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Labor Comfort Measures Workshop

There is a maximum of 2-3 couples and meets for 3 hours. I teach this class from my home. Contact me for future dates and to reserve your spot in class. The total cost for the labor comfort measures class is: $75 per couple. 

The number one complaint of most childbirth prep classes is the lack of hands-on, practical and useful labor comfort measures and coping skills. Here is a workshop dedicated to providing you with specific tools for coping with labor and navigating your birth atmosphere. We will walk you through tips for pre-labor, early labor, and active labor, to increase your comfort and confidence and promote smooth labor progress. We will teach you important 3rd trimester pregnancy exercises to coax baby into a good birth position (including some partner stretches to practice at home), and introduce/review breathing and massage techniques to help you manage your labor as a team, including specific tips and techniques for partners, so they can help make you feel better and feel useful.

This workshop is led by an experienced labor assistant, and incorporates some of the most useful coping methods from a variety of childbirth preparation styles, as well as tips and tricks gathered from years of experience helping women and couples navigate their labors. These include:

  • breathing, focus, and distraction techniques
  • supportive body positioning to reduce pain and promote progress
  • how to encourage optimal fetal positioning
  • hands-on and hands-off ways a partner can help (including massage, compresses, physical support, encouragement, progress milestones, and facilitating positive communication of needs with caregivers)
  • and a review of additional props and environmental cues moms say worked for them!

For first-time parents, this workshop is intended as an addition to your childbirth series, not as a stand-alone class. It will put what you've learned into context and practice; add to your classroom learning; and give you both a feel for the rhythm of labor, so coping can come naturally and actually help you once labor begins.We recommend pairing this workshop with the Butterfly Elements Childbirth Prep Intensive, or with hospital or doctor's office classes you may have already chosen. 

This class assumes participants already have a basic knowledge from reading or other classes regarding what to expect from the stages of labor, when to call and/or go in, common medical procedures, medications, possible variations and complications, cesarean, etc, from a regular prep class. If you have not been able to take any other class and no longer have time, you are still welcome--it is better than nothing! But please know this class will not be able to answer all of your questions.

But what if you are considering or planning an epidural? Women are advised to go in to the hospital when (or only after) their contractions are 4-5 minutes apart and lasting about 60 seconds, consistently over the course of at least an hour. This means there may be a number of hours in early labor when you and your partner are working through contractions at home together.