For those couples with challenging schedules and/or who live out of town. This convenient but jam-packed 8 hour class is heavily dependant on additional e-learning done at home to complete the program.
8 hours of in-class instruction (1 full 8 hour day)
11.5 hours of e-Learning/Homework assignments
TOTAL: Over 20 hours of curriculum & additional resources
*We recommend choosing a class that ends before you are 37 weeks gestation to ensure you makeit to all the classes before baby arrives (Ideally 3-6 weeks). This will also ensure you are in a class with other couples with similar due dates.
PREPARING FOR A HEALTHY BIRTH - CORE CONTENT
Level 1 core content prepares you and your partner for what to expect during a normal birth, how to avoid complications, minimize pain and what to do during the different phases.
This content is covered over the 8 hour class and various e-Learning videos.
- Birth Physiology Defined (Anatomy, hormones, stages, etc.)
- The psychology of birth
- Birth Culture & Giving birth in Calgary
- Coaching roles and responsibilities
- Best practices for avoiding complications
- Minimizing & managing pain
NAVIGATING OBSTACLES & UNDERSTANDING INTERVENTIONS - ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE
Level 2 advanced knowledge on navigating birth and adapting to when things don't go as planned.
- Evaluating progress of labour
- Common medical interventions, practices and routines
- Facing obstacles (induction, slow labour, prelabour rupture of membranes, etc.)
HISTORY OF CHILDBIRTH - e-Class
Fears surrounding the safety of birth today are largely unjustified. This 23 minute e-learning video hleps us understand the roots of our birth culture in North America and appreciate the safety of childbirth today.
WHEN BABY IS BREECH - e-Class
Understanding breech (bum or feet fown) fetal presentation, suggestions for turning baby and options for delivering vaginally.
BREASTFEEDING - e-Class
How to set yourself up for success with breastfeeding. This 2 hour e-Class helps to eleviate a lot of the worry and frustrations that first time parents experience in the first hours and days post-birth.
CESAREAN SECTION - e-Class
This 17 minute e-Class details cesarean section surgery, along with benefits, risks, and recovery suggestions.
NATURAL HOSPITAL BIRTH - e-Class
Giving birth naturally in an environment that does not see much natural birth can take a little extra know-how. This 2 hour e-Class helps to prepare expectant parents with understanding, strategies and best practices for achieving a natural birth in a hospital environment.
POST-BIRTH & NEWBORN EXPECTATION - e-Class
Recovering from birth and getting to know your baby can be overwhelming. This e-Class helps to make those first few weeks less stressful and more enjoyable by giving a better idea of what to expect.
- Childbirth Companion Workbook
- Online quizzes
- Unlimited phone & email support before, during and after birth
- Small class sizes. Limited to 7-9 couples.