Description: Your birth experience starts here, at the beginning, even while you're still trying to conceive. So why is it that so many childbirth education courses aren't taught until you're in your third trimester? By that point in your pregnancy, you've likely already settled on both a provider and a birth space.
Reality: different providers and different hospitals/birthing centers follow different protocols, policies, and practices. In some cases, these established routines may impact (or completely interfere with) your vision for your birth, a vision you may not have even sussed out until after you've completed your childbirth classes.
We want you to know your options and pick your preferences before you nail down your space and support system, that way you can make sure you've built the birth team you need to pursue the birth you want. In this two week, two-day series we will cover all the whats, whens, whys, and hows of childbirth, from common pregnancy complaints all the way to the welcoming hour right after birth, and we will work together to build a birth plan that outlines your desires for your family.
You can then use this plan to find your perfect who (provider) and where (birth space).
This class is meant for those trying to conceive or in early pregnancy (25 weeks or less), but anyone at any stage is welcome.
You may attend alone or with your partner (admission covers attendee + one support person.)
Potential Topics To Be Covered Include:
Birth Partner Communication
Common Pregnancy Complaints
Nutrition & Weight Gain
Common Prenatal Testing in the 2nd & 3rd Trimesters
The Anatomy of Labor & Birth
The Labor Process
The Three Stages of Labor
Non-Medical Pain Relief & Comfort Measures
Medical Pain Relief
Positions for Labor & Birth
The Welcoming Hour
When: June 2nd and 9th from 9am-12:30pm (2 class workshop)
Cost: $79 per couple
About the Instructor: Savannah Halbrook is the owner of Vocal Birth Doula Services LLC, and serves families all over the Capital Region as a doula (both birth and postpartum) and childbirth educator. Savannah has completed more than 60 hours of hands-on training in both labor support and postpartum and infant care. Additionally, she continues to increase her knowledge and skill as a doula and childbirth educator through continuing education, workshops, and research, as she is committed to providing the highest level of quality perinatal support and education to her clientswhich means staying up-to-date on all things pregnancy, birth, and baby, all the time.