The Birth Nurse Academy [On-line resources] - Planning for childbirth

Services in a nutshell

Trauma-informed on-line classes and virtual coaching to help survivors and others prepare for childbirth, including VBAC. Includes “Survivor Sessions: Personalized Birth Planning and Coaching”, “The Ultimate Guide to Taking Control of Your Childbirth” (on-line Lamaze class) and “VBAC Sessions: Personalized Birth Planning and Coaching”.

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The Ultimate Guide to Taking Control of Your Childbirth

Go Into Labor with Actual Confidence in Just One Weekend

After helping thousands of families give birth as a Labor and Delivery Nurse and experiencing a traumatic birth myself, I’ve learned that what works in labor for one person may not be what’s right for another.

This online class gives you the privacy, time, and specific activities to guide you through a learning process that’s unique to you and what’s important to you on your baby’s birthday.

+ Learn what to expect in the L&D process

+ Feel In-Control of your Pregnancy and Birth

+ Create your own Customized Plan for your childbirth

+ Become a confident Decision-Maker about your health and safety

+ Discover ways to shorten labor

+ Find ways to Reduce and Manage Pain that work for you

+ Feel empowered with your new skills and knowledge

+ Enjoy the flexibility of online learning with a variety of multimedia modules

Course Curriculum

  • Why is Lamaze the best?
  • Lesson 1: Welcome, Early Labor
  • Lesson 2: Mucous Plugs: Uncensored
  • Lesson 3: Fear, Poo, and Focal Points
  • Lesson 4: Unexpected Outcomes – Show me the evidence!
  • Lesson 5: Baby’s Out, Now What?
  • Lesson 6: Seek Comfort, Find Your Rhythm
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Survivor Sessions: Personalized Birth Planning and Coaching

A Traumatic Past Doesn’t Have to Define Your Birth

Work together, one-on-one, with an experienced L&D nurse and trauma-informed trained childbirth educator in 3 private video-conference sessions, to

  • identify YOUR specific sticking points
  • ways you can comfortably manage this anxiety and fear
  • then brainstorm strategies and techniques to handle anything that comes your way during the labor process
  • outline a crazy-good birth plan that will work for you, NOT a wish list
  • process your birth experience with a trusted professional to unpack any questions and get clear on your feelings

You are in control.

Being in control isn’t as powerful as also feeling in control. You absolutely can, and should, learn how to harness the power of your birth experience in order to transition into parenthood stronger than ever.

If you’ve experienced any sort of abuse, assault, loss, or trauma in your past or even took a few swings on the mental health pendulum, you are already at a higher risk for postpartum depression and anxiety disorders.

Denial doesn’t make that risk go away, believe me. I thought I could will the feelings away. Um, nope.

The key to beginning parenthood stronger than ever is to identify those HARD STOPS, or triggers, that are inherent in labor and birth and develop strategies to conquer them. Your past, the hurdles you’ve already conquered, do not get to write your birth plan. You are already resilient and have more coping strategies than you probably even realize!

This work isn’t about learning a fancy, shmancy new labor method or complicated birth survival algorithm (though if I had one, we’d use it, because that sounds kinda cool). It’s much easier and faster than those types of techniques. We’ll be getting really clear on what resonates with you, what’s possible for your birth, what works for you and how your team can support that, and then enough time and energy in practicing what works so that you not only have a plan for your birth but also some kick a$$ skills for conquering postpartum and parenthood like it’s your job! (oh wait…)

Click here to learn more or register for this course.


VBAC Sessions: Personalized Birth Planning and Coaching

Preparing for this baby is your fresh start. Your birth is as unique as your baby, so why not prepare for it in a unique way and give yourself the best chance at a successful VBAC? Your past cesarean is actually one of your new strengths! Together we can make sure that your whole self is strong and ready for a healing VBAC!

You can absolutely have a successful vaginal birth after a cesarean!

In less time than it takes to wash, dry, fold, and put away all of those teeny, tiny, adorable baby clothes, you could learn the tools necessary to prepare your

  • body for a strong, balanced birth
  • your heart for all possible outcomes
  • your mind in order to come out of this experience stronger than ever

Work together, one-on-one, with an experienced L&D nurse and trauma-informed trained childbirth educator in 2 private video-conference sessions, to

  • process your previous birth experiences and separate those births from your upcoming experience
  • identify YOUR specific sticking points
  • then brainstorm strategies and techniques to handle anything that comes your way during the labor process
  • outline a crazy-good birth plan that will work for you and ensure you are heard

Your past, the hurdles you’ve already conquered, does not get to write your birth plan.

Click here to learn more or register for this course.


Our team

Mandy Irby
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing
  • Registered Nurse Certified – Inpatient Obstetric Nursing
  • Certified – Electronic Fetal Monitoring
  • Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator
  • Spinning Babies® Parent Educator
  • Authorized Peanut Ball Trainer
  • Labor and Delivery bedside nurse for over a decade
  • When Survivors Give Birth Educators Workshop & When Survivors Give Birth – Intro and Advanced Counseling by Phyllis Klaus and Penny Simkin
  • Board of Directors at BREAST Roanoke, previous founding member
  • Given birth twice
  • Breastfed two babies into toddlerhood

Hey there! I’m Mandy Irby, the mom and nurse creator of the Birth Nurse Academy and popular YouTube channel @MandyIrby. I 1 million% believe that our bodies are powerful, and with the right support, we are unstoppable.

My absolute favorite part about bedside nursing is when I can help surprise a new mother with her own strength! Labor plays funny tricks with our minds. It makes us vulnerable, it’s raw, it’s scary. Many of us get to a point where we feel utterly defeated, overwhelmed, and that we simply Cannot do it. I know the truth, however, and can see the fierceness and power inside each birthing person. When they finally reach the finish line and look back at their journey while holding their little one in their arms, that look of “well dang, I actually did it” is my favorite part of the whole process.

Though childbirth is very real and very raw, I believe that our past experiences, hurdles, and accomplishments are what give us the superpowers we need to have a powerful, rewarding, and healing birth experience.

I grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City but have happily called Virginia home for the last 15 years. I discovered a passion for childbirth while attending the University of Virginia and have been supporting pregnant, laboring, and breastfeeding people and families for the last decade.

I’m on a mission to prepare families to birth boldly, so that they can begin parenthood stronger than ever.


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