Childbirth Classes

You, or someone you care about, is pregnant.

Where do you go from here? There are so many directions.

Childbirth education classes are super helpful. And can be really fun. 

Next sessions starts July 2020!

Two eight-week series:  

  • July 9th - August 27th
    • Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
  • July 12th - August 30th
    • Sundays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

All Classes are Currently taught live, on Zoom. We hope to return to our in-person classes this fall!

Why choose small magic birth?

Our childbirth education classes are different than those you would take at your local hospital.

Our class has two main objectives: values clarification and the role of the support person. We cover the subjects of pregnancy, labor, birthing and early postpartum through the lens of helping birthing people and their partners identify what is important to them, and subsequently organize around bringing those values to fruition.

The SMB childbirth education course will primarily focus on a physiological approach to birthing. Our curriculum centers developing body literacy (ones own knowledge of one's own body), learning about the anatomy and physiology of birth for both the birther and the baby, and learning how to best support the body in the process of childbearing, from pregnancy, to birth, to the postpartum period. In support of this goal, our classes have a physical movement component because the ways we move our bodies, both before and during your labor, effects the way we give birth.

This class is designed for people who are planning a medication-fee birth, or those looking to learn how to delay the use of medication in a hospital birthing environment. This class will help you understand your body, your baby, and the options available to you both. (If you have been diagnosed 'high-risk' or are planning a cesarean birth, I am here to support you as well! I offer individual childbirth education classes that can more tailored to the needs of your specific pregnancy).

 

Topics we'll cover

  • Anatomy - how pregnancy and labor actually work for both birther and baby
  • Signs and stages of labor - answering, ‘How do I know when I’m in labor and what happens next?’
  • Comfort measures and breathing techniques
  • Pain management choices
  • Possible complications during pregnancy
  • Cesarean birth vs. vaginal birth
  • Tips for support people - how to be awesome for the birthing person
  • Prejudice in maternal health care - how to advocate for care in a biased system
  • Advocacy - supporting the birthing person in their right to make choices about their own body and their own baby(s).

Things we'll do

  • Practicing Labor positions, massage techniques, partner prenatal yoga
  • Breathing techniques and relaxation
  • Enjoying your magical binder!! (I provide you a notebook full of simple, useful info - or in the case of virtual series, a googledoc of all our materials!)
  • Engaging all participants, support people included (You rock, we’re so glad you’re here).
  • Discussing worries, things you’ve heard about, that crazy thing your cousin said… and anything else that’s on your mind.

Three simple steps to sign up!

  • 1 Register and select your preferred day/time. I'll send you an email confirmation and add you to our list.
  • 2 Sign up for my newsletter - this is how to stay up to date with all the details for our upcoming class.
  • 3 Get your insurance to pay for it! Many insurers reimburse for childbirth education classes. I'm and Certified Childbirth Educator and I can supply you with a certificate and a receipt. Check with your provider about exactly what documentation you need and I’ll do my best to help you. (Unfortunately with our current onnline format, most insurance companies will not reimburse for online classes. See note below for financial options!)
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Pregnant parents, both with and without support people, are welcome.

Busy schedule? Unique needs? I’ll come to you!

Schedule a private prenatal consultation in your own home.

Please note that I offer a FREE admittance to our Childbirth Education Group Series OR a free one-on-one Prenatal Consultation for young parents. If you are a low-income birthing parent under the age of 21, I'd love to offer my support, if that seems helpful.

Like-wise, if you in a position where the Childbirth Education is cost-prohibitive FOR ANY REASON, please reach our and we will work together to find a solution.

(You will not be asked for 'financial proof'. I believe you.)

Click here and select ‘Birth Support’.

NOTE:

Birth support and education are a right and not a privilege.

small magic birth is dedicated to helping all people achieve better birth outcomes. This service is open to birthing people of all family structures, races, and genders, including trans and non-binary folks. If childbirth classes are cost-prohibitive and not covered by insurance, please reach out and we will work together to find a solution.