Birthing Beyond, LLC classes are designed to give you the most current, evidence based information on healthy pregnancies, the birth process and getting off to the best start. I belive that you should have a comprehensive class that covers everything you may encounter as birth can be an unexpected adventure. By laying out all your options and choices you can eliminate a lot of anxiety and stress during the big day.
I start by painting a picture of labor for you--separating out what you have heard from friends, seen on tv or read in books-- and share with you what people really do in labor. We will discuss a little bit of anatomy and physiology (or how baby rotates down and out) and create a personalized game plan for labor. We spend time finding your comfort level with laboring at home, when to go to the hospital/birth center or have your midwife come to your home.
Next we will go over how to navigate the hospital world--what to expect the moment you walk through the doors, how all the stuff works, what it looks like and why it would be needed; along with all of your options and choices. We will discuss pain medications (IV narcotics and epidural)--how they work and how to know the best time to use them. We will come up with great discussion questions for your OB/Midwife/Doula so that everyone is on the same page by the time you have a baby.
We will wrap up with what to expect with baby after birth. You will also learn how to make decisions when faced with the unexpected, because let's face it, labor is one big unexpected day! I am also available after class for any additional questions/concerns that may arise before baby. By discovering your own "familial wisdom" you can create an amazing Baby Day you will be proud of for the rest of your life!