Our Childbirth Essentials curriculum equips families with evidence-based education. While we are familiar with various birth methods (ex. Bradley Method, Hypnobirth, Lamaze), we believe that every couple develops their own personal approach to birth, based upon their hopes for the experience and what they learn about the possibilities. Because our educators are also birth attendants, our frequent experiences supporting families in diverse circumstances continues to ensure that our curriculum offers the most up to date information on childbirth.

NOVA offers both a 5-week comprehensive course, and as well as weekend workshops!

Childbirth Essentials Course Topics

Birth as a Normal Process • Mind-Body Connection • Anatomy & Physiology • How Fear Affects Labor • Anxiety Triggers • The Power of Hormones • Breathing for Birth • Relaxation Techniques • Choosing Your Birth Team • Vocalization in Birth • Optimal Fetal Positioning • Birth Preparation Exercises • Choosing Birth Preferences • Positions for Birth • Informed Choice in Birth •
Your Childbearing Rights • Comfort Measures • The Golden Hour(s) • Newborn Procedures •
Birth Recovery • Newborn Care • Breastfeeding • Benefits of Skin to Skin •
The Fourth Trimester • Interventions: Benefits & Risks


*NEW* Weekend Workshops

These 2-hour Saturday workshops are perfect for those that cannot commit to a 5-week course!

You Got This: Stages Of Labor & Coping Techniques

Trust, Relax & Release: Finding Your Rhythm in Birth

Baby’s Here!: Newborn Care & Confident Parenting

Nourishing & Nurturing: Breastfeeding Essentials

 
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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
— W.B. Yeats
 
Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers — strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their
inner strength.
— Barbara Katz Rothman