Holistic Childbirth Classes (Asheville, NC)

This is a five-part series of classes that cover a range of topics important to pregnancy, labor and birth, and newborn care.  The classes are intended for parents who are interested in exploring natural birth through a variety of media, from birth art to discussions about physiology and labor to videos of beautiful natural births.

Class One

  • Introductions
  • Questionnaire
  • Fetal Development
  • Nutrition
  • Intro to Herbs and Homeopathy
  • Comfort Measures for Common Pregnancy Complaints
  • Video:  My Body, My Baby, My Birth
  • Group B Strep
  • Psychological/Emotional Changes of Pregnancy
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Birth Art

Class Two

  • Video: Birth Day
  • Baby’s position and Optimal Fetal Positioning
  • Terminology of Labor
  • Labor and Birth: The Physical Journey
  • Visualization exercise: An opening flower


Class Three

  • Video:  Birth as We Know It
  • The importance of nutrition and hydration
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Early labor: emotional experience and coping  techniques
  • Ice exercise: Outside awareness
  • Active labor: emotional experience and coping techniques
  • Positions for active labor
  • Ice exercise: Inner awareness
  • Transition: The Wild Woman Time
  • Ice exercise: Going to the center of the sensation
  • Pushing: emotional experience, positions, and how to work with your pushing uterus
  • What to expect as the baby moves down
  • Birth and placenta

Class Four

  • Hormones and the Birth Experience
  • Common Hospital Procedures- descriptions, pros and cons
  • Unusual Labor Experiences: Precipitous (fast) Labor, Prodromal Labor and Posterior Labor
  • Nonviolent Communication in the Hospital
  • Hospital Role Play- Scenarios and Choices
  • Creating a Birth Plan


Class Five

  • Immediate Postpartum: Baby
  • Baby over the next few weeks
  • Perineal Healing
  • Bleeding and Lochia
  • Breasts and Breasfeeding
  • Sleep and Activity
  • Visitors
  • Postpartum Moods
  • Birth Art: Birth Power Symbol
  • Final Meditation: The Amazing Expanding Pelvis





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