Birth & Family Life
A blog about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding,
parenthood & everything in between...
parenthood & everything in between...
Let's face it, during your pregnancy you will be spending money in ways that you never have before and the cost of a childbirth class may hold you back from taking one with your partner.
Prenatal Class Cost Breakdown
Our group classes cost $400 for 10 sessions in 2015, which makes for a $40 per couple date night investment. You can't go to the movies for $40. You receive a comprehensive 174+ page workbook that you as a couple use for your weekly homework and as a reference during go time. The Birth Boot Camp Chow Charts help to keep you on track with ensuring your protein, supplements, exercises and more are all kept on track to help you stay low risk during your pregnancy. The breastfeeding support video is yours to keep forever, great knowledge that you can access at anytime. Its easy to find the info you are looking for within it as well as gives loads of additional reference material and sources. Can't make it to all 10 classes? You have the option of taking up to 4 classes online including the birth videos!
You can check out the 2014 Birth Boot Camp birth information in another article; the 2013 stats on Birth Boot Camp births are pretty awesome (see image above or follow the link for details)! The World Health Organization believe the necessary cesarean birth rate to be around 10% and the actual rates are closer to 30%.
What Happens in a Class
And then there is the live class, a place to meet with other couples experiencing pregnancy at the same time, maybe the same issues or maybe completely different experiences! We share these experiences, we practice techniques from your toolbox of skills that you learn and watch a variety of births so you and your partner can see the awesome variation of normal. You get to hear and see births that happen in the hospital, at home and in birth centers. Loud and quiet women, supported and unsupported, vaginal and cesarean births, medicated and unmedicated births. Listen to a chiropractor talk about what they do and how they help, listen to a doula describe what she does for couples.
10 Weeks to Learn About Birth...More Than Just Birth
10 weeks sounds like a long time, it is. We aren't just covering birth in our classes, we are talking about taking charge of your health and your experiences. Every class involves a comfort measure, a relaxation technique, nutrition information and exercises. We talk about circumcision, babywearing, cloth diapers, what tests will be happening, the types of places you can birth and different care providers. We give you homework to discuss with your provider, help you make a birth plan that is helpful and most of all, we provide a safe space to ask questions and really talk to each other. The first year after a baby arrives is hard on the partners relationship, why not use the skills from the class then!
You can find all of our 2015 childbirth class options in Calgary here or if your interested in booking a private childbirth class, we offer that option as well.
If finding the money for the course is tricky, talk to me :) Let's find a way to get you in it. Add it to your registry, ask people to get together and purchase it for you and your partner, put your daily coffee money to better use. Our online natural childbirth option is lower price with the same great info and resources. Our next post will discuss preparing for baby and more ways to put money aside to take a childbirth class during pregnancy!
Why are you choosing to take a birth class? Please share your valuable insight in the comment sections!
With Love and Light,
Ready to talk about poop? We work really hard to take the fear out of birth, but what about the fear in the first postpartum poop? Halie Wolfe of Country Bumpkin Birth Services is a Birth Boot Camp Instructor and Doula in Abilene, Texas. She's compiled a hilarious and truthful article on postpartum poop with tips and truths from a number of Birth Boot Camp Instructors.
Why focus on postpartum poop?
Poop is a very natural part of our lives, preferably occurring on a daily basis and without and hassles. Add in a pregnancy and those poops starts changing. Due to your body working hard to grow a baby, you need to increase your water intake and make sure you're getting a good amount of fiber. Then there is the dreaded birth poop. You know, the one women are terrified of doing during pushing? Some women poop during pushing and IT'S OKAY! If anything, its helpful to show you are pushing well! After said birth, the next big poop moment is the first one. Whether vaginal or cesarean birth, stitches or not, it's a mind thing.
Warning TMI! I had an epidural with my first, in hospital for 2 days, and didn't poop for four days...I'm not sure if I was terrified (had 2nd degree tearing) about my stitches bursting or if it was the awful pain of being constipated and thinking what was to come out; probably a bit of both. I used stool softeners and it finally happened. With our second, she was non-medicated and I was home the same day with no tearing. I remember thinking if I had pushed a baby out with out medication, the pooping shouldn't be any worse. It happened much easier and faster with the use of a pooping stool (potty stool for my 2.5 year old). I was also eating my mother in law's food not hospital food...so many things made a difference.
So please, take a few minutes from your day and head over to read all the lovely information on postpartum pooping. Do you have a tip for making that poop easier and less stressful? Please leave it below in the comments!
With Love and Light,
Can I share something with you? As the New Year rolls in and 2015 begins, I want to remind you to take time for yourself. The excitement of a first time mom during her pregnancy can be contagious...and exhausting.
First Pregnancies are Special (Code for Quiet)
And not just because of the magic of growing a baby...with subsequent pregnancies you will get much, MUCH less downtime. Enjoy those quiet moments and nap chances when you are tired now! Spend quality time with your partner! Once your babe arrives, you will have an new normal that really may not leave a lot of downtime for the first few months (or years).
We tend to do things we practice really well, so why not practice self-care now? By the time baby comes along, you will be prepared to take time for self-care then...and believe me, you will need it!
Send Stress Packing
You cut back on coffee, say no to sushi and avoid deli meats, but what about stress? Are you jamming all the work you can in these last few months? Worried about all of the purchases you need for babe? Renovating the house to make the nursery perfect? STOP!
High stress can be dangerous for you and babe; take the time to relax and unwind. Take a long walk, visit your chiropractor (or massage therapist), relax in the bath, read your novel, practice yoga, meditate...whatever floats your boat and settles you down. Mindfullness (the practice of being aware of the present) has been a go-to for me in times of stress. Knowing how to de-stress yourself is powerful knowledge for you and your partner during pregnancy, in childbirth and postpartum. It will benefit you for years to come!
Eat Well....For Real
As you are reading this and gagging...I'm serious. Eating can become a nightmare in the first few months. The better health you and your gut are in before pregnancy, the better off you may be during pregnancy. Choose real food and never be hungry! Almonds, hard boiled eggs, leafy greens, bone broth, lentils, fruit and vegetables. Keep track of what you are eating so you can see if there are any patterns to your ills. Our Birth Boot Camp Field Manuals come with Chow Charts to help you make sure you are getting enough protein and the rest of your nutrients.
So please, take some time for yourself and your partner. Be okay with resting. Your world is about to turn upside down in the most amazing way, so make sure you prepare by taking "me time". If you don't learn to do it now, you really won't take the time after baby comes. I beg you, start the self-care now!
Let's share...what is your favourite way to practice self-care?? Please leave a comment below with you best tip!
With love and light,