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I teach classes on the west end of the Lehigh Valley, and typically attend births in in the Lehigh Valley area. I have attended births in Reading, Scranton, Pottsville, and Bryn Mawr.
To register for classes or schedule a doula interview, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-844-6223
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You may wonder what my classes offer that will be different than standard childbirth classes offered through the hospital. Since the classes are independent, I can offer a broad spectrum of information about choices that are available to birthing women. I offer 24 hours of instruction time, as compared to a typical 8-12 hour class. This time allows us to cover topics more in depth than is done in the standard classes, providing expectant parents with information about the pros and cons of various medications and procedures so that they can make informed decisions. Topics covered in the classes include:
- Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy
- Natural methods of pain management
- Safe, effective comfort techniques
- Support skills for the partner
- Writing your birth plan
- Pregnancy exercises and nutrition
- Stages of labor and birth
- Complications and interventions
- Postpartum care and newborn care
- Optimal Fetal Positioning
- Birth place and provider choices
This curricula also includes an optional private labor rehearsal practice in your home. A benefit of this expanded education is that my clients have a cesarean rate that is significantly lower than the surrounding community. To add further flexibility, I also periodically offer classes specifically geared toward Christians, homebirth, and “refresher.” I also can teach private classes for individuals with challenging schedules or who are on bedrest and may need in-home instruction.
I have received training through Doulas of North America (DONA)® in labor support, and have been attending births as a doula since 2001. I offer a flat fee service and a fee-per-hour service. Contact me for more information.
I can assist parents in correctly protecting their children as they ride in motor vehicles. I provide FREE carseat checks by appointment to any parents, even those who are not clients.