Evidence Based Childbirth Education Class
with a Holistic Approach
What is The childbirth class?- 

Body's preparation for labor and signs of labor; 

  • when to come to hospital or call your midwife; 

  • what happens during labor and birth; 

  • understanding the role of your hormones on labor; 

  • creating your own emotionally safe birth environment; 

  • self-help strategies for labor including positions for active labor; 

  • breath awareness practice and affirmations; 

  • how your support person can best help you; 

  • medical pain relief options; 

  • dealing with unexpected events before, during and after labor and birth; 

  • early skin-to-skin with baby; 

  • early days in hospital and at home.

 

As you are 'becoming a parent' and not just 'having a baby', most good-quality antenatal courses also include education about:  

  • newborn behavior; 

  • recognizing when your baby is hungry, tired or ready for play; 

  • breastfeeding; 

  • strategies to develop and strengthen the 'parenting partnership' (the mother and the other significant person who will co-parent the child)

  • helpful ideas concerning the impact of a new baby on the couple's relationship. 

    We cover topics of Comfort measures from the following birthing methods

  • HypnoBirthing

  • HypnoBabies

  • Lamaze

  • Bradley Method

  • Calm

  • Aromatherapy for pregnancy and Childbirth



     

Birth & Parenting Course time frame

Birth and Parenting courses average about 2 to 8 hours in length, being held in various formats to suit busy expectant parents and their support people.  They are usually held over several weeks on a weeknight evening, or over 1-3 weekends on Saturdays or Sundays.

It is best if the course can be completed before about 36 weeks gestation, particularly for the mother's comfort.  Those expecting more than one baby should aim to complete the course even earlier.

Class one:

Overview of Normal Labor:

Anatomy of labor, Stages of labor, The emotional responses of pregnancy and Labor, Normal and their variations.

and

Natural Pain Management through comfort techniques-

Relaxation, breathing, types of "birthing methods", positional changes, optimal fetal positioning for labor, Water therapy, Music, Aromatherapy, Ways doulas help and How you can use them to have a better birth.

Class two:

Common Medical Procedures, Interventions, Whats a protocol and whats necessary:

Electronic fetal monitoring, induction or augmentation of labor using Pitocin or other medications as well as natural techniques, pain medications and epidural anesthesia, assisted deliveries, and Cesarean delivery (belly birth)

Making decisions for your birth based on knowledge of a procedure’s pros and cons, risks and advantages and what is going on at the time to warrant recommendation of a procedure.

and

Postpartum/ Recovery / Newborn stuff

Physical changes to you from birth to pre baby health. Important talks on the risks of postpartum mood changes and how you can avoid or find help. Social adjustments and how to care for a newborn. Brief discussion on breastfeeding.

How to have the best recovery you can.

OR

One 3 hour compressed class

In home classes available on request. Check out our calendar page for scheduled group classes

$175 a series

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  • Knowing Your Options and Resources

  • Setting up a support system

  • Preparing for birth

  • Preventing Toxicity before, during, and after pregnancy

  • Environmental Causes and Affects

  • Effects of Stress

  • Anatomy and Physiology: 
    6 Ways to Progress in Labor

  • Onset of Labor:  How will I know labor has started??

