Childbirth and Postpartum Prep class and support group (for pregnant persons and partners)
This class is ideally for those in 2nd or 3rd Trimester, but open to 1st trimester as well. We address pregnancy discomforts (what’s normal and what’s out of the scope of normal), prenatal nutrition, getting your body ready for birth using movement patterns. We review what to expect at each stage of labor and comfort measures, we have an evidence-based discussion of medical and non-medical pain relief and interventions. Class includes sample hospital packing list and birth preferences/planning template. We also discuss postpartum physical and emotional recovery, resources for support, and all sorts of stuff “that no one ever tells you about!” All in a comfortable, non-judgmental environment, sharing the experience with other pregnant people.
CLASS 1 - October 27th, 2022
- Pregnancy discomforts (what’s normal and what’s out of the scope of normal),
- Basics on what’s happening during labor
- Common prenatal testing and information
- Prenatal nutrition
- Getting your body ready for birth using movement patterns
CLASS 2 - November 3rd, 2022
- Fetal Positions
- What does early labor look like? How do I know if I’m in early labor? When should I go to my birthing location?
- What to expect at each stage of labor
- Comfort measures at each stage of labor
- How to time contractions
- Getting familiar with your hospital/birthing location protocols
CLASS 3 - November 10th, 2022
- Medical and medical pain relief and comfort measures
- What to pack for the hospital
- Sample birth preference/planning sheets
CLASS 4 - November 17th, 2022
- Setting yourself up for success postpartum
- infant care and feeding options
- ways to help you physically and emotionally recover
- all things sleep (baby and you)
- parent nutrition and self-care
- newborn product must haves
- how to navigate/involve in-laws and other helpers
* Cost of class covers enrollment for two adults.
Facilitated by Kathleen Stern, owner of Boston Area Doulas. Kathleen is a Birth & Postpartum Doula, Infant Feeding Specialist, as well as a Childbirth and Newborn Care Educator.