Classes and Workshops

To register for an upcoming WMC class or workshop, for class schedules, or more information, contact us!

 Childbirth Preparation Class

Open to couples who are pregnant and in or near their third trimester. This class is a 4 hour class and our instructors are available for private, in-home classes that work around your schedule for an additional fee. Topics covered will include:

  • education about the processes of labor and birth
  • options/interventions available in hospital birth situations
  • benefits and risks associated with many medical procedures and interventions
  • what to expect during labor and birth
  • how to write an effective birth plan
  • non-medicinal pain management and relief techniques
  • birthing positions
  • answer any questions you may have about your upcoming birth

Birth Plan Workshop

Attendees of the Birth Plan Workshop will learn about birth plans, including what they are, how to effectively write one, and our suggested structure for a birth plan. Workshop attendees will, during the workship, write an efficient and effective document and learn how to use their birth plan as a communication tool to facilitate conversations with their care providers. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to submit their birth plan drafts for review by the WMC doulas and can choose a personal consult with a doula to discuss their birth plan for a small fee. The workshop is intended to complement and not replace a childbirth education course and is an excellent choice for couples choosing a hospital birth experience! This class is a 2 hour workshop, and our instructors are available for private, in-home workshops that work around your schedule for an additional fee.

Birth Partners Workshop

Attendees of the Birth Partners Workshop will learn about the benefits of movement and mobility during labor and birth, how to use movement to facilitate labor progress, how to use various commonly available tools to support a laboring woman, suggested positions for labor and how to use them through different stages of labor, accommodations and appropriate positions for both unmedicated and medicated birth and more! The Birth Partners Workshop is intended as a preparation for pregnant women and their birth partners and others who are interested in learning how to use movement and other methods to promote and support no-to-low intervention hospital births. The workshop is intended to complement and not replace comprehensive childbirth education courses. This class is a 2 hour workshop, and our instructors are available for private, in-home workshops that work around your schedule for an additional fee.

Breastfeeding Basics Class

Open parents or parents-to-be who are interested in learning the basics of breastfeeding. This class is a 4 hour class, and our instructors are available for private, in-home classes that work around your schedule for an additional fee. Topics/services included:

  • basic anatomy of the breast
  • physical assessment to rule out flat or inverted nipples and guidance on options if they are found
  • positioning and latch
  • preparing for the best start
  • pumping, storing and using pumped breastmilk
  • a discussion on common breastfeeding problems and how to fix them
  • how to know if your baby is getting enough milk and when to call your healthcare provider
  • Texas laws concerning breastfeeding in public
  • how to talk to family and friends who might be uncomfortable with breastfeeding
  • resource list of local lactation support providers including phone numbers
  • web links to many breastfeeding support resources
  • one in-person consult to assess breastfeeding once your baby is born

Breastfeeding consultation: Heather Thomas & Amy Jones are the Founders and Peer Counselors with the Beaumont Breastfeeding Coalition, and are certified Breastfeeding Counselors through Breastfeeding USA. If you need help breastfeeding, they can help with phone or email support, a Skype consult or meet in person to help you resolve breastfeeding issues. Additionally, you can join the Facebook discussion group for 24/7 access to a thriving community of breastfeeding moms, and access to the other BBC Peer Counselors.

Natural Family Planning

Open to couples who are interested in learning the basics of natural family planning. This class is a 4 hour class, and our instructors are available for private, in-home classes that work around your schedule for an additional fee. Topics covered will include:

  • education on the menstrual cycle
  • how to recognize signs of fertility in women
  • how breastfeeding affects fertility
  • how effective natural family planning methods are in comparison to other family planning methods
  • the “rules” for using natural family planning as a birth control method
  • how to use natural family planning to plan future pregnancies
  • risks associated with and pros and cons of other methods of birth control

 

Newborn Basics/Care of the Newborn

Open to new and expectant parents interested in learning the basics of newborn care. This class is a 3 hour class, and our instructors are available for private, in-home classes that work around your schedule for an additional fee. Topics covered will include:

  • understanding normal infant behavior, communication, appearance and sleep patterns
  • understanding common newborn procedures in the hospital
  • benefits of breastfeeding and resources for finding local help with breastfeeding problems
  • benefits and demonstration of babywearing
  • understanding the basics of diapering, cord care, bathing, and assessment of your baby
  • how to care for the umbilical cord, taking temperatures
  • choosing a pediatrician
  • understanding postpartum adjustment for the whole family
  • newborn warning signs and when to call your doctor

Body Awareness for Girls

This class is open to young women ages 10-17 who are interested in learning about their changing bodies and one female support person. This is a 4 hour class, and our instructors are available for private, in-home classes that work around your schedule for an additional fee. Class fee for one young woman includes her support person.  Topics covered will include:

  • body changes during puberty
  • basic female anatomy
  • overview of the menstrual cycle
  • basic female hygiene, including body odor and how to combat it
  • skin care and the hormonal changes that cause acne
  • dealing with periods and other vaginal discharge including what is and is not normal
  • (optional) discussion on birth control options and learning fertility signals for avoiding pregnancy
  • (optional) sexually-transmitted infections, symptoms, and how to avoid them

 

 

 

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