Update! I am no longer teaching for Pregnancy Arts as Deb has retired from CBE and commenced her career as a Certified Nurse Midwife! It’s very exciting for her, and our area is very lucky to have her in that roll. Therefore, I will continue teaching at Ypsi-Arbor Childbirth Education, Ariana and my joint venture. Check us out!
I get to teach childbirth education! This has been a dream for awhile, and while I have taught a few private classes here and there, I haven’t found a class model that I really wanted to teach in a group setting. Well, that’s not quite true, but the style of class I wanted to teach was already being taught, and by a fabulous, inspirational teacher.
Deb Rhizal, of Pregnancy Arts and Mara’s World, a doula, mother, and wellness coach, has the most fantastic, evidence-based, and feel good class I have attended. So much of her class has gone directly to my clients, as I try to emulate the feelings I left her class with, and share them with new families as they ask me questions about what to expect, and how to manage labor, birth, and the postpartum time.
Recently, Deb has been super busy with all sorts of new life adventures and letting go of the 6 week course was a necessary change to her schedule. I jumped on the opportunity! I believe this class, Birth and the First Three Months is important to have in our local Childbirth Education resource list. I think that it is essential to have available to help families really prepare, to be empowered to make the right choices for them and their birth. So, I asked if there was a way I could be entrusted with her curriculum, and continue to share it with the community. And she said YES!
The reason this class is so great is that it does an amazing job of speaking to all people. We all come to pregnancy and birth from a different place, with different stories, and different belief structures. This class can speak to everyone, from those planning a home birth, to those who feel most comfortable in the care of an OB. It covers labor and birth, but also the postpartum time, as families really do the hard work of adjusting to the major changes that come when you add another (tiny) person into the fold. This class is truly about encouraging women to do their research, both by reading, and asking questions, but also by looking inside and seeing what feels best.
So, here we are, just a month away from the start of class, and I am so excited! I am working on perfecting my presentations, and getting some feedback as I go along. It is going to happen, and I am so honored to get to work for Pregnancy Arts in this way. Check out all the great information Deb has on her website about the class, and please let your friends know that there is a really great class starting up again this fall! Registration is on the Pregnancy Arts website. I will be teaching at Indigo Forest in Ann Arbor.
Deb also teaches this class in a condensed version, as well as a breastfeeding class. Check those out too!