The Birth Nurse Academy [On-line resources] - Pregnancy Care

Chicago, Illinois

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Services in a nutshell

Work one-on-one with an experienced labor and delivery nurse and trauma-informed childbirth educator to identify what’s making you anxious around pregnancy and birth and develop strategies to work through those anxieties.

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Ultimate Pregnancy Anxiety Sessions: Personalized Birth Planning and Coaching

Today you are brave so that tomorrow you can mother

There are a million reasons why today’s mothers are incredibly stressed out and fearful of childbirth.

Sound familiar?

  • Expectations from family, friends, society, or yourself
  • A less-than-stellar relationship with your provider
  • Feeling terrified after hearing and seeing all of the scary birth stories out there
  • History of a past loss or trauma
  • Previous pregnancy or birth experiences
  • History of sexual or physical assault (even if you’ve “moved on” feelings or reactions tend to resurface in unique ways during pregnancy/labor
  • Countless unknowns in the future – what’s the labor process like, hospital policies, does what I want matter?

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 develop 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

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…)

What’s included:

  • 2, 2-hour strategy sessions Zoom video-conference, private and convenient
  • 1, 1-hour postpartum processing session through Zoom video-conference, discuss your birth, process your reactions to facilitate healing
  • pace and time to share your fears/concerns/triggers. As a nurse, educator, and trained through When Survivors Give Birth training program, I have a unique perspective to help you prepare for a birth that has the potential to aid in your healing and begin your journey into parenthood feeling powerful and prepare
  • You will receive all of my notes taken during our sessions so that you can focus on being present instead of taking notes
  • PLUS: The entire Ultimate Guide to Taking Control of Your Childbirth online Lamaze course!

Once enrolled, you will have access to my online calendar so you can schedule your sessions at your convenience. You’ll then get an email with a link for our Zoom conference, unique to the day and time that you have chosen. Zoom is mobile friendly, so you can chat by phone!

What You Won’t Get

  • This is not psychotherapy
  • You won’t get a diagnosis
  • Judgement or criticism about your birth plan
  • Fluffy, feel-good answers all tied up in a bow

Are you ready to put in the work to have the positive childbirth experience that you deserve?

Click here to learn more or register.
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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