Childbirth Education Classes – Group

Childbirth Education – Group Classes

Empowered Birth Choices

Natural Childbirth Preparation Class

Clases de preparación para el parto “Elecciones empoderadas para el parto”

Esta clase también se ofrece en español

Make Informed Choices. Cultivate Trust In Birth. Know Your Birthing Rights

A Four-Week Series of Online Natural Childbirth Education Classes for Pregnant Women and Persons and their Birth Partn

Una serie de cuatro semanas de clases de educación sobre el parto natural en línea para mujeres embarazadas y personas y sus parejas de parto.

 


About These Classes | Why Choose these Classes | Class One: Understanding Birth | Class Two: Coping with Labor | Class Three: Making Informed Choices | Class Four: Postpartum, The Amazing Newborn & Breastfeeding | Pay for Classes and Services



UPCOMING COURSE

Classes are $350.00 per couple | $200.00 per couple for Low-Income | Free for Medi-Cal

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This class will be held online on ZOOM.

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OTHER WAYS TO PAY FOR CLASSES

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Make checks payable to: “AWMNH“, Send to:

Happy Mama Healthy Baby Alliance
600 Lincoln Ave. #92495, Pasadena, CA 91109

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ABOUT THESE CLASSES
 

In this group four week series, expectant parents will be empowered and informed so they can:

  • Take an active role in making informed decisions about their birth and newborn baby. 
  • Make informed choices based on knowledge of risks and benefits and alternatives to medical procedures.
  • Feel confident they can use labor coping skills to manage discomforts of labor.
  • Provide comfort measures and advocate for the birthing person through labor coping techniques such as breathing, position changes, water immersion, energy work, meditation and prayer, vocalization, visualization, etc.
  • Get breastfeeding started right
  • Support the breastfeeding person
  • Bond with their newborn babies
  • Prepare for postpartum so to have a smooth transition to parenthood, or an additional member of the family.

WHO SHOUD ATTEND?

  • These classes are appropriate for first-time expectant parents and experienced parents alike seeking a refresher course.
  • Class is appropriate for expectant parents planning hospital, birth center or homebirths.
  • Can join the class at any session, though we encourage attending all four sessions for maximum benefit.

LEARNER OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, pregnant women and persons and their partners will have increased:

1) Knowledge about options for childbirth, understand pros and cons of medical procedures, and will make informed choices during pregnancy and childbirth and postpartum.

2) Confidence to give birth normally by utilizing labor coping skills.

3) Confidence in their ability to provide support to the birthing person during labor.

3) Knowledge to breastfeed the baby or support the breastfeeding person.

4) Skills to care  for the newborn.

5) Ability to create a plan for postpartum recovery.

 

OVERVIEW OF COURSE

Class One: Understanding Pregnancy and Birth

Enjoy these classes from the comfort of your own home due to Covid-19 restrictions

  • Fetal Development
  • Preventing premature birth
  • Stress-reduction in pregnancy
  • Eating right for a healthy pregnancy
  • Coping with common discomforts of pregnancy
  • Sexuality during pregnancy
  • Couples communication during pregnancy
  • How your body works in labor and birth
  • How labor begins and progresses
  • “True” labor vs. “False” labor
  • The phases and stages of birth
  • How to time contractions
  • When to go to the hospital

Class Two: Coping with Labor

  • Breathing Techniques
  • Relaxation Exercises
  • Visualization Exercises
  • Vocalization Exercises
  • The Power of Affirmations & Prayer
  • Positions to Facilitate a Faster and More Comfortable Labor
  • Pushing Techniques and Positions
  • Delivery of Placenta (Afterbirth)
  • Options for Handling of Placenta 

Class Three: Making Informed Choices

  • Pain Medication: Options, Risks and Benefits
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Medical procedures and their Effect on Labor, Mother and Baby (induction of labor, vacuum extraction, etc).
  • Informed Consent and Refusal: Understanding Your Rights and Responsibilities
  • Birth by Cesarean and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
  • Creating a “Birth Plan”: Your preferences for Labor and Delivery and Newborn Care
  • Communicating with Medical Professionals about what you want and need

Group classes in person will resume after Covid-19 restrictions are lifted

Class Four: Postpartum Adjustments, The Amazing Newborn and Breastfeeding

  • The Amazing Newborn: Appearance and Behavior
  • Newborn Medical Procedures: Making Informed Choices
  •  Newborn Care Basics:  Bathing, Swaddling, Diapering, Wearing, Soothing
  • SIDS Prevention: Two Strategies
  • Benefits of Breastfeeding to Mother, Infant, Father and Society
  • How the Breasts Make Milk
  • Keeping Your Milk Supply Up
  • How to Know if Baby is Getting Enough Milk
  • Remedies for Common Concerns of Breastfeeding
  • Working or Attending School While Breastfeeding
  •  Father/Partner’s  Role in Supporting Breastfeeding Mother
  • Sibling Adjustment
  • Couple ‘s Relationship After Baby
  •  Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression: Signs and Symptoms and When to Call for Help
  • Preparing a Postpartum Plan

PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION

We educate about and promote:

