Pregnancy & Childbirth Essentials Series

Your pregnancy doesn't come with an instruction manual!

Our Pregnancy & Childbirth Essentials Series provides the missing information you need to have a great experience. Rather than feeling perpetually out of the loop, you'll learn what is happening, why, self-care tips to cope with the common discomforts of pregnancy, warning signs, and how to prepare for the stages ahead.
This series is ideal for first time parents and those who have already had a baby but want a fuller picture of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.

The Geek Out Series is ideal for those who want to know the why and how of pregnancy, birth, recovery, and breastfeeding.


Preparing for Pregnancy

Get your pregnancy off to a great start!

Maximize your fertility, reduce stress, and improve your holistic pre-pregnancy wellness to prepare for a healthy pregnancy.
Preparing for Pregnancy is ideal for anyone planning pregnancy, especially those with fertility issues.

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Mood Disorders: Strategies for Identifying and Coping

When it comes to mood disorders, forewarned is forearmed.

Mood disorders are more common than you might think. Both women and their partners are more likely to have a mood disorder like depression or anxiety during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Prevention, risk-reduction, identification, and both pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical coping techniques
Everyone planning pregnancy, pregnant, or in the postpartum period, especially those with a personal or family history of mood disorders or other factors which increase the risk of mood disorders.

This session is ideal for everyone who wants to understand and support the process of physiologic birth and use their hormones to have a faster, easier, more satisfying childbearing experience.

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First Trimester

The first trimester often brings a number of surprises.

You'll learn the reasons behind most common "discomforts of pregnancy" experienced in the first trimester, like stuffy nose, nausea and vomiting, tiredness, breast tenderness, and food cravings and aversions, as well as tips for handling them. We'll also cover issues like prenatal testing in the first trimester, how to manage healthy baby weight, keeping your core strong, and self-care to help you prepare for the rest of pregnancy.

This session is ideal for anyone who is pregnant for the first time or who wants to make the most of their first trimester.

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Second Trimester

Most moms say the second trimester is easiest, but why?

You'll learn why you might be feeling better and more comfortable during the second trimester and how to use this more energetic time to prepare for your third trimester, birth, and postpartum period with baby. We'll also cover prenatal testing in the second trimester, decisions you should be considering in this time, keeping to a healthy baby weight, and what you can do to make your third trimester and birth as healthy as possible.
This session is ideal for anyone who is pregnant for the first time or who wants to make the most of their second trimester.

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Third Trimester

You're literally never as pregnant as you are in your third trimester.

So much happens in the third trimester! You'll learn how your baby and baby are preparing for labor and birth and warning signs of the most common complications, like preterm labor, pre-eclampsia, and gestational diabetes. We'll also cover prenatal testing in the third trimester and self-care for these last weeks, when your body is working harder than ever.
This session is ideal for anyone who is pregnant for the first time or who wants to make the most of their third trimester.

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Stages of Labor & Birth, Part 1: Pre-Labor, Early Labor, & Active Labor

Is it time yet? Yes, it is!

In the first half of labor and birth, the woman's body prepares for and commits to the act of giving birth. The wide variety in pre-labor and early labor in particular can be confusing and frustrating for parents because they may be slow-moving or quick and may or may not be really noticeable to the laboring woman. You'll learn how to decide when to go to the hospital, comfort measures for early and active labor, warning signs to look for, and how to make your active labor as efficient as possible.
Anyone who is pregnant for the first time or who wants the best information about getting labor off to a great start. Session ideal for those who plan induction, because most of the time you spend in the hospital is spent in the early stages of labor, and those who plan to stay at home during much of the early parts of labor because they desire fewer interventions and non-pharmacologic comfort measures.

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Stages of Labor & Birth, Part 2: Transition, Pushing, & Early Recovery

These are some of the most important and intense hours you'll ever have.

In the second half of labor and birth, the woman and baby prepare for and carry out the hard work and rapid changes of late labor, pushing and birth, and the first few hours after birth. You'll learn about the processes, hormones, and symptoms you'll experience during this amazing time and how to prepare for and make the most of their unique intensity. We'll also discuss these events from the perspective of your baby, and the ways your baby is ready to adapt to life outside the uterus, bond with parents, and breastfeed.

This course is recommended for anyone who is pregnant for the first time or who wants the best information about their birth and early hours with baby.

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Fourth Trimester

Did you know you have a fourth trimester?

The first three months after birth are known as the fourth trimester. Both mother and baby are vulnerable during this important time, while mom recovers from the hard work of pregnancy and birth and finds a "new normal" and baby continues rapid development and adapts to living, eating, and sleeping outside the uterus. This is a key time for the whole family to bond and adapt to the newest member, but it can also be a stressful time. You'll learn how to make the most of the fourth trimester, adapt to the rhythms of the newborn, and important self-care, like resuming activity, getting rest and sleep, and nutrition and hydration to help your body recover. We'll also discuss the wide range of emotional and social responses to the fourth trimester, from baby-blues to postpartum mood disorders and tips for managing them as well as generalized stress. In this vital period, you can lay the foundation of a happy and healthy family life.
Anyone who wants to make the most of their postpartum period and early months with baby.

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