August 9, 11:30am - 6:00pm *VIRTUAL*
September 13, 11:30am - 6:00pm *VIRTUAL*
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 Birth Smarter:
In a world where it is difficult to keep sight of what is most important Birth Smarter aims to call our attention back to what is valuable. Do you notice that expectant parents spend more time choosing a stroller than they do a midwife or obstetrician? More time arranging their nursery than arranging comprehensive support for after the birth. As a business we have the power to convince you that pregnancy, birth, and the postnatal period are worth investing in. If we don’t, women and families suffer and you miss the opportunity to build an intentional foundation for your family; the foundation on which we’d like our society to rest.
Birth Smarter lives in the space where biology meets society, wisdom meets data, and empathy meets activism. We believe that transparency is the key to birth, babies, and business, that it is always worth investing in parents, and that together, we can change the world. Our unique birth and parenting classes offer expecting parents and their support team the information and practice that will enable them to think critically and improvise during high stakes moments. Our continuing education workshops empower health and wellness professionals to become trusted pillars of their perinatal community. We’re shaping the future, one birth at a time.