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Childbirth education like you’ve never seen before

If you are anxious about the uncertainty of giving birth, unsure on how to take ownership of your labor, and wanting to have a great birth experience

This is the Birth Prep Series for you!

The next class series starts in May

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    Birth is not a medical event.

    We’ve been taught that due dates, paying attention to the timing between contractions and dilation are important things to keep an eye out.

    But you know who doesn’t care one bit?

    Your body.

    Your body does not care about any of that because your body does physiology, not medicine.

    Think about it.

    Do you care about the timing between your breaths, or how many times you blink per hour, or how far your food has traveled through your digestive system since you last ate?

    Physiology happens. Your body doesn’t need to observe and calculate, it just does it.

    Your body knows how to birth.

    Your body knows how to birth, just like it knows how to breathe, blink, digest, and all those other involuntary body processes:

    “The birth process appears as an involuntary process under the control of archaic brain structures (such as the hypothalamus and pituitary gland) … This fact inspires the comment that, in general, one cannot help an involuntary process, but there are situations that can inhibit it.” – Michel Odent

    But I get that you may not trust your body, or feel uncertain that you can do it. By focusing on supporting your physiology through the activities presented in this course, and by addressing any possible obstacles now–during pregnancy, so they don’t show up during birth–you’ll have absolute clarity on how to get labor to flow.

    You are not a vessel to be delivered of a baby.

    And birth isn’t something that happens to you.

    You are -and should be- an active participant in bringing your child into the world.

    In fact, when birthing people are directed, instead of supported and respected, their birthing process is interrupted. That is where uncertainty and even trauma can set in.

    You may not be able to control all the details and circumstances of your experience, but you can control how you show up.

    Birth is a process that happens inside you. By supporting physiology, you can take the lead. You can own your birth.

    Having a baby will be the most transformative event of your life.

    I’m not exaggerating.
    At no other time will your body and identity undergo a similar transformation. Matrescence’s got nothing on adolescence. (Although they are quite similar on many ways).

    I want you to come out the other side feeling confident and powerful, because how you birth tends to set the tone for how you parent.

    I know you can do this.

    Most other classes focus on explaining the medical model of birth, give you tools to navigate the maternity system, provide coping mechanisms to endure the process, and explain comfort measures to alleviate the intensity. And that’s fine, but it perpetuates our cultural approach of birth as a medical event.

    That’s why this class is so revolutionary.

    It will give you the tools to lead your birth and own this transformative experience.

    With confidence.
    With power.
    Even if you need interventions.
    Even if you have a cesarean birth.

    Regardless of the circumstances, you can have a powerfully satisfying, easier and more flowing birth.

    That’s what this course is about.

    3-class series

    So how do you support your physiology?

    That’s exactly what we cover in this series.

    The course is structured around 3 weeks of learning, with a mix of video recordings and live online discussions.

    Each week you will be given a set of videos to watch, and then we’ll come together online for a live video meeting where we’ll carry out activities, have discussions about what you watched, address situations specific to your circumstances, and answer questions.

    You’ll also receive handouts and printable resources, as well as have access to the recording of the live classes.

    WEEK ONE

    Learning topics for this week include:

    • How do you want to feel during birth?
    • Considering your pain medication preferences
    • Birth physiology vs. birth medicine
    • Using thinking-brain skills to learn the primal-skills of birth
    • Building trust in your body
    • Knowing the medical language
    • The intertwined physical, chemical, mental and emotional aspects of birth
    • How to support each aspect during pregnancy
    • How to support each aspect during labor
    • Your questions!
    WEEK TWO

    Learning topics for this week include:

    • Getting clarity on the protocols and expectations from your place of birth and care providers
    • Creating a birth plan that people will read
    • How do you know if labor is flowing?
    • Troubleshooting if it isn’t
    • Labor time and labor land
    • PAIN: the elephant in the room
    • Are you in labor?
    • Textbook, prodromal, posterior, and precipitous labors
    • When to call your provider and doula
    • When to go to the hospital or birth center (if you are going there)
    • What to expect at the hospital or birth center
    • Your questions!
    WEEK THREE

    Learning topics for this week include:

    • 5 pivotal moments that can derail physiology, and how to approach them:
      • Due dates
      • Early labor
      • Cervical checks
      • Crisis of confidence
      • Pushing
    • Physiology during inductions
    • Physiology during epidurals
    • Physiology during cesareans
    • The stages of birth from a physiological perspective
    • Pushing and the Fetal Ejection Reflex
    • The golden hour
    • Your questions!

    BONUSES

    My Birth Plan Worksheet
    • Sample templates that won’t cause eye rolls from hospital staff
    • Helping you get clarity on your choices
    The Birth Partner’s Ultimate Labor Support Toolkit
    • Takes the guesswork and overwhelm out of providing helpful labor support, to increase confidence and help the birth partner participate at their own comfort level.
    • 34-page PDF file + audio files (to match your learning style)
    • Plus corresponding cheat sheet
    • Birth Bag Checklist
    • Items to Get From Your Nurse Checklist
    • Labor Positions Cheat Sheet
    • Advocacy and Decision Making Worksheet
    • “Head-To-Toe Relaxation” audio file
    Recommended reading and listening list
    • List of recommended Birthful podcast episodes for a deeper dive
    • List of recommended books to expand your learning
    Private Facebook group
    • Moderated by Adriana Lozada
    • Providing answers to questions specific to your unique situation
    • A way to keep you on track with homework and activities

    If your question is not answered here, please send it to info@birthfulcourses.com.

    What happens if I can’t attend the live classes?

    No worries, we will record the classes, and the replay will be available to registered students shortly after it happens.

    You can watch it at your convenience, but ideally, that would be within that week, so you don’t fall too far behind.

    Why is there a mix of videos and live class, instead of all of it live?

    To make the most of our time together!

    This way we can interact more during the live classes. I find that when we don’t break them up this way, it can be hard to sit through slide shows that late at night. You’re tired – I get it!

    Also, we absorb knowledge better when things are broken up into smaller pieces.

    Is this only for people wanting an unmedicated vaginal birth?

    Not at all!

    We will also cover ways you can support your physiology with an epidural, or in case of an induction.

    If you have a cesarean birth, we will also cover ways to support physiology and bonding between you and your baby as soon as you are able, starting in the recovery room.

    Hi!

    Adriana Lozada at Birthful
    I’m Adriana Lozada, birth doula, birth and postpartum educator, international speaker and host of the acclaimed Birthful podcast.

    For the past 14 years, I’ve helped birth doula clients take the reigns of their process and own their births to have more satisfying birth experiences. These experiences have run the gamut from unmedicated home births to planned cesarean births, and everything in between.

    The preparation we do during our prenatal meetings is so impactful, that there have even been times where birth has switched gears and flowed too quickly for me to make it to the hospital in time. These clients still tell me they “couldn’t have done it without me,” meaning, they couldn’t have done it without all this simple yet powerful preparation.
    I use the term “simple” because we don’t spend months getting ready. In fact, I only met twice with my doula clients, for a total of 3 hours.

    This Birth Prep Series is based on exactly what I do with my doula clients during our prenatal meetings, plus a few more expanded concepts for good measure.


    When birth physiology is supported, labor flows.
    When labor flows, generally:

    • there are fewer interventions,

    • birth is easier,

    • birth is faster, and

    • everyone (including baby) is happier.