Online Prenatal Class At Your Pace
This online prenatal class is ideal for expectant parents who prefer an online format or who can’t attend a live, in-person birth class due to work schedules, time constraints, or other reasons.
The eight-module birthing class 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 and images are used throughout the course to acknowledge and celebrate the diversity in all types of people experiencing pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. These birthing classes are specifically designed for queer people, people of color, and single people.
Introduction and Orientation
Learn how to navigate the online prenatal class and access all of the resources available to you. Several important concepts will be introduced, such as birthing in awareness, 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 in the weeks leading up to birth.
Module Two: Preparing for Childbirth and Parenting
In module two of the online prenatal class, you will learn about holistic preparation for childbirth and parenting. Topics include physical activity, intellectual research, emotional connection with your birth partner and baby, and spirituality/intentionality/awareness. We will discuss how to set up a supportive and encouraging birth team, your options for birth locations, and how to create an empowering birth ambience.
Module Three: Labor and
You will learn about the stages and phases of labor so that you understand 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 measures to address back labor and slow or stalled labor. Specific tips and suggestions for partners are included.
Module Five: Procedures and Interventions
In module five of the online prenatal class, we discuss common medical interventions that are used during labor. The focus is on providing evidence based information so that you can make decisions that are right for you. You will learn about the benefits and risks of common procedures and interventions (including pain relief options), how to create your own unique birth plan, when induction of labor might become necessary, and much more.
Module Six: Cesarean Birth
Currently, more than 30% of pregnant people in the U.S. experience cesarean birth despite the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation 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 a cesarean. 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, such as vitamin K, antibiotic eye ointment, metabolic screening, and circumcision. You will learn about common characteristics and appearance of newborns, the basics of newborn care, the latest research on newborn sleep, warning signs of possible problems, and questions to ask when choosing your baby’s healthcare provider.
Module Eight: Postpartum and Feeding Your Baby
In module eight of the online prenatal class, you will learn about how you may feel during the first few weeks after birth, including options for your placenta, how your body heals after birth, warning signs of possible problems, normal new parent feelings, signs of depression, and information about postpartum sexuality. In addition there is extensive information about nursing/breastfeeding/chestfeeding such as the basics of latching and positioning, common challenges, pumping and returning to work, and nutrition during lactation.