Whether this is your first pregnancy, or your tenth - you deserve to feel prepared, educated, and confident about your birth!
Finding reliable, evidence-based information can be overwhelming and time-consuming. The internet is full of conflicting advice and biased viewpoints; this makes it even more difficult to find a childbirth curriculum that you can trust.
Maybe you are a married woman, and planning on having the support of your spouse during your birth.
Maybe you are a single parent, leaning on your best friend.
Maybe you are a member of the LGBTQ community,
or a gestational carrier, helping others to grow their family.
Not everyone's pregnancy, birth, and postpartum will look the same.
There are hundreds of options for childbirth classes, and finding the one that's right for YOU can be difficult.
There are the hospital-based "be a good patient" classes; expensive and time-consuming group classes; some of them promoting a specific "method" of childbirth, focused on those only wanting a natural, unmedicated birth; possibly showing a bias against medicated or surgical birth options; or even courses with an underlying religious agenda.
The majority of childbirth classes tend to be biased toward straight, white, cis-gendered, married couples - referring to everyone as "mommies and daddies", and completely disregarding a population of birthing people who deserve to be acknowledged and treated with respect.
There are MANY different ways that babies come into this world, and your birth experience may not look like anyone else's. And that's OK!
You shouldn't feel shamed for your choices, or like an "outsider" as you navigate your birthing community.
Take Control of Your Birth!
This comprehensive curriculum gives you the tools and information that you need in order to plan and prepare for YOUR unique birth experience. We'll discuss what's considered "normal", what your options are, and weigh the evidence, including benefits and risks, so that you can make INFORMED decisions about your care.
This course is perfect for anyone just now planning to start a family; for those who are currently pregnant and preparing for birth; for couples, single parents, surrogates, and support partners; and the language and images used throughout the course are inclusive of families from all walks of life - including the LGBTQ community, POC, single parents, and those with disabilities. Representation matters!
Whether you are planning on a natural, unmedicated home birth; an epidural at the hospital; a scheduled cesarean birth; a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC); or, maybe you're just wanting to learn more about your options; no matter what you're wanting your outcome to look like, this course is for you!
Holistic Childbirth Preparation is a comprehensive, inclusive, and self-paced childbirth class; available in the comfort of your own home!
You'll have instant access to all 10 modules, and you can work at your own pace in the comfort of your own home. No more long night classes, scheduling conflicts, long drives to a group class, or making small talk with strangers in an awkward group class setting. The course content can be viewed on the desktop website, using a tablet, OR take your coursework on-the-go using the mobile app!
You will also have LIFETIME ACCESS to this content - including any future updates to the curriculum - so you can come back and review modules at any time, or re-take the course during a future pregnancy!
Plus - the cost of your enrollment may be partially or fully covered by your FSA/HSA!
You will have lifetime access to this
self-paced, comprehensive e-Course!
10 Learning Modules
Videos, Reading, Hands-on Exercises, Resources, Links, and Quizzes
Printable Course Workbook
Birth Planning Worksheet
To-Do checklists to prepare you for pregnancy, birth, baby, and postpartum recovery
Cheat Sheets for you and your partner to use in labor
View on a desktop computer, tablet, OR on your mobile device using the app!
Access to my private Facebook student community
...and more, all for just $297!
What Will We Cover?
Module 1: A Brief History of Birth
Module 2: Fertility & Conception
Module 3: Pregnancy & Prenatal Care
Module 4: CENTER Yourself for Birth
Module 5: The Physiologic Birth Process
Module 6: The Golden Hour
Module 7: Variations of Normal Birth
Module 8: Comfort Measures for Birth
Module 9: Postpartum Recovery & Baby Care
Module 10: Tips for Support Partners
Prefer Printed Workbooks?
Digital copies of the Childbirth Preparation Workbook are availble for download as part of the Holistic Childbirth Preparation course (and to print at home if you would prefer.) However, if you would also like to have physical copies that are printed, bound, and shipped straight to your door - you can order them here!
For just $30 (shipping included), you will receive 2 copies of the workbook - one for you, and one for your birth partner - so that you can both work through the course together.
“If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any.”
- Diana Korte
Sometimes, we really don't know what WE DON'T KNOW!
Most childbirth classes will cover the stages of labor, a variety of comfort measures, and what to expect at your birth place. But this does more than just prepare you physically... The Holistic Childbirth Preparation course takes a deeper dive into the ways that you can prepare yourself to feel ready and confident for your birth, including personality styles, identifying your needs, methods for communicating with your partner and your birth team, visualization exercises for practicing relaxation, and more!
This is not a birth "method", because there is no "right" way to give birth.
I'm here to provide you with the tools that you need to be able to make informed decisions, so that you can have the birth that YOU want!
We will cover it ALL!
* The history of birth
* The U.S. maternal health crisis
* Understanding fertility and conception
* Common discomforts of pregnancy, including remedies
* How to build your birth team
* What to expect in your prenatal care
* Advocating for yourself - Informed Consent and Refusal
* How to prepare for birth - physically, mentally, emotionally, and practically
* Understanding your personality & communicating your needs
* How contractions & cervical dilation work
* The stages of labor
* How to know what's normal - and what's NOT
* Exploring the Benefits vs. Risks of different interventions
* Comfort measures, labor positions, and pain medication
* Preparing for your postpartum recovery
* Breast/Chestfeeding Basics
* Basic Baby Care
* Setting healthy boundaries for visitors
* The role of the support partner
Holistic Childbirth Preparation includes everything you need!
