A Guide to Instinctive Childbirth Class

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PREPARE FOR YOUR BIRTH…

Homespun offers a two session childbirth ed class. We host these workshops to help families prepare for the momentous experience of bringing their baby into the world!

Our class is structured around the foundational belief that knowledge is powerful at averting fear, as well as the fact that giving birth is a natural physiological process. This class prepares birthing people and their supporters by equipping them with education on their birth journey.

Our hope is that participants can ask questions, express fears and anxieties, and gain a thorough understanding of the labor, birth and postpartum process. This class is available to all parents-to-be and is suited for people who are birthing at home, in a birth center, or in the hospital. Eight total hours of instruction, in two four-hour sessions. The class will cover:

  • The physiologic and anatomical transformation for natural labor and birth to occur

  • What the potential sensations and experiences are to expect in labor, birth and postpartum

  • Methods to preserve energy for the marathon of labor

  • Labor coping strategies, including hands on skills and breathing techniques

  • Birth positions and how to prevent tearing

  • Concrete ways for support people to encourage the laboring person

  • Common interventions and their risks and benefits

  • What to expect if you need to have a cesarean section birth

  • Getting started with breastfeeding

  • Newborn care basics

upcoming classes:

  • JULY: Sunday 7/7/19 & Sunday 7/14/19 from 9am-1pm

  • SEPTEMBER: Sunday 9/8/19 & Sunday 9/15/19 from 9am-1pm

Please inquire about private classes and reach out if you have more questions!


Labor Doula Support

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Doulas are experts in birth and can accompany you through your birth journey by providing physical and emotional support. We serve as your personal guide through the adventurous journey of birth. We may suggest positions to ease pain or encourage progress, offer massage or touch, remind you of your strength and shower you with positive affirmations. Doulas differ from midwives in that they do not provide medical care, and are not primary health care providers.

We acknowledge that many of our clients are partnered, and we help facilitate the partner's engagement to the level that is comfortable for the laboring parent. Every birther is different and, each birth has its own unique journey. Your doula will support you as your story unfolds. Whether you plan to birth under the care of a midwife or obstetrician, at home or in a hospital, a doula can be an amazing source of support for your family! Doula care has shown to decrease the need for pain medications in labor and to decrease the rates of cesarean birth! What you get with our Labor Doula Package:

  • Free 1 hour Consultation to see if we are a good fit

  • Prenatal Visits: two 1-hour prenatal appointments. We spend time together getting to know one another and crafting a personalized birth plan. We discuss comfort measures and strategize how to create a birth atmosphere that feels safe, supportive and empowering to you.

  • Labor & Birth: Beginning at 37 weeks, we will be on-call for you and will remain available 24/7 until the birth of your baby. Once your labor begins, we will join and support you for the duration of labor & birth. After birth, we stay to help make sure breastfeeding is established and ensure you are well cared for.

  • Postpartum Visits: One postpartum visit within the first 2 weeks. We can answer questions about breastfeeding and newborn care, as well as provide community resources to you for the journey ahead.


Placenta Encapsulation

While it may sound strange, ingesting one's own placenta can be the perfect medicine for a postpartum mama! Most mammals eat their placentas right after giving birth. While this is not common among modern humans, there is still a way to benefit from placenta medicine. 

The placenta is an organ that is full of hormones, iron, protein, and other nutrients that are depleted after the birth process. By dehydrating and encapsulating the placenta, it can be taken as a supplement during the postpartum time. 

While this practice remains largely unstudied, women who consume placenta medicine report the following:

  • Increase breast milk production

  • Increases overall energy

  • Promotes hormonal balance

  • Decrease likelihood of Postpartum Emotional Disorders (PPED)

  • Decreases risk of anemia

  • Decrease likelihood of insomnia or sleep disorders

  • Reduces postpartum bleeding

  • Reduces stress levels

  • Improves appearance of skin, hair, and nails

If the following is true, placental medicine may be especially beneficial for you:

  • History of depression and/or postpartum emotional disorders

  • History of low milk supply

  • Postpartum hemorrhage

  • History of anemia in current pregnancy

Avoid taking placenta medicine if the following is true for you:

  • Chronic plugged ducts

  • Mastitis

  • Illness, including the common cold, flu, or other infection

  • If placenta medicine gives you too much energy, avoid taking before bed