Brave Birth Class Descriptions

Pregnancy Preparation

Brave Childbirth Education Workshop

One 8-Hour Class, taught by Kelly Greblo
Whether you are planning an in or out of hospital birth you will benefit from attending our one-day childbirth education workshop intensive. You can come to discuss your questions and curiosities about labor and birth, build confidence in your body's ability, and have time together with your partner/support person for hands-on practice for your labor. Different aspects of the birth process will be discussed, some breastfeeding and postpartum basics, as well as pain relief options, relaxation techniques, and routine policies and practices that you can expect at your chosen place of birth.

$155 for families OR $145 for Brave Birth families
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT $10 off if registered by one week prior to start date
Click here to register! Questions? Email kelly@bravebirth.com

MindfulNest Childbirth Education (two 4.5-hour classes)

Two 4.5-Hour Classes, taught by Nicolette Wessling & Megan Peterson
The techniques learned in this class have the ability to reduce anxiety & stress, contribute to a healthy pregnancy, increase connection in your family, reduce pain during labor, enhance your immunity and improve child outcomes. SESSION ONE focuses on pregnancy, building your nest! In preparing for the arrival of your babe, often you hear about nesting in your home, but what about nesting in your body? We will: 1. Lay the groundwork for mindfulness practices, 2. Increase your ability to cope with discomfort with practical tools that fit into everyday life, 3. Functional movement in pregnancy & preparing the pelvis for birth, 4. Navigate new household challenges and joys, while staying connected to yourself & your family. Session One also focuses on early labor. Your egg is about to crack! Anchor into the unknowns of early labor. As the arrival of your babe draws closer, what can you do as a household to gain confidence and prepare for the unfamiliar terrain of early labor? We will: 1. Learn the stages of dilation/effacement and the variations of normal, 2. Recognize the emotions & physical sensations common in this stage, 3. How to create a birthing environment that’s supportive of your family’s needs. SESSION TWO focuses on active labor and birth. It takes a village to hatch an egg! Find calm and confidence during active labor and the birth of your baby. The energetic atmosphere of your chosen place of delivery can directly impact your birth experience. How can you implement the tools you’ve practiced to set the tone for a supportive atmosphere? We will: 1. Address fears & create individualized pathways for Relaxation- Comfort- Confidence, 2. Learn about the role and importance of hormones in labor, 3. Establish trust in your clinical care team, 4. Transition & the birth of your baby. Session Two also focuses on the 4th Trimester (Postpartum). Create support systems within your family and friend circles in order to promote self-care. Turns out they were right... taking care of baby IS A FULL TIME JOB. The identity of parenthood does not overshadow who you are as a person in the world. Creating space for your continued growth as an individual is paramount to your well-being as a parent. We will: 1. Understand & meet the needs of your family’s new normal, 2. Access your internal tool kit to ride the waves of new parenthood, 3. Recognize your baby’s transitions from womb to world & how to best support them. This class includes a mix of lecture, discussion, media, movement and relaxation techniques. It is ideal for anyone who is either birthing or supporting the labor of a loved one.

$195 for families OR $175 for Brave Birth families. (HSA reimbursement via superbill)
FOR REGISTRATION or QUESTIONS please email: mindfulnesteducation@gmail.com

Brave Labor Positions

One 2-Hour Class, taught by Kelly Greblo
Labor and birth require a lot of physical and mental preparation. As you get ready for your upcoming birth, you will want to have a variety of comfort measures and coping techniques in your labor toolbox so that you and your support team can be as prepared as possible. Learning helpful labor positions and strategies to promote labor progress will allow your body to work with your baby toward a safe and healthy birth. Prepare yourself and receive guidance on how to prepare your team to support you!

$55 for families OR $45 for Brave Birth families
Click here to register! Questions? Email kelly@bravebirth.com

Pelvic Floor Health: Holistic Self-Care Workshop

One 2-Hour Class, taught by Kelley Burke & Megan Peterson
This workshop offers a safe, supportive space to meet with other postpartum or pregnant parents interested in learning more about their pelvic floor health. Topics we will cover: 1. Basic anatomy and function of the pelvic floor, 2. What to expect after pregnancy and birth, 3. Accessible exercises and life style modifications to incorporate for improving pelvic floor function. Common concerns addressed include general pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, pain with sex, low back and hip pain.

