Birthing Naturally: Partner Supported Childbirth Class

Lori has been working as a birth professional in the Bay Area since 1998.  She has been a certified childbirth instructor affiliated with The Bradley Method® of Natural Childbirth from 1998-2011.  Lori is intimately familiar with The Bradley Method® (having taught these classes for 13 years and personally delivered all 4 of her children naturally using this method) and currently continues to teach Natural Childbirth Classes that focus on the partner’s role in supporting the pregnant and laboring mother.

At Early Advantage® we recognize that reducing unnecessary interventions, active involvement of the parents, and making informed decisions are important goals for most expectant parents. Our classes help prepare families to feel empowered to make educated decisions, to trust in their bodies, and to maintain the respect and integrity for the natural process of labor and birth.

We incorporate simple and thorough techniques that encourage women to channel their confidence, strength, and relaxed disposition that most women already posses and allow these attributes to carry them through the process of labor and birth. The information, activities, and videos shown help couples develop realistic expectations and learn practical tools that minimize discomfort while allowing labor to progress smoothly.

This course includes time for parents to prepare mentally, physically, and emotionally by improving and mastering various relaxation techniques coupled with natural abdominal breathing.  These exercises are vital to parents who wish to allow themselves the ability to let go and surrender to the beautiful unfolding of birth. The birthing partner/coach will use the information and tools learned to maintain an active role in supporting mom during pregnancy, labor and birth.

Our course includes 8 weeks of instruction, a book or ‘Study Guide’, helpful resources, and instruction in coach/partner preparedness, proper exercise and nutrition, anatomy and physiology of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd stage labor, evidence based care (objectively discussing the effects, benefits, risks, and alternatives of interventions and medications for both mother and infant), complications and cesarean sections, compiling birth preferences (also known as a birth plan) as a family, and postpartum preparation including infant care, supplies, and breastfeeding.  Relaxation techniques and childbirth videos are also included.

Classes have a minimum of 3 and maximum of 8 couples to allow for optimal interaction with the material and other participants. We recommend scheduling this class to end by 35-37 weeks of gestation. Advance registration is required.

Class Dates 2017

Location(s):

Harmony Birth & Family
621 E Campbell Ave. Ste. 14
Campbell, Ca. 95008
(408) 370-3702

or

Blossom Birth Services 
505 Barron Ave
Palo Alto Ca 94306
(650) 321-2326

Instructor: Lori Ismail CBE

Schedule: Eight-week course (one evening per week) on either a Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday

Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Price: Harmony Class $450 per mom or couple (plus $25 materials fee due to the instructor on the first night of class)

Price: Blossom Class $475 per mom or couple (plus $22 materials fee due to the instructor on the first night of class)

Materials: The materials fee is due to the instructor on the first night of class. This fee covers the cost of the Study Guide that will be supplied to students on the first night of class. The class fee includes all other materials and instruction.

To register, please click on the date below:

Location         Dates

Blossom         Sunday’s Jan 8 – Feb 26 – Full

Harmony        Thursday’s Jan 12 – March 2

Blossom         Wednesday’s Feb 15 – April 5 – 2 avail

Harmony        Thursday’s March 23 – May 11 – Full

Blossom         Sunday’s March 26 – May 14

Blossom         Wednesday’s May 3 – June 21

Blossom         Sunday’s June 11 – Aug 6 (Skip 6/25) – Full

Harmony        Thursday’s June 15 – Aug 3 – Full

Blossom         Wednesday’s Aug 2 – Sep 20

Harmony        Thursday’s Aug 24 – Oct 12

Harmony        Tuesday’s Sep 5 – Oct 24

Blossom         Sunday’s Sep 10 – Oct 29

Blossom         Wednesday’s Oct 25 – Dec 20 (Skip 11/22)

Harmony        Thursday’s Oct 26 – Dec 21 (Skip 11/23)

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

A refund can be made only if completed at least two weeks prior to the start date of the class in which you are enrolled.  This is due to our commitment to small class sizes and because our staff commits to each class based on a minimum enrollment being met.  Last minute cancellations or no-shows would leave empty spots other families could have taken.

We are sorry, but we cannot pro-rate the cost of a series if you must miss one or more session(s).  Our fee remains the same due to small class sizes, class supplies, use of the room, registration, and overhead.