CHILDBIRTH CLASSES

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I offer Childbirth Preparation classes in several different formats and at a few locations! All information about my local classes are on this page. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Read more about what each class contains, the different fees and formats, locations, and book here!

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Course Content

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I teach (and am certified in) the Birthing from Within model. My classes go beyond merely information based.  We also cover emotional and relationship-oriented topics. Content is based on what each couple needs and seeks to learn.  Much time is spent uncovering what you know and need to know about yourself.  I strive to fill in any gaps in your preparation.  As a result, there isn’t a tidy syllabus that I can relay to you.

Over the course of 15 hours, many topics will be covered. Participants can expect to learn about:

pain-coping.  30-45 minutes of every class is spent learning, practicing and embodying pain-coping practices.  The techniques taught are drawn from yoga, Qi-Gong, and the experience of eons of mothers.  They are proven effective over and over in feedback from previous students.  Mothers and Partners practice these techniques together in class to really get a feel for how labor will magnify their personal dynamic.

awareness.  This means knowing yourself (what’s driving you, what helps you, what do you trust), knowing what you can expect from labor and birth (the goop, the sounds, the behaviors, the landmarks, the timing), and knowing what to expect from our modern birthing culture (hospitals, midwives, nurses, doctors, tools, etc).

Partner work!  Your partner is going through this, too.  Many classes (including my old ones) slide past the partner’s experience as tangential to the mother’s.  As it turns out, Fathers and partners will experience birth from a different perspective, but a very important perspective.  All of our sessions will include the partner’s views and ways he/she can prepare to support and cope with their own experience.   There is even a special class just for partners.

the nitty-gritty.   Stages of Labor, Your body in Labor, Hormones in Labor, Medical tools and interventions, Epidurals, Cesareans, postpartum adjustment, newborn care and procedures

birth art.  One of the hallmarks of Birthing From Within is the birth art.  This isn’t about making pretty pictures.  This is about accessing the subconscious, emotional mind that will be active in labor.  Many couples find that this aspect of class is the most valuable.

navigating the unexpected.  While we address the factors that influence labor, we recognize that we ultimately can not control the outcome of labor.  Sometimes the unexpected happens, whether it’s a very fast or very long labor, an unexpected intervention or having the baby in the car.  There are ways to communicate with professionals and ways of coping with unwished-for events – we will practice!

postpartum preparation.  One of the most important tools you will take from this class is how to ride the changes from Couple to Family.  With careful, intentional planning and examination of cultural expectations, you will have a “game plan” for new parenthood.  Soulful preparation is also included in an exercise called “Welcoming Your Baby”.

Fees

The fee for a six-session class $350.  

The fee covers the cost for the pregnant woman and anyone she chooses to take the class with her: partner, husband, family member, friend. Fees are payable by cash, check, Chase Quickpay, Paypal or credit/debit card (in person).  

Each six-week session is 15 hours of instruction split into six 2.5-hour classes.  

 

The fee for the Kick-Ass Birth Intensive is $250. 

The fee covers the cost for the pregnant woman and anyone she chooses to take the class with her: partner, husband, family member, friend. Fees are payable by cash, check, Chase Quickpay, Paypal or credit/debit card (in person).

 This one-day intensive is 7 hours held from 9-5 with a one-hour break for lunch.  An intense retreat to prepare for your birth.  Snacks, drinks, comfort provided. 

I am happy to provide a certificate of completion if your health insurance company or Flexible Spending Account reimburses for childbirth education classes.  I am listed in the National Provider Index, so it is common for students to receive some reimbursement.

Locations:

My home in Lake Villa:

Come join me for a relaxing get-away to focus on this baby and this birth!  Whether you are already in Lake County or would enjoy a break from the city, my home is a meditative place to retreat for a day. I provide comfortable seating, lots of space and indulgent food for the day!  If the weather is nice, we may enjoy the back deck and view of Sun Lake Preserve. We do have cats in our home, though they are not present in my classroom during class. Please consider this when registering for a series in my home.

 

Windy City Doulas:

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This is the home base for Windy City Doulas, where several models of Childbirth preparation classes are held. The classes are held inside Back Home Chiropractic at 2451 N Lincoln Ave, #205, Chicago, 60614. It is just northwest of the Lincoln/Halsted/Fullerton intersection. There are $2/hr meters on all of the major streets. The Fullerton stop for red/brown/purple lines is 0.3 miles from here. The 74 and 8 buses also arrive at this location. Please press the buzzer when you arrive.

If you have any questions, please use the contact form.

 

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