Get ready for your home birth with Birth At Home Prenatal Classes
- 2.5 hour classes once a week for 6 weeks
- Home birth set-up
- Comprehensive classes on the birth process
- Newborn care segment
- Evidence-based information
- Discussion on hospital transfers
- North Vancouver and Burnaby locations
- Max 8 couples per class
- Private prenatal classes available upon request
Sign-up and get a free copy of "Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering" by Dr. Sarah Buckley and "The Baby Book" by Dr. William Sears with your registration.
Dates in North Vancouver:
Classes are held at #201 - 1448b Crown St. North Vancouver, up the stairs. We are very close to Iron Workers Memorial Bridge.
Birthing Embrace offers the 6 week home birth prenatal class series, We Birth At Home, to make you feel confident and prepared for your upcoming home birth. Our multi-day, 15 hour class (six consecutive 2.5 hour weeknight/weekend classes), is set up in a fun and interactive format, encouraging students to get to know each other. Each day of class will have a birthing segment, a comfort measure segment, and a postpartum/newborn segment, to help you prepare for both your home birth and your first few weeks with your baby.
You will learn everything you need to know about pregnancy, birth, and post-partum care. We will discuss comfort measures and pain management. We will include lots of time for questions and group discussion throughout each session, and there will be extra time at the end of each class for more questions. Birthing Embrace wants you to leave our classes feeling informed about birth and empowered to have a joyful birth.
Note: To allow for a natural flow of class discussion, we occasionally shuffle topics from one day to the next. People learn best through participation and group discussion so we like to leave room for that to happen!
What is included?
The following is a brief description of the classes:
Class 1 – Intro To Home Birth
- Safety and Benefits of Home Birth
- Home Birth Supplies & Set Up
- Water Birth Supplies & Set Up
- Support For Birth: family, doulas, etc
Class 2 – Preparing For A Healthy Birth
- Nutrition in pregnancy
- Exercise in pregnancy
- Stretches for a healthy pregnancy & birth
- Fetal positioning and movement through the pelvis
- Intro to pain perception and mindset
Class 3 – The Birth Process
- Recognizing the phases of birth
- Tips for birthers: mindset in each phase
- Tips for partners: how to help in each phase
Class 4 – Breastfeeding & Comfort Measures
- The first feed
- How to know your baby is getting enough milk
- Creating a successful breastfeeding relationship
- Physical comfort measures for birther and partners
Class 5 – Interventions & Hospital Transfer
- Understanding common interventions
- Reasons for transfer & having a smooth transfer experience
- Keeping your birth power in hospital in case of change of plans
- Making informed, personal decisions
- Birth Plan Guide
Class 6 – Postpartum & Early Newborn Care
- The first few weeks with a new baby
- Diapering and clothing for babies
- Bathing your newborn
- Babywearing intro
- Sleeping with your newborn
What are the benefits?
Childbirth classes bring a host of benefits to expectant parents. Together with your partner, you'll gain the knowledge you require to make informed decisions about your birth, and the confidence to know that those decisions are right for you. Birth is a natural process and we'll help you trust your body's innate abilities. You'll learn pain management techniques so that wherever and however you choose to birth, you'll be not just ready for the experience - you'll be excited.
In group discussions you'll learn about other people's questions and concerns - including your partner's. For many couples, the birth class is the primary way for dad to get involved during the pregnancy, and he'll learn how to support both mom and the new baby. Hearing about other people's perspectives on birth can be a real eye-opener, and you just might make some new friends on the way.
We cover a wide range of topics, so you'll be ready. Many are focused on you: how it feels to go through the stages of birth, what to do and when to do it, and relaxation and pain management techniques. Others are focused on the process: home births, water births, and hospital transfers. Finally, we look at the big picture: supporting each other as your family grows, breastfeeding and nutrition, sleep patterns (and coping with them!), and community resources available to you. With an understanding of these topics, you'll be ready to embrace birth.
Click here for more information on the benefits of home birth.