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Many parents experience anxiety about their impending birth. What should you expect? How do you prepare for this momentous life event? As your guide to all things birth, I'm here to support you every step of the way as we change that fear and anxiety into calm determination. We will do this by connecting with other mamas, gaining knowledge to reduce fear, and learn best ways to cope with birth and new parenthood. This is not your run-of-the-mill hospital childbirth class! My goal is to empower you to make decisions that are best for you and your family!
As a certified childbirth educator and a specialist in the transition to parenthood, my main focus is to provide evidence-based information to you as you explore the many options around your birth. I offer online childbirth classes that include topics such as how your values can drive your birth preferences, recognizing the signs of labor, pain management techniques (both medical and non-medical), the hormones that help your body birth, and creating a post-partum plan to support your family's well-being. We discuss all of these in the context of the hospital birth setting, so you can best prepare for this environment.
These classes are held with 2-6 other families and offer an opportunity to build community and gain from others experiences.
This online series includes 8 hours in class (over 4 weeks) and covers all of your questions. Each meeting is led by your guide, Jennifer, and is focused on approaching birth from your own value system. Topics include the hormones of birth, comfort measures (both drugs and non-invasive methods), preparing for the pushing stage, and the transitions parents go through as they welcome the new baby home. Classes are designed to be engaging and participatory.
This 4 hour online class meets on a Saturday. Each meeting is led by your guide, Jennifer, and is focused on approaching birth from your own value system. Topics include understanding your bodies' ability to birth, comfort measures (both drugs and non-invasive methods) and the pushing stage. Classes are designed to be engaging and participatory.
These classes are offered for you to get one-one-one interactions with your guide and learn everything YOU want to know. May work well for those with unique scheduling needs, as we can work together to find a time that best suits you. Classes can be customized and made to work for your unique needs.
Please reach out with inquiries and we'll find something that works just for you.
I have taken several birth classes, and this one was BY FAR the most helpful! This class made me confident about birth, and my body's natural ability to birth. I loved how Jennifer talked about the hormones of the labor process. I also feel like this class is the one that was able to best prepare my husband on how to be during the process. Jennifer did a great job at really including partners, and giving them ideas on what they CAN do. Especially the handouts that were emailed to us after each class. There was one in particular that was a huge list comfort measures during labor, we are definitely going to be printing that one off and taking it to the hospital with us so he can refer back to it!
Jennifer was so excited and passionate about the whole birth process, and made it feel way more exciting and natural and less scary.
As a mental health provider I felt that the information was empowering both to me and my partner. I really appreciated looking at my birth expectations through my value system.
Jennifer was knowledgeable, enthusiastic and very approachable. She made it a very comfortable space and shared information from a science/data/facts and also her own experiences.
What brought you to this class? What are your hopes and fears about your birth? What looming questions are in your mind that you haven't been able to ask before? In the first part of this class we will build a new community of expecting parents as we get to know each other and all that you bring to your births. In the 2nd part of this class we'll get down to business and talk about building a birthing environment that speaks to each of us!
Having a positive birth experience depends a lot upon having the support and comfort we need to journey through the birth process. In this class, we will cover both pharmacological and non-invasive ways to support laboring mothers. We will discuss the hormones that carry us through the birth process and how they do a job that has been carried out for thousands of years. Partners be ready!
In this class we will come together to discuss the 2nd stage of birth, pushing. We will discuss having the courage to follow your body's cues about how YOU want to deliver your baby. We will also see how partners can best support mom's during this important stage.
In our last class, we will learn more about what the moments after birth can mean for the new or growing family and how to prepare emotionally and psychologically for the realities of post-partum life. We will finish out with a plan you have built for your homecoming days!
Jennifer is a developmental psychologist who completed her PhD in 2009 at the University of California, Irvine. She has over a decade of experience in teaching as a faculty member at Boise State University. Now living in Eugene, OR, she specializes in the transition to parenthood and early family adjustment, including infant feeding practices, and would love to support you as you transition into a new or growing family! She is married with 4 children of her own (2 boys and 2 girls) who range in age from 4 to 12!
In 2022, Jennifer extended her education on birth and care of new mothers by certifying as a childbirth educator with ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association), a highly respected organization that supports mothers' freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family centered maternity and newborn care. Please reach out to me with any questions!
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