Birth Basics Course

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About Course

This course provides basics and more to be ready for childbirth. You will learn practical ways to cope with challenges, pain, and the fear of giving birth. This course will empower you and support you along your birthing journey. Taught by a certified childbirth educator and doula.


  • A. Introduction

  • B. Overview of Labor Process
  • C. Labor Signs & Stages
  • D. Labor Pain & Coping Strategies
  • E. Pregnancy Exercises and Breathing Practice
  • F. More Breathing and Relaxation Practice
  • G. Additional Strategies
  • H. Download Birth Booklets

About the instructor

Childbirth Professionals
CPI offers online courses that are both evidence-based and skills competency based. The intention is for participants to gain not only knowledge but the practical skills to serve and empower families.

Course Curriculum

Introduction
Info to begin course

  • Info and Questions
  • 01:24
  • Opening Information
    01:16

Labor Process
An overview of labor

  • Labor Begins
    02:20
  • Early Labor
    03:11
  • Active Labor
    05:46
  • Pushing and Birth
    00:00
  • Placenta and Recovery
    00:00

Labor Signs
Explains the signs and stages of labor

  • What are labor signs?
    00:24
  • Explain labor signs
    00:24
  • Water Breaking Information
    01:54
  • How to discuss options
    03:10
  • When to go to hospital
    02:53
  • Another sign to go
    01:03
  • Stages of Labor
    01:44
  • Transition Labor
    01:06
  • Panic Strategies
    01:23
  • Useful Information
    06:27

Managing Pain
Overview of labor coping strategies

  • Why Labor Pain is Good
  • Labor Pain
    07:40
  • Labor Tools
    06:00
  • How to make a rice sock
  • Labor Tool Handout
  • Doula Support
    02:33
  • Labor Positions
    01:51
  • How Birth Works
    03:21

Movement and Relaxation
Strategies and movement for pregnancy and birth

  • Birth Ball Positions
    05:25
  • Late Pregnancy Exercises
    03:29
  • Squatting
    01:39
  • Additional Squatting Information
    05:36
  • Cleansing Breath
    01:20
  • Ending Cleansing Breath
    01:31
  • Slow Deep Breathing
    01:25
  • Early Labor Breathing
    03:15
  • Progressive Relaxation
    04:10
  • Using Progressive Relaxation
    02:03

More Breathing Strategies
More strategies to cope and manage labor

  • Shallow Breath
    02:26
  • Practice Shallow Breath
    03:16
  • Combination Breathing
    02:46
  • Practice Combination Breathing
    04:33
  • Patterned Breathing
    03:04
  • Practice Patterned Breathing
    03:04
  • Breathing Techniques Handout

Additional Comfort Techniques
More information

  • More Coping Strategies
    03:05
  • Hand Massage
    02:49
  • Back Labor Review
    02:26
  • Back Labor Strategies
    03:59
  • Knee Press Strategy
    00:40
  • Counter Pressure Strategy
    01:12
  • Double Hip Squeeze
    02:46
  • Create Note Cards
    00:00
  • Ending Birth Basics
    00:51
  • Affirmation Handout
  • Contact Instructor

Helpful Booklets
Download these great resources

  • Comfort in Labor Booklet
  • Mother’s Advocate Booklet

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