For the inquisitive couple who feels best when they know as much as possible. This program allows for ample time to cover the curriculum and elaborate and open up group discussion on various topics. The ideal choice for those hoping to meet other like-minded expectant couples and establish relationships over the 7 weeks.
17.5 hours of in-class instruction (7 x 2.5 hour evening classes)
11.5 hours of weekly e-Learning/Homework assignments
TOTAL: Over 29 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 7 week series 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.
This content is covered over the 7 weeks series and various e-Learning videos.
- 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
- Weekly online quizzes
- Unlimited phone & email support before, during and after birth
- Small class sizes. Limited to 7-9 couples.