Most classes essentially "give you a fish" by teaching you the hormones, the stages of labor, facts about interventions, birth statistics, etc. But when you actually get to the labor room you feel like this expectant mom:
"I always left those classes without really knowing how to help myself during that intense moment of labor and birth. I didn't know how to use the knowledge in practice."
As a Holistic Birth Consultant and now a Holistic Midwifery student, I have spent over 10 years reflecting on my own home birth experiences, talking with hundreds of parents who have been through birth - the good and the difficult - and searched through time and across cultures for other perspectives and approaches to natural birth. With all that information, I developed a system of childbirth education that teaches you "how to fish", that becomes your constant North Star, so when you leave your classes, you will know exactly what to do and say in any situation to be truly empowered in birth.
The women I work with know that birth is the time to let their inner and outer beauty shine, to connect with their inner strength and to develop the confidence in themselves they know is just under the surface and ready to emerge.
You start your program with a personal assessment to uncover what we call your compass direction & strength so you can customize your course and preparations around your most important needs.
Your course will become more customized as you learn more about yourself, your communication style, your coping mechanisms and how all these factors will appear in your birth.
Your birth partner has a course and short assessment as well so they can learn the same language and communication skill you are learning making you a more empowered team together.
The course is structured to be a hybrid of on-demand courses and virtual, live Q&A sessions so you can go at your own pace and still have access to certified birth professionals to answer all your questions in a safe and private environment.
The skills you learn and the insight you uncover about yourself will continue to serve you and your family long after your birth
"It [The Natural Birth Compass Program] feels like a really big gift...it almost scares me to think about what the birth of our second child could have looked like!" ~Starre
What makes an effective birth environment and why what you think you need might be wrong.
What to do to encourage your labor to start on time (without castor oil, dates, Pitocin or other things you don't want!).
The most important thing you need to understand to keep your birth in your control, and why not knowing this leaves your birth up to your care provider.
The communication techniques that will work in any birth situation to get you the answers you need.
The one thing your birth partner needs to know to be the support person you can depend on.
View our class modules on the courses page.
Don't want a status quo birth left to fate and the decisions of their providers.
Want to understand the birth cycle at a deep level that empowers them with knowledge beyond the traditional childbirth class.
Know that there is more to birth than hormones, breathing and stages of labor.
Want a class that sets them up for more than just a transformational birth experience; those who want to use the lessons of birth to become more conscientious and prepared parents.
Thought they were prepared after taking a childbirth class, reading the books, and researching online, but it wasn't enough.
Unknowingly set themselves up for failure by focusing on the wrong information.
Handed authority to their care provider without even knowing it.
Reached the end of their birth and their care providers didn't stick to the promises they made.
Were not prepared for unexpected problems that required interventions they were hoping to avoid and they didn't know how to navigate through them.
Didn't want to repeat the mistakes they made in their first birth.
You want to take a class in birth anatomy and physiology: after years of teaching an average childbirth class, we realized that wasting time and brain space teaching the names and actions of your hormones does NOT help you during birth, so that is not our focus, but we understand some parents want that style of education - there's lots of classes out there for that, but this is not it.
You want to know every intervention that could come up during birth: we want you to be prepared for birth and have the best communication tools possible to navigate birth rather than worry you with every possible scenario that probably won't even happen if you really understand the true nature of birth, but again, if this is what you feel you want to learn, this class series is not for you.
You want someone to tell you what to do: There is not one way to birth, so there is no one thing I can tell you to do to have a successful birth. Instead, approaching birth using your Natural Birth Compass and your Birth Vision will set you up for the realities of your birth experience.
You don't want to explore yourself as part of your birth preparation: The experience of our students and the outcomes of their births have proven that those who know themselves, their strengths and challenges and how to appreciate them, use them, and prepare for them, they have the most positive and empowered birth experiences. But, it's not everyone's cup of tea, if that's you, this course is not for you.
