PRENATAL CLASSES

Prenatal Classes for your Heart & Mind!

Our Facilitators

We handpicked this fantastic team of doulas, facilitators and mentors to support your family.

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Morag Hastings

Owner and Facilitator

Morag is an educator, doula and birth photographer from Galiano Island off the coast of B.C. where she grew up viewing birth as a normal, natural process. As a mother of three, Morag has the first-hand experience in what it’s like to be a birthing woman and new parent. She always shares this insight with extremely refreshing, no-holds-barred honesty and humour.

 

Her work with her busy doula and birth photography business, Apple Blossom Families has not only helped individual families to have more positive births but also has been hugely successful at increasing awareness of normal birth and breastfeeding practices through her photography since 2010.

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Dori Harrison

Facilitator

Dori brings warm and practical energy to all that she does. As an artist and mother, she has an amazing ability to tap into the power of both intuition and self-belief, and to share this power with those in her classes. With a wide and open smile, Dori helps new families consider how they might cope with the unknown experiences of birth and new parenting.

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Judy McLaren

BIrthing From Within

Mentor

I am a seasoned birth doula, breastfeeding counselor, and a certified Birthing from Within childbirth educator. Always having an interest in maternal health, I was drawn into full time birth work through the quality care I received in my first birth, now a seasoned mother of three wonderful children. Birthing from Within has truly revolutionized my Doula care, facilitating, mentoring and motherhood. I love how it helps you go beyond the surface to your intuitive knowing, and offers a chance to practice the mindset needed to birth, no matter what happens and no matter what you decide. 

Your prenatal class will include:

 

  • Small classes of 6-8 couples ensure a personal approach.

  • Stages of labour & birth

  • Learn & practice pain-coping approaches

  • Creating a supportive environment at home and hospital

  • Affirming partner’s role and needs

  • Birth fears, cesarean birth, and informed consent

  • Baby care basics & breastfeeding

  • Postpartum health and transition to parenthood

  • Special PDF Resource Guide

  • Exclusive pain-coping audio CD for practice at home.

What Makes Us Unique?


Like most prenatal classes, we cover:

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  • Stages of labour

  • Fetal positioning  

  • Comfort measures – TENS, tapes, visualizations, water, acupuncture  

  • Physical labour support – massage and positions

  • Timing – calling care providers, going to the hospital

  • Pain medications – options and procedures

  • Cesarean birth – what to expect

  • The first 24 hours

  • Breastfeeding

  • Babycare

  • Postpartum – mom’s recovery and healing

 

However, we also go further, and cover: 

  • Hormones of labour

  • Pain coping practices

  • Emotional labour support – communication and creating a connection

  • Pain medication – tips for partners, making the choice

  • Coping with anxiety and fear

  • Dealing with the unexpected

  • Building a positive dynamic with your care team

  • Culture of birth – dealing with judgement, opinions, and expectations

  • Cesarean birth – enhancing the OR birth experience

  • Postpartum – partner support

  • Inclusion and roles of the birth partners

  • Community resources.