This is a 5 week condensed class. We will meet 5 times (the week day classes meet 7 times) for 3 hours (the week day classes meet for 2.5 hours). We will take a 15 minute break halfway through class. Be sure to take the Second Street bridge so you can avoid the bridge tolls.
At Clark Memorial, we'll be able to go into a labor room during Class 3 to learn about fetal monitoring, how to adjust the bed to support different positions, and we'll talk about ways to make your hospital environment feel more peaceful and conducive to a personalized labor experience.
Empowered Birth is an original Lamaze-inspired curriculum created by Angela Garvin. Empowered Birth classes help parents navigate the journey of labor and birth by providing them with tools they need to make their own decisions. Parents come to class not to memorize and assimilate obstetric information, but to learn how to become active participants in the labor and birth process. Birth is a mystery and no one can tell parents in advance what it will look like and what challenges they may face. In class, parents will learn how to ask questions and make informed decisions. Along the way, moms will build confidence in the natural birth process and partners will build their confidence as they learn to support mom through labor and birth.
Empowered Birth is not a method; women are individuals and as such, will give birth their own way, on their own terms. The goal is to teach moms and partners a wide range of options, encouraging them to draw from a "toolbox" of comfort measures and coping techniques to use during labor. Empowered Birth classes do not focus on a specific outcome, but focus on empowering parents to navigate their labor and birth journey by trusting in the process, asking questions, building their confidence and relying on a toolbox of comfort measures.