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Training & Education

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At BirthWise, every class and educational experience is unique, and it’s important to find options that best fit your needs. Start your prenatal class search earlier in pregnancy to increase odds of availability for your desired class.

Many classes are offered in virtual (Zoom meetings) and/or in-person settings, typically accommodating a spectrum of audiences — from one-on-one consultations, all the way up to larger groups of expecting parents, families and birth educators. With the appropriate arrangements, classes can be conducted in hospitals, birth centers, health-care providers’ offices, homes or other community locations.

Please note, our clients usually find greater benefit in classes of longer duration. In many cases, our longer classes are tailored to provide more time for direct interaction with other expecting parents and the instructor. However, as it serves your needs, condensed or combined classes may better fit your schedule and could be the best option if you are closer to your due date.

Use the links below to browse our list of courses and related information. Discover your desired mix of classroom-based informational and preparatory training, AND active “learn-by-doing” experiences.

CLASSROOM EDUCATION – Foundational information & best practices
ACTIVE EDUCATION – Learning by doing

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding course information, availability or scheduling.

Classroom Education

Courses

Description

Planning for Pregnancy

Planning for Pregnancy is an overview of pregnancy planning methods, and related considerations and concerns. This course covers a wide spectrum of important topics, including:

  • Female anatomy
  • Understanding ovulation 
  • Best practices for conception
  • When to test and signs of pregnancy
  • What to expect when pregnancy is confirmed
  • Health indicators and positive screenings
  • Support systems
  • When to contact your doctor/healthcare provider

This course includes pertinent and insightful information about various types of birth control and contraceptives, both hormonal and non-hormonal (medication vs. natural). Additionally, critical information regarding sex education, the impact of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) on the conception process and pregnancy, and the importance of nutrition and physical fitness, are addressed as well.

Duration: 1 hour
Delivery: Virtual or in-person

Childbirth Education

Childbirth Education is an evidence-based class based on “The Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices.” This class explores foundational concepts of the birthing process, such as childbirth is a natural process, that women have an innate ability to give birth, and that unnecessary medical interference with that natural process can increase risk for the mother and baby. The preparatory skills and education learned in this class are intended to support the natural birthing process and avoid unneeded intervention.

Additionally, “The Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices” will be discussed in depth, and are as follows:

  • Let labor begin on its own.
  • Walk, move around, and change positions throughout labor.
  • Bring a loved one, friend, or doula for continuous support.
  • Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary.
  • Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your body’s urges to push.
  • Keep the mother and baby together; it’s best for mother, baby, and breastfeeding.

Duration: 2 hours
Delivery: Virtual or in-person

Fertility Matters

If you suspect that you’re suffering from infertility, this class will aid and assist your search for answers and clarity. Fertility Matters is a purpose-built, educational experience focused on helping people:

  1. Demystify causes of fertility
  2. Understand the impact of nutrition on fertility
  3. Understand treatments to address infertility
  4. Connect with reputable fertility specialists

This class will cover and address a variety of fertility-related topics including:

  • When to contact your doctor if you suspect you’re suffering from infertility
  • Who to see about infertility
  • Common causes of fertility and what is normal?
  • Fertility testing and treatments
  • Fertility-related disorders
  • Factors that may affect fertility (illnesses, conditions, etc)
  • Who to contact regarding treatment (holistic vs. medical)
  • How to describe your symptoms to your care providers
  • What to expect during the fertility screening process
  • Nutrition for fertility

Duration: 1.5 hours
Delivery: Virtual or in-person

Preparing for Hospital Birth and Birth Centers

Preparing for Hospital Birth and Birth Centers teaches, and provides students with, clear preparatory guidance regarding what to expect when entering a hospital system, or birth center, during pregnancy, through labor and delivery. The information and educational experiences taught in this course are a combination of healthcare system and birth center policy information, and our real-world, anecdotal experiences working with our clients in, and around, hospitals and birth centers.

