Are you looking for a birth preparation class that honors the whole you?
In our comprehensive Whole Mom, Whole Birth weekend class we cover all the topics typically offered by a hospital prepared childbirth class, and so much more:
the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth
when is the right time to go to the hospital
coping techniques for labor
pain management options
potential procedures and interventions
what to expect immediately postpartum
Additionally, we Dive deep into
how to write a birth plan your birth team will really respect
resources and information about maternal mental health
teaching your birthing partner to provide outstanding support and enhancing your communication with each other
more coping techniques for labor, including learning how to use a rebozo scarf for comfort
informed consent and shared decision-making
what to expect from life with a newborn
exploring the emotional journey to parenthood
Sign up for a FREE weekend birth class on Saturday April 27 and Sunday April 28 in Waltham, MA.
When you are expecting a baby, its normal to feel a mix of emotions
Perhaps you love being pregnant, but you are also feeling overwhelmed and scared of giving birth.
Perhaps you are so excited to meet your baby, but pregnancy is a challenge.
Perhaps you are looking forward to your due date, but also find anxiety is keeping you up at night.
from experience, we know you can
Embrace the birth you want without fear
Feel positive about your changing body
Nurture your relationships
Communicate your needs effectively with your health care provider
Continue the process of healing from past experiences
Develop strategies to reduce anxiety and bring calm to your journey to parenthood
Make confident and informed choices
Discover your voice in the medical system and as a mother
Mother in a way that honors your whole self
Develop a strong and loving attachment to your baby
You do not need to walk this journey alone
We know what it’s like to tap into our resilience as women and as mothers. Together we are here to help you connect to your power as a mother, make choices that are right for you, and advocate for the support you need.
Dr Justine Leach, is a BACE certified childbirth educator, advocate for trauma-informed care, and mother of two. She has a Ph.D. on consent and sexual trauma, and has trained with Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus on supporting survivors giving birth.
Sarah Adelmann, M.A., M.Ed., is a trauma certified counselor, educator, and mother of two. Throughout her career, she has tirelessly worked to support survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, along with educating offenders.
It is our mission to help you advocate for what you need to feel confident and safe during childbirth, learn to hold the past in a way that feels right as you move into this next season of life, and embrace the transformational journey of motherhood.
What makes a Whole Mom, Whole Birth birthing class unique?
We celebrate all births
Whole Mom, Whole Birth is designed to support you no matter what form your birth takes. This class is a home for you whether you are planning a natural childbirth, think you might opt for an epidural, or need a cesarean. We cover it all!
We will support you whether you are seeking a healing experience after a trauma, wanting to make decisions based on evidence-based information, or have just discovered that your birth will have to take a path you had not anticipated. What matters is that you feel safe, respected, and able to make informed decisions.
Our classes are trauma-Informed
What does it mean to be trauma-informed? Simply put, it means we understand that everyone carries baggage, big and small, on their journey through life. This baggage can feel heavier in the months before and after giving birth. It does not mean that you have to share your story with us. Rather we hold space for the challenging feelings that can arise in pregnancy, and help you strategize so you come away from birth feeling empowered as a person and a parent.
To be trauma-informed means that we work on our end to make sure our teaching materials are sensitive. We promote your autonomy by providing choices and asking for your consent. We educate you about issues of maternal mental health. We teach coping and grounding techniques that will benefit you no matter the direction your birth journey takes. We truly believe that by taking care of you, by honouring your strength and resiliency, we are taking care of baby.
Our Support does not end after birth
After your baby arrives you may not see your OB or Midwife again until two, or even six, weeks later. There’ll be regular visits to the pediatricians office, but often the support that surrounded you before birth goes away. Let us help you build your mom tribe. Join us at one of our postpartum support groups and parenting classes
In our class you will receive
Email and Phone Support
During your final weeks of pregnancy and first few months of motherhood we are available via email and phone to answer questions, suggest resources, and provide support. We truly mean it when we say, you don’t have to carry the weight of motherhood alone.
10% Off private consultations
Having a baby is a BIG deal and you might find that you need more personalized support. Whole Mom, Whole Birth participants receive 10% off individualized birth planning for survivors and people experiencing significant anxiety about their upcoming birth.
A certificate of Completion
Many insurance companies will refund you some or all of the cost of a private birthing class upon receipt of a certificate of completion. Please contact your insurance company to find out more about your particular benefits and how to access them.
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Transform your journey to parenthood, and imagine how powerful you could be. Sign up now and reserve your place.