This course has been on our minds for many months, and as the world as we knew it pushed pause and many families began questioning their choices in birth, we knew now was time to complete it.
Families all over the US (and the world) are concerned about the regulations for their chosen place of birth and birth teams. Most births in the US occur in hospitals, and with hospitals changing policy frequently, families are genuinely concerned for their physical and emotional wellbeing if they continue to plan a birth there with uncertain plans.
- Some hospitals are not permitting doulas into birthing rooms.
For families whose birth plans depended on using the doula's expertise to cope with and understand the labor experience, or to navigate informed choice with staff, the partner may feel ill-prepared to step into this role suddenly. Our course will prepare them to show up as a knowledgable birth support person and advocate.
- Some families are seeking out midwives for homebirth or birth centers.
Hundreds of families a week are contacting homebirth midwives who are not prepared to take on large numbers of births. Most midwives are rising to the challenge. Generally speaking, homebirth midwives spend most of the pregnancy developing a close relationship with the families they serve and providing them with comprehensive childbirth education. With many late transfers, midwives may not have time to do so. Our course reflects the midwifery model of care and will prepare a hospital-birth-turned-homebirth family for the change and for birthing with autonomy.
- Some families are unable to find or pay for a homebirth midwife but do not feel comfortable continuing their plans to birth at the hospital.
Birthing at home without a trained attendant is called freebirth or unassisted birth. This course is well-suited for these families as well, as it goes over in detail the common complications and instructions for managing the childbirth experience from late pregnancy through the first few months postpartum. This course does not guarantee any particular outcome or level of safety in a birth –nothing can do that, actually– but does offer the information to prepare a family for what birth looks like a majority of the time and how to manage the most common concerns seen in out-of-hospital births.
- Some families are simply overwhelmed with the state of the world and the news, and would like a reminder that birth is normal, healthy, and safe the VAST majority of the time.
Birth is actually a spiritual, holy experience, and any family preparing to welcome a baby is worthy of loving attention and uplifting support. This course focuses on physiological birth - the fact that our bodies know how to birth babies, how to support our bodies in doing so, and how to guide our minds and spirits into a place of well-being, even in the midst of the world feeling out of control.
If you are carrying a baby, you literally hold our future within you; your blood and your hormones are actively creating the children who will not be elders until the 2080s. We are honored to support you in bringing them to Earth.
x Emily & Carey