Did you know there is a secret menu for your labor care?  In this class we begin to work on your birth plan.  I go over common practices, why they're followed, the risks and benefits of each and finally, I give you the secret menu!

This class is jam packed with all of the evidence based information you will need in order to make informed decisions about how you birth and about your newborns care in the hospital.  By the end of this class you will have a birth plan that fits your family.  You will be able to discuss your choices with your birth team and your provider.  Most importantly, you and your partner will go into labor feeling like you know the answers no matter the twists and turns your journey makes.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Understanding the interplay of labor

    • Reading Homework

    • Labor - What is happening in Mom's body

    • Labor - What is happening in Baby's Body

    • Impacts & Strategies for Interventions during Labor

  • 2

    Your Birth Plan Worksheet - Mom Care

    • Birth Plan Worksheet

    • Hospital Admittance - Triage

    • Food In Labor

    • IV versus Hep. Lock

    • Cervical Exams

    • Owning Your Choices

    • Fetal Monitoring

    • Episiotomy

    • Evidence Based - Active Management of Third Stage

    • What is active management of third stage?

    • Risks & Benefits - Delayed Cord Clamping

    • Risks & Benefits - Gentle Traction Applied to the Cord

    • Risks & Benefits - 3rd Stage Pitocin

    • Cesarean Options and Cord Blood Banking

    • Placenta Encapsulation

    • Placenta Encapsulation Information

  • 3

    Your Birth Plan Worksheet - Baby Care

    • Bathing & Human Microbiome

    • Bath - Reasons to Delay

    • Early Newborn Care

    • Routine Newborn Care - Eye Ointment

    • Evidence Based Birth- Vitamin K Shot

    • Routine Newborn Care - Vitamin K Shot

    • AAP - Immunization Schedule 2018

    • Vaccinations - Resources and Things to Understand

    • Newborn Screening Brochure_Colorado

    • Newborn Screening

    • Circumcision

    • Circumcision

    • Others Holding Your Baby & DTap Vaccination

  • 4

    The Final Product - Your Birth Plan

    • Example Birth Plan Format

    • What to do when you complete your birth plan

  • 5

    Winding Down

    • Know the information but trust your gut!

About the instructor

Professional Labor Doula & Midwife Assistant

Bea Wilds

Bea received her initial doula training &  certification through CAPPA in 2012. She continued her education with  some of our nation’s most noteworthy birth workers.  She trained in Rebozo skills with Gina Kirby, she expanded her birth skills with  Birthing From Within’s Virginia Bobro, and became a midwife assistant  with The Farm midwives.Bea has attended over 150 births as a doula and midwife assistant.  She has attended unmedicated, medicated and cesarean  births in the hospital and regularly attends homebirths.As a prenatal yoga teacher and doula, Bea is highly skilled in helping achieve optimal fetal positioning prior to and during labor.Bea’s birth philosophy is that there is not one “perfect” way to birth, rather each woman must meet birth in her own way at that moment.

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