It’s been a long time in coming, but I am proud to announce that Little Lambs now has a certified childbirth educator offering classes!
After teaching childbirth classes independently for a year (spring of 2011 to spring of 2012) I decided it would be worthwhile for me to invest in a course to become certified in childbirth education. At the time I was babbling in Bradley and Brio methods without really being certified in either, and using some of their materials as well as miscellaneous Internet resources, and though it went well, I knew my students deserved something a bit more legit.
So, I began the search for the “perfect” program for me. I wanted a course that would allow me to remain home with my son whom I was nursing at the time. I needed something I could afford. And I needed something that would leave me with curriculum to use when I finished.
My search found me at Birth Arts International. The certification program took me about eighteen months to complete considering during that time I was raising a toddler, and bakin’ up another sweet babe, having him and adjusting to all that craziness. It was a long haul, but I am finished!
The program was great because all of the homework resulted in me working on creating my own curriculum. I had required readings and assignments and the purpose of each assignment was to be able to use it as a handout in my very own curriculum. It was a lot of work, but so great because I got to pick and choose exactly what I wanted to cover in class based on the books that I was required to read.
So, what do we offer now? The course is made up of four-class sessions covering important topics like pregnancy exercise and nutrition, what to expect in labor, relaxation practice, what to expect postpartum, and a session that centers on breastfeeding. Our philosophy is centered on Grantly Dick-Read’s book, Childbirth Without Fear, and our method is that of education and relaxation. We believe that natural childbirth can best be accomplished with education about what a woman’s body does in pregnancy and birth combined with adequate practice of relaxation that can be used during labor.
Classes are $200, but discounts are offered to Little Lambs doula clients. As always, don’t let prices make your choices for you, as we are always willing to work with couples financially.
I look forward to meeting with you and sharing with you the knowledge I’ve gained in this process!