Mindfulness-based classes about childbirth and postpartum recovery.

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 postpartum recovery.  

 

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.

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 $375
Classes are offered twice per year on Tuesdays from 6:00-8:30pm.  

One registration includes the pregnant parent and a support person.

The fee includes a notebook and a downloadable manual with handouts and resources to compliment the class. (Registered parents can purchase a print manual separately for $40).  

Please read our cancellation policy before you register.

 

 

Upcoming Classes

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

2019 Sessions:

April 2nd - May 7th

October 15th - November 19th

 

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

 
 
 

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, we'll walk you through the process of birth from early labor all the way through to the immediate postpartum. Along the way, we'll 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

One registration includes the pregnant parent and a support person.

Classes are held quarterly on a Friday from 6-10 pm.

Please read our cancellation policy before you register.

 

 

Upcoming Classes

2018 Schedule:

October 5th with Danica

December 7th with Danica

2019 Schedule:

March 15th with Danica

June 14th with Danica

September 13th with Danica

December 13th with Danica

 

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 quarterly on Saturdays from 9am-6pm with an hour break for lunch.

Parents will learn normal expectations for labor, birth and immediate postpartum.  Just like in the other classes, we teach 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. Because the Full Day class a condensed course, please consider registering for our Postpartum Preparation class separately for learning realistic expectations and detailed information for postpartum recovery.

 

 

Details

Classes are held quarterly Saturdays from 9am-6pm with a one hour break for lunch.  Danica Wolf, a certified Nona Birth Educator will be your instructor.

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

Classes are $225 

One registration includes the pregnant parent and a support person.

Please read our cancellation policy before you register.


Upcoming Classes

2018 Schedule:

Saturday, November 17th

2019 Schedule:

January 19th

April 27th

July 27th

October 26th

 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, Nona Full Day Intensive, or the Nona Birth Intensive.  This class content is included in the Nona Mindful Birth Education Series.


Upcoming Classes

2018 Schedule

Wednesday, February 28th

Wednesday, June 20th

Wednesday, October 17th

Classes are $50 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.