Childbirth Education

As a Lamaze trained childbirth educator, I teach that the process of labor and birth is normal and natural, and I strive to empower and inspire confidence in the people that I teach so that they can trust the body’s natural ability to birth. Every labor is unique; however, understanding the birth process and developing coping strategies will empower you to create your own birth vision and story, and will allow for a more comfortable and satisfying birth experience.
Classes consist of discussions, video, demonstrations, and practice. Topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • Anatomy and Physiology of Childbirth
  • Signs and Stages of Labor
  • Comfort measures, including breathing, relaxation, position choices, massage techniques, acupressure, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, vocalization, and visualization.
  • The importance of labor support
  • Emotional and physical support during labor
  • Movement and positioning during labor and birth
  • Understanding medical interventions and their indications, risks and alternatives
  • How to communicate with your health-care provider
  • Creating an optimal birth environment
  • Developing a birth plan
  • Breastfeeding and newborn needs
  • Postpartum Health

I provide group, private and semi-private childbirth preparation classes.  Contact me at empoweringthebody@gmail.com for more information and rates.