This 1-day workshop prepares first time parents for the birth of their child. This class covers identifying expectations and concerns, anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and childbirth, stages of labor and pain coping techniques, comfort measures and pros and risks of medical intervention. Avalon’s holistic approach is combined with the Lamaze philosophy (that birth is normal, natural and healthy). You will also learn techniques, postures and breath work to help you trust your body, the energy of the birth process and your own instincts.
This 6-part class series will help prepare your body, mind and spirit for natural child birth. Learn how to stay healthy during pregnancy, options in pregnancy and labor, effective birth coaching through the stages of labor, labor progress techniques, relaxation exercises, and natural coping tools. Our Birthing Center births require this course.
This 5-part class series is a unique method of relaxed natural childbirth education. Enhanced by self-hypnosis, special breathing and visualization techniques, hypnobirthing empowers women to use their natural birthing instincts. Some course topics include: how to use your mind and emotions to prepare your body for birthing, why labor hurts and why it doesn’t have to, avoiding artificial induction and episiotomy, developing ultimate depth relaxation, understanding the stages of labor, preparing your birth plan, releasing fear and tapping into nature’s own relaxant.
A Hybrid In-Person and Online Class. Are you looking for a childbirth class that gives you the flexibility of online learning, but also the support of in-person connections? By taking the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class, you and your partner will not only learn the evidence for your birth options in an online class, but you’ll also get to meet in-person with an experienced instructor and other parents who are going through pregnancy and birth just like you! Some of the topics we’ll cover in class include: How your Partner can be your Advocate, Evidence Based Care, Overcoming Fears and Anxieties, Comfort Measures, Stages of Labor, Communicating with Hospital Staff, Interventions, Pain Relief, Labor Rehearsal, Postpartum, Newborn Procedures, Baby Care, Breastfeeding and more.
Enjoy this innovative approach to the natural childbirth classes required by Our Birthing Center. This 6-part series offers the personal touch of in-person classes and the convenience of online classes. Our first session is held in-person at Avalon Wellness Center, followed by four weeks of classes delivered by your instructor live through video calls you can join right from home. The series ends right back at AWC with the final in-person class.
Our Natural Birth Classes are intentionally small so that you and your partner/support person will receive individual attention and have your concerns addressed. This comprehensive series includes topics such as keeping healthy during pregnancy, relaxation, the labor and birth process, informed consent, options for labor and birth, nutrition, birth plans, coaching and labor support techniques, breastfeeding, and the postpartum period.
In this two hour workshop, you will learn practical tools to support you both physically and emotionally through your labor and birth. We will practice positions and movement that can be used to encourage the progress of labor and ease discomfort. We will learn tips and techniques to use, such as breathing, as a tool for mind and body as a support to ease tension and fear.
This 2-hour workshop explains the benefits of WaterBirth for both mother and baby and is strongly recommended for anyone considering laboring or birthing in water. Learn the difference between water immersion and WaterBirth and whether you are a candidate. Explore various safety concerns, like the temperature of the water, whether the baby breathes under water, and how long the baby remains in the water after birth. Since WaterBirth is one of the most comfortable and gentle ways to give birth, it is very effective for women desiring natural child birth.
The first hour of this workshop is dedicated to infant CPR and can be purchased separately. Some of the topics included are how to recognize medical emergencies, when and how to administer CPR to an infant, how to care for your infant in emergency situations, choking maneuvers, safe sleep practices, etc. The second 90-minutes of the workshop focuses on infant care and safety. Learn how to diaper and swaddle your baby, SIDS awareness, feeding basics, bathing, the Back to Sleep program, bulb syringe and thermometer use.
How to Boost Your Pregnancy with Real Foods"
In this comprehensive workshop given by Caitlin Kiarie, RDN, founder of Mom-N-Tot Nutrition, you will learn all you need to know about your unique nutritional needs during pregnancy. The foundation of your child's health and eating habits actually begin while still in the womb making it essential to properly nourish yourself and the baby from this very point. While taking a prenatal vitamin can be helpful, you can optimize your pregnancy with the most powerful resources of vitamins and minerals via Real Foods. In addition, a "real food" based diet can help to prevent anemia, reduce chances of complications such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, improve the brain development of your baby, and help you to recover more quickly during your postpartum stage. What better time than when pregnant to create this foundation of healthy eating habits for you and your child!
This FREE webinar will explain the basics of essential oils (what they are and how to use them safely), help you develop a personalized list of essential oils that would be beneficial for managing common discomforts during pregnancy (nausea, back pain, leg cramps, sore breasts, etc.), and identify where and how to purchase Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Once registered for this class, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access this FREE webinar.
Breastfeeding may be natural but it can sometimes be a challenge. This 2-hour workshop, will provide you with the tools you need to help you make breastfeeding work for you and your baby. Many moms go through an adjustment period as they learn to breastfeed. This workshop will help make that adjustment period easier by discussing topics such as latching, milk supply, soreness, pumping, engorgement and diet. Partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.
This Valentine's weekend, enjoy some quality time deepening the connection with your partner and baby. This workshop will teach you both techniques to help reduce tension and discomfort during pregnancy and labor, improve sleep, increase circulation and help baby into optimal birth position for an easy delivery.
Learn the art of belly binding! Wrapping the abdomen in a bind after birth is thought by many to be an important part of overall recovery. It aids the body to shrink and recover in a shorter time period- usually within 6 to 12 weeks. Support to the pelvic area is very important in the immediate weeks after birth as the body goes through significant changes during both pregnancy and labor. This 1.5 hour wrapping session includes your own bind, education on self and partner assisted wrapping, and a handout to keep your memory fresh. If you are pregnant you will also learn safe wrapping for belly support during pregnancy.
In your screening:
Learn if your pelvis is aligned. Proper pelvic alignment reduces breech presentation, reduces labor time, and optimizes postpartum recovery to prevent pain and future pregnancy complications.
Perform a functional movement screen to reveal tight or weak muscles which may interfere with labor progression and contribute to both prenatal and postpartum aches and pains.