$20 per person
To register email: kelley@bravebirth.com or megan@bravebirth.com

Pregnancy circle

Twice A Month Gathering facilitated by Brave Birth Doulas
Pregnancy Circles are held at our beautiful Brave Birth Studio and occur at 7pm on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. They are free to all Brave Birth families (i.e., people who have hired a Brave Birth doula) and they're facilitated by our amazing birth doulas. Pregnancy Circles offer opportunities for you and your partner to spend additional time with your doula, connect with other expecting parents, meet the back-up doulas, ask questions, and share whatever is on your hearts and minds. They also provide you with a safe space in which triumphs and challenges can be shared and met with respect and understanding.

*Only for Brave Birth families; FREE for anyone who’s hired a Brave Birth doula

Postpartum Preparation

Brave Babe Care

One 3-Hour Class, taught by Kelly Greblo
Whether this is your first baby or your fifth, we invite you to brush up on the basics of caring for your new babe(s)! We'll chat about everything from bonding to swaddling, diapering to safe sleep. Gain confidence in your new role, spend time with other parents, and gather with your Brave Birth Doulas!

$85 for families OR $75 for Brave Birth families
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT $5 off if registered by one week prior to start date
Click here to register! Questions? Email kelly@bravebirth.com

Brave Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding

One 3-Hour Class, taught by Kelly Greblo
Surprisingly, about three quarters of postpartum families have breastfeeding/chestfeeding challenges. This three hour course will discuss the basics of breastfeeding/chestfeeding, nursing positions, the early days of breastfeeding/chestfeeding, breast/chest pumps, pumping for your baby, and more. The breastfeeding/chestfeeding relationship between a family and their child is an experience to be treasured. Join us and bring your questions, concerns, and curiosities around breastfeeding/chestfeeding and we will explore how to navigate the sometimes tricky postpartum world of feeding your baby.

Please bring a baby-sized doll/stuffed animal to class, thank you!
$95 for families OR $85 for Brave Birth families
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT $5 off if registered by one week prior to start date
Click here to register! Questions? Email kelly@bravebirth.com


Pelvic Floor Health: Holistic Self-Care Workshop

One 2-Hour Class, taught by Kelley Burke & Megan Peterson
This workshop offers a safe, supportive space to meet with other postpartum or pregnant parents interested in learning more about their pelvic floor health. Topics we will cover: 1. Basic anatomy and function of the pelvic floor, 2. What to expect after pregnancy and birth, 3. Accessible exercises and life style modifications to incorporate for improving pelvic floor function. Common concerns addressed include general pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, pain with sex, low back and hip pain.

$20 per person
To register email: kelley@bravebirth.com or megan@bravebirth.com


Becoming Us AFTER BABY

Four 2-Hour Classes taught by Barb Buckner Suarez
The Becoming Us AFTER Baby series has been specifically designed to address the challenges that new parents are already facing as they’ve been thrust into parenthood with less than ideal preparation and support. They’re wanting to do more than just survive parenthood, they want to build a family that thrives. In these classes you’ll discover… how to manage the unexpected, ways to support your whole family as you move through this huge life transformation, routines that will support you, your partner and your growing baby’s health and well-being, how to better adjust to your new normal, how to baby-proof your relationship, do conflict well, and connect and reconnect through your life-long parenting journey! You may have taken childbirth and breastfeeding classes to prepare for your baby — but have you prepared your relationship for this transition from couple to family? Barb Buckner Suárez is one of the first Health Educators in the world to be offering these group classes! She’s been teaching them as a pilot program through Legacy Health System since April 2017, and now she’s also stepping into the community in order to increase the availability and awareness of this most important work. Click on any of the dates below to register for either the BEFORE or AFTER baby classes. Please note: the BEFORE classes are intended for those parents who are either expecting a baby, or are in the process of becoming parents for the first time. The AFTER classes are intended for those couples already parenting. I have had brand new parents as well as parents of toddlers attending these AFTER classes. Quiet babes in arms are welcome to attend. I look forward to working with you! (Cost of the class includes a copy of the book, Becoming Us, and all other class materials.)

$195 for families OR $175 for Brave Birth families
To register go to https://bbsuarez.com/events/bu-before-after-baby-classes/

PARENT circle

Weekly Gathering facilitated by Brave Birth Doulas
Once you've given birth, your family gets to attend our free Parent Circles, which meet weekly at 10am on Tuesday mornings. These Circles are casual, judgement-free gatherings in which multitasking is the norm. Over cups of coffee and morning snacks, parents are breastfeeding, bottle feeding, changing diapers, exchanging information and resources, and speaking from their hearts. Parent Circles are facilitated by our knowledgable postpartum doulas and offer opportunities for you, and your partner, and your baby to spend additional time with your birth doula and meet postpartum doulas who you might want to hire. A Lactation Consultant is also present at each Parent Circle to assist with basic breastfeeding challenges and provide weight checks for your baby, which can be an invaluable source of reassurance for new parents. During the tender postpartum you might need a safe place to share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences more than ever, and there's nothing quite as validating as offering up something tender to a room full of people all nodding their heads, relating to every word you say. 

