Why I Teach:
Most of my clients, especially first time moms, at some point during their prenatal care ask me what childbirth classes I recommend. I’m pretty familiar with a lot of the methods out there and each one has something to offer that would make it a uniquely good fit for a particular couple.
The problem is, in this particular area of California, aside from the hospital classes, there are only a handful of childbirth education options. So one day, after one of my typical “I recommend the XYZ childbirth method, but the closest instructor is about 2 hours away and classes are at 7pm on a weeknight” responses….a client of mine said “Why don’t you just teach classes, you know so much about birth already?”
While being a midwife gives me an extra base of knowledge to pull from when I am teaching, it also means that sometimes I have moms in labor that need me.
After thinking about it for a while, I said “Hey! I love learning! I love teaching! If it’s about anything related to birth or babies, I’m in!” I truly am very excited to offer childbirth education classes. I am even more excited to have an opportunity to fill a need in the community.
How I teach:
I am a homeschooling mom with 15 years’ experience. I have kids in kindergarten through college. I have tried just about every curriculum there is out there. I have written my own. I have even tried using none and letting my kids learn on their own. The bottom line…there is no ONE right way to learn something and sometimes you need to think outside the box!
What does homeschooling have to do with childbirth education? Not a lot, except that as an educator I am completely comfortable with following a curriculum to the letter, writing my own when I can’t find one that I feel is effective, and being creative to find new and hands on ways to demonstrate a concept.
What I Teach:
In addition to my midwifery training and experience, I am a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) and an ICEA Certified Childbirth Educator (ICCE). I am also certified through Jan Tedder’s amazing H.U.G. Your Baby program. (Watch for class dates late Summer 2016)
I offer five core classes that cover prenatal wellness, the birth process, comfort during labor, care after the birth, and breastfeeding – each are about 2-3 hours in length. Typically we spend 2 hours of class time and an hour for questions (and yummy snacks!) afterwards. Class size is limited to 3 couples.
As a Lamaze instructor, I promote the Six Healthy Birth Practices and routinely incorporate them into my classes. Lamaze “simplifies” birth for positive outcomes: Everyone knows that childbirth can be demanding on a woman’s body and mind, but Lamaze can help simplify the process by promoting a natural approach that alleviates a woman’s fears and helps her manage pain — all with the goal of a safe and healthy birth.
I currently use the Plumtree Baby Curriculum. There are 5 beautiful, full color, evidence based workbooks that coincide with each class and are included in the class fee. These books are also very balanced in the information they present. They are designed with every birthing mother in mind.
When and Where I teach:
All of my classes are offered a la carte. Click here to see class calendar. I currently teach on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm and Saturday afternoons from 2:00-5:00pm. Classes are held at the Modesto Natural Birth Place. Registration and payment ahead of time is required, spaces are limited.
I also offer private sessions for an additional fee. If you are limited on time and need to schedule a particular day or you would like a more customized experience I would be more than happy to work with you one on one.