Preparing for Childbirth and Baby
This class is designed for women and couples expecting their first baby or for parents that have not taken a childbirth class before or desire a refresher.
This class will give you a comprehensive look at the entire childbirth process from the beginning to the newborn.
Topics covered in this class include:
- What to expect during the third trimester and time prior to labor
- Stages of labor (How Mom’s body changes physically and emotionally leading up to baby’s arrival)
- Natural comfort techniques and measures (positioning, breathing, visualization, use of birth props)
- Medical Interventions and Medications (including preparing for and discussing a Cesarean Birth)
- Post partum care and information
- The Support Person’s role leading up to, during, and after baby’s arrival.
- What to expect from your newborn and early care information
This course was specifically designed for expectant parents who want a full scope of information and a learning environment that is small, comfortable, and encouraging. Your educator will give you the most up to date information, and help you to feel confident and empowered. You will know your options, as well as what to expect in the delivery room from your body, your environment, and your provider. This class is best taken in the third trimester or the end of the second, going into the third trimester, so information is fresh.
Kristina Ledlow, BA, ICCE, CD, PMH-C
Kristina Ledlow is a certified Childbirth Educator and Birth Doula. She is the Patient Educator at OB-GYN, P.C. and is also the Perinatal Emotional Support Program Coordinator at Bronson Hospital. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University and received her childbirth education training from the International Childbirth Education Association. Kristina also holds a certification in Perinatal Mental Health and is Vice-President of Postpartum Support International, Michigan Chapter. Kristina co-chairs the Kalamazoo Perinatal Mood Disorder Coalition and facilitates a community support group for moms who struggle with Perinatal Mood and Anxiety changes.
Julie Davis, BSW, ICCE, CD
Julie Davis is a certified Childbirth Educator, Doula and Lactation Specialist. Julie comes with 20 years of experience in Childbirth Education. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree and received her Childbirth Education certificate from The International Childbirth Education Association. Julie also co-facilitates Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder groups.
2854 South 11th Street, Kalamazoo
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we have moved our classes to an online format. Instruction and education will still be the same exceptional quality, however it will be a virtual experience instead of in person. Classes will remain small to allow for discussion and instructors will still be available to answer all of your questions. We are committed to keeping you and your baby safe and healthy. At this time, virtual classes are the best way for us to do so. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kristina at above email.
March 4, 11, 18, 25 April 8, 15, 22
May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15