Weekly Topics

Each week we cover a different topic to help you connect with your body, your baby, and your partner in order to help you feel more comfortable during pregnancy and prepare for your birth and parenting journey.


Week #1

PREGNANCY EXERCISE

  • Introductions and Class Overview
  • Staying low-risk
  • Relationship between Fear/Pain in childbirth
  • Pregnancy Exercise
  • Golden Breath Meditation

Week #2

PREGNANCY NUTRITION

  • Importance of good nutrition in pregnancy and birth
  • Elements of a healthy pregnancy diet
  • 3 types of relaxation

Week #3

PREGNANCY:  COMFORT MEASURES, COMMUNICATION, & SELF-CARE

  • Comfort measures & comfort resources
  • Teamwork with your partner
  • Positive communications with your birth team
  • Pregnancy + Birth affirmations

Week #4

FIRST STAGE LABOR

  • How your body works in first stage labor
  • Signposts of first stage labor
  • Timing contractions
  • Birth Partner’s role during first stage labor
  • Our first labor rehearsal!

Week #5

SECOND AND THIRD STAGE LABOR

  • Transition – physical and emotional signposts
  • How your body works in second stage labor
  • Positions for pushing
  • Placenta!

  • Common medications and interventions in childbirth
  • B.R.A.I.N. model of informed consent
  • Priorities for your birth
  • Your birth preferences (birth plan)

Week #6

YOUR BIRTH PREFERENCES

 


Week #7

FAMILY-CENTERED BIRTH (even when things don't go as planned)

  • Options for gentle labor induction
  • Discuss family-centered cesarean birth (C-section) and recovery
  • Tools for handling a complication
  • Emergency childbirth

Week #8

ACTIVE LABOR

  • Active labor positions for first stage labor
  • Rhythm and ritual
  • Active labor rehearsal
  • Salt bowl ceremony

Week #9

POSTPARTUM PREPARATION + BREASTFEEDING

  • Postpartum care preparation
  • Packing for your birth day
  • Breastfeeding basics

Week #10

NEWBORN CARE

  • Newborn procedures
  • Newborn behavior basics
  • Holding and soothing techniques
  • Diapering
  • Parenting resources