Childbirth Education - Prenatal Classes
You don’t know what you don’t know!
Isn’t hindsight always 20/20? How often do you say to yourself “if I knew then what I know now”? Well, we’ve been there and now we’re on a mission to educate, inform, inspire, and make you laugh your butt off!
We’re so sure that you’ll learn something in our classes that if you think you haven’t we’ll refund your fee!*
Some of your friends might say their classes were a waste of time. Well we’re sure they didn’t take OUR classes. Our classes are fun, dynamic, interactive, and chock full of great USEFUL information.
All of our classes fill quickly so book early to ensure a spot!!!
We have group sessions and private classes. But if you’re looking for ‘fun’ then take our group classes. Plus, you’ll meet a group of people who live in the same city as you, with the same types of questions, who may just become your new besties (we have couples who are still getting together and their children are 9!)
Here are a few reasons to take Discover Birth classes:
- You’re busy and having a hard time finding time to sit down with your partner and talk about this important experience
- You’re nervous about your upcoming birth experience
- You’re excited about birth and want to know how to make it the best it can be
- You want to avoid a lot of unnecessary interventions (and reduce your chance of caesarean section)
- You want to feel confident as you head into the BIGGEST EXPERIENCE OF YOUR LIFE.
These group sessions are taught as a 6 week series or over a weekend. We recommend that you begin early in your third trimester to be completed 2-6 weeks before your due date (though you are welcome to take it at any time you wish).
2015 classes: $200 per couple – book today to reserve your spot!
Don’t have time for group classes, or your schedules are all over the map?
We’re doulas, so we get that. Ours are too! For that reason we offer private classes. For first time parents we do 3 sessions in your home. Each session lasts about 2 hours. Cost is $300. * Some conditions apply, but feel free to ask us what they are.
If you still have questions - and here are some we get asked sometimes – we’ve got some answers for you!
Why Take Classes?
In the old days – you know, before cell phones and the Internet (gasp!) – women learned about childbirth through watching and taking part in the births of family members. Now that the majority of woman are birthing their babies at hospitals, we have lost the knowledge and confidence in our own abilities to birth our babies. It’s the sad truth.
I can picture 100 years ago Dorothy saying “if Ruth can do this so can I!” Childbirth classes help to bring that knowledge and confidence back to expecting women and their support persons. And no, watching “A Baby Story” doesn’t count! In fact, media has done us WAY more harm than good. It is NOT a good tool for birth preparation.
How do I know which classes to take?
Pre Natal Classes, Birthing Classes, Lamaze® Classes, HypnoBirthing®, – what is the difference and which should I take ??
It’s kind of like asking “what car should I buy”. It depends! Selecting the right childbirth education class can help give you the information you need to have a healthy and fulfilling childbirth experience. The challenge comes with knowing which childbirth education class to choose.
Here are a few things that we (and Lamaze® International – a leader in childbirth education) recommend that you look for when choosing your childbirth educator:
1- A certified childbirth educator
Certification conveys that the educator has the knowledge and skills that help women give birth with confidence and joy! The educator also guides women through the maze of modern obstetrics so that they are able to make truly informed decisions about their health care. A certified educator is a skilled teacher, a knowledgeable professional and a passionate advocate for women and their families.
2- Informed decisions
A curriculum that supports birth as normal, natural and healthy, and empowers women to make informed decisions. Look for someone who helps you make your own decisions, not someone who ‘tells’ you their opinions.
3- Varied content
Class content should include information about labour, birth and early postpartum; positioning for labour and birth; relaxation and massage techniques to ease pain; labour support; communication skills; information about medical procedures; breastfeeding; and healthy lifestyles.
4- Length of course
This is a big one!! Lots of people may choose a class based on price. Things to consider are “How much instruction am I getting for this reduced price?” and “Will I have to pay parking in addition to the course fee?”. Some courses cost less but you get a condensed course that allows little time for discussion. A Lamaze® class for example is required to have at least 12 hours of instruction (ours are often 15) with emphasis on skills practice (especially positioning and relaxation), comfort measures and class discussion.
Research tells us that childbirth educations helps to:
- Bring about positive change in some health behaviors 1
- Increase communication with partners 2
- Increased relaxation 2
- Increased confidence for labor and birth 2
- Decrease anxiety 3
What Topics are Covered in a Lamaze Class?
Topics covered will include:
- Late pregnancy health and wellness (nutrition, exercise) and anatomy
- Physical and emotional aspects of labour and birth
- Coping strategies and comfort measures (including: positioning to facilitate the normal progress of labor and birth, massage techniques to ease the pain of labour and enhance relaxation, understanding the use of heat, cold, pressure and hydrotherapy)
- Relaxation skills for use during labour and after pregnancy to relieve stress
- Understanding the importance and role of support and the impact on the childbirth experience
- Awareness and informed decision-making
- Communication skills for the pregnant woman with her partner and the members of her health care team
- Medications and medical interventions (what will be available to you at the hospital you are choosing)
- Early postpartum and newborn
Myth #1: Lamaze is all about breathing.
Reality: The goal of Lamaze® classes is to increase women’s confidence in their ability to give birth. Lamaze® classes help women discover the inner wisdom they already have for giving birth. Women learn simple coping strategies for labour, including focused breathing. But breathing techniques are just one of many things that Lamaze® classes will help you uncover!
Myth #2: Lamaze® promises painless childbirth.
Reality: Many women are afraid of the pain of labour, and that’s normal! Lamaze® classes help women understand the origin of pain and learn how to respond to pain in ways that both facilitate labour and increase comfort. We’ll discuss many ways to decrease the pain you’ll experience in labour.
Myth #3: Lamaze® childbirth means you can’t have an epidural.
Reality: Lamaze® classes provide information about natural pain relief options as well as epidural anesthesia (and other medications). Eliminating pain completely is pretty much impossible – regardless of your plans for use of medication! Lamaze education will assist women and their partners in making personal decisions that are right for them.
Myth #4: Lamaze® doesn’t work.
Reality: Lamaze that “works” has nothing to do with feeling pain, taking or avoiding medication, or developing complications that necessitate medical interventions. Lamaze® teaches women that nature has designed birth simply and close to perfectly and that women already know how to give birth. Lamaze® works if you are informed and become an active participant in your experience.
Myth #5: Lamaze® is not for everyone.
Reality: Women have always prepared for the birth of their babies. Until recent times, women learned about birth from their own mothers and sisters. Birth took place at home with family rituals and traditions to help them feel confident in their ability to give birth. Women were surrounded by family and wise women who provided comfort and encouragement through labour and in the days and weeks after birth. Today, Lamaze® childbirth classes provide the knowledge, skills, and support that help women give birth with confidence and joy as they have done for centuries. Lamaze® preparation is for everyone!