*Only for Brave Birth families; FREE for anyone who’s hired a Brave Birth doula

Yoga & Movement Classes

Prenatal Yoga

Weekly 1-Hour Class taught by Megan Peterson
This class is open to anyone in or outside the Brave Birth community. Yoga, pregnancy and birth weave together so beautifully! The Brave Birth prenatal yoga classes allow space to embrace the mental, emotional and physical changes that accompany pregnancy. Classes will include time to connect with other pregnant people, effective core strengthening to support the changing pregnant body, postures that can aid in optimal fetal positioning and will conclude with restorative poses for deep rest.  The skills learned from one's practice can be invaluable during labor and for the journey ahead. This class is for all levels of yoga experience.

*First class is free for Brave Birth Community members with free class card.
$15 - Drop-in ~ $60 - 5 Class Pass ~ $100 - 10 Class Pass

Postpartum Movement

Weekly 1-Hour Class taught by Megan Peterson
This class is open to anyone in or outside the Brave Birth community and will offer space to explore the body’s new normal with curiosity and kindness. The class will include pelvic floor and core awareness and strengthening, movement to support a human who now has a tiny human attached to them, and space for deep rest. There will probably be giggles as well. This class is just for the postpartum parent, it is not a baby and me class.

*First class is free for Brave Birth Community members with free class card.
$15 - Drop-in ~ $60 - 5 Class Pass ~ $100 - 10 Class Pass


Flow & restore

Weekly 1-Hour Class taught by Megan Peterson
This class is open to anyone in or outside the Brave Birth community. This includes, but is not limited to, pregnant folks, non-pregnant parents-to-be, the *postpartum student, students who are new to yoga, and the seasoned practitioner.  
*This class is recommended for postpartum students who have first taken postpartum movement.

*First class is free for Brave Birth Community members with free class card.
$15 - Drop-in ~ $60 - 5 Class Pass ~ $100 - 10 Class Pass

Doula Continuing Education Classes

Doula-ing the Doula: A Self-Care Workshop for Birth Workers

One 2-Hour Class taught by Megan Peterson
This workshop, led by Brave Birth Doula & Yoga Therapist, Megan Peterson, will offer birth workers a space to give back to themselves. Birth work can be joy-filled, shockingly beautiful, awe-inspiring and also challenging, unpredictable and tiring. This workshop will cover the following: 1. Movement & mindfulness practices to reduce strain on the body during a birth, 2. How to utilize these practices with the birthing person during labor, 3. Nervous system regulation, 4. A full restorative yoga practice to connect and recharge. These simple techniques can be utilized in regular life to support the doula with on-call life and birth timelines.

$35 per person
Send any questions to megan@bravebirth.com and to register click here.

Doula Drop-In Mentoring

One 2-Hour Class taught by Rebecca Durlin Smith & Brooke Noli
Becoming a seasoned doula takes time and experience. Mentorship can increase your effectiveness as a birth   worker and offer essential guidance in developing the art of your doula care. Brooke Noli and Rebecca Durlin Smith have 23 years of collective doula experience that we want   to share with you. Please join us for an informal group mentoring session that will include opportunities for: Questions:  You’ve got questions, we’ve probably got answers. Bring your doula inquiries to the circle. Topics:  Want more info about a particular doula topic? Other doulas probably want to know more too, let’s talk about it. Case Supervision: Births, clients, and medical professionals can present unexpected challenges. If you’re trying to gain insight into a recent work challenge or wonder how you might better navigate similar situations in the future, bring your case scenario to the group for supervision and collaborative learning.

$20 per person
To register send a note to brookenoli@gmail.com or rdurlinsmith@gmail.com

Trauma-Informed Care for Doulas

One 4-Hour Class taught by Brooke Noli
Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) for doulas is an approach to serving clients that understands how previous traumatic events can impact a person’s experiences during the course of pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. When doulas understand the tenets of TIC and how to implement them, we can be influential in helping clients avoid or minimize potential trauma triggers and support their efforts to create a safe and empowered birth experience. In this class we will explore the following topics: 1. Core principles of TIC and how doulas can implement them into practice, 2. How to ask clients about and appropriately respond to trauma disclosures, 3. Common ways in which birth and maternity care can trigger trauma, 4. Creating individualized TIC safety plans with clients to avoid triggers, 5. Recognizing when a client might be triggered and how to reestablish safety

$80 per person
To register send a note to brookenoli@gmail.com