Embracing Birth Services

Jodi Bubenzer, Childbirth Educator and Doula 

what are embracing birth classes all about??

Are you looking for a childbirth class that focuses on birth as a normal event, practical ways to cope with labor, tips for a smooth transition into parenthood, helping you to understand your birthing choices, and building your confidence in preparing for this life-changing event?  

My classes, Embracing Birth Classes,  are based on the six healthy birth practices of Lamaze International which has influenced the American College of Obstetricians and Gynocologists (ACOG) to recently promote similar practices.  
The Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices help simplify the birth process with a natural approach that helps alleviate fears and manage pain. Regardless of the baby’s size, labor’s length and complexity, or the mother's confidence level, these care practices will help keep labor and birth as safe and healthy as possible. These are:

Healthy Birth Practice 1: Let labor begin on its own 
Healthy Birth Practice 2: Walk, move around and change positions throughout labor
Healthy Birth Practice 3: Bring a loved one, friend or doula for continuous support
Healthy Birth Practice 4: Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary
Healthy Birth Practice 5: Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your body's urges to push
Healthy Birth Practice 6: Keep mother and baby together - It's best for mother, baby and breastfeeding

Embracing Birth Classes:

  • are recommended by the UW Health Midwives, the Madison Midwives (affliated with Physicians for Women), many local Obstetricians and local Home Birth Midwives 
  • are more than just a series of videos or a run-down of all the things that can go wrong. 
  • use a variety of teaching methods:  discussion on normal birth, how to ask questions and get answers, positive and encouraging DVDs, how to cope with unexpected surprises, medication options in the hospital, postpartum connections and tips for a smoother transition into parenthood! We spend much of our time out of our chairs, practicing techniques to help with labor, birth, and beyond!

Embracing Birth Classes help you:

  • Learn and implement skills in Mindfulness that will help you throughout your life as a new parent 
  • Create a birth plan that reflects your desires and intentions
  • Understand and implement pain-coping practices, including: relaxation, breathing, massage, hydrotherapy, visualization and much more through lots of hands on practice during EACH class
  • Recognize that for most, labor is painful, but it is also NORMAL, and much can be done to reduce suffering
  • Gain confidence and alleviate fears
  • Actively involve your chosen partner(s) in the process by focusing on what he/she can do to help through the process

Embracing Birth Classes offer:

  • Open, honest discussion with lots of time for questions and answers
  •  A childbirth educator and doula with 24 years experience who is passionate about birth and guiding women/couples through this amazing time  in their lives
  •  A welcoming environment for all women/couples, whether they choose to birth in a hospital, birth center, or at home
  • LGBTQ Friendly

**Classes are held from 630 to 830pm each week of the series. We meet at the UW West Clinic at 451 Junction Road in Madison.  Class is $150 for the series.