Perinatal Classes

DC Birth Doulas offers fun and functional perinatal education classes. Our live virtual classes are taught by Lamaze trained childbirth educators, who bring their wealth of hands-on experience in perinatal health into our interactive and lively sessions. Our classes focus on evidence-based information while creating space to discuss practical experience, tips and preferences. All three classes are included in our Birth Bundle and our Birth and Beginnings Bundle. You can also sign up separately.

We recommend completing all classes by your 35th gestational week.

 
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Childbirth Prep Classes

Our 6-hour comprehensive childbirth class is designed to prepare you and your support person for childbirth. The class covers the following topics:

  • Stages of physiological birth

  • Common medical tools and hospital procedures

  • Comfort measures

  • Labor positions

  • Pain medication options

  • Shared informed decision making 

  • Variations such as inductions and cesarean birth

Classes include videos of stages of birth, and group work, with plenty of time to ask questions and actively explore comfort measures such as grounding touch, mindfulness, and breathing techniques. The pregnant person plus a support person are welcome to sign up!

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Postpartum Recovery and Newborn Care Class

Our 5-hour Postpartum and Newborn Care Class is designed to help you prepare for your transition into parenthood as smoothly as possible. We will share information on the following topics:

  • The first hours after birth for your family

  • Postpartum physical, hormonal, social, and emotional changes

  • Infant soothing, attachment and care

  • Infant feeding: body and bottle feeding basics

  • Newborn sleep and safety

  • Managing family wellbeing


Classes include videos demonstrating postpartum and newborn care basics, group work, and lots of time for discussion on how to manage expectations, avoid common pitfalls, cope, treat, recover and heal. The focus of this class is to help you prepare for your fourth trimester. The pregnant person plus a support person are welcome to sign up!

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Infant Feeding Class (coming Fall 2022)

Our 2-hour Infant Feeding class focuses on the practical realities of feeding your infant. Many of our clients want to feed their babies breastmilk exclusively. The reality is that most feed their babies through some combination of bodyfeeding, pumping, and bottle feeding. Topics include:

  • Human lactation

  • Pumping and storing milk

  • Selecting, preparing, and using formula

  • Bottle and nipple selection, cleaning, and storing

  • Tips for combination feeding

  • Preparing for outings and returning to work

  • Managing personal and family expectations

​Classes​ include video demonstrations, and ample time discussing principles of successful infant feeding and how to apply them to your family’s needs. The pregnant person and support person are welcome to sign up! No matter how you plan or end up feeding your baby, this class is for you.

 

"DC Birth Doulas were amazing! They supported us from the beginning of the pregnancy and then beyond with their prenatal class, newborn class, months of phone and email support, and finally in-person care at the hospital and postpartum follow up. All throughout, they helped us understand both what would physically and emotionally happen (and how we could prepare to meet our new baby) as well as the logistics of the process."