  • Warning Signs/Premature Labor

  • Stages of Labor – A Video

  • What to Expect, What to do in Early Labor

  • Body Mechanics/Exercise

  • Pain in Labor and the Purpose of Comfort Techniques

  • How to Recognize Active Labor

  • Going to the Hospital/Arriving at the Hospital

  • Hospital Procedures and Birth Plans

  • Going to the Birth Center/Arriving at the Birth Center

  • Birth Center Procedures and Birth Plans

  • Homebirth: Procedures and Birth Plans

  • Comfort Techniques:  Coping with Active Labor/Back Labor

  • Second Stage Labor:  Pushing and Delivery

  • Third Stage Labor and Newborn Procedures

  • Induction and Augmentation

  • Pain Medications

  • Second Stage Interventions:  Forceps, Vacuum, Episiotomy

  • Cesarean Birth:  Video

  • Breathing Techniques

  • Comfort Techniques

  • Preparation for Breastfeeding

  • Breast Changes in Pregnancy / Anatomy and Physiology

  • Early Feeding or the breast crawl

  • Position and Latch

  • Maternal Nutrition

  • Frequency and Duration of Feedings

  • “Signs” Baby is getting enough

  • Hurdles

  • How long to breastfeed

  • Supplies, Resources, and Questions/Talking Points

  • Holding the Baby

  • Things to do Before the Baby Comes

  • Normal Newborn Characteristics

  • 12 Months of Pregnancy

  • Baby Communication

  • Taking Baby Home

  • Feeding

  • Burping

  • Bathing

  • Health

  • Elimination

  • Crying and Calming

  • Baby’s Temperament

  • Different Parenting Styles

  • Sleeping

  • Sanity/Self Care for Parents

  • Product awareness and credibility

  • Skin and body care

  • Feeding

  • Diapering

  • Baby wear

  • Allergies and Food Sensitivities

  • The Vaccine Controversy

  • Holistic Practitioners

  • Pediatrician

  • Dentist

  • Supplies, Resources, and Questions/Talking Points

Childbirth Education Classes

HERE FOR YOUR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES                            *See bottom of page for VBAC

VBAC CLASSS

Evidence Based Birth Class with a Holistic Approach

to birth after a Cesarean

Just so you know, Your amazing!

Cesarean birth is still Birth! Preparing for a vaginal birth after a belly birth is a wonderful way to connect to this pregnancy in a way to make this experience different from the last.

The plus side of a VBAC

All the work that you did in your prior pregnancy and birth are so amazing and helpful for this pregnancy. Your baby may not have come out vaginally, but you get major credit points for all the work you did to get there!  

Things we cover in the class

  • The differences between a vaginal birth and a belly birth. What about the VBAC considerations - weigh the pros and cons of repeat cesarean & vaginal birth after cesarean

  • Things to do in pregnancy to prepare for birth

  • Mental preparation - SO much of a VBAC is mental. We talk about why.

  • Strategies to develop and strengthen the 'parenting partnership' (the mother and the other significant person who will co-parent your child)

  • What about a repeat belly birth? - Lets talk about your options!

  • Medications - Whats a tool and what you may want to avoid

  • Doctors protocols - Do you have a doctor you trust? Lets talk about care providers and birthing locations that are supportive of a VBAC

  • Hey! Have you written a birth plan? (or do you need to for that matter?) How to advocate for the care that is centered on your  desires, values and needs

  • Comfort measures for birth

  • What do doulas do (ha! That is a tongue tie! ) and what can they do-la for you! - Identify a strong support team for your VBAC birth

  • Ways to process your previous birth

  • How to be Informed and Ready

  • Healing after surgery - A holistic approach to healing your body from your previous surgery and after this birth

  • and How to forget everything you read and trust your body.

    This birth IS going to be different. And its going to be AMAZING. Every baby is different and every birth is life changing!


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    Course time frame

This course average about 2 to 8 hours in length, being held in various formats to suit busy expectant parents and their support people.  They are usually held over several weeks on a weeknight evening, or over 1-3 weekends on Saturdays or Sundays.

It is best if the course can be completed before about 36 weeks gestation, particularly for the mother's comfort.  Those expecting more than one baby should aim to complete the course even earlier.

​​​In home classes available on request. Check out our calendar page for scheduled group classes

$100 a class

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Support

  • Support as a midwife or a doula

  • Midwife support: Full prenatal, labor, postpartum and newborn care

  • Doula Support: 2 birth prep visits, labor support in your birth environment of choice, breastfeeding support and post birth visit

  • Caring, non judgemental, comprehensive support!

Now with an office in North and South Austin!

South - 605 Copeland Street, Austin, Texas 78704.

North - 13805 Ann Pl, Austin, TX 78728

About Ellie

I am a licensed Midwife

and a Doula!
I have four kiddos of my own.
I like to bring the normality back to what has become a highly medical event by nurturing and empowering parents.
I add a calm and holistic touch to your evidence based care!

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