BCC BIRTH CENTERED CBE ONE-DAY CLASS
Geared to families who are planning to give birth in a birth center, this one day, in-person, 6-Hour class with breaks to cover the education requirement for Birth Center Clients.
Topics covered: Birth Plans, Birth Process, Stages of Labor, Hormones in Labor, Comfort Measures, Early Postpartum, Newborn Care, Returning Home, and Postpartum Follow Up.
Registration is for 2 people. Class is limited to 3 couples. Masks are required.
This class is great for folks with busy schedules and a full class series is not possible, or for folks who are reluctant to spend time in the evenings spent in a classroom setting.
This class is great for families who would like usable tools to help cope with the discomfort of early and active labor in their home before moving to their desired birth location.
This class welcomes discussion, shares information in visual and written formats, and has hands on practice for comfort measures.
This class offers information, and also resources for those who need more time to process information in their own time after the class is complete.
Comfort + Coping
Perfect for families preparing for another baby or first-time parents looking for more dedicated time to practice for your birthing time! Comfort & Coping is a wonderful refresher of the stages and phases of labor, the encouraging signs that present themselves as you progress and how partners can best lift the birthing parent in reassuring words, supportive hands-on massage and different techniques to help baby rotate and descend.
Registration includes 1 pregnant client + support partner.
Ideal for 32-38 weeks
Ariel Swift is a Chicago Transplant, moving the South Side in a snowstorm in 2014, and not looking back!
Ariel has been a doula since 2011. Her work as a certified labor and postpartum doula through DONA Int., Birth Arts International, and ProDoula helped her see very different perspectives on how a doula can be useful for a family navigating pregnancy, labor, and postpartum healing. Ariel is currently working through Doula Trainings International for even more perspective on doula care through a birth justice lens focusing on gender equality.
In 2014, Ariel decided to switch from being an independent doula to an agency, building a network of support with the creation of Doulas of Chicago. Her goal has always been to find sustainable doula practices and reliable, safe, and satisfying doula care for clients. Ariel became a labor and postpartum doula trainer from 2016 to 2018. Through various roles, Ariel has mentored over 400 new doulas across the country and in Chicago.
Being a creator, Ariel turned her attention to making a retreat space to discuss more significant ideas of identity, healing, and grief. These events are on hold during COVID-19.
Ariel has two children. They identify currently as girl and boy. Being a child who experienced the benefits of a play-filled homeschooling childhood in Eastern Washington State, Ariel believes parenting is unique in its access and impact to change the world. Ariel has strong opinions about respecting children through their growth. Ariel also knows she is a much better parent when she has the support of other adults who love her kids.
When not working, Ariel likes to develop creative solutions to problems around her home – like keeping cats out of the playroom or creating garden beds out of waste material from other projects. She is comfortable with tools, big personalities, small people, and folks who appreciate candor. And for those who care, she is an eight enneagram, Capricorn sun and Leo rising, the youngest child, with love languages of Acts of Service and Words of Affirmation. Coffee is an everyday drink, and tacos aren’t just for Tuesday.
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