Childbirth Education

Many changes happen in person’s body while they labor. Understanding what to expect physically and emotionally as it changes throughout labor *before* labor begins, allows them to recognize where they are in labor, when it’s time to go to the hospital or call their homebirth midwife, and to relax more easily during the birth process. Not knowing what is happening in our own bodies is stressful for many people and can lead to tension and fear. Knowledge, therefore is a powerful tool in helping to eliminate or reduce fear and make for an easier, more relaxed birthing experience.

Our childbirth preparation classes help clarify misconceptions and misinformation about the labor process, offers firsthand knowledge of birth, and evidence-based information. It discusses a variety of options, from coping techniques and tips for partners to information on medical interventions and anesthesia. The courses are designed to encourage students to move through their birth experience in an informed and empowered way, allowing them to make choices throughout that suit their individual needs physically, emotionally, and philosophically, and to have their best birth possible.

Complete Childbirth Education Class - $300
Our private childbirth education class is a 6-hr course that offers evidence-based information about labor and birth, teaches you a variety of relaxation skills and tips for your partner, and helps you to create a birth preferences list to guide you toward your best birth possible. It draws from some of the best childbirth modalities and relaxation strategies, from mindfulness to self-hypnosis, to help you find the strategies that will work best for your individual needs. The class can be taken as a one-day workshop or divided into 2 or 3 sessions, on weekends or during the work week. It's up to you and your schedule.

Because some of the relaxation techniques we teach you work best when practiced with regularity over many weeks, we suggest that you complete the class during or before your 36th week (although late comers can still benefit).

First Childbirth Education Class (2 hours) 
* How to know when it's labor
* Physiology of labor
* Labor variations
* What to expect physically and emotionally
* Augmentations and medical interventions
* Communication with your medical care providers

Second Childbirth Education Class (2 hours) 
* Pain management
* Comfort measures
* Relaxation tools

Third Prenatal Class (1-2 hours)
* Birth Plan counseling
* Couple questionnaire
* Relaxation exercise or personalized guided meditation

Understanding Birth - $50
for anyone who wants a refresher or who only needs the anatomy and physiology portion a labor class (2 hours)
We will discuss essential information on labor and delivery, comfort techniques, medical procedures, cesarean birth, and newborn and postpartum care.  We will also discuss different ways partners can help throughout the process.

Comfort in Labor - $50
for anyone who wants a refresher or who only needs information on comfort and relaxation methods (2 hours)

In this class, we will help pregnant people and their birth supporter prepare for labor by discussing comfort techniques and practicing many different labor skills with the partner’s support.  We will  discuss what pain is, what it is telling you, and ways to help manage it during labor.  Please bring a blanket or beach towel, two pillows, and your labor support person.

Understanding Your Newborn - $50
Newborn 101 for new parents (2 hours)
In this class, we will go over the essential information needed on caring for your baby in the first six weeks. We will cover things like what behavior to expect from your newborn, how to keep your baby safe and healthy, and when you should call the doctor.  Please bring a doll or teddy bear for practice.

Understanding Breastfeeding - $50
Breastfeeding 101 for those new to breastfeeding (2 hours)
Come learn how breastfeeding works, how to get off to a great start with latching and positioning, when and how much to feed your baby, and more.  Please bring a doll or teddy bear for practice.

Bradley Method Childbirth Education Series - $450
for anyone wanting an extended, comprehensive class for the year surrounding birth (7-10 weeks, 3 hrs each session)
The Bradley Childbirth classes are designed to educate you and your partner about what is happening with your body and baby during pregnancy and delivery.  It teaches you how to work with your body through relaxation and positioning so that you can work toward your goal of natural childbirth.  During the series we will discuss exercise, nutrition, pregnancy, labor, birth, breastfeeding, postpartum, newborn care, and more. 


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Advanced Doula Training Workshops

Advanced Doula Skills Training Workshops are open to doulas, nurses, midwives, other birth workers, and anyone else who might interested. Instruction assumes some experience and knowledge of the birth process at a more than fundamental level. CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for doulas are often available. Please inquire about CEUs if you require them. Subscribe to Harmony Doula Mentoring on Facebook for class schedule and updates.

Interested in scheduling a workshop for your local doula community? Teri is available and willing to travel throughout the US to teach on a variety of topics. Combine topics to make a half day, full day, or full weekend Advanced Training Experience. Inquire to teri@harmonydoula.com to check date availability and travel fees.

Classes available:

  • Using a Rebozo (shawl) for Bodywork, Comfort, and Connection before, during, and after Labor
  • Using Acupressure for Relaxation, Comfort, and Energy Release Work for Labor, Delivery, and Postpartum
  • Variations on Normal and Optimal Fetal Positioning: Recognizing and Understanding Labor Patterns, with Suggestions for Improving Position
  • Working with Trauma Survivors: Understanding the Special Role of Doulas and Care Providers When a Client Is a Survivor of Sexual Abuse or Birth Trauma
  • Mindfulness Practice for Doulas and Their Clients
  • Understanding and Using Self-Hypnosis Modalities for Childbirth
  • Writing Great Guided Meditations
  • Supporting VBAC Clients: From Evidence-Based Facts to Panic Attacks
  • Essential Oil Safety in Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery, and Postpartum
  • Business Building: How to Open a Group Practice for Doulas (Mountain House, CA)

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