Childbirth Education Group Class – BIRTHING FROM WITHIN™

I am a Childbirth Education Mentor for Birthing From Within™. Birthing from Within™ classes are an extraordinary childbirth preparation based on the revolutionary book by the same name, written by Pam England, a midwife. Pam’s unique approach to childbirth offers compassionate and helpful ways to prepare for the birth of your baby and new parenthood. In this class you’ll learn about the physiological, mental and emotional aspects of labor and birth. We will learn how to understand and process the instinctual aspects of childbirth through creative exercises and multi-sensory experiences. We will explore multiple approaches to labor and birth, how labor works, what it looks and feels like, comfort measures and positions for labor, and practice proven techniques for coping with pain. These classes are taught as a 5 week series or a one-day intensive.

Private Childbirth Education in your home

By offering private childbirth education, I can tailor the material to focus on what you and your partner want to learn, while ensuring that you receive thorough information about the birthing process. Gain the knowledge and confidence you need to have the birth you want, and do it in the comfortable and familiar setting of your own home.

Some topics I cover are:

  • stages of labor, what they are and how to navigate them
  • positions for labor and birth
  • comfort measures and coping practices
  • breathing techniques
  • the role of the partner
  • different types of birth
  • use of interventions/options
  • infant feeding
  • postpartum care
  • …and more
Breastfeeding – The Basics and Beyond

As a trained breastfeeding specialist and educator, I will help to prepare you for a successful and rewarding breastfeeding experience and get you and your baby off to a great start. Your partner or a supportive friend or family member is encouraged to accompany you. Although breastfeeding is a wonderful and natural experience, studies have shown that mothers who have taken a class are more likely to meet their own breastfeeding goals.

The 2.5 hour class covers:

  • Physiology of breastfeeding
  • Correct positioning and latch
  • Feeding cues
  • Avoiding common pitfalls
  • How to build a healthy milk supply
  • Pumping
  • Educational and resource materials
Private Breastfeeding Education in your home

Gain the confidence and tools you need to set up a successful breastfeeding relationship with your baby. As a trained breastfeeding specialist and educator, I will customize this education to meet your specific needs and do it in the privacy of your own home. I will help you prepare for your breastfeeding experience with encouragement and instruction so that you will have a successful and enjoyable start to nursing. Breastfeeding is a wonderful and natural experience but not always an easy one.

Bringing Home Baby

Are you nervous about what to do once you bring your baby home or do you just simply want to learn more about newborn care, the prizes and the pitfalls? This hands-on class will help alleviate parent jitters and teach you about baby care basics.

Some topics included in this 3 hour class are:

  • What to expect from your newborn in the first few weeks
  • What’s normal newborn behavior and when to call the pediatrician
  • Holding and swaddling
  • Feeding
  • Bathing and diapering
  • Calming techniques
  • Sleeping and safety
  • You’re the best decision I’ve ever made. You exceeded all of our expectations. Your knowledge and support gave me the confidence to believe I could have the birth I wanted. AND I DID! I’m so happy you were with us. Your constant comfort and knowing the right thing to say just when I’d need it the most, is not something that you can learn. It just comes so naturally to you. You’re amazing. Thank you from our little family.
  • I can’t say enough great things about Carole. We hired her because of her experience being a nurse. She is so knowledgeable and was always able to answer our questions. She is warm, caring and very organized. She took such good care of me. I cannot imagine having my baby without her.
  • I planned to interview at least 3 doulas and Carole was my first. After only 1 hour with her, she made me and my husband feel so confident, that we canceled all the other interviews and hired her immediately. She was so helpful during my pregnancy, always available to answer any questions and during my birth she was right by my side. She not only helped me, but took care of my husband too and coached him how to help me. Carole’s support was invaluable. Hire her!
  • When I started looking for a doula, I asked everyone I knew and Carole’s name kept popping up. My labor was tough and long and Carole was with me every step of the way. I don’t know what I would have done without her. I really wanted a natural birth and would not have been able to have that without Carole’s support and experience. She’s a “labor-whisperer”. She was so nurturing and kept the whole room calm. She was great with all of the nurses and doctors. She’s an excellent doula and a wonderful person.