthing class. A friend recommended Abbie to me so my husband and I decided to take her Lamaze essentials course! Abbie was so kind and personable and taught us so much about the birthing experience! My goal is to go without an epidural and I felt like her class made me feel so confident in my abilities as well as my husband’s abilities to help me through it!"

Sara R.

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