Balanced, evidence-based knowledge to help you have a positive birth
Our classes are in-depth and cover both the physical process of labour so you know what to expect, while also giving you and your support person the skills to navigate your birth experience. Illawarra Birth Classes are taught by two birth doulas, Alyssa and Amelia, who are experienced with supporting births at Wollongong Public and Wollongong Private Hospitals.
Rather than teaching just one method for how to cope with labour, we will show you a wide range of tools so you know a large variety of comfort measures. We also don’t tell you how you should give birth. We give you the skills and knowledge to best achieve whatever type of birth you are planning. Whether you desire an unmedicated natural birth or plan on utilising medical pain relief, we will ensure that you know your options.
Whether you are birthing at hospital or having a home birth, this class has everything you need to feel prepared and confident.
Why independent birth classes?
Hospital classes are a great start but to get modern, complete, unbiased education, independent antenatal classes are the best way to have all the information.
Recent studies show that people who attend independent birth classes experience:
less unnecessary interventions
less epidural use
shorter pushing stages
babies who are less likely to require resuscitation at birth
reduced caesarean rate
Birth classes are for
It’s not just women who are daunted by the idea of labour and birth, most partners also have their own fears and worries.
The most common concern is seeing their loved one in pain and not knowing how to help. Which is totally understandable!
In our class, partners will learn how they can help you physically and emotionally to make birth easier.
Even though birth is unpredictable we also want you both to be prepared for common scenarios so will explain what to expect at the hospital.
What you will learn
Our classes are a convenient one day prenatal class and couples will leave with in-depth knowledge about:
Stages of labour and what to expect in each phase
Physiology of birth
Hormones in labour
How your body helps you to cope with labour
How baby’s position can affect labour and how to help get them in the optimal position for an easier birth
How to know if you are really in labour and when it’s time to go to hospital
Comfort measures for coping with labour
Massage and acupressure for natural pain relief
Breathing, relaxation and visualisation techniques that you can use during labour
How your birth support person will can help you physically and emotionally
Interventions in labour - why and when they are done
Inductions and caesarean births
Medical pain relief options
Decision making for pregnancy and birth and how to know what’s right for you
How to write a realistic birth plan
How to have a positive postpartum
Upcoming class dates:
Saturday 12th January 2019, 9am-5pm
Saturday 9th February 2019, 9am-5pm
Saturday 9th March 2019, 9am-5pm
If you find that none of the dates for the group classes are suitable for you, we also offer private classes that can be scheduled when it suits you.