Our 8-week Childbirth Education Series begins by looking at “normally-unfolding” or physiologic birth; during this time, you will have an opportunity to learn various ways to work through the stages of labor. Hands-on practice will give you the opportunity to discover what might be helpful during your baby’s birth, and your birth partner will have a chance to ask questions so s/he is ready to support you during labor. During the series, we will be reviewing medical interventions and why they might be suggested, while discussing how you can make well-informed decisions during the birth process. Visiting instructors include a DONA-trained Postpartum Doula who will be discussing newborn care, postpartum planning and adjusting to life with a new baby. International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Ann Marie Neely Burkhart or MaryAnn Martin teaches our breastfeeding class, which covers latching and positioning, how to know baby is getting enough milk and how to avoid early problems. We finish out the series with visiting “demo” families who share their baby’s birth story, breastfeeding and early parenting experiences.
Topics included are: Normal Labor and Birth Progress; Breathing and Positions for Labor and Birth; Birth and Baby Plans; Your Labor and Birth Tool Kit; Complications with Baby; Challenging Labors; Cesarean Birth; Postpartum: The Fourth Trimester; Breastfeeding; Childbirth and Early Parenting Review; and “Demo” Parents and Babies.
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Wednesdays 6:45-9:15pm Saturdays 2:30-5:00pm
June 1-July 20
August 21-October 9 August 24-October 12
October 23-December 18 October 26-December 21
(no class November 27) (no class November 30)
CBE Intensives: Weekend or 1-Day Intensive
A weekend class for those interested in taking BABS childbirth education, but may not be able to fit the 8-week CBE series into their schedule. This class prepares the expectant parent for labor, birth, newborn care and postpartum. Class materials, snacks, a separate breastfeeding class (either Milk Matters or attendance at an 8-week series class), follow-up after birth and the bi-annual childbirth series reunions are included in the cost.
For those registered for a 1-Day Intensive, please note that labor, birth, interventions and cesarean birth are covered during class 9-4pm on a Saturday or a Sunday. The postpartum and newborn care topics are covered during a Baby Basics class, offered on a separate date. Breastfeeding is covered during Milk Matters: A Prenatal Breastfeeding Class for Expectant Parents, also offered on a separate date. Class fees for Baby Basics and Milk Matters are included in your 1-Day Intensive program fee, however you must preregister for Baby Basics and Milk Matters, to allow the instructor to plan accordingly for class size. If you are unable to attend a listed date for Baby Basics or Milk Matters, please contact the office, as we are happy to work with you to figure a solution so you may attend the classes.
2013 Weekend Intensives: Saturday 9-4pm/Sunday 1-4pm
2013 1-Day Intensives: Sunday 9-4pm
Fees for Childbirth Education 8-week Series & Intensive Weekend are determined by income. Click here to see the income categories for gross income Annually, Monthly, Weekly
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