Childbirth Education and Doula Services
Westside Birth Connection
487 Windchime Place Suite 300
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
I teach childbirth education classes that pull from many great resources such as Dr. Robert Bradley, the Lamaze Institute for Normal Birth, author Sheila Kitzinger and midwife Ina May Gaskin. We focus on breathing techniques and many different comfort techniques that I have learned from my experience attending births as a doula, both in the hospital setting and the home setting. Classes are offered mostly in the evenings 6:30pm-9pm on the north side of Colorado Springs. Classes are $250 for an 8 week course and includes multi-dimensional instruction, a ten chapter student notebook, and unlimited phone / email support. For a class outline, please feel free to visit my website at www.westsidebirthconnection.com .
I also provide doula services for your labor, birth and postpartum period. This unique service is $550, which includes 2-3 prenatal visits, attendance at your birth, and 1-2 postpartum visits. For a combination of both childbirth education and doula services there is a discount of $100. I also give discounts for active military families and those on public assistance, such as Medicaid, food stamps, etc. Doula services will also include:
-A discussion of your preferences for labor support, pain control and interventions.
-I will assist you in researching and writing a birth plan.
-Hand-outs covering labor and birth positions, breastfeeding information, and postpartum care for mom and baby.
-Professional referrals and resources will be available to you at any time.
-Access to my lending library (books, videos, tapes).
-Emotional, physical and informational support during labor, birth and postpartum.
-Use of my labor support tools such as hot/cold rice packs, birth ball, aromatherapy oils, massage oils, music, my caring hands, my reassuring voice.
-Help initiating breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth.
I believe that KNOWLEDGE and SUPPORT are the keys to a positive birth! I acknowledge that each labor and birth is an unique experience and there is no ONE right way to have a baby. My background includes my love for natural medicine, a B.A. in Biology, a Childbirth Education certification through the Birth Connection, Labor / Birth Doula certification through CAPPA, Neonatal Resuscitation Certificate through NRP, CPR & First Aid Certified, and my experience working with Dr. Robert Wolfson, a perinatolotgist. I currently shadow a homebirth midwife, as her assistant, and I am looking forward to becoming a midwife myself someday, when my own two children are older.
BirthNetwork is a non-profit organization that meets monthly on the 3rd Wed from 6:30-8pm to offer support and information for a safe and satisfying pregnancy and childbirth. Meetings are free, families welcome! Contact: ColoradoSpringsBN@yahoo.com
The Westside Birth Connection
WHY SHOULD I HIRE A DOULA?
The Benefits Include:*
-25% Shorter Labor rate
-50% reduction in the cesarean
-60% reduction in epidural requests
-40% reduction in oxytocin use
-30% reduction in analgesia use
-40% reduction in forceps delivery
Long Term Benefits:*
-Decreased Postpartum Depression
-Greater Maternal Satisfaction
-Enhanced Mother-Infant Bonding
*Klaus, Kennell, and Klaus
Class One: Getting to Know You
Introductions & registration
Your choices for providers
Exercises & relaxation techniques
Class Two: Nutrition & Anatomy
Weight gain & nutrition
Things that are harmful
Changes in the pregnant body
Prematurity prevention & bed rest
Class Three: First Stage Labor
Definition (true vs. false labor)
Labor coping techniques & positions
Class Four: Second & Third Stage Labor
Definitions (including transition)
Breathing & pushing techniques
Class Five: Writing a Birth Plan
How to organize for hospital or home delivery
Baby movement & kick count exercise
Informed consent & Bill of rights
Class Six: Unexpected Events
Visual relaxation exercise
Class Seven: Newborn Care
How to diaper & clothe your baby
Class Eight: Postpartum & Breastfeeding
What to expect immediately after
Breast feeding discussion
Care for mom & baby