February 29th 12:30pm - 6:30pm
May 31st, 12:30pm - 6:30pm
One Day Condensed Childbirth Education:
This childbirth class is ideal for clients between 28 and 34 weeks who want to play an active role in their birth. We welcome those planning on using pain medication and those hoping for a delivery free of interventions. Those working with a doula and those who would like to labor alone with their partner. Those delivering in hospitals, birth centers, and at home. Single Moms and Single Moms by Choice are welcome and encouraged to attend with a friend, doula, or loved one.
Our class is based on the fundamentals of physiological birth. We teach you how birth happens under optimal conditions and then build a framework for understanding how to improvise given the realities of our bodies and the current medical system.
We will cover the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth with a focus on
alignment and movement habits to encourage optimize fetal positioning and minimize pain in labor
strategies to shorten the pushing phase and prevent tearing or birth injury
We will of course cover:
stages and phases of labor
coping measures and labor positions
breath and relaxation practices to reduce stress and anxiety
benefits, risks, and alternatives to common medical procedures
when to go to the hospital and what to pack or when to have your midwife come to you and how to prepare your home
questions to ask your provider and how to navigate the hospital setting
epidural anesthesia, induction procedures and cesarean surgery
Partners are essential to a positive birth experience. Over the course of the weekend partners will gain confidence in their ability to support a laboring person and develop tools for staying calm and communicating effectively with the laboring person and care providers.
About the Instructor:
Ashley Brichter is the Founder, Owner, and Lead Teacher at Birth Smarter. She is a Certified Cooperative Childbirth Educator through CEA/MNY, a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), and a birth and postpartum doula. Ashley is a pelvic health and body-alignment enthusiast. She is trained in Comforting Touch for Labor, Infant / Child CPR, Rebozo Techniques for Childbirth, Dream Birth Imagery, Spinning Babies, and Prenatal Yoga.
Ashley graduated from Haverford College with a passion for progressive politics and progressive education as well as an innate ability to nurture those around her. She fell seamlessly into working as a postpartum doula and founded Managing Overwhelming Moments, LLC (MOM) in 2011. She quickly became a lactation counselor, birth doula, and childbirth educator.