Overview and Sign Up Page for Online Childbirth Classes

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Sign Up for the Online Childbirth Class

Childbirth Classes
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Online childbirth class may seem a bit strange but it is a great supplement to your regular childbirth class or the perfect match for couples who are unable to attend regular childbirth classes due to pregnancy complications. This is a six-week course. It works best if you go through each lesson slowly and do all of the steps and read the materials over the course of a week. 

  1. Week One
    • where pain in labor comes from
    • how diet and nutrition influence your pregnancy and birth
    • the basics of relaxation
  2. Week Two
    • pregnancy definitions and anatomy
    • how labor begins; true labor versus false labor
    • timing contractions
  3. Week Three
    • comfort measures and positions for labor
    • the stages of labor
    • when to go to the hospital or birth center
    • progressive relaxation
  4. Week Four
    • how to push and positions for pushing
    • the third stage of labor (placenta)
    • birth plans and doulas
    • using visualization and vocalization
  5. Week Five
    • hospital procedures (IV, catheters, fetal monitoring)
    • medications for pain relief (epidural anesthesia and IV medications)
    • cesarean birth (c-section)
    • emotional relaxation
  6. Week Six
    • caring for your new baby (bathing, diapering, feeding)
    • physical and emotional postpartum symptoms and warnings
    • six week check up

     

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Class One

A laboring woman tailor sitting with her partner
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What you'll learn in class one:

  • where pain in labor comes from
  • how diet and nutrition influence your pregnancy and birth
  • the basics of relaxation

Welcome to class! Class one is about getting ready to give birth. One of the most important things to discuss is practicing for labor. It may sound odd or cause some giggles at first, but studies show, practice really does help. Set a time each day to practice alone or with someone. By the time next week gets here you'll find it's becoming more of a habit and can actually help decrease some end of pregnancy insomnia if done before bed.

Childbirth Class Lesson

Start with class one.

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Labor Pain Reference
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Introductions
Today we're going to introduce ourselves and take a look at how we perceive and deal with pain, pregnancy exercise and nutrition and start learning the basics of relaxation.

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Class Two

Squatting in Labor
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What you'll learn in class two:

  • pregnancy definitions and anatomy
  • how labor begins; true labor versus false labor
  • timing contractions

Childbirth Class Lesson

Dealing with the end of pregnancy and making your labor more comfortable are key components of class number two.

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How to Time Contractions
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The Pregnancy Quiz
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Are you taking the right childbirth class?
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Class Three

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What you'll learn in class three:

  • comfort measures and positions for labor
  • the stages of labor
  • when to go to the hospital or birth center
  • progressive relaxation

Childbirth Class Lesson

Does how you move effect your labor? You bet! This week we'll focus on labor, labor positioning and being a good coach. Dealing with the labor, getting to your place of birth and comfort measures are key components of class number three.

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Labor: The Real Thing
A hot topic in everyone's mind is, 'Will I know when it's really labor?'

Labor Positions Guide
Labor is all about movement. The more positions you use in labor, the better you are able to help labor be faster and more comfortable. Here are some of the best positions for labor.

Labor Positions with a Partner
Having someone help you with positioning for labor and birth is of great benefit. Not only is there someone else to remember which position works well with what situation, but there is also the physical comfort of having someone touching you.

Labor Positions with a Birth Ball
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Labor Basics
Last night in childbirth class I started teaching about labor. I love to hear the stories that others have heard about labor, particularly how does labor start. There is such a wide variety in experiences and beliefs about labor. While this is true, it is also important that you have the basics of labor down pat for when it's your turn to give birth.

Tense Release Relaxation
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Class Four

A woman in labor in a side lying position
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What you'll learn in class four:

  • how to push and positions for pushing
  • the third stage of labor (placenta)
  • birth plans and doulas
  • using visualization and vocalization

Childbirth Class Lesson

Class four brings us to the exciting pushing stage of labor! At the end of pushing is when you will finally meet and hold your baby for the first time. We also go over birth planning and the use of doulas, professional labor support. How to push, choosing the right position and advocating for yourself are key components of class number four.

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PUSH!
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Birth Stories
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Birth Planning
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Music for Labor
What about music for labor? We know it can help soothe and relax us by releasing endorphins. What music would you want to listen to? If you used it was it helpful? Share your ideas with us!

Getting to the Hospital Too Soon
Why you might want to wait before going to the hospital to have your baby.

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Class Five

Pregnant mom walking in labor at the hospital
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What you'll learn in class five:

  • hospital procedures (IV, catheters, fetal monitoring)
  • medications for pain relief (epidural anesthesia and IV medications)
  • cesarean birth (c-section)
  • emotional relaxation

Childbirth Class Lesson

Now that we've talked about normal labor, let's talk about interventions, complications, pain relief and other medications. You'll learn about the "normal" medications used in labor like epidurals, you'll also learn about some newer techniques for pain relief like sterile papule injections. We'll also talk about what happens during a cesarean, when one might be necessary (before or during labor) and how to make it a family-centered surgery. Choosing what works for you and knowing options and alternatives are key components of class number five.

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Cesarean Section Quiz
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Common Labor Interventions
We all hope that childbirth will go smoothly. Most women are dreaming of a nice, quick labor and birth. However, some women will have complications or require interventions due to issues like induction. Some of these interventions include: IV, fetal monitoring, breaking your water with an amnihook, forceps or a vacuum extractor. Here is information on these practices in labor and birth, including what they are and how to try to avoid them.

IV Medications: Birth Stories
Share a story or learn from others births. A birth story is a great way to get a glimpse of birth.

Postpartum Hemorrhage
Hemorrhage is not something that we want to think about when it comes to giving birth. In fact, 95% of births will not have a problem with hemorrhage. However it is important to know the risk factors for hemorrhage and discuss your personal risk factors with your doctor or midwife.

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Class Six

Newborn Twins
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What you'll learn in class six:

  • caring for your new baby (bathing, diapering, feeding)
  • physical and emotional postpartum symptoms and warnings
  • six week check up

Childbirth Class Lesson

Postpartum is a time of adjustment. Learning about the changes in your body and family can help you prepare for them more effectively. We'll talk about cord care, diapers, sleep deprivation, and much more! Figuring life with baby out and knowing how and when to ask for help are key components of class number six.

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Breastfeeding Center
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Am I at risk for Postpartum Depression?
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New parents love to talk about what's in their baby's diaper. I have to admit that I've been guilty of this myself. It's also important to note that the changes your baby's stools go through can be quite dramatic and even worrisome if you're a new parent. This chart can help you know what's normal and what's not.

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