Deep content, at your pace.
This childbirth preparation course is ideal for expectant parents who prefer an online format or who can’t attend a live, in-person childbirth preparation course due to work schedules, time constraints, or any other reason.
The eight-module program is an interactive, web-based course that uses evidence-based content, videos, audio recordings, downloads, and other resources to teach essential information parents need to know to prepare for childbirth and parenting.
Inclusive, gender-neutral, relationship-neutral language is used throughout the course to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity in all types of people experiencing pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting.
Introduction and Orientation
Learn how to navigate the course and access all of the resources available to you. Several important concepts will be introduced, such as what birthing in awareness means, evidence based practice, common misconceptions about labor and birth, the cascade of interventions, and the importance of self-care.
Module One: Healthy Pregnancy
A healthy pregnancy is the foundation for a healthy birth. You can ensure that you feel rested and strong heading into labor by committing to excellent nutrition, daily exercise, and plenty of sleep during pregnancy. In this module, you will learn about various ways to create and maintain comfort and health.
Module Two: Preparing for Childbirth and Parenting
In this module, you will learn about holistic preparation for childbirth and parenting. This includes incorporating physical activity, intellectual research, emotional connection with your birth partner and baby, and spirituality/intentionality/awareness into your preparation. We will discuss how to set up a supportive and encouraging birth team, your options for birth locations, and how to create an ambience that will be conducive to having a satisfying and empowering birth.
Module Three: Labor and
You will learn about the stages and phases of labor so that you understand what is meant by terms such as first stage, second stage, and third stage. Additional topics include the hormonal physiology of labor and birth, signs that labor is near, when to call your care provider, how your body and baby work together during childbirth, emotional and physical changes you may experience, waterbirth, pushing, and the benefits of immediate skin-to-skin contact with your baby after birth.
Module Four: Comfort Techniques
We will discuss the many strategies that you and your support team can use to enhance the labor process and help you manage pain. These techniques include conscious breathing, pain coping techniques, relaxation and visualization, massage, hydrotherapy and aromatherapy, positions and movements and how they help, and measures to address back labor and slow or stalled labor. Specific tips and suggestions for partners are included.
Module Five: Procedures and Interventions
This module discusses common medical interventions that are used during labor. The focus is on providing evidence based information so that you can make informed decisions. You will learn about evaluating the benefits and risks of obstetrical procedures and interventions, creating an effective birth plan, induction of labor, natural methods of stimulating labor, common first stage interventions, including pain relief options, and common second and third stage interventions.
Module Six: Cesarean Birth
Currently, more than 30% of pregnant people in the U.S. experience a cesarean birth. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that the cesarean rate should be about 10%. In this module, you will learn why this extreme dichotomy exists and ways to reduce your risk of having a cesarean. You will also learn about what to expect before, during, and after surgery if you need to have cesarean birth. Finally, you will learn about ways to increase your chances of a successful VBAC in this pregnancy or a subsequent one.
Module Seven: Newborns
Learn all about your amazing baby! Topics include newborn procedures, including vitamin K, antibiotic eye ointment, metabolic screening, and circumcision, common characteristics and appearance of newborns, the basics of newborn care, newborn sleep, and questions to ask when choosing your baby’s healthcare provider.
Module Eight: Postpartum and Feeding Your Baby
In this module, you will learn about how you may feel during the first few weeks after birth, including options for keeping or consuming your placenta, how your body heals after birth, warning signs of possible problems, normal new parent feelings and signs of depression, and new parent survival tips, including information about postpartum sexuality. In addition there is extensive information about nursing such as the basics of latching and positioning, common challenges, pumping and returning to work, and nutrition during nursing.