Join this Saturday Childbirth and Postpartum Intensive Class via Zoom
We also cover Postpartum Care for mothers as well.
A day of childbirth education and learning about postpartum care. Many parents-to-be find a live class much more engaging than doing an online course.
"Would highly recommend Giselle's labor skills and postpartum workshop. My husband and I learned so much. Her approach is totally practical but you can tell it is grounded in a lot of research, science and patient-centric methodology. We've already been practicing the various labor coping moves that she taught us!"
- Stephanie S.
As a busy pregnant person wanting to learn about childbirth and postpartum, you and your support person want a thorough childbirth class in Orange County. Still, like many other couples, you would rather instead not do weeks and weeks of a childbirth series. For years, this same class happened in a weekly series, but since so many couples requested it — it’s now completed in one full day.
You receive the same childbirth thorough education (and more!) than you would in a weekly series class, but at the convenience of a one day class. You are taught by Giselle, owner, mother of four, Childbirth Educator, Postpartum Doula and Certified Lactation Educator. Learn more about Giselle here.
This Childbirth Class is a unique hybrid class of Bradley, Birthing from Within and evidence-based childbirth education that includes:
- Comfort measures during labor
- Partners: Supporting and Comforting the Birthing Woman
- Relaxation techniques
- Making Informed Decisions
- Healthy eating during Pregnancy (and Postpartum)
- Teaching partner support methods
- Creating your birth wishes plan
- Gathering your pregnancy and labor support team
- Preparing for labor and signs of labor
- Stages in labor and what happens at each stage
- Medications: Risks and Benefits
- Postpartum care and wellness as a new mother
- Newborn procedures
Whether it's in a hospital, a birthing center, or home you'll learn about birth and labor skills to use during your own unique and fantastic birth.
More than a method class, this birth class teaches you evidence-based pregnancy and labor skills. You'll learn and practice many techniques and coping measures so that at your birth, you'll have relaxation, meditation, positioning, and other comfort measures to choose from to birth your baby.
The Labor Skills Workshop is applicable in any birthing location (hospital, birth center or home) and goes far and beyond to prepare you to birth your baby truly. We will focus on natural birthing while also covering birthing options.
- Group classes are 5 hours and take place on Saturdays at 9am. We take breaks throughout the class.
- Private Sessions are approx 3 - 4 hours and available weekday evenings or weekends.
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Expecting people like you choose this childbirth workshop!
"I didn't realize just how much we would be learning during the class. Thank you!" - Jonathan
"I entered the class not knowing what to expect in labor and whether I'd be able to do a natural birth. I ended the class fully confident and excited to birth my baby!" - Stephanie
An OC Register writer and class attendee shares his empowering experience (in this OC Register article) in supporting his wife through the birth she desires as well as his experience of Labor Skills & Techniques.
"Thank you Giselle! This was a great refresher course for us. We actually learned some new things as well. We didn't know about the rebozo techniques last time and I'm excited to try them out. I'm also very glad to know about Womanology. Your class was super helpful!" - Ashley
“Thank you so much for yesterday ! We had such a great time and found the class very informative. It was really great to be able to take a one day class instead of a several week class, and feel armed with tools and things to practice. Thank you for taking the time to help us get more excited about birth!- Ansley
"I now feel that I'm ready to birth my baby naturally! This class is exactly what my husband and I needed to get prepared for labor. Giselle was wonderful! I feel confident because I got all the tools and information I was looking for." - Marcela
"It provided a wealth of information to me and my partner in a short amount of time that fit our schedules. Giselle provided an array of tools, techniques and practical decision-making skills ranging from birth positions and breathing to how to feel empowered in birthing in a hospital. - Diana
"Very safe, friendly environment, empowering couples/moms to make their own informed decisions. Thank you!" - Julie
"This is not only a great class for expecting mothers, but also soon-to-be fathers! It provided me a real appreciation for what my wife has to go through and how I can be helpful during this amazing event." - Jason
"We learned so much about every aspect of delivering naturally and we really appreciated it. You gave us a more realistic view of what would experience than we have gotten before. I also thought your advice was on ways to cope and postpartum care were valuable beyond words." - Jasmine
"It really reassured us that we would be able to really actively participate in the process and not be a bystander and at the sole mercy of others telling us what to do on the day of the birth. The information that she gave us has boosted both my own and my Wife's confidence." - Scott
"Many of the ideas we learned in Hypnobabies were also mentioned in Giselle's class (ie. how best to succeed in a natural birth without medical interventions) but what I preferred about Giselle's class is that she gave various techniques on how to cope with labor, and we didn't feel pressure to only use one technique. Ultimately, I ended up using more of the techniques that Giselle taught us than Hypnobabies (both in preparation and then during childbirth). I would wholeheartedly recommend her class and will be going back to her for other classes in the future!!" - AJ
My Birth Philosophy
I believe that birth is a sacred, right-of-passage experience in motherhood. And pregnant people should have a judgment-free space to gather education, ask questions, activate their inner resources, and feel heard and supported.
You'll know if this is the class for you if you're looking for a class that provides enjoyable, real, authentic childbirth education that goes beyond the basics and gives you the resources you need to make informed decisions that are best for you and your baby.
I also believe that...
- Birth is normal; it is not a medical condition. (And in my classes you will find that I normalize the various states of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood.)
- You should have access to birth options and education to make informed decisions that work best for you and your child.
- You deserve support in your decisions.
- There is not a right or wrong way to birth a baby.
- The emotional and psychological wellness of the mother is essential to the short-term and long-term care of the mother and the baby.
- Pregnant people have the innate ability to connect with their body, mind, and spirit during labor (in any type of birth).
The purpose of my Labor + Postpartum Workshop is that you learn a variety of comfort measures, how to connect your mind, body and spirit during labor, how to make informed decisions, what to expect during labor and postpartum and to equip you and your partner with the ability to mindfully navigate labor and postpartum for wellness of the mother and baby. I want you to walk out of the birth feeling good about how your baby was born, whether it was an unmedicated birth or Cesarean birth.
I discuss both medical interventions and also natural coping skills, giving the mother and her support person the skills to navigate the birth experience in any environment. And I cover evidence-based postpartum wellness for the mother as a way to increase the nurturing of the mother so that she is then able to nurture her baby.
What to Expect During a Childbirth Education Class
You should expect a comfortable vibe that is judgment-free. There's humor, lots of powerful knowledge shared, questions, and open discussions.
Partners are highly encouraged to attend childbirth education classes. I hold a special place for birth partners because I know their role in birth can be very expansive. They have the role of caregiver, motivator, advocate, partner, nurturer, and more. And it can be a vulnerable experience for them as well.
You should expect to leave the class knowing a lot more about yourself, birth, your baby's role in labor, and postpartum than you did before. And to receive an extensive list of local resources after the class.
I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about this class or other classes/services. Please contact me anytime.
The class price includes a support person. If your support is pregnant as well, please pay for two spots.
Private and Group Classes Available - Choose Option Below
Class times are in Pacific Time Zone.
Currently, all classes are via Zoom. Private one-on-one classes in Orange County are offered via Zoom or in-person.
Giselle also offers Postpartum Doula services in Orange County.
"Just took the labor + postpartum class and it was incredibly useful. This was our first labor class and I think the condensed format was perfect. It was a 4-hour crash course and was very dense with information. My wife and I feel so much more confident about the labor process and I think it's the perfect place to start as far as birth classes go. We are planning to have a doula and a fairly standard birth. After this class we feel confident enough to do any additional research on our own and don't feel compelled to take any additional courses." - Danny T.