Why take a Childbirth Education class from an Independent Educator, instead of the hospital class?
- Smaller class size. 8 couples maximum.
- Private, in your home sessions available.
- You can find out about you instructor and the methods she teaches in advance of the class.
- Will talk about birth at home, at a birth center or at the hospital.
- General knowledge of hospital procedures. Encourages you to talk to your care provider for more details.
- Views birth as a natural normal, and appreciates the medical interventions when they are truly necessary.
- No hospital tour.
- Gives information about all local resources for doulas, breastfeeding, maternity and nursing clothes, parent groups, etc
- Instructor has more flexibility with class content and teaching methods. Can answer questions without constraints on what they’re allowed to say.
- Encourages you to take an active role in choosing the options you desire for your birth, and advocating for your choices.
- Larger class sizes, usually at least 12 couples.
- No private sessions.
- You may not even know the name of your instructor, let alone have the ability to find out her qualifications.
- Only hospital birth is discussed.
- Teaches hospital procedures, sometimes leaving out evidence based best practices because they don’t jive with procedure.
- Generally biased towards a medical model of birth, birth as something to be managed and sees some interventions as routine.
- Includes hospital tour.
- Will only give you the hospital provided resources, as opposed to all the resources available in the community.
- Instructors may be not be allowed to teach about some childbirth options, and may not be able to say anything critical of hospital procedures.
- May be “provider oriented” with the role of informing you of what to expect, and what is “expected” of you, and not offering many alternatives.
If you have additional questions please contact Deena at email@example.com.
At what point in my pregnancy should I take Confident Birthing classes?
Do you take health insurance?
I’m a single mom, without a partner. Can I still take Confident Birthing (childbirth preparation?)
Do you serve the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) community?
Tell me more about Lamaze…
- Women’s bodies are perfectly designed to nourish and nurture their babies through pregnancy.
- The months of pregnancy are necessary for babies to develop and grow, for women’s bodies to prepare for birth and for women to become mothers.
- Pregnancy provides an opportunity for mothers and fathers to begin forming lifelong bonds with their babies.
- A good support system, a healthy lifestyle and the ability to cope with the stresses of life promote a healthy pregnancy, a healthy birth and a healthy baby.
- The health-care system and care provider can increase or decrease a woman’s confidence in the normality of pregnancy and in her ability to have a healthy baby.
- Lamaze education empowers women gain confidence in their bodies, trust their inner wisdom and to make informed decisions about pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenting.
Lamaze Approach to Birth:
- Birth is normal, natural and healthy.
- The experience of birth profoundly affects women and their families.
- Women’s inner wisdom guides them through birth.
- Women’s confidence and ability to give birth is either enhanced or diminished by the care provider and place of birth.
- Women have the right to give birth free from routine medical interventions.
- Birth can safely take place in homes, birth centers and hospitals.
- Childbirth education empowers women to make informed choices in health care, to assume responsibility for their health and to trust their inner wisdom.
Lamaze Healthy Birth Practices:
- Let Labor Begin on Its Own
- Walk, Move Around, and Change Positions Throughout Labor
- Bring a Loved One, Friend, or Doula for Continuous Support
- Avoid Interventions That Are Not Medically Necessary
- Avoid Giving Birth on Your Back, and Follow Your Body’s Urges to Push
- Keep Mother and Baby Together – It’s Best for Mother, Baby, and Breastfeeding
The sense of community from a class full of other pregnant mamas is wonderful. It is helpful to know that there are other women you can talk to, who truly understand the ups and downs of being pregnant. Many students find long term friendships in the class.
At what point in my pregnancy can I start taking Prenatal Yoga?
If I’ve never done Yoga before, can I take a Prenatal Yoga class?
Can I keep taking a regular Yoga class when pregnant? What about Hot Yoga?
Hot Yoga is a no-no during pregnancy. It is ill advised to raise your body’s core temperature during pregnancy. Dehydration can cause contractions. Please be aware there are serious risks with a heated vinyasa flow or Bikram class while pregnant.
Must I register in advance, since I’ve already bought the package?
Can I still buy just one class?
Can I make substitutions, if I’d rather have another class instead?
If you are unable to attend a class or workshop, you may request an exchange prior to the start of the class or workshop. This means that your class fee will become a credit to your account at Shining Light. Account credits expire 6 months from their date of issue. They are only good towards classes that are offered directly by Shining Light. Music Together is not directly offered by us (though we love them dearly!)
Exchanges requested after the start of the class or workshop will not be granted.
All yoga class packages expire 9 months from the date of purchase. No extensions, refunds or account credits after the date of expiration.
If your workshop is a series (multiple dates) and the workshop has series has started, no refunds or exchanges will be granted. The same applies to Yoga Class Packages. There will be no refunds or exchanges for a yoga class package once the first class in the package has been used.
If I don’t sign up for a workshop in advance can I just drop in?
If you are coming to Prenatal Yoga or Mommy & Me Yoga, then you do not need to sign up in advance. Those classes are open to anyone.
For anything listed under the Workshops tab, it is strongly recommended you sign up in advance. Some of the workshops will explicitly say that there will be drop in space. However, if it’s not explicitly stated in the workshop description, then preregistration is a must.
If it is the same day as the workshop and you wish to attend, call us at 412-915-6167 to see if there is space available. If so, we’d love to have you in class.
Is pricing per individual or per couple?
For the Prenatal Yoga, Fertility Yoga and the Mommy & Me Yoga, pricing is per individual adult.
Confident Birthing, Breastfeeding Essentials, Infant Care, 2nd Time Around, Great Expectations, Prenatal Partner Yoga, etc. are all per couple pricing. In fact, most of our workshops will be per couple pricing. If you are unsure, please email or call us prior to registering and we’ll be happy to let you know more specifically.
Can I bring the soon-to-be grandparents to Infant Care with us? What about other workshops grandparents might want to attend? If so, is there an extra charge?
Doula Questions:What is a doula?
From DONA: “The word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.
Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.” More…
Does the doula replace my husband or partner for labor support?
Doulas do also support your partner. They make sure he eats and rests. The doula will address any questions or concerns your partner may have and help build his confidence during labor and birth.
Are doulas for natural birth only?
Doulas are for every birth. We will support you if your labor is induced. Will will support you if choose or need an epidural or other pain medications. We will support you if you want or need a cesarean birth.
We support births in hospital, at the Midwife Center and planned homebirths. We support births attended by obstetricians, family practice physicians and midwives.
Does a doula make decisions for me?
No. A doula offers support and guidance, but will never make a decision for you. Doulas respect your autonomy and wishes and will support you emotionally and physically.
If I'm a single mom, without a partner, would a doula be beneficial?
Yes, absolutely. Good labor support is an important factor for being confident during your labor. Our doulas would be happy to assist you.
Do doulas support LGBQT families?
Yes. Our Shining Light Doulas support all families and family structures.
The Fine Print:What is your refund and exchange policy for your doula services?
Once your contract is signed and payment is made, all monies are non-refundable. If you cancel before your 36 week payment is due, you will not owe the balance. Why no refunds? Our doulas reserve the time surrounding your estimated due date just for you and can therefore only take a limited number of clients. Your reserved space means that the doula cannot take another client for the same time frame.
How do the working hours break down for the doula?
Do you take insurance?
Not at this time. The local insurance companies do not cover doulas. You may be able to be reimbursed from your HSA or FSA for a doula. We encourage you to contact your plan to see what they do or do not cover.
What type of payments do you take?
Cash, check or credit card