This is not your average, sit in the chair and take notes class! For the session on emergency childbirth, I showed “what to have on hand in case you might give birth in the car,” and then two enthusiastic volunteers screeched their way through a very precipitous “labor” in their “car,” much to the hilarity of the rest of the class. It’s good that we do the “how to give birth with nothing on hand but a towel and some hand sanitizer” class, because one of my couples recently gave birth in their bathroom with five Seattle firefighters as their attendants. This was not what they had in mind — BUT THEY WERE PREPARED!
Northwest Natural Childbirth is a new childbirth class series, born out of my seven years experience teaching the Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth®.
Northwest Natural Childbirth emphasizes the role of the mother’s partner of choice as the primary support person during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. With a thorough understanding of the biomechanics, psychology, and sexuality of birth, simple pregnancy exercises, a healthy, whole foods diet, and deep relaxation, you will learn how to work together as a team with your health care providers to prepare for this transformational event. We will look at the state of childbirth practices in area hospitals and birth centers, focusing on the concepts of evidence based medicine and informed consent. While an unmedicated vaginal birth is the expected outcome, the goal of Northwest Natural Childbirth is a healthy mother and healthy baby, regardless of how baby decides to make its debut! Classes are 2 1/2 hours long in a 9 week series including postpartum care and breastfeeding basics.
Northwest Natural Childbirth Class Goals:
1. Empowered, powerful parents starting their journey together as a team.
2. A healthy mother and a healthy baby are always the goals of any birth.
3. Informed decision making by the mother and her partner.
4. Active involvement by mom’s partner as early in pregnancy as possible.
5. Normalizing birth to maximize the likelihood of an unmedicated, vaginal birth.
6. Mother and her partner feel they have made positive birth choices. It may not have been their first choice, if mom opted for anesthesia or a cesarean birth, but the team made the decisions together. Epidural and cesarean are valid, important choices. I want you to feel confident in making those decisions.
7. Healthy, open communication between the mother, her partner, and the birth team.
8. As a team, you will be prepared to give birth with a midwife, a family practice doctor, or an OB/Gyn, at home, at a birth center, in a hospital, or just the two of you in a Denny’s parking lot.
9. Successful initiation of breastfeeding.
10. A strong bond between mother, baby, and partner.
Classes are taught in my West Seattle home. Note: this is a smoke free but not pet free environment. Classes are $295 on a sliding scale depending on ability to pay. I accept paypal, cash, and check, payment plans, and occasionally, barter. The class fee includes my workbook. See the section on “required reading” for the reading list.