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Empowered Birth Choices Childbirth Preparation Class

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A Four-Week Series of Natural Childbirth Education Classes for Pregnant Women and their Birth Partners. Live on Zoom.

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Make Informed Choices. Cultivate Trust In Birth

FEBRUARY 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2021 ( Classes held on Zoom)

Class meet on Sundays, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Classes are $350.00 per couple | $200.00 for Low-Income/Free for Medi-Cal


In this four week series, expectant parents will be empowered to take an active role in making informed decisions about childbirth and newborn care.   We promote evidence-based childbirth, and the normalcy of childbirth. After taking this class, participants will be able to make choices based on knowledge of risks and benefits and alternatives to medical procedures. These classes are appropriate for first-time expectant parents and experienced parents alike.

Prenatal education today is much more than learning how to breathe. These “Lamaze” childbirth preparation classes help pregnant women (and persons) and their partners learn about the birth process, the pros and cons of medical interventions,  how to cope with labor, and how to care for their newborn baby and how to breastfeed sucsessfuly.


By the end of this course, participants will have:

1) Increased knowledge about options for childbirth, pros and cons of medical procedures, and make informed choices during pregnancy and childbirth.

2) Increased confidence to give birth normally and cope with labor.

3) Increased confidence in their ability to provide support to the woman during labor.

3) Increased confidence to breastfeed the baby.

4) Skills to care  for the newborn.


Class One: Understanding Pregnancy and Birth

  • Fetal Development
  • Preventing premature birth
  • Stress-reduction in pregnancy
  • Eating right for a healthy pregnancy
  • Coping with common discomforts of pregnancy
  • Sexuality during pregnancy
  • Couples communication during pregnancy
  • How your body works in labor and birth
  • How labor begins and progresses
  • “True” labor vs. “False” labor
  • The phases and stages of birth
  • How to time contractions
  • When to go to the hospital

Class Two: Coping with Labor

  • Breathing Techniques
  • Relaxation Exercises
  • Visualization Exercises
  • Vocalization Exercises
  • The Power of Affirmations & Prayer
  • Positions to Facilitate a Faster and More Comfortable Labor
  • Pushing Techniques and Positions
  • Delivery of Placenta (Afterbirth)
  • Options for Handling of Placenta 

Class Three: Making Informed Choices

  • Pain Medication: Options, Risks and Benefits
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Medical procedures and their Effect on Labor, Mother and Baby (induction of labor, vacuum extraction, etc).
  • Informed Consent and Refusal: Understanding Your Rights and Responsibilities
  • Birth by Cesarean and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
  • Creating a “Birth Plan”: Your preferences for Labor and Delivery and Newborn Care
  • Communicating with Medical Professionals about what you want and need

Class Four: Postpartum Adjustments, The Amazing Newborn and Breastfeeding

  • The Amazing Newborn: Appearance and Behavior
  • Newborn Medical Procedures: Making Informed Choices
  •  Newborn Care Basics:  Bathing, Swaddling, Diapering, Wearing, Soothing
  • SIDS Prevention: Two Strategies
  • Benefits of Breastfeeding to Mother, Infant, Father and Society
  • How the Breasts Make Milk
  • Keeping Your Milk Supply Up
  • How to Know if Baby is Getting Enough Milk
  • Remedies for Common Concerns of Breastfeeding
  • Working or Attending School While Breastfeeding
  •  Father/Partner’s  Role in Supporting Breastfeeding Mother
  • Sibling Adjustment
  • Couple 's Relationship After Baby
  •  Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression: Signs and Symptoms and When to Call for Help


Lisa Mejia, BA, CPD

As a DONA-trained postpartum doula, I am here to help you make the right choices for you and your family by providing you with evidence-based information and assistance free of judgment and unnecessary opinion. It is my joy to help you, as parents and the family at large make this transition a beautiful one. My own struggle within the early postpartum period is what inspired me to become a birth worker. The transition into parenthood is at once difficult and beautiful, a role that can feel at once thankless and incredibly fulfilling. It is a metamorphosis, an event that will bless you with a new life that will redefine and move you in more ways than you could ever imagine. The dichotomy of this new role is what makes it a continually perplexing and exhausting job, keeping you on your toes as you care for your young ones while trying to maintain a sense of balance and self. I have a BA degree in History. I am a first-generation American and a first-time mother in my thirties. I am a native Spanish speaker. I also speak some Portuguese.

Janada Strawbridge, BS, CD, CPD

I am a Birth and Postpartum Doula, and a graduate from Towson University (Towson, MD) with a degree in Biology and a dual minor in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Bioinformatics (MBIII) and Women Studies. During my research and preparation for birth work, I fell in love with holistic birthing methods. I have been a doula since 2011. I have assured and assisted VBAC moms, teen moms, and moms who have opted for a traditional hospital birth atmosphere as well as water birth practices. I am currently in midwifery school, pursuing becoming a California Licensed Midwife. I have been fortunate to be mentored by some of the very best and established doulas, midwives and OB/GYNs in California. My skills are to efficiently direct your senses from the discomfort of labor via my massaging techniques, touch, and use of sound, and changing of positions to aid in the progression of your labor. I would be delighted to help support your preferences and assist with your emotional, informational, and physical support during pregnancy/ labor and postpartum.

Cancellation Policy

 Cancellation must be made in writing by deadline (30 days prior to start of course). Tuition will be reimbursed less $50.00 administrative fee if notification received by this date. After this date, there will be no refunds, with the exception of COVID-19-related illness, which will be decided on a case-by-case basis. However, in extenuating circumstances such as documented illness or emergency, the tuition is fully transferable to another person or training (this course or another topic); credit is good for the amount of training. If course registering into is higher price, the additional balance will be required. If it is a lesser price, there will not be any refund of balance. Credit will be honored for one year from the training. If not used by that time, the credit will expire.

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