Your Birth, Your Way

Lovely Hearts Wellness is committed to helping pregnant women and their partners prepare for an informed, confident and conscious birth.

This 4-week course offers non-biased, evidence-based perinatal information, support, encouragement, guidance, referrals, and education. There is no one right way to labor. We stand by the philosophy that birth is a normal process and hope to inspire confidence in the couples that we teach. It is our goal to teach the full spectrum of options a woman has when preparing for her birth, and then to support her unconditionally.

You will discover the amazing changes that will take place and how trust in your body is paramount. Moms leave class feeling confident in their ability to birth their babies. Couples are supported during class by looking at their fears, worries, and ideas about pregnancy, birth and becoming parents. These are discussed, embraced, and addressed together and as individuals. Through presenting only the most current, evidence-based information about pregnancy, labor, and childbirth, we feel confident that you leave class able to speak up, ask questions, and make informed decisions for yourself and your baby. We assist parents in examining the kind of birth you want, the many options that are available to you, and the importance of flexibility.

We welcome moms with their partners, same-sex couples, and single parents who are preparing for hospital, birth center, or at-home births, receiving care from Midwives or Obstetricians, and who have single or multiple pregnancies.

Our classes draw from many different birth philosophies: Informed Birth, Birth Without Fear, HypnoBirthing, Lamaze, and Bradley.

The most important way to approach your birth is with confidence and relaxation. You achieve this by knowing what possible things to expect, developing the skills to move through your labor, and by feeling prepared to work through whatever your journey turns out to be.

 Some of the topics we will cover:
  • Gestation and Anatomy of pregnancy and childbirth: Learning about what changes are happening in your body throughout pregnancy, hormonal changes, and how to prepare your body and adapt to its changes throughout pregnancy and childbirth
  • Nutrition and how it keeps you low risk by helping to prevent high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, premature rupture of the membranes, premature labor
  • Exercises to prepare you for labor and delivery, stretches that reduce pelvic torsion which may help prevent malpositioning of baby. Anatomy of the pelvis, baby positioning, stretching psoas and piriformis to reduce tension or torsion in the pelvic area and reduce pain.
  • Choosing a care provider and birth place: The incredible importance of having the right birth team, questions to ask your care provider, the many benefits of hiring a doula and surrounding yourself with positive, affirming support persons
  • Phases and stages of labor: Management of labor with proper hydration and the right foods, emotional map of labor, dilation, effacement, station, prodromal labor, variations in labor, addressing your fears or anxieties about birth, learning about your internal medicine chest of hormones, mock pushing practice learning various positions and techniques for 2nd stage
  • Comfort measures for labor: Practicing touch relaxation & tense/release, imagery, how the body processes pain, ways to lessen pain, counterpressure, acupressure, massage, use of shower, bath, birth ball, rebozo, and rhythmic movement. Vocalizations that release tension.
  • Labor scenarios: Mock labor practice, discussion of birth scenarios, many videos shown
  • Baby positions: Posterior & acynclitic babies – benefits of chiropractic care and massage, Spinning Babies techniques, how to re-align baby during labor, flexion (baby tucking chin), positions that help, comfort measures that help with back labor
  • Hospital protocols and procedures: Risks/benefits of procedures and medications, informed consent, how to negotiate for individual care vs routine care, induction, fetal monitoring, medications, episiotomy, group B strep. How to make a very simple birth plan (and we mean simple!), but we don’t call it a plan, instead we call it birth wishes or birth preferences as birth is unpredicatable.
  • Inductions: Navigating scheduled and unscheduled inductions with ease, questions to ask your care provider and hospital protocols.
  • Birth scenarios: Cesarean birth, delayed cord clamping, skin-to-skin newborn screening tests, questions to ask a prospective pediatrician.
  • Breastfeeding: Advantages for mom and baby, technique, signs of a good latch, preventing soreness, engorgement and mastitis, collecting and storing breastmilk, nursing attire, pumps on the market, going back to work and continuing to breastfeed, extended breastfeeding, support groups, state breastfeeding laws for employers, helping babies with colic, jaundice in the newborn, when to start solids and more.
  • Preparing for an amazing postpartum period with your newborn: The incredible value of this 6-week milestone, having a plan for help, meals, and clearing your calendar, taking care of your body post-birth, stress reducers, the blues vs depression, the 4th trimester, 5 areas of change after baby arrives, ways to soothe baby and dad’s vital role in nurturing mom and bonding with baby.
  • Baby care: Newborn characteristics, eye care, cord care, bathing baby, what about circumcision, products to use and what to avoid, discussion of the appropriate number of wet and soiled diapers baby should have, what if baby has a cold, discussion and the showing of many diapering styles available including gDiapers, All-in-ones like FuzziBunz, Bum Genius, Best Bottom and Blueberry diapers, chemical free disposables, diapering services, parenting resources.