Baby Care Class
(two hours) $175
Overview on caring for your newborn including what to expect in the hospital and at home, how to recognize normal newborn behavior, soothing techniques, diapering, bathing, and a short discussion on breastfeeding. I highly encourage this class to be paired with a couple hours of postpartum doula time for soon after you get home with the baby. It's one thing to practice, it's another thing to practice with YOUR baby!
(two hours) $175
Overview on how milk production works, what to expect in the hospital, the most effective and simple positions for breastfeeding your newborn, how to read your baby's cues, strategies on sleep, pumping, preparing to go back to work, how to know if baby is getting enough, and when necessary how to make more milk. I highly recommend pairing this class with a couple hours of postpartum doula support for the first day or two after getting home from the hospital. Over the years I've found there's nothing so overwhelming as that first day at home. Trying to adjust to everything new without the help of hospital staff or homebirth midwives can be challenging. Let's make sure together you and your little one have a successful start to this nurturing relationship!
Preparation Class -$575
Up to 8 hours of one-on-one time covering the following:
Healthy pregnancy practices that help lead to optimal birth outcomes
The normal phases and stages of childbirth
Comfort measures, positions and techniques to encourage relaxation and labor progress
Common variations of normal and how to work with them
Common hospital interventions and policies
Postpartum recovery, healing, emotions, and expectations
Discovering your birth preferences and creating a birth plan that will get read!
I arm you with information, however my biggest goal is to work with you to discover what's most important to you about your pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum, and how to get there!
Class - $285
Up to four hours tailored to your individual questions and what you desire to discuss and review. Common topics discussed are sibling preparation, postpartum healing, and questions or confusion you have about previous birth experiences. Some comfort measures are reviewed and practiced. If additional time is needed for comfort measures, a Comfort Measures Practice Session can be added at a discount.
Practice Session - $195
Two to three hours geared towards those who have taken Childbirth Preparation classes before, or who want additional time working through positions for labor comfort and progress. We review the natural flow of hormones in labor and how to facilitate this. We work together to help find a rhythm of coping techniques like vocalization, touch relaxation, and visualization. We practice various massage techniques and create a list of favorites, along with a simple recipe for positions and techniques for your partner to follow while supporting your labor.
Birth Story Listening
(two hours) - $125
Your birth story is important. Many women have very positive memories and feelings about the birth of their child. Others have numbness, questions, anger, or confusion. For some it's a jumble of both. We are told in our culture that "Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby" are the only important things about birth, but the truth is that what happened to you, how you feel about it, and being able to process with someone in a safe, respectful, and understanding way are extremely important to your emotional and physical health. For many women talking through the story of their little baby's birth is just the thing to help them feel understood, accepted, and free to move forward into motherhood.
Birth Plan Writing Session (two hours) - $145
Knowing what you want for your birth can feel daunting. Trying to articulate it in a birth plan can feel overwhelming. I'm here to help! Explaining common procedures, walking through a typical hospital admittance process with you, and helping you craft a meaningful birth plan that will get read, and that you will feel empowered by, is the purpose of this session.
Phone and Email Consultations - $50/hour
I'm available to process ideas, refer for specific conditions, and walk through common pregnancy, postpartum, or mommy/baby concerns and solutions. Can be billed in 15 minute increments.