“Sharon has such an authentic, awesome personality…she’s a straight-shooter and she kept us entertained (great sense of humor) while endowing us with a solid understanding of what to expect during labor and birth. I learned so much that I was worried it’d be difficult to retain all the fantastic knowledge! I would take the class again just to embed the information further. I’m most thankful for the education–specifically the anatomical and physiological portions–that gave me the confidence to know my body is fully capable of a healthy and natural delivery. Very empowering.” – Olivia Howell
Congratulation on this new baby joining your family! An exciting time! I invite you to join other pregnant families in a seven week journey through a community based Lamaze childbirth class. You may be choosing to give birth at home, in a birth center birth or at a hospital. This Birth and Baby YOUR Way childbirth class series in Ballard will leave you confident, excited and fully prepared to birth and parent your baby YOUR Way.
Lamaze childbirth education is built on the Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices. These evidence-based practices, adapted from the World Health Organization, promote, protect and support natural, safe and healthy birth. Lamaze education upholds these fundamentals:
Your Birth & Baby YOUR Way class series will be based on the following principles:
- Evidence-based pregnancy, birth and parenting practices that are supported by research and facilitated by an experienced and skilled childbirth educator.
- Navigate all of your options, and their benefits and drawbacks.
- Empower yourself as you explore how your body was designed for birth, and encourage yourself to work with your body’s natural abilities.
- Practice strategies for comfort and coping with pain during labor, reducing unnecessary medical interventions, and receiving continuous support during labor and birth.
- Plan for bonding between you and your baby, with the importance of skin-to-skin contact and time to get to know your new baby after birth.
This seven week series includes newborn care and breastfeeding, so you are fully prepared for your labor, birth and the first weeks and months of life with a new baby. There are 17.5 hours of class instruction along with a 2 hour reunion.
Share your learning and class experience with other families making the same plans for an outstanding childbirth experience. This is the class you don’t want to miss. My classes are highly interactive, full of fun and interesting activities, community building and laughter while always focused on best practice and evidence based care. You will find my classroom and teaching style comfortable and welcoming to all families – including families of color, LGBTQ+, single parents and more. Meet and create a community of friends who share your desire for a safe and healthy birth.
Our class text, Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn is included in the class series price and supplements class activities and learning. Recommended supplemental text is The Birth Partner, by Penny Simkin. Additionally receive worksheets and informational resources during our class activities.
Each class cohort enjoys a private Facebook Group where members can build community, connect with each other and myself, receive additional links and information, ask questions between classes and share birth stories and tales of parenting. All my classes continue to meet post birth for community and sharing experiences as the babies grow.
At our last class, we schedule a future in-person reunion to meet all the babies and share updates on life with a new baby!
In addition to Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn, every family receives a “Birth & Baby YOUR Way” labor kit filled with useful tools to reduce discomfort and help you cope with labor, along with additional handouts and informational sheets. The cost for this 7 week Lamaze Birth & Baby YOUR Way series is $300. It is your registration and payment in full that holds your spot in the class. This series routinely fills, so please register early to confirm your spot.
There is a $100 fee if you cancel after registering. If you birth early or have other special circumstances, please contact me to discuss your situation on a case by case basis.
The 2017 dates that for Lamaze Birth and Baby YOUR Way childbirth classes at at the comfortable Muza Education Center in Ballard are:
- Mondays, 1/9/17 through 2/20/17, 6:30-9:00
- Mondays, 3/6/17 through 4/17/17, 6:30-9:00
- Wednesdays 4/26/17 through 6/7/17, 6:30-9:00
- Thursdays 6/15/17 through 7/27/17, 6:30-9:00
- Wednesdays 8/23/17 through 10/4/17, 6:30-9:00
- Mondays 10/30/17 through 12/11/17, 6:30-9:00
2017 Birth and Baby YOUR Way Classes
Due to the nature of the class, the classroom layout and out of consideration for other families, please make arrangements for any other children to be cared for off site.