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Thoughtful Childbirth Education Retreat


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Typically offered on three separate nights, this one-day event allows attendees to complete all three classes of our comprehensive education course in just one day!

This class is taught by Lisa Warner, RN, and Jennie Rader, RN. It will be held at Sacred Roots Midwifery & Birth Center.

There is no additional fee for Sacred Roots clients. The fee for non-clients is $250. Please call 317-437-3681 to reserve your spot.

Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please plan to pack your lunch or venture out to a nearby restaurant. We will break for lunch from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

About the course:
This course presents a comprehensive, holistic approach to preparing for labor, birth, and beyond. We will learn through discussion, personal reflection, videos, and activities, including relaxation practice.

Section One: The Birth Process
We will explore the anatomy, physiology, behaviors, and emotions of labor and birth. We will discuss the influences that lead to the start of labor, take a look at the characteristics of each stage of labor, and help partners brainstorm ways that they can provide support throughout labor and birth. We will also explore variations that can occur during labor and discuss steps you can take to evaluate the necessity for intervention.

Section Two: Making Choices and Finding Comfort
We will discuss attitudes and beliefs about birth and factors that influence those beliefs. We will explore the many choices you have for your birth experience and how to evaluate your goals and priorities. We will discuss important steps you can take during pregnancy and labor to achieve a joyful, natural birth experience. We will explore the complex interaction between the mind and body during labor and review ways to minimize labor pain and increase the efficiency of labor contractions. We will spend time practicing various positions for labor and birth, visualizations/scripts and comfort techniques together with your partner.

Section Three: Following the Birth
We will spend time discussing postpartum adjustments, physical recovery and emotions, including ways to set boundaries and help lower the stress of this time as much as possible. We will discuss newborn care practices as well as typical newborn abilities and physical characteristics. Infused in these topics are tips to make this transitional time go as smoothly as possible.