Everything You NEED to Know About Childbirth 1-Day Intensive

9 AM to 5 PM  / $ 200 fee for couple. Private in your home or in class setting in mine. A quick and dirty anatomy review and overview of the process of labor (where your cervix is, what happens to it during labor, stages of labor, etc.) This is a an immersive, arts-enhanced course -- meaning we will get hands-on with some unusual teaching tools. During our time together, we’ll practice all the measures that help support a mom in labor – positions, counter pressure, use of a Rebozo, swing, massage, use of a TENS unit, music, gentle movement, water, hot sox, cool packs,  pressure points and other techniques to reduce pain and give you strength. I'll share tips on making your birth the best experience possible, provide easy lists for for your referral. Required reading brefore class Penny's Simkin's The Birth PartnerEmail to schedule: CherylMurfin@gmail.com 

Second Time Around Brush-up

3-4 Hours / $100 for couple. Private in your home or mine. A quick and dirty anatomy review (we figure you know where things are coming out by this point!). During our time together, we’ll practice all the measures that help support a mom in labor – positions, counter pressure, Rebozo, swing, massage, music, gentle movement, water, hot sox, cool packs,  pressure points and other techniques to reduce pain and give you strength. We’ll share great tips on making your birth the best experience possible. Email to schedule: CherylMurfin@gmail.com 

I'm a Big Sister / Brother Class 

3 hours / $100 for child age 2-6 with a parent (price is per family so if you have multiple children all are covered). During this class your little one will learn about labor, birth and what life may be like after baby comes home all taught in an age appropriate way using simple images, dolls and toys. No graphic images are shown, however anatomically correct words are used and children will be invited to participate in a simulation of sounds mom might make in labor. Email to schedule: CherylMurfin@gmail.com 

The Junior Doula / Teens at Birth

6 Hours / $150 per teen (parents free). Private in your home or mine. The opportunity to attend the birth of a sibling, or a cousin or any child is one an adolescent will never forget. Your tween can be just as helpful and supportive as your well-prepared partner. He or she will learn 3 approaches to supporting a woman in labor, practice all the measures that help support a mom in labor – positions, counter pressure, Rebozo, swing, massage, music, gentle movement, water, hot sox, cool packs, pressure points and other techniques to reduce pain and give you strength. We'll also talk about how they can memorialize the experience for themselves and you. Pre-requisite: Read The Birth Partner, by Penny Simkin. Email to schedule: CherylMurfin@gmail.com 

Nursing Basics

$30/hr Private in your home or mine. Here’s the secret no one tells you: Nursing is NOT supposed to hurt! Learn the basics so that when that baby arrives you are ready to nurse and confident in yourself and your baby. Pre-requisite: Read The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Weissinger. Email to schedule: CherylMurfin@gmail.com