This comfort measures and labor support workshop provides you with specific tools for coping with labor, providing partner support, and navigating your birth setting. We will cover some basic tips for pre-labor, early labor, and active labor, focusing on supportive body positioning to reduce discomfort and promote smooth labor progress. We will also review basic breathing and massage techniques to help you manage your labor, and practice important 3rd trimester pregnancy exercises that aid in a more comfortable end of pregnancy experience. We will offer specific tips and techniques for partners, so they can help "make it better." Please dress comfortably for sitting on the floor and practicing labor.
For experienced parents using this class as a Birthing Refresher, additional childbirth classes may not be necessary unless you're planning for a different kind of birth or postpartum experience. For first-time parents, this workshop is intended as an addition to your childbirth series, not as a stand-alone class. The Labor Workshop is like a dress rehearsal—putting what you've learned (and more, specific skills) into practice, reinforcing your classroom learning and giving you a feel for the rhythm of labor. We recommend pairing this workshop with one of our specialized childbirth series. Birth partners will leave feeling accomplished and prepared for the big birthday!