Aug
22
to Sep 26

6 Week Childbirth Prep

In this 18-hour course, which meets once a week for 6 weeks, expectant mothers and their partners/support person will prepare for the birth of their baby by learning what happens during labor physically and emotionally for all involved. At times, the curriculum may resonate with Hypnobirthing or HypnoBabies, Bradley, Lamaze, Birthing From Within or Birthworks, Mindfulness Based Childbirth Prep or Calm Birth. Rather than a single method, the Natural Resources Childbirth Prep course is designed to cover extensive ground which is particularly relevant to labor and birth in the San Francisco Bay Area. This ensures that each family is empowered and informed to find what works best for them. All of the Childbirth instructors also draw from practical experience attending births or working with new moms and babies directly.  While many of the mothers taking this class will go on to have unmedicated births, our real focus is on "normal" or physiologic birth. We define "normal birth" as birth with confidence and joy rather than with fear guiding decisions or actions.

The course fee includes a copy of Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin. An informational binder will be provided, filled with local resources, web resources, diagrams, drawings and articles. 

Every week we will: practice relaxation, guided visualization or comfort measures and positions; review homework reading and exercises; and have an opportunity to ask questions. 

Below is a basic outline of what is covered in each class session:
Class 1: Overview & Stages of Labor, Anatomy & Physiology, Preparation in Pregnancy
Class 2: First Stage of Labor
Class 3: 2nd & 3rd Stages of Labor
Class 4: Comfort Measures & Pain-Coping
Class 5: Common Routines & Interventions
Class 6: Your Newborn & Postpartum

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Jul
9
to Jul 16

3 Day Childbirth Prep Intensive

More than just a condensed version of our 6-week class, the 3-day intensive outlines the labor process and uses it as a guide for experiential learning while catering to parents who may struggle to meet for six consecutive weeks. Our intensive meets three times, rather than once, in order to give you time to absorb the information, come back with questions and create more lasting relationships with other parents. We also allow for some flexibility in the curriculum to better engage parents at their level of knowledge and interest in the given topics. 

This course educates parents so they are able to make informed decisions around the birth of their child and maintain comfort during labor and birth. We draw from a variety of preparation methods to give a holistic and well-rounded approach. Parents get to experience what works best for them. While many of the women taking this class will go on to have unmedicated births, our real focus is on "normal" or physiologic birth. We define "normal birth" as birth with confidence and joy, rather than with fear guiding decisions or actions. Our goal is to create a nonjudgmental and safe environment where everyone feels welcome and can participate. 

Childbirth changes everyone involved in it. For the birthing woman, it can be the most empowering and life-changing experience in her life. For her partner or support person, they may find strengths they didn't know they had. Aside from educating expectant moms and their partners on the physiology, hormones and emotions of birth, we practice a variety of comfort and relaxation techniques and positions which enhance the progression of labor. Our 9 hours of class time includes videos, discussion of informed choice, common interventions, pain relief options, (pharmacological and non pharmacological), and hospital and home birth options. 

The course fee includes an informational binder, complete with local resources, web resources, diagrams, drawings and articles.

Day 1: Understanding the Anatomy and Physiology of Labor & Birth Preparing in Pregnancy First Stage of Labor Positions Practice When to call your provider/go to the hospital Tips & Tools for Connection, Comfort and Making Choices

Day 2: Comfort Measures Pain Theories & Coping Practices Hospital Routines Birth Plans

Day 3: Review of Material Covered 2nd & 3rd Stages of Labor Pain Management Options Cesarean Birth Your Newborn Newborn Routines Early Postpartum
 

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Apr
4
to May 9

6 Week Childbirth Prep

In this 18-hour course, which meets once a week for 6 weeks, expectant mothers and their partners/support person will prepare for the birth of their baby by learning what happens during labor physically and emotionally for all involved. At times, the curriculum may resonate with Hypnobirthing or HypnoBabies, Bradley, Lamaze, Birthing From Within or Birthworks, Mindfulness Based Childbirth Prep or Calm Birth. Rather than a single method, the Natural Resources Childbirth Prep course is designed to cover extensive ground which is particularly relevant to labor and birth in the San Francisco Bay Area. This ensures that each family is empowered and informed to find what works best for them. All of the Childbirth instructors also draw from practical experience attending births or working with new moms and babies directly.  While many of the mothers taking this class will go on to have unmedicated births, our real focus is on "normal" or physiologic birth. We define "normal birth" as birth with confidence and joy rather than with fear guiding decisions or actions.

The class includes: 
- discussion of the stages of labor
- practice of comfort measures, including labor positions, massage, counter pressure techniques, emotional support of the laboring woman, partner self-care, and much more
- relaxation, breathwork and guided visualization or mindfulness practice
- discussion of informed choice in a medical setting
- common interventions, including pain relief options (medical and non-medical)
-hospital birth and home birth, including what happens at each and who your caregivers will be

The course fee includes a copy of Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin. An informational binder will be provided, filled with local resources, web resources, diagrams, drawings and articles. 

Every week we will: practice relaxation, guided visualization or comfort measures and positions; review homework reading and exercises; and have an opportunity to ask questions. 

Below is a basic outline of what is covered in each class session:
Class 1: Overview & Stages of Labor, Anatomy & Physiology, Preparation in Pregnancy
Class 2: First Stage of Labor
Class 3: 2nd & 3rd Stages of Labor
Class 4: Comfort Measures & Pain-Coping
Class 5: Common Routines & Interventions
Class 6: Your Newborn & Postpartum

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Apr
2
to Apr 9

3 Day Childbirth Prep Intensive

More than just a condensed version of our 6-week class, the 3-day intensive outlines the labor process and uses it as a guide for experiential learning while catering to parents who may struggle to meet for six consecutive weeks. Our intensive meets three times, rather than once, in order to give you time to absorb the information, come back with questions and create more lasting relationships with other parents. We also allow for some flexibility in the curriculum to better engage parents at their level of knowledge and interest in the given topics. 

This course educates parents so they are able to make informed decisions around the birth of their child and maintain comfort during labor and birth. We draw from a variety of preparation methods to give a holistic and well-rounded approach. Parents get to experience what works best for them. While many of the women taking this class will go on to have unmedicated births, our real focus is on "normal" or physiologic birth. We define "normal birth" as birth with confidence and joy, rather than with fear guiding decisions or actions. Our goal is to create a nonjudgmental and safe environment where everyone feels welcome and can participate. 

Childbirth changes everyone involved in it. For the birthing person, it can be the most empowering and life-changing experience in her life. For her partner or support person, they may find strengths they didn't know they had. Aside from educating expectant moms and their partners on the physiology, hormones and emotions of birth, we practice a variety of comfort and relaxation techniques and positions which enhance the progression of labor. Our 9 hours of class time includes videos, discussion of informed choice, common interventions, pain relief options, (pharmacological and non pharmacological), and hospital and home birth options. 

The course fee includes an informational binder, complete with local resources, web resources, diagrams, drawings and articles.

Day 1: Understanding the Anatomy and Physiology of Labor & Birth Preparing in Pregnancy First Stage of Labor Positions Practice When to call your provider/go to the hospital Tips & Tools for Connection, Comfort and Making Choices

Day 2: Comfort Measures Pain Theories & Coping Practices Hospital Routines Birth Plans

Day 3: Review of Material Covered 2nd & 3rd Stages of Labor Pain Management Options Cesarean Birth Your Newborn Newborn Routines Early Postpartum
 

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