- Why should I take a natural childbirth class?
Childbirth classes prepare couples for a healthy birth experience using natural, normal birthing techniques taught in a friendly, conversational tone.
You will learn comfort techniques to facilitate the birth you desire helping to relieve your fears while respecting the emotional needs of the mother to bring her peace of mind gained with knowledge and hands-on skills learned in class.
My class incorporates the physical, emotional and mental components of labor.
- Do you include my husband or partner in classes?
Absolutely! The focus is on how this person can help you in labor and what questions they should ask during your labor and pregnancy. I teach them how to help you stay relaxed and what to expect during labor.
- What are your fees for classes?
$200 is the cost for classes.
- When should I enroll in your classes?
You should start your classes when you are in your 28th week. I have several class options to insure you get all of your classes in, so don't worry if you're past the 28th week.
- Does your class include breastfeeding information?
Yes, we will discuss the benefits to both mom and baby and the basics of breastfeeding.
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- What is your personal childbirth philosophy?
Women are absolutely capable of giving birth naturally! Birth is a natural physiological function and is not a medical emergency.
- What is your birth and breastfeeding experience?
I had my 3 boys at home and breastfed each of them. Each birth and each breastfeeding experience was different, just as each child is different.
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- What books do you recommend for childbirth?
- Husband Coached Childbirth (Robert A. Bradley, MD)
- Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way (Susan McCutcheon-Rosegg)
- The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth (Henci Goer)
- Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering (Sarah J. Buckley, MD)
- Mind Over Labor (Carl Jones)
- Creating Your Birth Plan (Marsden Wagner,MD)
- Gentle Birth Choices (Barbara Harper)
- Having a Baby, Naturally (O’Mara, Facciolo, Ponte)
- Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (Ina May Gaskin)
- The Labor Progress Handbook (Penny Simkin)
- The Birth Book (William Sears, MD and Martha Sears,RN)
- Birth Reborn (Michel Odent, MD) Birth without Violence (Frederick Leboyer)
- Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn (Simkin, Walley,Kepler)
- The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth (Sheila Kitzinger)
- The Birth Partner (Penny Simkin)
- What books do you recommend for breastfeeding?
- The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (La Leche League)
- Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding (Ina May Gaskin)
- The Ultimate Book of Breastfeeding Answers (Dr. Jack Newman)
- The Nursing Mother’s Companion (Kathleen Higgins)
- The Breastfeeding Book (William Sears, MD and Martha Sears, RN)
- Breastfeeding Made Simple (Nancy Morbacher and Kathleen Kendall-Tackett)
- So That’s What They’re For! (Janet Tamaro)
- Nursing Mother, Working Mother (Pryor and Huggins)
- What books do you recommend for parenting and babies?
- The Baby Book (Dr. William Sears and Martha Sears)
- Non-Violent Communication (Marshall B. Rosenberg)
- The Happiest Baby on the Block (Harvey Karp, MD)
- Comforting Your Crying Baby (Sandy Jones)
- The Fussy Baby Book (Dr. William Sears and Martha Sears)
- Your Amazing Newborn (Klaus and Klaus)
- The No-Cry Sleep Solution (Elizabeth Pantley)
- Good Nights (Goodavage and Gordon)
- Sweet Dreams (Paul Fleiss)
- Three in a Bed (Deborah Jackson)
- Sleeping with Your Baby (James McKenna)
- The Family Bed (Tine Thevenin)
- The Five Love Languages (Gary Chapman)
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