Seacoast Home Birth

Seacoast NH and Maine Home Birth Education

This course met our needs perfectly. I enjoyed that there was so much time spent on working together to experiment with ways to position ourselves and how my husband could help me during labor to ease my body. The flow of the classes was perfect and the instructors were amazing. Everything Jo and Taylor spoke about was spoken with such passion. The information and handouts were so in depth. There was plenty of time for questions and answers in each class which helped my husband and I greatly. I’d take this class again in a heartbeat.

- November 2017 Student

The Home Birth Class series is right for you if…

You are planning to birth your baby at home for the first, second, or eighth time.

The hospital-based childbirth education classes don’t feel like a great fit for you.

You want to feel confident and ready when your big day arrives.

Winter 2019 Session (taught by Jo):

3 Sundays: January 13, 20, and 27 from 10am – 1pm
*This series is ideal for families with due dates between late February and late April.*

Location: The Sonatina Center, 750 Central Avenue, Unit U, Dover, NH 03820

Spring 2019 Session (taught by Taylor):

3 Sundays: April 21, 28, and May 5 from 1pm – 4pm
*This series is ideal for families with due dates between late May and late July.*

Location: Flourish Midwifery, 153 Port Rd, Kennebunk ME 04043

Cost: $300 per pregnant person

 

Join us for this comprehensive childbirth education series created specifically for home birthers!

Being our first baby this class was an absolute MUST. And I honestly do not know where our confidence and comfort would lie without having taken this class. Our confidence as a couple was built through all the knowledge shared on labor, birth, and postpartum. Our comfort in the unknown process ahead came from all the tools we now have to draw from. Each class sparked conversations that we would not have had as a couple, but have better prepared us for what is ahead. We both are headed toward labor, birth, and postpartum feeling united and informed and ready to take on the incredible experience that is to come in a few short weeks. We will be forever grateful for our experience with Jo!!

- Courtney & John McKay, August 2018

Home Birth Series Content

Class 1: Preparing for the Postpartum Transition

  • Communication and a new normal for you and your partner
  • Caring for baby (sleep, feeding, diapering, cord care, bathing, newborn procedures)
  • Caring for you
  • Creating of a postpartum wellness plan
  • The baby blues and signs and symptoms of postpartum mood disorders
  • Connecting with other new parents

Class 2: Pregnancy and Intuitive Preparation for Birth

  • Eating right for you and baby
  • Optimal fetal positioning for an easier birth
  • Common pregnancy discomforts
  • Fear in labor and the fight or flight response and ways to work with fear
  • The roles of hormones in labor
  • Stages and phases of labor

Class 3: Labor & Comfort for You & Your Birth Partner

  • Building your birth team
  • Communication and decision-making with your team
  • Comfort measures for each part of labor
  • Ways your partner can verbally support you
  • Ways your partner can help when the going gets tough
  • Setting up your home
  • Creating a hospital transfer plan

Just wanted to let you know we had our baby! He was born on Sunday the 7th at 1pm, 6 pounds 4 ounces 19 inches. We decided to name him Arlyle Emile Lizotte.  Labor and delivery went great. The techniques you taught us definitely helped! Arsene was an amazing partner during the whole thing! I actually delivered so quickly that I didn’t make it into the birthing tub and delivered on the birthing stool instead which I loved! I also believe that, thanks to the different positions you showed us, I was able to slowly open and let baby move out at a good pace which kept me from tearing.

- Vi, Arsene, and baby Arlyle, August 2018

Comprehensive Homebirth Education for the Seacoast of NH and southern ME

 

We know you probably have some fears, anxieties, and a lot of questions about your pregnancy and your upcoming birth. As certified and experienced birth doulas and childbirth educators, we have a lot of information, guidance, and encouragement to offer. We’ve created this series so that you will be prepared for whatever may come your way on the day your child is born and the days immediately after.

We believe that childbirth education should be comprehensive, interactive, and fun. This series will offer you a wealth of good information, help you develop a toolbox of effective comfort techniques, help your partner gain confidence in supporting you, and provide you with knowledge of the birth process so you can trust labor and trust yourself. We want you to leave this series with great information as well as excitement about this momentous occasion in your life!

The class will take place in a comfortable setting, and with a few other couples in the series, you will have the opportunity to meet other parents-to-be who have a similar vision for their births while still being in an intimate enough setting to ask questions and practice hands-on techniques.

We have seen what a profound impact birthing experiences can have on the rest of a family’s life together and, through this home birth class series, we strive to help families prepare for a birth experience in which they feel strong, confident, and trusted. ~ Taylor & Jo

Ready to join us?

Taylor is a certified birth doula and childbirth educator with Doula Trainings International, as well as a doula educator with the same organization.  She is the leader of ICAN of the Seacoast (International Cesarean Awareness Network).  Taylor is also the co-founder of New Mama Project.  She has attended home births as a doula and birthed her 3rd child at home, after a primary cesarean and an un-medicated hospital VBAC.  She believes strongly in evidence-based support for birthing families, the autonomy of birthing families, and radical love and support for them as they walk the path into parenthood.

Jo Kilburn has been a birth doula and childbirth educator for 15 years. She had both her daughters at home and after 13 years in San Diego attending births in hospitals, birth centers and home, now only works with home birthing families. She is the admin for the FB page, Seacoast Birth Network, and on the board of Portlands Community Doula Birth Program. She is passionate about educating birthing families giving them knowledge and support that can elevate their birthing experience.

 

Do you have more questions?

If you need more information to be sure this series is the right fit for you, we’d love to chat!

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This series will fully prepare you and your family for your upcoming home birth.

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