OUT-OF-HOSPITAL CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION CLASS

•Class runs for 6 weeks on Tuesday nights from 7:00-9:00pm
•Location: theROOT in Noe Valley; 1300 Sanchez Street at 26th Street
•Cost: $500
•2019: Openings for classes:

June 4th – July 9th

August 13th - September 17th

October 1st - November 5th

CLASS DESCRIPTION: *This homebirth and birth center specific class focuses on informational and experiential learning. Nile brings her background in the science of pregnancy, birth and postpartum and her experience as a mother to teach you skills and provide with you a solid education that will leave you feeling empowered. The class will cover the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, labor and birth as a jumping off point to talk about the many layers of the birth process- physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Besides giving you as much information as you might need to enjoy the wild process of your birth journey the class also provides a community foundation for your new family.

*We do a lot of hands-on teaching including labor positions, comfort measures and newborn care. We spend time looking at our perceptions of discomfort and practice relaxation and breath awareness as coping mechanisms to face it. Continually using breath as a tool to soften and open the body, we will also practice massage and supported postures. So, wear clothes you can move in!

*Each class has visual learning components including watching hand-picked birth videos, looking at important photos, touring a homebirth midwife’s birth kit, diving into models, and more.

*We look into variations of normal and potential complications, how they are handled at home and what might be reasons to transport to the hospital. During this class we also give you skills to navigating a hospital birth if that becomes the safest place for your family to be. We also cover postpartum recovery and what to expect in those first hours, days and weeks of life with your new baby. We explore breastfeeding basics - positions, techniques and when to get help, and newborn care, including diapering, changing clothes, sleeping, swaddling, and basic safety.