This course covers a number of important subject matter areas including:

  • What to expect when entering the hospital
  • How to effectively communicate with hospital staff and healthcare providers
  • Understanding “informed consent” and its importance to your patient care
  • Understanding implicit and unconscious bias in the healthcare system
  • Planning for hospital tours
  • Identifying and understanding “birthing friendly” hospitals (and what that means)

Duration: 1 hour
Delivery: Virtual or in-person

Breastfeeding and Lactation

Our Breastfeeding and Lactation class is comprehensive overview of the physiological changes that occur during lactation. We’ll explore topics in-depth such as: latching, the golden hour, the changes after baby is born, changes while pregnant, transitioning from colostrum to milk (breast milk), milk production, how much milk does the baby need (based on age), and hand expression.

While natural, breastfeeding can actually be difficult in the first few weeks, especially while recovering from birth. This class will teach you everything you need to know to ensure you and baby get off to a great start, including:

  • How milk supply works
  • The mechanics of breastfeeding/chestfeeding
  • Latch and positioning
  • How to recognize good feeding and if baby is getting enough milk

Duration: 1.5 hours
Delivery: Virtual or in-person

Newborn Care

Our Newborn Care class teaches and imparts foundational knowledge, wisdom and support for taking care of your new little bundle of joy.

This course covers the following topics:

  • Changes after birth
  • What to expect after baby is born
  • What is “normal?”, and adjusting to your “new normal”
  • Medications that baby may need to take (what the medications are)
  • Newborn baby appearance
  • Care for the first 90 days
  • Pediatric visits and questions to ask your pediatrician
  • Taking care of the umbilical cord
  • Diapering

Duration: 1 hour
Delivery: Virtual or in-person

Planning for Postpartum

Postpartum, often referred to as the “4th trimester”, is delicate time and unique experience for each mother. Our Planning for Postpartum class candidly, but compassionately and empathetically, addresses the critically important need to inform and educate women about what to expect in postpartum recovery, and equip them with the tools and techniques to thrive in the following period of life adjustment.

In this class, we’ll cover and address many topics, including:

  • What to expect after giving  birth
  • Mood disorders
  • When to seek help
  • Signs that you need assistance
  • Recovery plans
  • Nutritional needs
  • Physiological changes
  • Emotional support needs

Duration: 1.5 hours
Delivery: Virtual or in-person

Prenatal Nutrition

Our Prenatal Nutrition class was specifically designed to both educate and dispel misinformation about the importance (or lack of importance) of properly nourishing your body, especially during your pregnancy.

In this class, students will learn about the following topics:

  • Balanced eating and how to balance your diet
  • Nutrition that improves postpartum recovery
  • Postpartum nutrition
  • Nutrition and mood
  • Nutrition and gestational diabetes
  • Nutrition and preventing/reducing risks of preeclampsia
  • Nutrition and having twins or multiples
  • Planning affordable nutrition options

For students with existing medical conditions, this class includes personalized best practice recommendations to manage existing and/or new conditions, with a focus on making healthy eating achievable, in support of medical treatment options.

Duration: 1.5 hours
Delivery: Virtual or in-person

Relaxation and Breathing

The goal of our Relaxation and Breathing class is to teach and empower you to create “pockets of peace” for yourself; a calming, serene atmosphere in any environment.

This class will explore various relaxation-related topics including:

  • Relation of relaxation to oxytocin
  • Relation of relaxation to parasympathetic system
  • Relaxation techniques from different cultures
  • The process of relaxation
  • Relaxation to maintain/regain control over your body
  • Methods of relaxation
  • Health benefits of relaxation

Duration: 1 hour
Delivery: Virtual or in-person

The Doula Difference

If you are considering using a doula, this class was made for YOU!

The Doula Difference class offers a compelling and evidence-based perspective on how and why doulas make a significant difference regarding the measurable improvement of birth outcomes.

