Classes

I offer childbirth preparation and postpartum classes in English for international families in Germany.

As I am giving birth myself in May 2022, my next live childbirth class will take place after the summer holidays via zoom. English speaking families from all over Germany are welcome to join.

Video childbirth and postpartum class for international families in Germany

As I won’t be able to work in person so much, I created an online video course while I was still pregnant myself.

You will receive 8 hours of video material (14 parts with 146 videos in total). I cover all the topics I also cover in my live classes and answer the most frequently asked questions. Furthermore, I added several checklists, visuals and links to a plethora of ressources.

This class is perfect for you, if you need full schedule flexibility, if there are no English course options near you or if you are on bedrest. Buying a video class also gives you the opportunity to revisit topics that you want to explore in depth. You and your partner can take as much time as you need to complete the course and you can join from everywhere.

If you are interested you can explore and buy the course here on podia.

The price for the whole childbirth and postpartum class is 149 Euro. Until Mother’s day, which is on May 8, 2022 in Germany, I offer a 20% discount code: MOTHERSDAY2022

Live childbirth and postpartum classes 2022

I am teaching childbirth preparation and postpartum classes for mothers and their support persons in English throughout the year. I would recommend finishing the class before week 38 of pregnancy.

Upcoming childbirth preparation and postpartum classes*

Autumn class: 6 Monday evenings, 8-10 pm
Childbirth preparation part: 19.09.2022 until 10.10.2022
Postpartum part: 17.10.2022 and 24.10.2022


Christmas class: 6 Monday evenings, 8-10 pm
Childbirth preparation part: 14.11.2022 until 05.12.2022
Postpartum part: 12.12.2022 and 19.12.2022


*As I attend births as a doula and births tend to happen at unexpected times, I might have to sometimes postpone a class on short notice to another evening.

Course content

Geburtsvorbereitungskurs Englisch Childbirth and postpartum class in English Germany
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During my 6-week childbirth and postpartum classes, we will talk about
> ways you can nourish and prepare yourself during pregnancy
> relevant aspects of the physiology and anatomy of birth
> coping and comfort measures that support the physiological birth process
> the pros and cons of different interventions
> belly birth (cesarean birth) and all the options around that
> communication strategies and the importance of informed consent.

Geburtsvorbereitungskurs englisch English childbirth and postpartum class in Germany
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I will show you how to find evidence-based information on all the topics that are crucial for you. My focus is on mindfulness and the practice of deep relaxation. Our minds and bodies are deeply intertwined, and these interactions powerfully influence our emotions. The emphasis on mindfulness and relaxation will help you create a calmer and more peaceful birth experience.

The postpartum part of the class helps parents prepare for the inevitable, marvellous and breathtaking changes that come when a new baby arrives.  I want to provide ideas on how to prepare for the lying-in period (the first weeks after birth) in the healthiest way possible.  We discuss postpartum mood disorders in both women and men as well as baby’s sleep and different diapering options. Furthermore, we will cover breastfeeding and bottlefeeding, calming a newborn and taking care of yourself and your relationship after becoming parents. Therefore, the class should be taken before your baby is born.

Prices

The whole course is available for 350 Euro (four evenings childbirth preparation and two evenings preparation for the postpartum period).
The costs include the birthing parent and one partner (optional). Single or underage mothers can always contact me for indidvidual solutions.

Please note, that I am not a midwife and therefore some insurances might not cover the costs for this class.

Private childbirth and postpartum classes

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In case you feel more comfortable in a private setting, I am happy to come to your house (in the Munich area) or meet you at a place of your choosing. I will create a customized 3-hour childbirth preparation and postpartum class for you and your support person. We will discuss ways to prepare for birth, the anatomy and the physiology of the birth process, as well as comfort measures for labor. I will talk to you about what to expect once you arrive at your birth place, about the pros and cons of interventions that might be offered and about your options if you have a Cesarean birth. If desired I can help you create a birth plan.

Also we will briefly cover what to expect postpartum, breatsfeeding tips and how to prepare for life with a newborn.

The 3 hour class costs 240 Euro.

Registration

Please click on the Book here button or send me an email: info@doulajohanna.com

Once you are registered you will receive an invoice via email that is due within 14 days.

Refunds will be given only if the birth occurs before class begins.

We must give women the opportunity to challenge their fears, work with them, and birth through them. Not only will this change each woman, it will change the political and medical climate in which they make these choices. - Connee L. Pike.Urlacher