The Curriculum

Offered both in person and online, the Birth Languages curriculum prepares couples for birth with evidence-based information and hands-on learning experiences. The Birth Languages Method focuses on empowering families to make informed choices. The course fully covers:

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    The physiology of labor, including fetal positioning, hormones, and biological functions and how they can support the labor process

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    Ways to make labor shorter and easier

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    Nutrition and exercise and how they can support a healthy pregnancy and delivery

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    Comfort and coping mechanisms based on your individual birth language

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    Awareness, visualization, vocalization, movement, breathing, and relaxation for labor

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    Medical interventions and how to make informed decisions

Five three-hour classes fully cover everything you need to be confident about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum recovery.

Each week, you will explore coping mechanisms designed to appeal to all four Birth Languages. This is intentional. Even though women have a primary Birth Language, techniques from any language may help you during labor. Learning about a range of coping mechanisms will help you have a complete Toolkit for labor.

The teaching and learning doesn’t stop in the classroom! The Birth Languages method offers students spaces to connect via social media, an online portal, and timed information sent to you at key intervals after birth

Class Descriptions

This first class will introduce you to the different languages of birth: Movement, Touch, Vocalization, and Intuition. You will explore your Love Language and Birth Language with the goal of discovering how these languages can help you create a stronger bond, a safer and more satisfying birth, and a strong early parenting experience. Topics covered in this class include: The anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, labor, and birth, the importance of regular exercise throughout pregnancy, pelvic/fetal positioning, nutrition following the World Health Organization guidelines, ultrasounds, and fetal positioning. The Birth Languages Toolkit will focus on the foundational tools for relaxation and affirmations
This week you will explore how your relationship has changed during the course of the pregnancy, receive an introduction to the stages of labor, learn the signs of labor progression, discuss the various birth environments, and gain an understanding of the physical and emotional signs of transition. The Birth Languages Toolkit will focus on positions for first stage labor, acupressure, massage, as well as medical options for pain relief.
This week’s relationship focus will center around how your Love and Birth Language could translate to support during the postpartum time and early parenting. We will discuss the ways in which the body communicates it is in labor, the various signs of labor progression, and when might be the “right” time to call your care providers. We will also cover possible birth team members, such as a doula, chiropractor, photographer, etc., and questions to ask these individuals. The Birth Language Toolkit Section will feature: Labor rehearsals, dancing for labor, visualizations, acupressure, vocalization, cord clamping and nuchal cords, as well as induction.
This week we will discuss the physiology of second stage labor, how to push, and positions for pushing. You will be introduced to Third Stage Labor and the delivery of the placenta. The Birth Languages Toolkit section will cover how words and phrases can affect the birth space. The rebozo will be extensively explored as well as breathing, visualization, and movement techniques that are particularly useful during hard labor or transition. You will learn how to use visualization to develop coping mechanisms for when labor does not go as intended. Caesarean sections, including medical and non-medical reasons, will be discussed as well as healing after a Cesarean and bonding with baby immediately post-operation.
Are you ready for the unique challenges new mothers face, such as healing, bodily changes, breastfeeding, and postpartum depression/anxiety? The postpartum time is a sensitive time in a family’s life, especially for the new mother. Whether it is her first baby or her third, there is always a period of adjustment. This period is also known as the fourth trimester.
 

Intuition

Movement

Touch

Vocalization