  • Informed consent and refusal in maternity care–not only is it responsible and ethical, women who felt they had decision-making power during birth had improved self-esteem and bonding with their babies
  • Alternative choices in childbirth such as homebirth, waterbirth, birth centers and midwife assisted birth
  • Physiological childbirth–it’s natural and normal, and results in healthy outcomes for mothers and infants.
  • The lifelong importance of maternal-infant attachment.
  • Breastfeeding–it protects and improves maternal and infant health for a lifetime and is also eco-friendly.
  • Awareness of spiritual and emotional aspects of birthing
  • Awareness of the influence of the woman’s social environment on pregnancy, birthing, and breastfeeding
  • Family involvement in the birthing process
  • Complimentary modalities for pregnancy and childbirth: acupuncture, chiropractic, herbology, etc.
  • Attachment parenting and Biological Nurturing  as the most sensible way to develop happy and secure children.
 

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS FROM HAPPY MAMA HEALTHY BABY COMMUNITY DOULA PROGRAM

 

J. Tranae, BS, CD, CPD

I am a Birth and Postpartum Doula, and a graduate from Towson University (Towson, MD) with a degree in Biology and a dual minor in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Bioinformatics (MBIII) and Women Studies. During my research and preparation for birth work, I fell in love with holistic birthing methods. I have been a doula since 2011. I  have assured and assisted VBAC moms, teen moms, and moms who have opted for a traditional hospital birth atmosphere as well as water birth practices. I have been a Volunteer Doula with this organization since 2011.

I don’t have any children at this time. I prefer to help bring life into the world.  I am currently in midwifery school, pursuing becoming a California Licensed Midwife. 

I have been fortunate to be mentored by some of the very best and established doulas, midwives and OB/GYNs in California. My skills are to efficiently direct your senses from the discomfort of labor via my massaging techniques, touch, and use of sound, and changing of positions to aid in the progression of your labor.I would be delighted to help support your preferences and assist with your emotional, informational, and physical support during pregnancy/ labor and postpartum.

 

Jazz DeCohen, BA, CPSS

Jazz

 

I am a self-aware wisdom seeker, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University. I am currently a midwifery student.  I am also trained in culinary arts. However, I am most proud of my specialty in service. I take pride in my holistic approach to life. I was Certified as a Perinatal Support Specialist (CPSS) through The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health in 2019. They have equipped me with the wisdom of birth doula, post-postpartum doula and lactation support. I am available to provide support in many different birth settings: from a home waterbirth to hospital births (medicated and un-medicated), and caesareans, on through to postpartum care. I know that all births and labors differ immensely and that all mothers have different needs. I believe in the power of every mother’s story, and maintain the importance of being informed and educated throughout a pregnancy. I hope to help empower women with their birth and journey into motherhood!

 

 

 

 

Lisa Mejia, BA, CPD 

Instructora de español. Esta clase se puede impartir en inglés o español.

Lisa Mejia

 

Empatizo fuertemente con la misión de Happy Mama Healthy Baby Alliance de servir principalmente a las personas negras y otras personas de color y de menor estatus económico debido a su grave maltrato a manos de profesionales médicos en el campo y como personas con más probabilidades de experimentar mortalidad infantil y materna, sufrir depresión posparto y tener una falta de acceso para ayudar con estos problemas.

Yo he sido testigo de la lucha de depresión posparto con mi propia madre con el nacimiento de su hijo menor y la falta de acceso que tuvo a ayuda. Yo igual luché con la depresión posparto y tuve un año difícil después del nacimiento de mi hija. El sentimiento abrumador de soledad y deseo de apoyo me hizo dar cuenta de lo que una persona en este rol puede ayudar a alguien que enfrenta esas mismas luchas. Quiero apoyar a los padres y a las personas biológicas en su función parental y ayudarlos a cuidarse a sí mismos también. Tanta atención como el bebé necesita a la persona biológica y pareja necesita la ayuda también.

El papel de un padre nunca será fácil, pero con un poco de ayuda, crianza y guías podemos hacer que sea una experiencia maravillosa para todos. Como doula posparto capacitada por DONA, estoy aquí para ayudarle a tomar las decisiones correctas para usted y su familia proporcionándole información basada en evidencia y asistencia sin juicio y opinión innecesaria. Sería mi alegría ayudarles hacer esta transición hermosa!

 


Cancellation Policy

 Cancellation must be made in writing by deadline (5 days prior to start of course). Tuition will be reimbursed less $50.00 administrative fee if notification received by this date. After this date, there will be no refunds, with the exception of COVID-19-related illness, which will be decided on a case-by-case basis. However, in extenuating circumstances such as documented illness or emergency, the tuition is fully transferable to another person or training (this course or another topic); credit is good for the amount of training. If course registering into is higher price, the additional balance will be required. If it is a lesser price, there will not be any refund of balance. Credit will be honored for one year from the training. If not used by that time, the credit will expire.

 


Questions? Want to Register? Contact:

Lisa Mejia, BA, CPD

Community Childbirth Education Coordinator

(626) 388 – 2191 ext. 2

Email: Lisa.Mejia@motherbabysupport.net 

You can also submit the Birth Form