Mindfulness-based classes about childbirth, postpartum, and baby care.

Whether this is your first baby or your fourth, Nona Birth Education offers evidence-based classes, yoga, and counseling to help you feel confident and prepared for pregnancy, birth, and early parenting.  

 

Childbirth Education classes in Columbia, MO with Nona Birth Education & Counseling

Childbirth Education

Whether you plan to have a natural childbirth or plan to birth with the assistance of medical pain relief, the Nona childbirth education classes will help you feel confident and prepared. 

Postpartum preparation classes in Columbia, MO

Postpartum Preparation

Preparing for postpartum during pregnancy is the best way to prevent unexpected and avoidable challenges. Learn what to expect for you, your partner, and your baby in the first few weeks after birth.

Baby care classes at Nona Birth Education and Counseling

Baby Care

Learn the basics of caring for your new baby. From feeding to sleeping, you'll feel confident to soothe and care for your newborn.

Mindfulness-based childbirth education.

 

All Nona Birth Education classes are evidence-based and integrate mindfulness skills, partner support, comfort measures, coping skills, and how to navigate hospital protocols and staff.

We have a class to fit your personal birth plan and schedule.

 

 
6-week mindful birth education series

6-week Mindful Birth Education Series

A comprehensive birth education class that will fully prepare you and your parter for your birth.

4-hour birth intensive class in Columbia, MO

4-Hour Birth Intensive Class

The perfect complement to your hospital class or a great birth refresher.

Full day birth intensive class

Full day Birth Intensive Class

For parents who can't fit our 6-week series into their schedules, this class is a condensed alternative. Come prepared for 8 hours of comprehensive birth education.

 

Clicking "sign up" takes you to our online scheduler. Click "class schedule" then scroll to find your class to register.

 

Nona Mindful Birth Education Series

 

Combining the best evidence, mindfulness skills, body-centered awareness, and practical information, this may be the most comprehensive childbirth education course available.

This series is detailed enough to replace either your hospital childbirth education or homebirth course. While this class is not specifically about natural childbirth, many parents will use the skills taught in this series to reach that goal.

The series curriculum is developed and taught by Erica Kroll, LPC and integrates her years of practical birth experience as an educator, doula, mindfulness instructor, and counselor. Erica will help parents to develop trust in their resiliency to move through birth and early postpartum no matter how these events unfold. This allows parents to feel confident and informed as they approach this significant life transition.

 

What you will learn:

  • Mindfulness skills for labor, birth, and parenting
  • How to manage fear and anxiety
  • How to create a birth plan that staff will read and respect
  • Effective communication with your care provider 
  • Basic anatomy and physiology of labor and birth
  • Psychology of labor, birth and early parenting for both parent; how to manage common emotions
  • Positions for labor and birth
  • Common interventions and making informed decisions
  • Medical and natural pain relief
  • When to get an epidural if you want one
  • The hormonal physiology of childbirth and the mind-body connection
  • Navigate hospital protocol and staff
  • Partner support
  • Pushing
  • Evidence-based care vs. routine care
  • Emotional and physical recovery
  • *Breastfeeding resources 
  • Cesarean, induction, epidural and natural birth information will be discussed
 
Note: Parents who plan to breastfeed should plan to take a separate breastfeeding education course.
 

 

Details

Each series is 15 hours and consists of 6 weeks of 2.5 hour classes for $325
Classes are held weekly from 6:00-8:30pm.  

The fee includes a notebook and a downloadable manual with handouts and resources to compliment the class. (Parents can purchase a print manual separately).  

 

 

Upcoming Classes

Classes are scheduled to follow the Nona Yoga & Support series. 

Registration ends one week before the session begins.

Save $50 when you bundle a back to back Mindful Birth Series with the Nona Yoga & Support Series.  


October 11th – November 15th (Tuesdays)

2017 Sessions:

February 22nd - April 5th (Wednesdays)  **No class on March 29th for spring break

May 23rd - June 27th (Tuesdays)

October 10th - November 14th (Tuesdays)  **Please note that we will hold class on Halloween

 

Clicking "sign up" takes you to our online scheduler. Click on "class schedule" then scroll to find your class to register. To purchase the package, click "online store" then "packages".

 
 
 

Don’t hesitate to register for your class!

Classes may be canceled due to low enrollment. If this is the case, you will be refunded.

Disclaimer: Teachers at Nona Birth Education & Counseling do not provide medical advice. Topics addressed in classes or on the website or blog are not meant to replace the care and advice provided by your physician, midwife, or OBGYN.

