In this class, you will learn the tools and techniques you need to cope with labor pains without the use of pain medication. You may have been told that birth is painful, scary, or uncontrollable, but it doesn't have to be! It will be challenging and powerful, but with the knowledge and hands-on practice from our class, you can confidently work with, rather than against, the force of your labor. Even if you are considering the use of pain medication, this class will ensure you have the tools you need to navigate early labor, before pain medication is available.
In this class we will cover: - Breathing techniques - Hands on pain management techniques such as hip squeezes, counter pressure, massage, and much more -Optimal positioning for labor and variations of normal - How to use labor tools such as the rebozo, birth ball, hydrotherapy, TENS units and much more -Benefit and risk assessment for easy decision making -Mental techniques for relaxation -How to achieve a natural birth in a hospital setting -Establishing positive relationships with medical staff Hear what others have to say about this class! "I haven't had Miranda as a doula, but I can see why you would want her to be! I took her class, Coping with Labor Pains. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I left feeling so empowered and like I had all the tools to power through my birth. Just as it should be. She was so kind and patient, and answered every one of my questions!
My husband went with me, and he was just as happy as I was. We did lots of hands on partner things and breathing exercises. They showed us how to communicate with each other and the doctors, and nurses. Showed us labor positions so my husband can help me with labor pains, and showed him places to massage to release tension. They showed us various tools to get through birth, many that I didn't know about; squatting bar, peanut ball, and the rebozo. They also talked about positions to give birth in, I had no idea honestly I was allowed to give birth in other ways then my back, especially in a hospital. She gave us exercises to tone the lower body and prepare for birth. They really reassured me! Hoping for a natural vaginal birth, and I feel now that I am 100% prepared. I am so happy I went. I will recommend to my friends, and will refer them to her if they need a doula. So very happy with this experience, I can't say enough good things!" This class is hosted by Miranda Jones of Sooner State Doula and Cacey Malone of Birth Experiences.
Navigating Natural Labor will be held Saturday, January 20th 2-6 PM at The Coop in Norman (317 W Main Street). The fee for this class is $50 per couple. Couples should wear comfortable clothing, and bring a couple pillows or yoga mats if you have them. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 405-788-1287 with any questions.