Which direction will you go? How will you navigate this journey to parenthood? Who will you have by your side to encourage you? Learning about childbirth and the immediate postpartum doesn't have to be a bore! Pathways to Parenthood classes promise fun, engagement, community and connection building all while you are learning how to safely navigate your chosen birth space! Our classes are open to everyone regardless of what type of birth the desire - medicated or unmedicated, hospital or birth center or home birth.
Are the memories of your previous birth or births a little hazy? Are there things you want to do different this time around? Do you and your partner need a refresher on how labor begins, different coping techniques and labor positions to try? Then the Childbirth Refresher Class is just what you need; the refresher childbirth class is for women and their partners who have given birth before. We will cover what to pack, signs of labor, coping techniques, hands-on comfort measures, labor positions, birth preferences and informed consent, and ideas for sibling integration and postpartum planning.
Welcoming another new addition to your family? Is your older child excited about becoming a big sibling but not sure what their new title really means? Register now for this awesome Sibling Class.
The Sibling Class is designed for children ages 2 and older. Each class we sit together (via Zoom) and learn the basics about newborns - what they are wearing when they are born, how babies communicate, and what babies need (diapers, clothes, blankets, love). We talk about the process of labor and birth in G-rated fashion - where moms and dads go to have a baby or what it will be like to have a baby at home, how the baby gets out of mom, what are those funny sounds mom is making, and that mom is OK.
Children are encouraged to have a baby doll or baby-sized stuffed animal so they can diaper, clothe, swaddle, and hold the baby. They will learn the important ways they can help when the new baby comes home and learn how to "play" with their little sibling and show the baby love. Each class includes time to read a book, watch a birth story, and do a craft and ebbs and flows to hold the attention of the various ages in the group.
Postpartum With Grace is a 6-week postpartum support circle aimed at helping you process, discover, and be curious about your postpartum journey. Each participant will receive a beautiful Postpartum with Grace guide - a 42 day journal with prompts to help you unpack your emotions and thoughts along the way. Each Tuesday we meet on Zoom for an hour long session to discuss topics specific to postpartum - sleep, nutrition, relationships, intimacy, and more. This virtual support group is run in partnership with Jessica Greene of Kooshlie Care Doula Services. The group is open to any new birthing person in Asheville and beyond!