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Empowered Birth Choices Childbirth Preparation Class

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Make Informed Choices. Know Your Birthing Rights. Cultivate Trust In Birth.


In this group four week series, expectant parents will be empowered and informed so they can:

  • Take an active role in making informed decisions about their birth and newborn baby. 
  • Make informed choices based on knowledge of risks and benefits and alternatives to medical procedures.
  • Feel confident they can use labor coping skills to manage discomforts of labor.
  • Provide comfort measures and advocate for the birthing person through labor coping techniques such as breathing, position changes, water immersion, energy work, meditation and prayer, vocalization, visualization, etc.
  • Get breastfeeding started right
  • Support the breastfeeding person
  • Bond with their newborn babies
  • Prepare for postpartum so to have a smooth transition to parenthood, or an additional member of the family.


  • These classes are appropriate for first-time expectant parents and experienced parents alike seeking a refresher course.
  • Class is appropriate for expectant parents planning hospital, birth center or homebirths.
  • Can join the class at any session, though we encourage attending all four sessions for maximum benefit.
  • Class will be team taught by Happy Mama Healthy Baby Community Doulas.


By the end of this course, pregnant women and persons and their partners will have:

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

2) Increased confidence to give birth normally by utilizing labor coping skills.

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

3) Increased confidence to breastfeed the baby or support the breastfeeding person.

4) Skills to care  for the newborn.

5) A plan for postpartum recovery.


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 & labor
  • 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, birth center or call the midwife

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 Planning, 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 (Co-Sleeping & AAP)
  • 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
  • Myths & Realities of Breastfeeding
  • Addressing Common Concerns of Breastfeeding
  • Working or Attending School While Breastfeeding
  • Guidelines for Pumping & Storage of Breastmilk
  •  Partner’s  Role in Supporting Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Mother or Person
  • Sibling Adjustment
  • Children at Birth
  • Couple 's Relationship Changes After Baby
  •  Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression: Signs and Symptoms and When to Call for Help
  • Creating a Postpartum Plan


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.

Jazz DeCohen, BA, CPSS

I am Jazz DeCohen a self-aware wisdom seeker, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clark Atlanta University. I am also trained in culinary arts. However, I am most proud of my specialty in service. I take pride in my holistic approach to life. I was Certified as a Perinatal Support Specialist through The Association for Wholistic Maternal and Newborn Health in 2019. They have equipped me with the wisdom of birth doula, post-postpartum doula and lactation support. I am available to provide support in many different birth settings: from a home waterbirth to hospital births (medicated and un-medicated), and caesareans, on through to postpartum care. I know that all births and labors differ immensely and that all mothers have different needs. I believe in the power of every mother’s story, and maintain the importance of being informed and educated throughout a pregnancy. I hope to help empower women with their birth and journey into motherhood!

Cancellation Policy

 Cancellation must be made in writing by deadline (5 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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Happy Mama Healthy Baby Alliance was founded in 2020.  HMHBA is a community-based, non-governmental organization located in Los Angeles, California, USA. We are  501 (c) (3) non-profit public charity 509 (a) (2), our IRS name is Wholistic Midwifery School of Southern California, founded in 1993.


We are multidisciplinary perinatal and mental health professionals united in a common vision to promote maternal and infant health, improve maternity care quality and access, reduce perinatal health disparities and achieve social justice in maternal and infant health for all childbearing families.


Our board of directors, advisory committee and consultants are mental and perinatal health experts with training and expertise in Doula Support,  midwifery,  nursing, pre and perinatal psychology, social work, psychiatry,  obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, preventative care, global public health, and health education and promotion.


To promote high-quality, family-centered, evidence-based, respectful maternity and newborn care, and improved health outcomes for all childbearing persons and their babies.


Our work focuses on addressing health care disparities and to engendering birthing justice for all pregnant women, persons and their infants.   As ethnically diverse, multidisciplinary professionals serving pregnant and parenting families,  we offer Doula services, childbirth preparation classes, breastfeeding support, and maternal- infant mental health workshops and support groups and opportunities for continuing education for professionals.


We also offer professional training, certification, learning and networking opportunities for mental health providers and social service and health professionals working with Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health populations.


Our focus areas are:


  • Training, Certification and Continuing Education Programs for Professionals
  • Childbirth Doula and Postpartum Doula Services
  • Breastfeeding Support Services
  • Promoting Maternal Mental Health and Infant Mental Health
  • Engendering Birthing Justice for All Childbearing Persons



As advocates for families and babies, we seek to ensure that all childbearing persons are treated with dignity and respect during the pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum periods.
We promote a self-growth approach to pregnancy; which is a special and unique time in a woman’s and a person’s life.

We believe each pregnant woman or person should be surrounded by a loving and supportive community and each baby should be born into the hands of skilled, compassionate and respectful caregivers.

We protect the Mother/Baby dyad whose needs are mutually dependent.

We are reverent of the sacred nature of birth and are inspired by its potential to transform women, relationships, families, and communities.

We strive to improve birth outcomes for women and infants where perinatal health disparities and inequities exist.

We aim to improve the quality of maternity and newborn care in all settings.
We are dedicated to helping families have empowering, satisfying and joyous experiences from conception through gestation, childbirth, and early parenthood.

 Donations are tax-deductible to  Happy Mama Heallthy Baby Alliance a DBA of Wholistic Midwifery School of Southern California, a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization, 509 (a) (2) public charity. We are qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the IRS  code.

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