Online Childbirth + Newborn Education
©Lisa Gendron | Agroterra Birth
•9-week comprehensive series of live-online 2.5-hour classes*
•7-week series of live-online 2.5-hour classes* with supplemental pre-recorded videos
•Choose one or more individual classes from the 7 or 9-week series.
*Include an optional half hour community time directly after each class and optional facilitated monthly community calls until your baby is 3 months old (for series participants).
Since there’s no one class that’s right for everyone, it’s worth some exploration to find the best fit for you. Take a peek at our video discussing what our classes are known for.
Pregnancy, birth, and parenting require a leap of faith into the unknown. How can we surrender control, but still have tools to remain connected and safe, no matter where our birth journey takes us?
Join other expecting families in dynamic, live-online classes or 7-9 week series to prepare for birth and early parenting. Build internal tools to connect to the wisdom of your bodies, hearts, minds and relationships, and practical tools to remain empowered in your choices. Each class provides a mix of information sharing, experiential exercises (including mindfulness , breath and movement practices) and community discussion.
Discover what families and maternity care professionals (some who have taken the classes themselves) have to say about our programs. Listen to some of our birth meditations and instructional videos on youtube. And don’t hesitate to reach out if we can answer any questions !
How to register:
1. From In to Out: Understanding Birth
Traveling to the “land of birth” is like parachuting into an unknown universe. It can be the adventure of a lifetime, or can be overwhelming and frightening. Understanding how it all works is important to preparing for an empowered experience. Spend an afternoon or evening with other couples and learn how baby travels from inside to out. Discover the important role of the baby, the mother and the support person. Explore how emotions and thoughts shift and change through the process of birth, and how you can work together with the power of birth. More information. . .
2. Labor of Love: Movement + Partner Support for Birth
3. Labor of Love: Massage, Hands on Support, Acupressure (part 2)
4. Power + Pain: Learning to Work WITH the Sensations of Birth
Informed Choices: Advocating for Our Families
Families often don’t realize the choices or rights they have in birth, or how much their choices can impact birth and adjustment to parenthood.
In birth we cannot control the internal process of our own or our baby’s body, or aspects of the social systems we are birthing in. Still, there are many choices we can make and skills we can learn that will impact our births. Learn more about:
•choosing your practitioner, birth team and birth location
•how to advocate for your family through building engaged and positive relationships with your medical team
•exploring doula support
•navigating hospital or practice policies that may impact your birth
•your legal right to consent to or refuse any recommended procedure
•using the B.R.A.I.N. acronym to help you understand choices
•creating a birth plan
More details and dates. . . .
Informed Choices (part 2): Understanding Interventions
In part 2 of the Informed Choices Class we do role-plays to practice using the B.R.A.I.N acronym and informed consent and refusal as we learn about Common Interventions + Procedures in birth, including:
•induction and augmentation
•pharmacological methods of pain relief
•monitoring in labor
•IV fluids; eating and drinking in labor
•assisted deliveries (vacuum and forceps supported births)
•manual perineal massage and episiotomies
•perineal repair after birth
•and cesarean sections
Details and dates. . .
*may only be taken in combination with Informed Choices part 1
A Brave New World: Preparing for a Newborn Family
Birth is a profound process, but it is also merely a doorway into a new life. We often know more about pregnancy and birth, then we do about what happens after our babies are born. What happens to mom’s body in the weeks and months after birth? How do our relationships change? How can we support ourselves and our partners / families through these changes? When and who do we call for help?
Spend an afternoon with your birth partner or friend/family support to engage in discussions and activities that can help make the adjustment into parenthood less stressful and more healthy for the whole family. Simple but effective tools can help learn what to expect and create an effective support network in the 4-8 weeks after birth. Good planning and support profoundly impacts the family, including the mother and baby’s physical healing and adjustment, and the entire family’s emotional and relational well-being. More details and dates. . .
This class uses a flipped classroom model, providing participants with a pre-class video to watch which will support in-class planning for the first three months after baby is born.
The Nursling: Breastfeeding + Bonding
While breastfeeding is historically natural to all mammals, including the human ones, in the United States families have different levels familiarity and comfort with breastfeeding. Some will feel excited to breastfeed and others pressured to try. Some will expect it to be a natural and easy process, and others will fear challenge, worry and discomfort. Ultimately, breastfeeding is a joint effort between the breastfeeding parent and baby (and other family members) and like any new skill, it can take time and effort to learn. Sometimes, pumping or supplementation will be necessary for the health of the family. Truly, each family’s feeding story will be a unique journey.
In this class you will learn about the ways you can support breastfeeding and your baby’s health in the early months after birth. We will explore both the benefits, joys and potential challenges of breastfeeding. Class will provide information on: skin-to-skin after birth, the breast-crawl, establishing breastfeeding, understanding milk production, latch, feeding cues, nursing positions, and breast health. Resources for accessing support with pumping, breastfeeding challenges, formula feeding and going back to work will be provided. More details and dates. . .