I just don't know...
Still not sure if it's worth it? Wondering if this course is for you? How the heck does this whole online course thing even work? Read on. And if you've got a Q you can't find an answer to, please reach out - I'd love to help.
frequently asked questions
You don't have to do it alone.
Q: Can I use an HSA or FSA to pay for the courses?
Q: Can I gift the courses to someone else?
100% yes. While a VBAC make have some specific things to think about, once you've made your choices, you are a person in labor just like anyone else. You need all the same information - about your body, consent and refusal, pushing positions - all of it! Keep an eye out as well for the VBAC Deep Dive that is coming soon. That will be a small course you can snag on its own, or you can bundle it with Your Body, Your Birth.
You should be able to! You'll need to purchase the course first and then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a detailed/formal receipt. You should then be able to submit that for reimbursement. More details here.
Email me at email@example.com and we'll get this figured out. Such a great gift!
Q: Is it really worth the money?
I do! They show up seasonally - absolutely. The best way to stay aware of those is to follow my Instagram and join my email list. I do discounts specifically for those communities pretty often. If cost is truly an issue for you - and you want this - please contact me. I mean it when I say my vision is that this type of education is available for all who need it. I'd love to see what you and I can figure out together.
Q: Do you ever offer discounts or sales?
Not really. While there are some things that are relatively specific to what may happen in a US hospital, the majority of this course is simply about being pregnant and having that baby. I know that we are all incredibly different people, but there is also something pretty special about just how much we share in pregnancy, labor, and birth. I think you'll see that here as I teach about your body, your labor, your postpartum, and your baby.
Q: I'm not from the US. Will that matter?
100% yes. The more they know, the less they fear too (and that means, the better they support you). I also note specific lessons where I really think they should pay attention, so if nothing else, grab them in those moments or watch again with them.
Q: Should my support person watch too?
It really isn't. You can learn a TON from these courses with just a few hours to spare. If you're really short on time, you can utilize the course outlines to zero in on what you want or need to learn, right now. The Birth Preferences/Birth Priorities tool will also be a wonderful resource as you creep so close to baby's birthday.
Q: I'm near my due date. Is it too late?
Lifetime access for you! This will include the things that get added into courses (bonuses and deep dives). Once you're in any new content is yours too.
I think it is. I really do. Research is clear that perinatal education can vastly affect our outcomes - including increasing the rates of vaginal birth, decreasing the use of interventions, decreasing epidural use, and decreasing labor inductions. Your education also equals a better patient/provider relationship and a better start to breastfeeding. You are going to know how to ask questions, say "yes" or "no," dig for alternatives, and make empowered choices - regardless of what comes. Your Body, Your Birth will equip you with so much knowledge - and that is a MASSIVE step towards immense satisfaction and joy in your experiences.
Q: How long are the courses? How long will it take?
Q: How long can I access the courses?
I've trained and practiced in the US - so I'm licensed via the NCLEX examination. I also have two specialty certifications: one in obstetrics (RNC-OB) and one in electronic fetal monitoring (C-EFM) from the National Certification Corporation. My entire career has been in labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum - so I've done all the mama/baby couplet care from those early antepartum weeks until your discharge to home (including surgeries). Professionally, I've worked with all providers - physicians (OBs, FPs, MFMs, pediatricians), PAs, CNMs, NPs, midwives, and doulas. As a mama? I learned and utilized Bradley Method principles for my 3 unmedicated vaginal births.
Q: I want to VBAC - will this help me do it?
Now! Really, I've got stuff in here from basically the day you pee on the stick until those early postpartum weeks. I really think you can take these courses at any time. If you are in here early, come back and refresh on what you need to as birth gets closer. If you've only got a couple days or weeks left? That's okay too - zero in on the lessons about your body, labor, pain control, etc. and prepare that mind! I specifically wanted you to have lifetime access so you can utilize it at any point, both now and for any future children you may have too.
Q: What is your birth or labor background?
Q: When should I take the courses?
I designed my courses with an "every mama" mentality. I know you've probably got goals for your experience - and I wanted you to have the information for all of it. Want unmedicated birth? It's in here. Need to know more about cesarean? I walk you through the whole process. Wondering what happens at the hospital? I've got you - from admit until discharge. First baby, 2nd baby, 6th baby - I think every single one of you will learn something.
Q: Is this course for me?
I've specifically designed the courses to be made up of many smaller lessons. These shorter videos mean that even if you can't sit down one night and watch everything, you can choose single videos to watch when you do have a minute. I know all of the lessons can feel like a lot - but if it's in here, it's because my patients needed to know it (or I did) to make good, educated choices about all that happens! Each course has a full course curriculum here on the site - so check those out for really specific details about hours of content or number of lessons.
Q: I don't know much about birth. Will this be too advanced?
Not at all! These courses are written with YOU in mind. Yes, it's helpful to the 3rd time mama too - absolutely! But I did my best to walk through all of this as if it was the first time, addressing even small details about prenatal appointments and tests, checking into the hospital or the first pee after birth. This is for you - I promise!
Buy the course.
You made a good choice.
Sit down. Listen. Watch.
Grab your person.
You're already crushing it.
Be confident. Remember what you've learned + what you already know.
Go find that birth magic.
i can help because i've been there
My husband and I were the same - do we really need to pay money to learn about birth (hello...I was helping people do it everyday)? But we said yes. We decided that being the one in the bed, being the mama and the body and the baby - that was different. And we (I) needed to learn about and invest in myself in that way.
It was absolutely the right choice.
you want to love birth, not just survive it
you want confidence in the choices you make
you want to know options + alternatives
you want to hear that this is normal
you want to know you can do this (psst...you can)
so, it's a yes?
I'm so excited to have you. I really am. Once you're in, please take advantage of the private Facebook group and the community on social media. I do my best to be present in those spaces and love connecting with you there too. And yes please, DM me when you have your baby!