Classes

Tour & Orientation to the Birth Center
Includes an overview of the midwifery model of care, New Birth Company philosophy for healthy, natural childbirth and tour of the birth center suites and facility amenities. After the tour, members of our staff are available to meet with you and answer your questions. Offered weekly.

Childbirth Education Part 1 – Labor and Birth
At New Birth Company, we believe natural childbirth is an awe-inspiring physical, emotional and spiritual experience. Therefore, our main goal through childbirth education is to encourage mothers to trust their bodies and train well for the natural process of labor and birth. In this class we will cover labor signs, stages and phases of labor, comfort measures, positions for labor and birth and so much more. We will emphasize ways to decrease stress, promote relaxation, and increase the odds of natural childbirth. It is recommended to complete this class between 32 and 36 weeks of your pregnancy.

Childbirth Education Part 2 – Beyond Birth
Women spend much of their pregnancies planning for their labor and birth. That is only the beginning. “Beyond Birth” will help prepare you for what happens after birth and initial recovery. Families are routinely discharged from the birth center within 4-8 hours following birth. Bearing that in mind, goals for this class include providing you with the confidence and skills necessary to care for yourself and your newborn at home. We will emphasize ways to help mother recover from her pregnancy, bond with baby, and successfully establish breastfeeding. This class is the second class in a two part series.

Childbirth Education 4 Week Series 
The same content as Childbirth Education Parts 1 and 2 taught in a 2 hour format one evening per week, for 4 weeks.

Childbirth Refresher
New Birth Companys refresher class is offered to mothers who have had a previous out-of-hospital birth or a hospital birth without medicinal pain management such as an epidural. We will review natural labor and birth, how to manage the discomforts of labor & birth, and the role of your family and our staff during this time. In addition, we will review care of you and baby immediately after birth, our follow-up plan and surviving the first 48 hours at home.

The Use of Water in Labor and Birth
Women are encouraged to labor in water to ease contractions and to help center their minds on the work of natural childbirth. New Birth Company’s birth suites each have tubs for hydrotherapy and can enable water birth. This class is for moms and 1 guest (Mom’s coach/partner is recommended). Topics for discussion in this class include: the benefits of hydrotherapy, common positions for labor and birth in the water and how to best work with your midwife for safety and comfort. Clients seeking to labor in water or enable water birth are required to attend this class. Please complete in conjunction with or after attending childbirth preparation classes. This class is offered multiple times a month.

Sibling Preparation
This class is designed for siblings, parents and sibling support persons who are planning to be present during the labor and birth. Topics will include how babies grow, preparing for birth, rules and behavior for involvement in birth, how do babies get out, what will be your role during mom’s labor, how do mom’s act in labor and how you can help with a new baby. This class is required for each child who is under age 14 who will be present at birth. Please plan to have the support person who will be responsible for your child during labor join us for the class. Class will include a tour of the birth center. This class is offered monthly.

Introduction to Natural Family Planning/Fertility Awareness
Natural Family Planning/Fertility awareness refers to a set of practices used to determine the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Fertility awareness methods may be used to avoid pregnancy, to achieve pregnancy, or as a way to monitor gynecological health. In this class, each couple will learn how to observe, record and interpret signs of fertility including cervical mucus, basal body temperature, basic cervical changes and cycle length. Special situations that may affect Natural Family Planning such as recent pregnancy and breastfeeding will be discussed as time allows. One registration includes both members of the couple. This class offered monthly.

Breastfeeding Seminar Part #1
This is the first breastfeeding seminar in a two part series. Topics for this seminar include: Prenatal nutrition, bras, breast changes, initial Latch, feeding cues, engorgement, how to tell if baby is getting enough to eat, positions, skin to skin, tools and dad’s role. Offered monthly.

Breastfeeding Seminar Part #2
This seminar is the second in a two part series.  Topics for this seminar include: Troubleshooting, how to help you and your baby get more sleep, managing breast milk supply and flow, breastfeeding in public, pumping, returning to work, bottle feeding, growth spurts and going out. Offered monthly.

What Happens to “Us”? Readying Your Relationship for the New Baby
Every aspect of a couple’s relationship is impacted by the arrival of a baby. The stress and lifestyle changes that pregnancy and a baby bring can often cause strain on the parents’ relationship even at a time that many anticipate to be a joyous and wondrous life transition. In this class, you and your partner will learn how to stay connected after the baby arrives, common relationship pitfalls to avoid as you make the transition to parenthood, and ways to maintain intimacy when one or both of you would rather sleep than have sex. Class is offered every other month.

Pelvic Rehab
The class will review the anatomy/physiology of the postpartum woman, with an emphasis on the low back, pelvis and pelvic floor muscles. It will also include discussions on posture, body mechanics, back pain, incontinence, pain with intercourse, vaginal/pelvic/tailbone pain, etc. Recommendations will be provided on how to remedy these issues and attain good spinal and pelvic fitness after giving birth. Both vaginal and cesarean births will be addressed. Class is offered quarterly.

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Mom’s Group
This group provides a way for moms to get together to share their joys and concerns, find support and encouragement, and a fun way to get out with the kiddos and meet other moms. This group meets weekly.

Breastfeeding Support Group
This group provides a forum for open discussion and assistance with breastfeeding. The group is facilitated by a breastfeeding educator and offered twice a month, the second and fourth Friday of the month at 10 am, at our Overland Park location.

Babywearing International of Kansas City
This group is a babywearing advocacy and education collective to promote the practice of babywearing in the Kansas City area. The mission is to promote safe babywearing in the Kansas City area, provide educational opportunities, and networking with other babywearers. Feel free to join this group that meets the first Thursday of every month at our Overland Park location.

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