Your Birth, Your Way™

Lovely Hearts Birth is committed to helping birthing families prepare for an informed, confident and conscious birth.

This 4-day 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.

We welcome birthing people 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.

This class draws from many different birth philosophies: Informed Birth, Birth Without Fear, HypnoBirthing, Lamaze, and Bradley Technique. 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:
Healthy Pregnancy
  • Anatomy of pregnancy
    Nutrition & Exercise
    Choosing a provider
    Choosing a birth place
    Ultrasounds and visits with your provider
    Doulas
    Who will be at your birth?
    Birthing Person’s Rights
Labor & Birth
  • When labor starts – what to expect
    Comfort measures during labor (in and out-of-home settings)
    Early labor vs. active labor
    When to call the midwife or go to the hospital
    Laboring and birthing positions
    Baby positions
    Typical hospital procedures – IVs, fetal heart monitors, epidurals
    Natural birth vs. managed birth
    Inductions
Birth, Postpartum and Newborn choices
  • Antibiotics, Pitocin and other interventions
    Skin to skin
    Delayed cord clamping
    Breastfeeding choices
    Tears, episiotomies and sutures demystified
    Newborn screening tests
Postpartum Care for Mama
  • Herbs and medications – safe and not safe
    Breast care and pumping info
    Care after a vaginal birth
    Care after a caesarean
    Depression, Coping strategies
    Self care & gentle exercise
    Going back to work
    Family and friends – Meal trains & support networks
Newborn Care
  • Choosing a pediatrician
    Vaccine choices
    Cord care
    Common newborn issues – what’s normal?
    Breastfeeding support & resources
    Diapering 101
    Babywearing
    Sleeping safely with baby