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Childbirth Education

Birth. Until you’ve been through it, it’s often a mystery. It’s not likely you’ve been invited to take part in many births. I mean, chances are you’ve seen birth in movies or TV, but in most mainstream media, the way birth is shown is simply inaccurate. And if birth is a mystery, the postpartum period is an enigma. Expectant folks have expectations of what this time will look like, and even if they’ve experienced it before, often these expectations simply do not match reality.
Childbirth education and West Kootenay prenatal classes take some of the mystery out of birth and postpartum. Learning about the process and increasing your knowledge reduces fear and anxiety which decreases pain and increases your ability to ask for what you need. Learning about realistic expectations for the postpartum period can significantly reduce your risk for postpartum mental health issues and can increase your chances of experiencing a more positive postpartum period.
These classes are private and in your own home. We come to you! We spend a few hours together and you come away with knowledge of your options and confidence in the birth process and in the postpartum period. As Diana Korte and Roberta Scaer, authors of A Good Birth, A Safe Birth, said: “If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any.” 
If you would prefer to learn in a small group environment (2 -3 couples), please ask! Prices will be adjusted accordingly.
west kootenay prenatal classes
west kootenay prenatal classes
Prenatal Classes will cover:
  • • The mind/body connection in labour & how the mind can influence our physiology during birth
  • • Stages and phases of labour and how to get through each one
  • • Pushing – how to get that baby out
  • • Comfort measures – how to cope through the intensity
  • • Best positions for each stage of labour
  • • When to arrive at the hospital or place of birth
  • • Navigating the system – how to make informed choices and why consent matters
  • • Birth and postpartum planning
  • • What happens after birth?
  • • Lactation and newborn care
  • • Postpartum recovery
  • • Postpartum expectations 
  • • Postpartum mental health
  • • Previous birth and postpartum debrief (if applicable)
  • • Available virtual or in-person

Choose Your Prenatal Class

There are several different classes available to suit your childbirth education/prenatal class needs. Please know – every class is adjustable and flexible based on your specific needs, so if you don’t see what you need, send me an email!

All classes receive: Birth and/or postpartum resource package, birth and/or postpartum planning help, access via text until birth, access to continuing education group

Postpartum Preparation Workshop

Investment = $125

This 3 hour prenatal class prepares expectant families for the postpartum and is recommended for all families, new and experienced. What to expect postpartum, postpartum recovery, newborn care, postpartum mental health, and postpartum planning are all covered. Available as 1 session.
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Birth Essentials

Investment = $175

This 5 hour prenatal class is the class for you if you want to focus on birth. Immediate postpartum will be covered, but baby care and beyond will not. Recommended for those with previous experience with infants. Previous birth and postpartum debrief included if needed. Available as 1 or 2 sessions.
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The Full Prenatal

Investment = $250

When you need to cover it all, this 9 hour prenatal class is what you need. Birth, postpartum, and newborn care will be covered in detail. Recommended for new parents. Previous birth and postpartum debrief included if needed. Available as 1, 2, or 3 sessions.
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All private prenatal classes booked as a virtual class receive a 10% discount.

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Book Your Prenatal Class!

Ready to book your West Kootenay prenatal class? 

Please fill out this form, and expect a reply within the 1-2 days (be sure to check your spam folder!). We look forward to seeing how we can help you have a more positive birth and postpartum experience. 

Currently, Nurtured Postpartum is offering virtual consults (either video or phone). All consults are free!