Childbirth Education

Our compassionate care philosophy: We want you to feel confident in the information you learn about childbirth, confident in your body’s ability to birth a baby, and confident in your ability to ask questions of your providers and make decisions with your partner during childbirth.

 

How can a birth class help you and your partner prepare for baby? If I have a doula, aren’t I all set?

 While childbirth education and labor doula support may seem similar, we consider them complementary to a well-rounded preparation for childbirth. We teach several different types of childbirth education at Apple Birth & Wellness, and the one thing in common is that you get a lot of informational bang for your buck by attending a birth class. As doulas, we’re going to assume that you know the basics of childbirth, so we can delve deeper into our relationship with clients in the actual labor and delivery room.

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REAL TALK TRANSLATION:

Knowledge is power. “Dr. Google,” however, is not necessarily the most helpful of resources. Our birthing classes are all the birth prep you need. We’ll guide you in group or private classes with evidence-based information, and answer all of your questions about pain management. We don’t have an agenda for your birth; our goal is to help you feel more “ready” for your baby’s arrival and you know the right questions to ask of your providers.

 

Birthing Classes in Washington DC and Northern Virginia

COVID-19 Update: We have currently suspended in-person childbirth classes, and gone to an online birthing class format for our popular childbirth express class, Having a Baby: From Soup to Nuts! 

The curriculum, taught by co-owner Stephanie Cruse is a mashup of all of our favorite things we’ve learned over time, from BirthWorks and Lamaze educator trainings, to Prenatal Yoga Teacher Trainings. Our signature class gives you over 6 hours of total content, and is $250.

Prior Having a Baby: From Soup to Nuts!

EVIDENCE-BASED INFORMATION DELIVERED WITH OUR SIGNATURE REAL-TALK TEACHING STYLE

Class Topics include:

– Knowing if it’s Labor & When to Go to the Hospital

– Stages of Labor & Pushing

– Comfort Measures & Breathing for Birth

– Pain Management & Preparing Your Partner

– Medical Interventions & Complications

– The Golden Hour, First Feeding, & Your Hospital Postpartum Stay

INCLUDED IN YOUR CLASS:

– Space for you and your +1

– Digital copies of all handouts/slides covered in this class

– A curated goody bag of labor & delivery essentials, mailed to you!

About your instructor:

Stephanie Cruse (co-owner of Apple Birth & Wellness) certified as a childbirth educator through BirthWorks International in 2014, has been a birth doula since 2015 with just over 50 births under her belt, and has been teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga since 2014.

Stephanie jumped into birth work after she had her son in 2012, and experienced a challenging time with breastfeeding and postpartum depression. Since then, she has been a strong advocate for perinatal wellness, and has specialty trainings in supporting clients with anxiety (pre-existing or perinatally), and trauma-informed support. Her jam is nonjudgmental support and helping you find your perfect mindset for birth. While she misses teaching birthing classes in person, she enjoys the challenge of making birth classes fun and informative online!

Pricing – $250

2020 Weekend Birth Class Dates:

Weekend of 10/2 – Saturday 10/3, 12-4pm & Sunday 10/4, 4-7pm – Register here

Weekend of 11/13 – Saturday 11/14, 12-4pm & Sunday 11/15, 4-7pm – Register here

Weekend of 12/11 – Saturday 12/12, 12-4pm & Sunday 12/13, 4-7pm – Register here

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