10 COMPREHENSIVE SECTIONS
Complete perinatal mentoring from early pregnancy through postpartum, breastfeeding, and early parenting
Videos, Resources & Holistic Information
Guidance for Informed Decisions & Human Rights through the childbearing years
Easily navigate to the section you're interested, or start from the very beginning, allowing you to absorb all the information for the moment of this journey you're experiencing
Down-to-earth approach providing logical information in a conversational format
Short videos with to-the-point information for Dads, by Dads, so moms get the support they need
More than evidence-based, providing holistic, herbal, alternative, and self-reliant information for traditional life-centered birth
Comprehensive information for the most unassisted free-birth to informed decisions for medical assisted birth
Birth Class Topic Descriptions
Session 1 - Introduction
Esali Birth Overview - About Esali Birth - What are your goals?
Creating a Relationship - How #TheOxytocinMethod improves your experience of a healthy happy birth
History of Birth - How has history influenced your choices today? Why does birth education matter? How does the industry of birth influence birth experiences?
Session 2 - Choices
Care Providers - Holistic vs. Medical Model of Care - How does your birth team's perspective and experience influence your happy healthy birth?
Birth Locations - How does your birth environment influence your ability to increase oxytocin and naturally progress through labor?
Health & Wellness - Health assessment - Nutritional & Physical Well-being and Guidance - Preparing your mind & body for birth
Session 3 - Pregnancy
Conception - Understanding EDD accuracy and re-framing your perspective for an enjoyable end of pregnancy
Gestation - Baby's development - Physical prenatal body changes
Prenatal Routines - Provider/location routines - Options in prenatal care - Risks/Benefits of Ultrasound & Doppler (and Alternatives)
Session 4 - Choices
Hormonal Patters in Labor - Your biological design for comfort and enjoyment in labor and how this influences your experience as a new mother and breastfeeding
Spontaneous Labor & Birth - #TheOxytocinMethod and how you can work with your body for your happy healthy birth
Relaxation, Low/No-Pain Labor, Doula Support - How relaxation, rituals, rhythms, and support increase your comfort for a happy healthy birth
Session 5 - Labor
Labor Signs - How your body and mind changes at the end of pregnancy - Common experiences in early labor
Birth Team & Birth Environment Influence on Labor - #TheOxytocinMethod of creating a calm and trusting environment, working with your body and understanding common patterns of transforming through the labor experience. Birth partner guidance for comfort and calm. What is baby doing and experiencing in labor?
Transformation of Labor (Physical & Emotional experiences in labor) - How does the mind and body experience labor? What allows our body to progress through labor without intervention? #TheOxytocinMethod of labor comfort, support, and biological understanding and navigating questions and decisions through labor and birth.
Session 6 - Birth
Moments of Birth - Enjoying the first moments with your baby in a calm environment for improved health of the mother and baby. What does it feel like to birth? Understanding birthing (pushing) and knowing how to listen to your instincts for positions, breathing, pushing, and personal needs in labor and birth.
Placenta Birth - Physiological cord clamping and reducing postpartum hemorrhage - Placenta uses and reducing depression in postpartum
Quiet, Calm, Dark & The Safety & Health of the Newborn's First Hours - Keeping baby skin to skin - Keeping the birth space calm - Breastfeeding and options for common newborn routines
Session 7 - Support
"Doula 101" & The Labor Bag - What should I take to the hospital? How should I prepare for birth at home? How can Dad support me best? What can my birth team do during labor and postpartum?
Relaxation Techniques - Methods of deep relaxation and calm habits to improve birth (and parenting) comfort
"Spinning Babies" - Alignment techniques and working with your body prenatally and during labor for your a happy healthy birth
Session 8 - Variations
Changes to Biological Labor & Birth - Making informed decisions - Responsibility and Rights in Childbirth - Positive ways of preparing for any type of birth
Planned & Unplanned Unassisted Birth - Independent birth - Reducing Fear for "What If's" in Childbirth
Emergency Birth, Assisted Birth, Cesarean Birth & Recovery - Expecting the Unexpected - What if I don't make it to my birth location? What if our provider isn't here yet? What if I have to have an assisted birth or cesarean? What about loss during pregnancy or birth? Positive perspectives for every birth and learning how to embrace our personal journey and be at peace with birth outcomes
Session 9 - First Weeks
Postpartum - Lochia & Healing - Emotional Phases of Postpartum - Support
Breastfeeding - How to know if baby is getting milk - What is normal? When should I get help? How can my family and friends support me? What can Dad do while I'm breastfeeding?
Newborn Care - Sleep patterns - Soothing baby - What gear, clothes, and diapers do I need? How do I take care of a newborn?
Session 10 - Birth Paths
Fertility Awareness - Natural methods of spacing pregnancies for physical and emotional health - How does breastfeeding influence fertility?
Birth & Postpartum Guides - Discovering priorities and desires for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care care - Making decisions for changes
Integrating all the options and working with your birth team to create a relationship and trust for your happy healthy birth