Comprehensive

Childbirth

Preparation

Lamaze®     Class

Class Description

An interactive, hands-on Lamaze-based comprehensive childbirth class to build your confidence, educate you about your options, and to empower you to have the safest, most satisfying birth experience.  

What will I learn?

Preparing for Birth in the End of Pregnancy

  • Addressing beliefs about birth

  • Understanding your coping style

  • Thoughtful decision-making and self-advocacy

  • Fetal development in the last months

  • Anatomy changes in pregnancy that accommodate birth

  • Warning signs

  • Preterm labor

  • Understanding fetal positioning

  • Exercise and preparing your body for birth

Labor

  • Understanding labor pain and reducing perception of pain

  • Signs labor is near

  • Stages and phases of labor

  • Understanding how labor changes​

  • Coping with each part of labor

Finding Comfort in Labor

  • Creating your labor support team

  • Labor positions that help labor progress

  • Breathing/Relaxation

  • Massage

  • Visualization/Focal Points

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Labor/Pushing positions

  • Coping with back labor / long labor

  • Helping your partner / coach provide support

Possible Procedures and Interventions

  • Understanding when interventions may be necessary 

  • Minimizing interventions and risks

  • Induction & augmentation of labor

  • Fetal monitoring

  • Pain medication options including risks and benefits

  • Possible interventions during the pushing stage

  • Understanding the Cascade of Interventions

If a Cesarean should become necessary

  • Reasons for Cesareans including: Planned, Unplanned, and Emergency

  • Anesthesia

  • Understanding the Surgical Procedure

  • Risks of Cesarean for mother and baby

  • Reducing the likelihood that Cesarean may be needed

  • Family-Centered Cesareans

  • Breastfeeding & recovery after Cesarean

Newborn Basics

  • Normal newborn appearance

  • Benefits of Skin-to-Skin contact

  • Understanding possible newborn procedures

  • Baby's first breastfeeding

  • Newborn senses

  • Understanding and coping with crying 

  • SIDS prevention and safe sleep

The 4th Trimester - Postpartum Recovery

  • Postpartum physical recovery

  • Finding and planning for support

  • Postpartum warning signs

  • Postpartum emotions

  • Relationship changes and intimacy

  • Introduction to breastfeeding in the early days

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 comfortable setting in my home in DeWitt. I have a private office, bathroom, family style lounge area for class comfort complete with projector for videos and slides, and room to work on positioning and techniques.  Light refreshments provided.

Virtual class

Pregnant women in a class

Group Class

12 hours of instruction over two days. Click below to see upcoming dates and to register!

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Private Class

12 hours broken up to meet your scheduling needs. Click below to book a private class with me!

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Class Packages

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

TESTIMONIALS

WHAT CLIENTS SAY

"Abbie’s 5 week Lamaze Series was amazing. After the class we feel prepared and equipped for the labor process. You can tell Abbie is passionate about educating and empowering those who are preparing for the birth process. She really cared for us well and was quick to answer any questions we had. Definitely worth it!

—  Jeff P.