Childbirth Preparation Classes
Wisdom Within was founded with the belief that there is real power that comes from education and having confidence in yourself. And this is especially true during pregnancy and birth. One of our goals in working together is to build confidence in yourself and your inner wisdom throughout pregnancy and birth that will help set you up for success on your parenting journey.
These childbirth classes are based on a Lamaze approach, which is a long-trusted philosophy that inspires confidence in pregnancy and childbirth. It's still the gold standard in preparing for birth, but this isn't just your ma's "how to breathe" Lamaze. Instead, focus is placed on providing evidence-based information that empowers people to make the best decisions for themselves and their families, while preparing for birth by practicing hands-on comfort techniques. (Find out more about Lamaze's approach to birth here.)
Included at no additional charge with any service:
ongoing support via in-person meetings, phone calls, emails, or texts with me during your pregnancy and postpartum
access to my Lending Library of recommended books
access to my extensive referral list of community services and healthcare providers (like lactation consultants, massage therapists, or yoga instructors)
Many childbirth preparation sessions can be customized to fit your needs and your unique situation. If you would like more information on any of the services listed, if you don't see what you're looking for, or to schedule something, please contact me.
Ideally, you should try to complete any childbirth prep by about your 36th week of pregnancy, so be sure to plan ahead! By combining childbirth preparation with doula support or midwifery care, we can arrange a package of services that's perfect for your unique situation. Discounts apply when you combine services. Contact me to find out more.
Everyone can benefit from participating in this comprehensive series, but especially first-time parents or those who have never attended a similar class during previous pregnancies. The goal is for pregnant people to leave this series more informed and more confident in their body and in the birth process. Support people will have a better understanding of how to provide stellar labor, birth, and postpartum support.
Learning about the birth process
Natural comfort and coping measures: the what, the why, and the how
Common medical interventions (including medical pain relief): what are they, what can you expect, and what does the evidence say?
Exploring your options and planning for your optimal birth experience
Communication with your healthcare providers and birth support team
Postpartum care for the birthing parent and the baby
Upcoming Group Sessions
The group series takes place in central Tucson. The fee is $100 total per pregnant parent; there is no extra charge for support people; support people who will be present at your birth are highly encouraged to attend these classes with you.
This option is great for people with busy schedules or unique situations. These classes take place in the comfort of your own home with flexible scheduling to be convenient for you, and topics that are tailored to meet your own personal needs. Need just a refresher on birth or comfort measures? See below.
Contact me to customize and schedule your own individualized classes. Private sessions begin at $150 total per family (not per session). Additional charges may apply for meetings outside of Tucson city limits.
*Due to the current pandemic and related social distancing measures, all in-person sessions have been canceled for the foreseeable future. Please contact me to discuss other options for childbirth preparation.
Comfort Measures Only
This is a private, personalized class completely tailored to your situation. This is a good option if you're planning a non-medicated birth, but your hospital childbirth classes didn't cover this topic in-depth - or maybe you just want a little more practice. It is also perfect for people who have given birth before but would like a "refresher course", including parents planning a vaginal birth after a cesarean (VBAC) or whose previous birth(s) didn't go as desired.
In our time together, we do a quick refresher about the labor process and what to expect, then we move on to lots of hands-on practice with many different relaxation and comfort measures that people find helpful throughout labor and birth.
This Comfort Measures class is currently only offered as a private session. Any support people who will be at your birth are strongly encouraged to attend too!
We meet at a mutually convenient time for as many sessions as we decide are beneficial based on your needs (typically 2 meetings for most families, but sometimes 1 is all that you need). The cost is $75 per family.
Preparing for Your Cesarean Birth
Being prepared is powerful. Learn what to expect when planning for a cesarean birth (also known as a c-section).
Getting ready beforehand
The sights, sounds, feelings, and happenings of surgery
How you can advocate for yourself in this type of birth
How to create a more gentle, family-centered cesarean birth, including applicable relaxation techniques
Recovery in the hospital
Postpartum: what to expect and how to prepare
This class consists of one 2-hour meeting and is private and completely individualized. Pricing begins at $60. Please visit VBACfacts.com for further reading.
Top 6 Reasons to Take Wisdom Within's Childbirth Prep Classes
How can working with an independent Lamaze educator help you?
Gain self confidence and advocacy skills
Wisdom Within focuses on increasing your confidence in your body and your ability to birth, which can be very productive and beneficial for your birth process. Sessions also make you aware of modern birth culture and how to be a confident, informed consumer in your pregnancy and birth process - whether your birth experience goes as planned or not.
Benefit from independence
Wisdom Within supports people who choose to birth at a hospital, birth center, or at home. The information provided is not restricted by any provider or facility's policies or procedures.
Find a balance
A full spectrum of care is discussed in Wisdom Within sessions including midwifery care, care with a doctor, natural comfort techniques, medical interventions – and how to wade through it all to plan the right birth for you and your family.
Prepare for your ideal birth
Content, ideas, evidence-based information, and examples are provided free from bias or judgment - and you make the decisions that are right for you and your family.