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"We were told before enrolling in Natalie's class that she was "the one" to work with in Chicago, and were not disappointed! The class was informative and we felt empowered to advocate for ourselves at the hospital. At the same time, Natalie helped us develop realistic expectations about the unexpected challenges of labor, without being too idealistic or rigid with our birth plan--a hard balance to strike! It was also helpful to meet other couples going through the same process and we've kept in touch months after the class has ended. Thank you Natalie for sharing your experience and wisdom with us! " -Laura

Kudos from Alderman Ameya Pawar about the Childbirth Prep class at Bloom Yoga Studio: "We took the Childbirth Class by Natalie—and my wife says she learned how to have a baby. The yoga classes are really fun and not intimidating and my wife gives a big thumbs up to their pre-natal and postpartum massages."  -TimeOut Chicago

Childbirth Preparation At Bloom Yoga Studio

Bloom Yoga Studio, 4663 N. Rockwell Ave
8 week series, Fridays, 6:30–8:30pm
$300 per couple

January 5 - February 23

March 9 - April 27
May 11 - June 29
July 13 - August 31
September 14- November 2

 

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This eight week long workshop empowers couples to have a family-centered birth in the hospital or home setting. This class will provide you with the resources and support you need to confidently and consciously prepare for birth and your transition to parenthood. Each week's class will focus on a particular topic such as the stages of labor, how to address fears and concerns of giving birth and becoming a parent, partner support and communication during the birth and how to care for your newborn. Every week couples will learn hands on techniques to help them during labor. Included in this series is a comprehensive Breastfeeding Basics class. The final session will be a potluck celebration where couples from previous classes come back with their newborns to share their birth stories and parenting experiences. Childbirth Prep is appropriate at 20 weeks and beyond.

Call the studio at 773-463-YOGA to register for the class series or register online here:

http://www.bloomyogastudio.com/workshops?options%5Bids%5D=4724&options%5Bsite_id%5D=816

Weekend Intensive ChildBirth Prep At Bloom Yoga Studio

Bloom Yoga Studio, 4663 N. Rockwell Ave
Full Weekend Intensive: Friday from 6:30-8:30pm, Saturday from 10:30-4:30pm and Sunday from 10:00-1:00pm
$300 per couple
December 8th-10th

This weekend intensive class prepares couples to move through their labor's in an informed way. The classes are designed to help expectant parents understand the birth process, what options are available to them and to help them get ready for parenthood.Couples will learn hands on comfort measures to help the woman through her labor process and will work in small groups so that they get to know the other couples they are in class with. There will be 10 min breaks every few hours through out the weekend as well as an hour long lunch break on Saturday.

The following subjects will be covered:
-Dealing with pregnancy aches and pains
-Optimal fetal positioning and working with back labor
-Learn how to do the hip squeeze, counter pressure on the tailbone and tricks for getting a posterior baby to turn
-Understanding the process of birth
-Touch relaxation exercise
-Partner support and communication at the birth
-Working with birth plans
-Induction of labor
-Common hospital procedures
-Epidural birth
-Cesarean birth
-Visualizations, affirmations and position exercises
-Working with common fears about the birth process and becoming parents
-The shadow side of birth: working with unexpected outcomes
-Extended hands on comfort measures: more on breathing, touch, positions and sound

Cost for Full Weekend Intensive: $300/couple or save $25 if registered 3 days in advance: http://www.bloomyogastudio.com/workshops/workshop-schedules?options%5Bids%5D=3703%2C3704%2C3705&options%5Bsite_id%5D=816

ChIldBirth Education at Nature Yoga

Nature Yoga Sanctuary, 2021 West Division St.
3 week series, Sundays, 3:30–6:30pm
$250 per couple
March, 2018 dates TBA

This three week long class prepares couples to move through their labor's in an informed way. The classes are designed to help expectant parents understand the birth process, what options are available to them and to help them get ready for parenthood. Every week the couples will learn hands on comfort measures to help the woman through her labor process and will work in small groups so that they get to know the other couples they are in class with. The fifth class will focus on newborn procedures, breastfeeding and what to expect the first 4-6 weeks as parents. The final session will be potluck celebration where couples can spend time enjoying each other's company and meeting families from past classes and their babies.

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Call the studio at 773-227-5720 to register for the class series or use the links next to the dates above to register online.

Comfort Measures (one day class)

Nature Yoga Sanctuary, 2021 West Division St.
$75 per couple

Saturday, January 22, 3:30-6:30pm

Saturday, March 18th, 3:30-6:30pm

This one day, 3 hour class is designed for pregnant women and their labor support partner. Through both discussion and experiential learning, couples will learn a variety of tools to help them through the birth process. The topics covered are: the stages of labor, what the laboring woman is feeling both physically and emotionally through each stage, when to go to the hospital, hands on ways to help woman through her contractions, ways to manage back labor, how to be a good support person to the laboring woman, massage, breathing, positions for labor and birth, visualization, the use of heat and cold, and positions and comfort measures for the pushing stage.

To register click on the link above or call the studio at 773-227-5720

Birth Basics: Preparing the Expectant Couple for Labor & Childbirth (one day class)

Bloom Yoga Studio, 4663 N. Rockwell Ave
$60 per couple

Wednesday, November 8th, 6-8pm

http://www.bloomyogastudio.com/workshops/workshop-schedules?options%5Bids%5D=3680&options%5Bsite_id%5D=816

This one time, 2 hour class will help couples learn the basics of giving birth and some comfort measures to move through the contractions.

Call the studio at 773-463-YOGA to register or go to the links above to register online.

Ask the Doula

Bloom Yoga Studio, 4663 N. Rockwell
FREE EVENT
Wednesday, October 11th, 6:30pm–7:30pm

 http://www.bloomyogastudio.com/workshops/workshop-schedules?options%5Bids%5D=3562&options%5Bsite_id%5D=816

Come learn about what birth and postpartum doulas do. Call the studio at 773-463-YOGA or click on the link above to resister online.