I am thrilled to say I have partnered with OBGYN North to offer in house childbirth classes for their patients. These classes, which have been customized to fit with the philosophy and style of their practice, will be perfect for first time as well as experienced parents. They will be suitable for those delivering at the hospital OR birth center!

Prepared Childbirth: A 4 week series for first time parents, which will help you understand what is labor, practice a variety of ways to cope with labor pain including breathing, relaxation, positions, massage, visualizations and more. Also included is a discussion of medical interventions- why, when, and how to decide.  What if you decide on an epidural? What is a cesarean becomes needed? We’ll cover it all, even a short and fun discussion about what to expect during the postpartum period.

Preparing to VBAC: A one time 2.5 hour workshop designed for those who are wanting to have a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. This workshop reviews the most up to date literature on the safety and outcomes of VBAC, as well as helps women and their partners understand what they can do physically and emotionally to create the best odds for success.

Labor Skills: A one time 2.5 hour workshop for those who just want to work on labor skills for birth. Ideal for 2nd or 3rd time parents who want a “refresher” or for those who need to expand their “skill set” for labor. Lots of hands on with breathing, relaxation, positions, touch and massage, acupressure, and how to deal with challenges in labor.

For more info and find out how to register:

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How does a doula really make a difference?
Results from different studies have all suggested that having a doula reduces the overall cesarean rate by 50%, Pitocin use by 40% and requests for epidurals by 60%. The use of a doula also showed a major reduction in the length of labor due to fewer stress hormones being produced in the laboring woman’s body.

The Doula Book © 2002; Klaus, Marshall, Klaus and Kennell.