"I now know that I have choices”
“I feel more prepared to support my wife and communicate with our caregivers”
“I feel ready to handle making decisions that may not be what I first planned”
“This class covered a whole range of topics in ways that weren't covered in other classes”
"I was much more at ease and more emotionally prepared. I felt like I knew what to expect every step of the birth and prepared to take on any challenges thrown my way. That gave me confidence and peace of mind... I was interested to see how focused I became during my labor and my reliance on the compass cycle for recovering for the next contraction." ~Jen
Maria had to move from a home birth to a hospital birth due to pre-eclampsia, her Natural Birth Compass helped her create the birth environment that supported her pain medication-free birth even after a Pitocin induction.
Susan had a calm and controlled VBAC by following her Natural Birth Compass to guide her through her birth, even when her VBAC friendly doctor wasn't available and her doula missed the birth.
Yvonne used her Natural Birth Compass to have her twins vaginally and in a regular labor and delivery room instead of the operating room her doctors wanted her to birth in.
Hundreds of other expectant parents have used their Natural Birth Compass to have calm and confident births in birth centers, hospitals and in the comfort of their own homes, and you can to.
Immediately after you join the course, you will:
Start working on your new vision for your birth by getting clear on what you have thought about birth and seeing what the new possibilities are for your birth.
Take your Natural Birth Compass Assessment so you know your type and can start to use what you learn about your type to inform your birth preparation.
Join the facebook group to start connecting with others going through the course and preparing for their birth so you have a whole community to support your preparations and help you welcome your new one into the world.
Get ready to see the magic of birth through a whole new set of perspectives!
By the time you finish the Natural Birth Compass Program you will:
Understand what your unique needs will be for your birth based on the foundation of your type so you can be prepared for your birth and not just birth in general.
Communicate clearly and easily with your birth partner and your birth team so you don't feel unsupported or overwhelmed at anytime in your birth.
Have the reassurance that you know what to do in any situation because you understand the cycle of birth and how to keep labor on track.
Trust your birth and your body because you know how to assess what is going right and when something might be going wrong for you and your birth.
Have a levelheaded approach to pregnancy, birth, postpartum and newborn care so you can have a more calm and peaceful transition into becoming a mother, whether it's for the first time or if you're adding a new baby to an already busy life.
Feel excitement about your birth and the many new adventures your new family is yet to experience!
How does it work?
The core material is delivered via online video and downloads through our secure student site. Over the duration of your course, you will have multiple opportunities to join group coaching calls online or via the phone to get your questions answered. Additionally, you have access to our birth experts over email so you don't have to worry about missing the answers to anything.
How can I learn about the experience of childbirth online?
The Natural Birth Compass Program is a certified Experience Product®, that means everything we deliver in your course will have your experience in mind. We are confident that our material will exceed your expectations while creating an unforgettable experience, but what is most important to us is that you feel prepared for your birth.
Will this class help me if I am planning a hospital birth?
Yes! The Natural Birth Compass Program will be a great investment in your childbirth preparation for any birth place, home, birth center or hospital. The only pre-requisite is that you must want to be confident in your ability to give birth and be in control of the process so that you can achieve the best outcome possible.
How long have you been teaching?
Our certified birth educators and experts have been educating moms and working hands-on in prenatal care for over 10 years. We have attended home births, birth center births and hospital births and are prepared to help you answer any question you might have so you have the most current information available without having to spend hours on the internet.
What if I have to miss a week?
That's ok! Our course is structured so you can go at your own pace, and you have access to the recordings when you need them, so you can catch up when you are ready, just be sure to get back to it before your due date!
How long do I have access to the course material?
Your access to the course material is active for 12 months so you can review the postpartum material when you need it most. We are adding new material regularly to support both pregnancy, postpartum and newborn care, plus great community support, so many of our parents stick around for awhile.
I am interested in what you teach, but am not sure if I am comfortable with an online format?
We know adjusting to the idea of an online childbirth course can be difficult for some people, but if you make the effort to attend the group calls, interact with the Facebook group and take advantage of our direct access to your birth experts via email, it really does feel like a close community. By the end, we are eagerly awaiting pictures of everyone's newborns and stories of their births! If you are still unsure, we encourage you to contact us via email, we are happy to address any questions or concerns you are feeling and if you would prefer to speak to a live person, just drop us an email letting us know you would like to book a phone call and we will set that up for you.
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