In addition to the childbirth education options already offered (HypnoBirthing® or comprehensive group courses) Balanced Birth Support also offers the additional prenatal services and workshops. Each service and workshop is independently designed (but can be combined) to help you prepare for the birth of your baby and your first months together. All group workshops are located at Body in Balance Center (unless otherwise stated) in Alexandria convenient to DC, MD and Virginia.

Comfort Measures

This 3-hour fun, interactive, hands-on comfort measures class will provide techniques to pregnant women and their partners to prepare them for their upcoming birth. The class is intended for families that are preparing for all kinds of birth; un-medicated, medicated, spontaneous, induction, home, hospital, birth center etc. This class is also ideal for second time families looking for a refresher birth course. You will leave feeling prepared and confident. Investment of the class includes 2 people, a workbook and handouts to use during labor.

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  • You will learn:

    *breathing techniques *relaxation techniques
    *how to use a rebozo
    *peanut ball
    *birth ball
    *positions for comfort and progress during labor
    *positions for pushing
    *practical comfort measures *partner involvement with use of comfort measures
    *massage techniques
    *laboring in bed
    *laboring at home
    *laboring at hospital
    *laboring with an epidural
    *hydro therapy for comfort
    *and so much more!

  • 2017 schedule:

    February 21st
    June 20th
    October 24th

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HypnoBirthing Skills/Refresher

This group course is offered to families who have taken a HypnoBirthing with a prior pregnancy OR for families who have taken another form of childbirth class and interested in HypnoBirthing skills only.

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  • You will learn:

    *techniques for deep relaxation to help you eliminate the Fear-Tension-Pain cycle
    *to create your body’s own natural relaxant
    *how you and your birthing companion can create a birthing environment that is calm, serene and joyful, rather than tense and stressful
    *gentle birthing techniques that allow you to breathe your baby, letting the natural expulsive reflex guide the pushing phase *breathing techniques to aid in relaxation and calm
    *guided visualizations and deepening techniques specific for the birthing process
    *so much more

  • 2017 schedule:

    April 18th
    August 22nd
    November 14th

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Prenatal Doula

This option is designed for those who do not want or feel they need an extra support person at their birth but would like support navigating through pregnancy and preparing for birth

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  • You will receive:

    *two in home visits to discuss birth visions,  partner involvement, birth location, care provider, overview of labor, comfort measures what to expect after birth, newborn procedures etc
    *resource list of area providers including beneficial information applicable before, during and after birth
    *access via text/email for questions/concerns before and after baby is born
    *Quick access to evidence based research and articles to help you navigate through any prenatal decisions that may arise
    *birth preference sheet preparation
    *Unbiased and evidence based information
    *Constant encouragement

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Newborn Care

2.5 hour class preparing you for the first 6 weeks after your baby is born. Class includes a resource list of area providers including suggested post partum doulas, a workbook containing all materials covered in class, handouts for easy access after baby is born, access via email for questions/concerns before and after baby is born (24-48 hour response time)

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  • You will learn

    *hospital procedures after birth
    *first 48 hours
    *basic breastfeeding or bottle feeding
    *pumping
    *diapering
    *cloth
    *diapering
    *cord care
    *baby essentials
    *bathing
    *sleep
    *soothing
    *communicating with baby

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Birth Preparation

Virtual preparation regarding your options during your pregnancy and birth

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  • You will receive:

    *Via telephone we will discuss what your visions are for your birth, your options, terminology and their meanings (ex; IFM, AROM, vitamin K etc) specifically for your birth
    *I will guide you through the process of starting and preparing your birth plan giving you tips and important information to include so that it is actually read and appreciated during your birth
    *You will also receive example stock birth plans for your review  that have been very well received among local Obstetricians and Midwives
    *Email communication to answer questions and help with ongoing birth preference revisions

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Cesarean Birth Preparation

Via telephone we will discuss what your visions are for your birth and options specific to your family and birthing location.

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  • You will receive

    *We will discuss with you the process of a cesarean birth
    *How you can still remain calm and in control before, during after.
    *We will discuss how to enjoy the immediate postpartum period.
    *We will talk about what questions to ask your care provider before, during and after your baby’s birth and prepare a birth preference sheet together and
    discuss newborn procedures.

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