“Parents are starting to understand that this is not a one-sized
fits-all scenario, and that they play a huge role in how they want
to get set up for birth and early parenthood.”
You are having a baby. You are becoming a parent! This is no longer a one-sized-fits all scenario. You have a lot more choice on how you get set up for birth and early parenthood – thank goodness. With a little support and your own intuition – it will be a lot of fun.
Planning for Birth & Baby offers customized, non-judgmental, refreshing approaches, resources and continuous support that fits you and your partner’s needs. It has been designed to allow you and your birth partner to get prepared in a way that works for you and your schedule, in the comfort of your own home. I only work with one couple at a time.
Discover your own birth preferences and what you’d like to spend time learning more about before your baby arrives. Discuss your most intimate birthing and parenting desires and fears and how to use them to your advantage. Design your own Birth Plan and feel confident about handling any curve balls that may come your way. I emphasize using your intuition (a skill you will hone in childbirth and carry with you for the rest of your parenting career). I also like to dig deep into planning for a smooth postnatal period. This involves communicating, getting informed and making a plan. This is what I am here for.
What does Planning for Birth & Baby Include?
1. FREE Initial Consultation to learn if you would like to work with me. Please email or phone me and we’ll set it up.
2. Discover Your Birth Preferences (1.5 hours)
3. Session 2, 3 & 4 (3 hours each)
Sessions are customized to fit your needs and preferences. While everyone will create a Birth Plan, we will work together to navigate what is important for us to spend lots of time on. Here are a few examples under Feathering Your Nest and Nuts & Bolts:
Feathering Your Nest
- Discuss your perceptions and fears about childbirth and parenthood
- Practice using your intuition – learn what it feels like to make decisions with your gut (this is important in childbirth and as a parent)
- Learn the basic anatomy of birth and relaxation
- Tension-proof your relationship for transitioning to parenthood (homework involved)
- Talk about top stressors for new parents and how you can cope better
- Prepare your birth setting and home (checklists for what you need)
- Discuss popular baby products and how to find without spending a fortune
Nuts & Bolts
- Discuss medical and non-medical pain relief options available, pros and cons of each and what you’re open to (natural childbirth versus medical interventions or some combination of both)
- Breastfeeding 101
- Prep for life with a baby – the straight goods about feeding, washing, diapering, sleeping, caring for baby, and keeping your household in check
- Self-care for mom and partner
- Identify your inner circle and community supports – how and when to use them
Your Birth Plan
Create your Birth Plan for any birth setting or scenario – this might include:
- making decisions about when to go to the hospital
- learning various ways for mom and partner to work together in childbirth
- practicing relaxation techniques and comfort measures (including breathing, meditation, visualization, acupressure, counter pressure, positioning, using other aids such as bath, shower, hot and cold)
- learning how to communicate with primary caregivers when things start veering from your plan
- Homework (readings + relaxation and other exercises to practice on your own), Community Resource Guide, Birth Prep Checklists.
- Access to library of over 50 top books for childbirth and new parents
- Ongoing phone call and/or email support up until you go into labour. For medical support it will be your primary caregiver from whom you will seek information.
Sessions take place in the comfort of your own home, preferably between 2-3 months before your due date.