Whether you are looking for childbirth classes in Spokane or you would rather not cross the Idaho-state border & you want to stay closer to your Coeur d’Alene home for your birth classes….you’ve come to the right place.
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You’ll be spending a lot of time with your childbirth educator (in some cases, more time than with your midwife/OB) and you want to know that your time and investment are well-spent so you come away from class feeling confident, calm and empowered to achieve your birthing goals.
In this online only program, you're going to learn not just the tools you need to give birth with confidence, but walk away with answers to all your questions about postpartum lactation, newborn care, and early parenting as well.
My friend, we need to have a serious heart-to-heart and I need you to listen to what I am about to say with an open heart and an open mind…the extent of your childbirth preparation absolutely cannot be a 2-4 hour workshop. It simply cannot be a one and done class just so you can check off a box on the “before baby checklist” you found online.
You cannot truly call that box “complete” without unbiased information, physical training and mental preparation. I get it….if you are pregnant for the first time, it’s hard to fathom how much your life is about to change. How impactful your birth experience will have on the rest of your life. How mothering will deeply touch, shape and change your heart and soul. But the truth is, most people spend months or even years planning their wedding day and next to no real time planning for birth. Trust me when I say- you will always remember your Birthing Day…make it worth remembering fondly by investing in the experience and yourself.
I was a new-to-Spokane military spouse living in a hotel near Fairchild Air Force Base with my two small children, a medium-sized dog (who hated me following her around on the leash while she peed in the field behind our hotel for three months).
With base-housing overcrowded and the Spokane housing market moving fast, we had high hopes of landing our dream home on the Upper South Hill of Spokane when we discovered another life plot-twist.
It turns out, I was in my first trimester with our third baby, and I knew I wanted to plan a homebirth with a midwife (we just had to find a place to call home first).
Here's how the tabs work (click down the tabs to see local classes in order):
I am in my____ 1st, 2nd, 3rd trimester.
I am planning a ____ (home, birth center, hospital) birth
in ____ (Washington or Northern Idaho).
I am looking for a ___ (1 day, short series, comprehensive)
_____ (in-person or online) birth class
that meets _______ (time, day or week)
As a young birth professional “growing up” in my career path in OKC, I became dear friends with so many midwives, doulas and lactation consultants but I felt a little lost trying to find pregnancy & birth resources in Spokane when I first arrived here.
Nearly five years later, I did all the hard work networking with my amazing colleagues who also teach birth classes in the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene area and created this handy-dandy tool to help you find the best childbirth class for your needs and wants.
Basically, it’s like one of those madlib things: you fill in the blanks using the filters to the left and I’ll introduce you to your very own Birth & Baby Planner (like a wedding planner but for mamas and babies)...
help me find childbirth educators in spokane/cda
No. Lamaze is one specific brand of childbirth curriculum that was one of the forerunners in establishing childbirth education as a norm for expecting families when partners were first allowed/invited into the birthing room. You may have a heard of the “hee-hee-who” breathing techniques of days gone by (they don’t teach it that way anymore). Lamaze has developed into a reputable childbirth education organization over the years, but other organizations and even independent instructors also offer valuable information. If you are considering a specific brand-name birth class like Lamaze classes, I encourage you to check out the organization’s and instructor’s websites to get an idea of what you could expect to learn.
Even if you've given birth before, having a birth class to attend regularly is a nice way to commit to yourself and your partner in preparing for birth together. It gives you the opportunity to focus on the changes your life and relationship is about to undergo, time to bond with the baby, to practice relaxation, comfort measures and communication together. A time to talk through fears and concerns, a time to prioritize your birth and postpartum preferences and consider your options together. In fact, even if you have already taken a birth class or given birth before, this course is unlike any other birth class you’ve heard of because it address all aspects of your holistic pregnancy, empowered birthing, peaceful postpartum recovery and mindful mothering. I am certain you will learn something new in The Birth of a Mother program as an experienced birther and to be honest, even if you have taken this exact course previously, you will likely still have a lot of self-exploration to work through and still find it incredibly beneficial the 2nd+ time around (especially if you are planning a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) or have previous birth trauma). Remember, every pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience is unique, regardless of how many times you have been through it.
I can almost guarantee your out-of-hospital provider *expects* you to become an informed consumer. They likely assume that by making the choice to give birth at home or in a birthing center, you are commiting to obtaining a full understanding of physiologically normal birth and its variations.. They expect you to develop coping skills, to ask thorough questions, to do everything in your personal power to maintain a healthy pregnancy. This is an important responsibility you have taken on by choosing Out-Of-Hospital birth. Congratulations on your dedication.
Do yourself and your doula a favor and take a birth class from an independent (not employed by the hospital) instructor. Think of me as the educator at base camp while your doula is more like the birth sherpa. You're trained and ready for all possible scenarios in my classroom, but your doula is the guide who is experienced with all the trails along the way. They know where the trail steepens, the tree roots might trip you up, where previous travelers needed extra encouragement and they'll hold your hand all the way to the top. Childbirth education is not a replacement for doulas and it sure does make your doula's job easier if they're not trying to introduce brand-new information to you in the heat of the moment. We're basically like a dream team, at your service.
Many authors present themselves as birth experts but continue to perpetuate myths and untruths. Media is notorious for portraying birth as something scary, embarrassing, a medical emergency or worse- all of the above. Your late-night googling doesn't come with fitness demos, other expecting couples to bond with over yummy food and fun demos and a holistic exploration of all facets of growing & nurturing a baby and understanding your own MotherJourney along the way. In this class, we will discuss the history of birth, unpack those myths & learn how the way we view birth molds our birthing experience.
Many insurance companies/policies cover childbirth education and doula care as a reimbursable expense through “Wellness services” or “preventative health care”. Professionally, I have a national provider indicator. (NPI) signifying my work as a full service doula. While I cannot guarantee what kind of benefits you may receive, I'm happy to provide an itemized super bill for your paid in full services and help guide you through the process of submitting for reimbursement. I also have a few tricks for claims denials, including form letters and telephone scripts for you to use. If you have an FSA/HSA that covers a service you are interested in, my payment processing system will accept the account number in the same way you would process over their credit or debit.
Birth classes are definitely worth the cost investment.
The Birth of a Mother course
When you register for “The Birth of a Mother” comprehensive pregnancy and postpartum program, you will get access to a complete and exclusive prenatal yoga class that follows the course curriculum throughout your entire pregnancy journey.