This class will cover the following topics:

  • How doulas make a difference
  • Benefits of using Professional Labor Support versus only having a support person
  • Overview of Professional Labor Support and methods of assistance
  • Overview of doula methods that improve birth outcomes
  • Mock labor simulation with doula support

If attending this class in-person, each participant will be invited to experience a practical, hands-on interaction with a doula, helping participants better understand what to expect when working with experienced doulas.

Duration: 1 hour
Delivery: Virtual or in-person

Putting It All Together (Combination Class)

This class is a combination course; a culmination of information, teaching and concepts from our entry-level Classroom Education classes.

Putting It All Together is an advanced-level class, and is the next educational step for any single, or combination of other, entry-level class(es). This learning experience is typically constrained to a small group setting to ensure plenty of direct interaction between participants and instructors.

Additionally, this is an excellent class for those who do not wish to use professional labor support, but want to be aware, informed and educated about becoming an effective advocate for yourself during your prenatal, birth and postpartum experience.

Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to:

  • Understanding “informed consent” and its importance to your patient care
  • Understanding implicit and unconscious bias in the healthcare system
  • Creating a Birth Plan
  • Creating a Meal and Nutrition Plan
  • Creating a meaningful Support Plan (prenatal, labor & delivery, postpartum)
  • Creating appropriate questions for:
    • Your healthcare provider
    • Your insurance provider
    • Entry into a hospital or birth center setting

Duration: 2 hours
Delivery: Virtual or in-person

Active Education

Courses

Description

Spinning Babies® Parent Education Class

Spinning Babies® Parent Class highlights your baby’s active role in birth.

During labor the baby needs to pass through the three levels of the pelvis. Learn techniques to help your pelvis and it’s muscles that support or restrict your pelvic levels. Together, you and your birth partner can use these techniques before and during labor to help “make room for baby!” Spinning Babies reveals how the baby can find optimal positions for labor, and make birth less painful, and even pleasurable!

This class is for expectant parents only.

Baby’s job in labor is to rotate!

  • Learn about Spinning Babies Techniques
  • Daily Essential Activities
  • The Three Balances℠ help birth muscles to relax and add comfort now to ease birth later.
  • Birth Positions that open the pelvis that let the baby come through more easily
  • Bring your birth partner to learn how to help you in pregnancy for comfort in labor and birth

Duration: 3 hours
Delivery: In-person only

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga is a form of gentle yoga that is designed to complement the growing needs of a pregnant body during all three trimesters. The focus is on restorative poses that keep you safe while practicing movement, stretching, deep breathing, and mental centering.

Prenatal Yoga is used to help mothers connect better with their baby, stay healthy throughout pregnancy, remain flexible and strong helping her prepare for the challenges of labor & birth. Prenatal Yoga includes poses, deep breathing, relaxation and meditation that may be practiced through all trimesters (clearing any medical issues with the care provider). Prenatal Yoga is a great way to connect with other mothers-to-be and establish friendships that go far beyond birth.

Duration: 1 hour
Delivery: Virtual or in-person

Dance with your Baby (A BirthWise originated method)

Dance With Your Baby is a fun, high(er) energy class that allows you to move-and-groove with your baby! Our original movement methodology aims to mobilize your pelvis and release tension in your body, focusing on key areas that will be needed in labor and postpartum recovery.

Light-hearted physical activity and positive kinetic motion help strengthen and release your pelvic floor, allowing you to connect deeper with your body, baby and gain awareness of what you’re feeling in your body.

Duration: 1 hour
Delivery: In-person only

Physical Movement (Combination class)

“Physiological birth practices put into action!” is how some have described our Physical Movement class.

This class is a combination course; a culmination of many techniques and practices from our Active Education classes. Techniques from yoga, dance, relaxation and meditation are brought together to help you find realistic and sustainable patterns of movement, mindfulness and body awareness.

Duration: 1 hour
Delivery: Virtual or in-person

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