Hill Country Birth is committed to helping birthing families prepare for an informed, confident and conscious birth.
Our childbirth class offers non-biased, evidence-based perinatal information, support, encouragement, guidance, referrals, and education. There is no one right way to labor. We stand by the philosophy that birth is a normal process and hope to inspire confidence in the couples that we teach. It is our goal to teach the full spectrum of options a woman has when preparing for her birth, and then to support her unconditionally.
We welcome birthing people with their partners, same-sex couples, and single parents who are preparing for hospital, birth center, or home births, receiving care from Midwives or Obstetricians, and who have single or multiple pregnancies.
This class draws from many different birth philosophies: Informed Birth, Birth Without Fear, HypnoBirthing, Lamaze, and Bradley Technique. The most important way to approach your birth is with confidence and relaxation. You achieve this by knowing what possible things to expect, developing the skills to move through your labor, and by feeling prepared to work through whatever your journey turns out to be.
Some of the topics we will cover:
Anatomy of pregnancy
Nutrition & Exercise
Choosing a provider
Choosing a birth place
Ultrasounds and visits with your provider
Who will be at your birth?
Birthing Person’s Rights
Labor & Birth
When labor starts – what to expect
Comfort measures during labor (in and out-of-home settings)
Early labor vs. active labor
When to call the midwife or go to the hospital
Laboring and birthing positions
Typical hospital procedures – IVs, fetal heart monitors, epidurals
Natural birth vs. managed birth
Birth, Postpartum and Newborn choices
Antibiotics, Pitocin and other interventions
Skin to skin
Delayed cord clamping
Tears, episiotomies and sutures demystified
Newborn screening tests
Postpartum Care for Mama
Herbs and medications – safe and not safe
Breast care and pumping info
Care after a vaginal birth
Care after a caesarean
Depression, Coping strategies
Self care & gentle exercise
Going back to work
Family and friends – Meal trains & support networks
Choosing a pediatrician
Common newborn issues – what’s normal?
Breastfeeding support & resources
Sleeping safely with baby