How to Choose a Class
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Beyond the environment of the class, the learning styles are very important to how well a couple will mesh with their class style.
Most classes mix some lecture with video and other visuals to give families a sense of what to expect in the birthing process overall. They also offer various forms of deep relaxation ranging from visualizations, focal points to comfort massage. From there, each class offers a unique lense with which to learn.
MotherTree provides a variety of childbirth classes to support new and future families with decades of combined experience amongst our instructors. Areas include:
How to Choose a Childbirth Preparation Class
Having a baby if often new territory for a family. Exploring the changes in pregnancy, what to expect in the birth process, pain coping techniques and meeting other parents are many of the reasons expectant couples choose to come to a childbirth class. Studies show that families that choose take a class of any sort tend to be more satisfied with their birth process, feel they had more control and more informed about their choices and more connected to their babies.
Choosing the right class for you however, can feel overwhelming. From large lecture style classes to small intimate settings, to private sessions or online courses, there are many choices to get the experience that will be most valuable for you.
Hospital Classes vs. Community-based Classes
They emphasize the “what to expect” in the hospital including stages of labor, when to go to the hospital and pain management and interventions. Larger class sizes (8 – 30 couples) are the norm and classes are fairly inexpensive at ($65 to $95 per couple). These classes are often taught by RN’s or childbirth educators who may or may not have birth experience themselves either professionally or personally
Community-based classes are often interactive and process-oriented with smaller class sizes (4-7 couples)
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Become a Traditional Health Worker: Doula. Are you passionate about childbirth and live Oregon? Train (or cross train!) to become a Traditional Health Worker (THW) Birth Doula and support birthing families with physical, emotional and informational support through the childbearing year.
Includes skill-building: Cultural Sensitivity for Birth Workers; Collaborative Practice with the birth team;
Trauma Informed Care for Birth Workers; Health Information and Privacy (HIPAA); Oral health in pregnancy Ongoing cohort support in how to apply for the Traditional Health Worker – Doula State Registry
This training focuses on widening perspectives, understanding the different roles of the birth team, and troubleshooting communication from birth team member to birth team member.
Session 3 of 3 – Objectives of this course: Creating safety plans;
Navigating when trauma happens in the moment; and Supporting clients through difficult births.
Session 2 of 3 – Objectives of this course: Define what trauma IS in relationship to the childbearing year; Identify and discuss clinical and scientific research and review current trauma research; and One coping skill for trauma care
Session 1 of 3 – Objectives of this course: Defining What is Trauma;
How is Trauma Institutionalized (Parallel Process); Introduction the NEAR Science of Trauma; Understanding the Neurobiology of Trauma; and The Epigenetics of Trauma and how it relates to Birth