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Child Birth Education
March 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
At Empowered Pregnancy we offer two, three-hour out of hospital childbirth classes which is designed to give our families the tools critical to have a successful natural childbirth in an out of hospital birth setting. These classes fall on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month, from 9am – 12pm. Our childbirth classes are led by our Certified Nurse-Midwife, Kimberly Johansen.
The first class, of the two-part series, focuses on changes to a mother’s body during the last four weeks of pregnancy which enables the labor process to progress effectively. We discuss how hormones allow her cervix and uterus to ripen so they respond quickly to the labor process. We also discuss ways the mother can help the ripening process along. We discuss the anatomy and physiology behind childbirth and what normal changes the couple can expect. We go over things that the mother, couple, provider and doula can do to support the mother during each step of the labor course.
The second part of the childbirth class is a hands-on approach that teaches the mother and her support person how to successfully manage each step of the childbirth process. This class is co-taught with our massage therapist and we review massage and acupressure techniques that can be helpful the last four weeks of pregnancy and during each stage of the labor process. We practice different labor positions and how the support person can assist with each of these positions.
We incorporate music, aroma therapy, breathing techniques and meditation into this class. We use hands on demonstration to teach the support person how to use destressing massage techniques incorporated with meditation and breathing that can help the mother get into a state of surrendering her body to the labor process. This state of total surrender and peace will help labor progress smoothly and be less stressful for both mother and infant.
We encourage couples to take this class early in their pregnancy so they can practice these techniques at home. At the end of the first class we make an aroma therapy massage oil unique to each mother’s needs and desires. If couples practicing the skills we teach incorporate their own personal sounds and aromatherapy, it can make the last four weeks of pregnancy easier on the mother and labor go more smoothly.
These two classes cost $200 total for Empowered Pregnancy patients and $250 total for non-patients.