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Posted 5 years, 2 months ago at 7:35 am. 6 comments

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 jennriedy@ptd.net or 610-844-6223

Classes

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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
  • Breastfeeding
  • 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.

Doula

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.   

Other Services

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.  

6 Replies

  1. Brooke Hosey Jul 10th 2009

    Hello…I am a client of Kate Fawley’s. I am due August 27th. I was originally with The Midwife’s and Associate’s but transfered after Laurice’s priveledges were removed. We decided to have a home birth and actually I contacted you for some helpful suggestions. My husband and I cannot make it to Kate’s birth ed class. She is only holding one before my due date (unfortunately we decided to go for the homebirth at about 27 weeks) I was wondering if you were going to be holding a homebirth geared class anytime soon?? Also what is the cost and do you accept credit cards?? My husband and I are both out of work right now.

  2. Bethany Lewis Dec 2nd 2009

    I am looking for pricing on a doula and am hoping you can email me your flat rate fee and hourly fee. I am currently due May 14th and am planning on attempting a vbac at the lehigh valley hospital at cedar crest.

  3. JoAnne Lentoski Dec 21st 2009

    I am due in June 2010 and have been told by my OB (College Heights) that I cannot attempt a VBAC because I’ve had 2 previous C/S’s (1 was failure to progress- which I now question- and the 2nd was scheduled after they “convinced” me I couldn’t deliver vaginally). I REALLY want a chance at VBAC and would love if somebody could point me in the right direction- who to see, what to do, etc. I can’t seem to find info on VBAC after 2 C/S’s. Can anybody help me please?

  4. Hug’s JoAnne!

    Unfortunately, you are in a very tough situation. In the past, I would refer people in your situation to Laurice Dunning of The Midwives and Associates, but she is only doing homebirth now, and does not take “primary VBAC.” I know someone who was in your position–going to College Heights with 2 previous cesareans (I don’t know what the first was for, second was for twins) and she was told that she couldn’t have a VBAC not because of her safety, but rather hospital liability. She went to Laurice and had a VBAC. Now she’s pregnant again, and even though she’s had a VBAC, she can’t find a care provider (she is in the Stroudsburg area, and has contacted providers there). Sigh.

    If you are looking for a hospital based care provider, my only suggestions would be Women’s Medical Specialties on 15th Street, or Dr. Karounos…but I’m really not sure if either of them are doing VBA2C.

    Other than that, home birth would be your only option–which is what the woman above is doing.

  5. Bethany Mar 24th 2010

    Hi! I was just wondering if you have any birth classes soon that we could enroll in… We’re planning a home birth and didn’t see current dates on the schedule…. Could you email me? (I’ll look again, but didn’t see an email where I could contact you.) Thanks!

  6. Casey Sep 5th 2011

    Are you willing/able to work in a hospital setting for doula services? I am looking for a doula in the allentown area that will assist me in my delivery of my first child but I would like to have the birth at lehigh valley cedar crest

    Congratulations on expecting your first baby Casey! I do support clients planning hospital births, in fact, most of my clients do have hospital births. I would love to set up a time to meet with you to talk about what you are looking for in a doula.


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