* 100% online and on YOUR schedule!
* Taught by a certified doula and childbirth educator
* Designed for both you and your birth partner to work through together
* 10 complete modules of video content
* A printable Parent Workbook to guide you through the course
* Multiple checklists for packing your birth bags, preparing your home, and more
* "Cheat sheets" to help you navigate your labor and birth
* Work through the course however and whenever you like - using a computer, tablet, or download the mobile app!
Certified Doula, Childbirth Educator,
& Holistic Sleep Coach
I'm a certified doula and educator who has supported numerous families in their parenting journeys. Since 2015, I've been helping families to achieve the birth they want, care for their babies (and themselves!), and to get better sleep!
I'm passionate about providing the families that I support with the education, options, and resources that new parents are seeking in order to empower themselves through the most transformative experiences of their lives.
"Even though I’d given birth before, there were SO MANY things that I wish I’d known the first time around. Taking your childbirth class really helped me to better prepare for our next birth!"
"Katie knows the value of nonjudgmental support and recognizes that every family is on a unique journey and deserves to have someone in their corner. I love knowing that there are wonderful and knowledgeable doulas like Katie out there."
"Thank you Katie! I feel so much more prepared now that I know what to expect when we arrive at the hospital."
"She ensures that you get the information & care best designed for you!"
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why should I take a childbirth class?
Studies show that parents who attended a prenatal childbirth class had lower rates of preterm birth, lower rates of cesarean birth, are less likely to have their labor induced, improved communication with their partner & care provider, and felt more confident in their birthing experience!
When should I start my childbirth class?
Ideally, the earlier in pregnancy, the better - before the third trimester if possible, so that you have plenty of time to focus on each module. However, no matter how late you start, you will still benefit from taking a childbirth class!
I'm planning on a scheduled cesarean birth. Is this course right for me?
Of course! This is not an outcome-focused "method" of childbirth; instead, my aim is to arm you with the evidence-based information that you will need to make informed choices in your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience. You will learn how to identify what's normal, and what's NOT; proper prenatal nutrition & exercise; how to communicate with your birth team; how to prepare yourself for your postpartum recovery; and SO MUCH MORE!
What do I get when I enroll?
The minute you enroll, you will have full access to all of the modules and downloads. You can work through the course on your computer, tablet, or mobile device - whatever works for you!
The course workbook will be available for download as a PDF file, which you can print out at your convenience; or if you prefer, you can also order physical copies of the workbook separately.
Can I pay for this course using my FSA or HSA card?
Yes - this course is eligible for reimbursement by most plans! You can process payment through your FSA or HSA in one of two ways:
- Pay your enrollment fee using your FSA/HSA card via this Square link, or via paypal.me/emdoula, and make sure to include in the notes: "Holistic Childbirth Preparation Course", plus your name, and the email address that you are enrolling with. Once the payment is processed, you will be sent an itemized invoice, and manually enrolled in the course.
- Enroll online using your personal credit or debit card, and then you will need to submit a request for reimbursement from your company.
You will likely require an itemized receipt; please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org after purchasing the course, and I can then send you an updated receipt showing the necessary information (my tax ID & NPI number, diagnosis & procedure codes, etc.)
Your company may also require a "Letter of Medical Necessity" from your doctor or midwife - this is basically just a statement including your medical condition (pregnancy), why the expense is required (preparing for childbirth), and how this expense meets your needs (providing childbirth education.) You can print a Medical Necessity form HERE.
How long will I have access to the course content?
Once you enroll, you will have LIFETIME ACCESS - including any future updates to the curriculum - so you can come back and review modules at any time, or re-take the course during a future pregnancy!
How long does it take to complete this course?
That is completely up to you! If you're starting early in pregnancy, maybe you will plan to do a few lessons a week. Or, you might choose to work through the entire course in a week; it all depends on your experience, your learning style, and your pregnancy.
Can I work through this course all on my own?
Absolutely! There's no requirement that you have a partner in order to enroll in this course; however, you will certainly benefit greatly from working through it with a partner - whether that person is your spouse, significant other, a friend, parent, family member, or your doula.
How should I plan to work through the material?
This will vary based on your individual learning style, schedule, and how far you are into your pregnancy - but I recommend setting aside a pre-scheduled time every week for you and your partner to watch the videos, work through the reflection exercises, and review the resources. You will retain the information better if you try not to cram it all into a few short days.
Can I share this course with my friends and family?
Please don't share your course login with anyone other than your birth partner; however, if you enjoyed this course and would like to recommend it to friends and family, you can join the Affiliate Program to earn commissions on your referrals!
PLEASE NOTE: Information contained in the courses belonging to the Holistic Parenting School at holisticparentingschool.com, by Katie Miles - CD, SBD, ISE, CYBE, is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as a substitute for medical advice from a healthcare professional.
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