Birth Essentials: Childbirth Preparation Series

This 3 part course covers the basics to prepare for labor, birth, postpartum and breastfeeding.  The cost for the series is $250 and will take place at the Poughkeepsie location.  There is a $60 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot and full payment due in cash or check at the start of the series. Payment for the class is non-refundable.  However, families who register may make up at another Birth Essentials series.

Series Dates are:
Saturdays, June 3: 12:30-6:30pm; Saturdays 10 & 17: 12-2pm
Saturdays, August
5: 12:30-6:30pm; Saturdays 12 & 19: 12-2pm
Saturdays, October 7: 12:30-6:30pm; 
Saturdays 14 & 21: 12-2pm
Saturdays, December
2: 12:30-6:30pm; Saturdays 9 & 16: 12-2pm

For more information or to register for the series, please contact Jenn Sullivan via email at Jenn@waddlenswaddle.com.

Classes 1: Birth Prep 101
A birthing class that takes a candid, yet comprehensive and thoroughly educational approach.  Birth Prep 101 is held as an informal discussion session covering all of the key points you need to know about giving birth in today’s healthcare system.

This class covers:
* Choosing Your Birth Team
* Deciding where you want to have your baby
* The Anatomy of Pregnancy and Birth
* Third Trimester Discomforts and Remedies
* Complications in Pregnancy/Birth
* Nutritional Considerations
* What can I do to prepare?
* How do I know if “it’s time” and what do I do?
* Medications and interventions
* Positions for Labor and Birth
* Birth Techniques
* How to write an effective birth plan
* Birth Partners and their role

This class is held as 1 six hour class.  Consider bringing a snack and a pillow for comfort.  This class is beneficial for birth partners to attend but is not mandatory.

If need more information about Birth Prep 101, please contact the instructor Amanda Winters, RN, HCHI  by phone at 845-264-0392, via email Amanda.Jobe.Winters@gmail.com or visit online at hudsonriverdoulas.net or to register for this class alone go to http://waddlenswaddle.com/birth-prep-101/

Class 2: Breastfeeding Essentials
This class is designed to be taken while pregnant. All the basics you need to know from birth through the first 6 months of life are covered.

* Birth and the postpartum bonding period
* The importance of skin to skin
* Proper latching techniques
* Getting and maintaining a proper milk supply
* Avoiding common "booby traps"
* When/if to introduce bottles and pacifiers
* When/if to pump and how to get started
* Roles for the support person in a breastfeeding relationship

If need more information about Breastfeeding Essenitals, please contact the instructor Jenn Sullivan by phone at 845-473-5952, via email jenn@waddlenswaddle.com or to register for this class alone go to http://waddlenswaddle.com/classes/breastfeeeding-essentials/

Class 3: Comfort Measures

A woman’s birth experience can bring about a variety of physical, emotional and sometimes spiritual aches and pains.  The birth partner will also encounter his own range of emotions as he listens, observes and engages in the birth of his child.  If the couple works together through positive communication to prepare for the birth, it can make all the difference during labor, delivery and beyond.

The Comfort Measures class provides an expanded opportunity for couples to explore natural pain relief methods for childbirth.  This class is for pregnant women and their partners who have already taken an introductory birthing class but want to learn more.  Whether you are planning to have a medicated or unmedicated birth, this is the class that will help you bring more ease and comfort to your labor and birth.  Both partners will learn new ways to approach the birth experience with less fear, and more joy.         

In this 2-hour, fun, relaxing and interactive class, couples will learn and practice several methods of nurturing therapy and simple strategies for aiding in the progression of labor and birth.  In addition, both partners will discover ways to offer effective communication and support during the birthing process.  

Topics Include:
Common discomforts and simple solutions
Labor & Birth Positions
Massage & Acupressure
Hot & Cold Therapy
Aromatherapy
Partner support

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.  Class participants are encouraged to bring 2 bed pillows, a hand or bath towel, a birth ball and a water bottle to class.

If you need more information about Comfort Measures, please contact the instructor Jenny Baltazar by phone at 518-810-6551, via email jennybaltazarlmt@gmail.com.