Conscious Childbirth is a comprehensive, holistic childbirth education series. In 10 weekly classes, we will cover everything you need to know about having a baby. Our current, evidence-based curriculum gives you the knowledge and tools you need to make informed decisions and have an empowering, satisfying birth experience.
The class combines a variety of teaching methods, including lecture, interactive discussions, games, videos, partner exercises, roleplaying, hands-on activities, birth art, journaling, and guided relaxation. Weekly "homeplay" activities and discussion questions allow you to explore in even more depth. This holistic course focuses on the whole person, addressing the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of giving birth.
Conscious Childbirth strives to create a welcoming, inclusive environment that supports all families in making informed birth choices. We recognize and honor diversity of individuals and families, and respect each person's right to choose the birth options that work best for them.
• Pregnancy changes and dealing with common discomforts of pregnancy
• Fetal development
• Bonding with baby prenatally
• Choosing a care provider and birth place that fits your values
• Questions to ask your care provider
• Your rights during pregnancy and childbirth
• Nutrition and exercise for pregnancy
• Positive affirmations
• Strengthening your relationship with your partner
• Preparing mind, body and spirit for childbirth
• Birth planning
• Helpful items to have during labor
• Reproductive anatomy and physiology - how can you work with your body to make birth easier?
• Labor stages - how to know if you're in labor, and what to expect
• Comfort and relaxation techniques
• Positions for labor and birthing
• Advice for birth partners
• Pain relief options - medical and nonmedical
• Conquering fears about birth
• How to avoid unnecessary medical interventions
• Dealing with unexpected situations
• Making decisions and communicating with your care provider
• Labor practice
• Bonding and caring for your baby
• Practice breastfeeding positions, putting on a diaper, and babywearing
• How to make the postpartum transition easier for parents and babies
• What to expect in the first few weeks
Dates: 10 Tuesday evenings, October 13 - December 15, 2015
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Cost covers attendance of the pregnant person and one support person (partner, friend, doula, etc.) and class handouts/materials. The fee may be paid all at once, or split into two payments.
Low-income families: You may qualify for reduced cost. A limited number of sliding scale spots are available. If you would like to apply for the sliding scale based on financial need, please select the $10 sliding scale application fee option. Once you have completed registration, you will receive an email within 1-2 business days with additional instructions. You will need to provide proof of financial need in order to qualify for reduced cost. The minimum cost for taking this class is $50, up to a maximum of $450, depending on your income level. The $10 application fee is nonrefundable, but may be applied to your class fee. The remainder of your payment will be due one week prior to the start of classes.