 

Nona 4-Hour Birth Intensive

In this four hour class, Erica walks you through the process of birth from early labor all the way through to the immediate postpartum. Along the way, Erica will teach you specific coping skills and strategies for both birthing parents and their partners including mindfulness skills for working through contractions, optimal positioning, movement through labor, and skills for negotiating hospital protocols and staff; all specific to your personal goals.

Class starts with a round of introductions in which couples will be encouraged to share their goals and vision for their birth.  In this way, each class is tailored and specific to the couples who are in attendance.  This class goes way beyond hospital classes and is meant to build upon the information taught in a hospital class and can be a great refresher course.

 

 

Details

This class is a basic overview of what is taught in the 6 week Mindful Birth Education Series.

$85 (cost includes one support person).

Classes are held every other month on a Friday from 6-10 pm.

 

 

Upcoming Classes

Friday, October 7th

Friday, December 2nd

2017 Schedule:

Friday, February 3rd

Friday, April 7th

Friday, June 2nd

Friday, August 4th

Friday, October 6th

Friday, December 1st

Clicking "sign up" takes you to our online scheduler. Click on "class schedule" then scroll to find your class to register.

 

 
Lesbian couple, pregnancy, childbirth education

Disclaimer: Teachers at Nona Birth Education & Counseling do not provide medical advice. Topics addressed in classes or on the website or blog are not meant to replace the care and advice provided by your physician, midwife, or OBGYN.

 

Nona Full-Day Birth Intensive

Can’t fit our 6 week Mindful Birth Series in your schedule, but looking for something more comprehensive than the 4 hour Birth Intensive?  The Nona All-Day Birth Intensive is for you. We’ve condensed the 15 hour Mindful Birth Course into an 8 hour intensive offered on occasional Saturdays from 9am-6pm with an hour break for lunch.

Parents will learn normal expectations for labor, birth and early postpartum.  Just like in the other classes, Erica emphasizes mindfulness skills for coping, how to navigate hospital protocols and routine interventions, when to get an epidural if you want one, and partner support skills.

 

What you will learn:

  • Mindfulness skills for labor, birth, and parenting
  • Creating a birth plan that staff will read and respect
  • Effectively communicating with your care provider 
  • Basic anatomy and physiology of labor and birth
  • Psychology of labor, birth and early parenting for both parents
  • Positions for labor and birth
  • Common interventions and making informed decisions
  • Medical and natural pain relief

 

  • When to get an epidural if you want one
  • The hormonal physiology of childbirth and the mind-body connection
  • Navigate hospital protocol and staff
  • Partner support
  • Pushing
  • Evidence-based care
  • Emotional and physical recovery
  • *Breastfeeding resources 
  • Cesarean, induction, epidural and natural birth information will be discussed
 
Note: Parents who plan to breastfeed should plan to take a separate breastfeeding education course.
 

 

Details

Classes are held on occasional Saturdays from 9am-6pm with a one hour break for lunch.

Each class includes a digital download of our Nona Childbirth Education Manual (parents can purchase a color print manual separately).

Classes are $225 and include one support person


Upcoming Classes

Saturday, November 12th:  Please contact Erica if you have interest in this class date.

Future dates TBD

Clicking "sign up" takes you to our online scheduler.  Click "class schedule" then scroll to find your class.

 

Disclaimer: Teachers at Nona Birth Education & Counseling do not provide medical advice. Topics addressed in classes or on the website or blog are not meant to replace the care and advice provided by your physician, midwife, or OBGYN.

"I wish somebody had told me..."

 

Parents are usually so focused on preparing for birth that they forget the importance of learning about postpartum recovery and wellness. The Nona Postpartum Prep class provides parents with realistic expectations about the first few weeks and what they need to do to be prepared. 

Classes are held quarterly from 6-8pm

What you will learn:

  • Healing
  • Optimizing sleep
  • Self-care
  • Normal emotional adjustment
  • Perinatal and postpartum mood disorders
  • Partner support and adjustment
  • Breastfeeding basics
This class is intended for parents to take during their pregnancy for the purpose of planning and preparing ahead of time.

This class is an excellent compliment to your hospital class or the Nona Birth Intensive.  This class content is included in the Nona Mindful Birth Education Series.


Upcoming Classes

2016 Schedule:

Wednesday, November 2nd

2017 Schedule:

Tuesday, February 21st

Wednesday, May 17th

Wednesday, August 23rd

Wednesday, November 8th

Classes are $40 and include one support person.

Clicking "sign up" takes you to our online scheduler. Click on "class schedule" then scroll to find your class to register.

 

Newborns can be a handful.

 

In this class, you'll learn the basic essentials of baby care including evidence-based calming, swaddling, bonding and gentle sleep techniques.

Classes TBA