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.
Home Birth Series Information
April Session 2018:
Sundays, April 8, 15, 22, and 29 from 2 – 4:30pm
*This series is ideal for families with due dates between mid-May and mid-July.*
June Session 2018:
Sundays, June 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 2 – 4:30pm
*This series is ideal for families with due dates between mid-July and mid-September.*
Location: The Sonatina Center, 750 Central Avenue, Unit U, Dover, NH 03820
Cost: $300 per pregnant person
Join us for this comprehensive childbirth education series created specifically for home birthers!
Home Birth Series Content
Class 1: Intuitive Preparation for Birth & Your Pregnant Body
- Eating right for you and baby
- Optimal fetal positioning for an easier birth
- Fear in labor and the fight or flight response and ways to work with fear
- The roles of hormones in labor
- Common pregnancy discomforts
Class 2: Preparing your Home & Family for Birth
- Stages and phases of labor
- Building your birth team
- Communication with your birth team
- Setting up your home
- Making a hospital transfer plan
Labor & Comfort for You & Your Birth Partner
- Comfort measures you can use during each part of labor
- Comfort measures your companion can use during each part of labor
- Ways your companion can verbally support you
- Ways your partner can help you when the going gets tough
Class 4: Newborn Care, Postpartum, and Healing
- Communication and a new normal for you and your partner
- Caring for baby (sleep, feeding, diapering, cord care, bathing, newborn procedures)
- Caring for you
- Creation of a postpartum wellness plan
- The baby blues and signs and symptoms of postpartum mood disorders
- Connecting with other new parents
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 2-5 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.
We hope you’ll join us and we look forward to meeting you! ~ Taylor & Jo
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.