BIRTH MATTERS PRENATAL CLASSES

 Welcome to Kamloops Premiere Prenatal and Postnatal Classes!

Taught within the Modern Nest; a City Wide Trusted Favourite!

Education is the Key!
Proudly offering Kamloops' Only Freestanding Birth Support and Education Centre!
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Are you and your partner ready to embark on the most rewarding & exciting journey of your life?

 

At Birth Matters, we are dedicated to supporting and educating you and your partner as you prepare to greet your little one and in the months that follow.

 

Birth Matters Prenatal Classes are the most trusted & comprehensive series of prenatal & post-partum classes offered in Kamloops.  It is the only Childbirth Education Centre in Kamloops, offering a full classroom and extensive resources learning library. Classes are taught by a facilitator with  22 years of experience in labour, birth and post-partum.  The classes are for everyone; whether you plan to birth at home or the hospital, with a Physician or a Midwife, with Medications or Without. I have an extensive array of teaching materials for learning, including Posters, DVD's, 3D models & visuals, Group activities, library of related books, and the PlumTree Baby textbook is included for each expecting family.

 

The studio and office are spacious and lovely places to learn alongside other new families. Centrally located in Sahali's Tudor Village Complex within Modern Nest. 

 

Classes are designed so there is plenty of opportunities to address each of your concerns.  I recognize that all expectant mothers and support persons are unique and we welcome all questions and facilitate discussion.  I provide a safe, FUN and supportive learning environment, as well as a social setting to meet and get to know other expectant families in the community.

 

Prenatal classes will include; group discussions, videos, demonstrations, and plenty of time to practice supporting techniques & the PlumTree Baby curriculum booklet.

 

Birth Matters specializes in preparing expecting families for an amazing, educated birth and bonding experience. Through the 4 weeks of comprehensive group classes, 2 Intensive childbirth preparation classes, or the Prenatal in a Day we are able to help prepare all birthing families throughout the Kamloops area.

We Believe:

  1. You & your support person CAN have an amazing birth and bonding experience!

  2. You will work together and grow closer & more ready through our childbirth education series &  the upcoming birth day.

  3. Learning to relax both mentally, emotionally and physically is an important skill needed for a satisfying birth experience. 

  4. Preparation, knowledge, and support are an integral part of having a memorable & empowered birth experience.

  5. Your support team matters! Through the weeks of learning, we hope to help your support person feel ready & prepared to be there for you.

  6. Our learning environment is fun and social. We strive to help you and your support person build connections not just with each other but with other new expecting families as well.

 

Thank you for joining me in this most incredible journey as you prepare to give birth to your baby. I am honoured to be part of your birth stories.    

 

Let’s get started!

 

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Curriculum for all of our classes follows the PlumTree Baby practices and learning models, which include the most comprehensive and up to date materials available. Provided to each couple. As well as a comprehensive collection of teaching materials, posters, DVD's, 3D models etc.

PRENATAL CLASSES

 

4 Week Prenatal Sessions

 

Day & Time: Wednesdays from 6:30-9pm

 

Investment:: $325 (price includes expectant mother & 1 support person)

 

Location: 503 - 1315 Summit Dr. (Tudor Village)

Upcoming 4 week Class Schedule
ALL SESSIONS TAKE PLACE
OVER THE COURSE OF 4 wednesdays

LATE SPRING SESSION 2021

Split Session / May 12th-26th& June 9th 

(no class June 2nd)

** FULL~ Intensives & One Day Classes available**

SUMMER SESSION 2021

Split Session / July 7th-21st & Aug 11th

(no classes July 28th & Aug 4th)

** 1 Space Available**

FALL SESSION 2021

Sept 8th-29th

** 4 Spaces Available**

Oct  20th-27th & Nov 3rd & 17th

Split Session 

(no class Nov 10th)

** Spaces Available**

WINTER SESSION 2021

Nov  24th-`Dec 15th

** Spaces Available**

Weekly Overview

Week 1:  Anatomy & The Stages of Labour 

  • Introductions & Overview

  • Anatomy & Physiology

  • Stages of labour 

Week 2: Comfort Measures, Positions & Breathing

  • What to bring /pack for labour

  • Labour support- what does that mean?

  • Positions for labour & birth

  • Back labour positions & techniques 

  • Breathing & Comfort techniques
     

Week 3: Medical Supports & Procedures
Medications in Labour

  • Medical support & procedures​

  • Cesarean Birth & Induction of Labour

  • Informed decision-making activities 


Week 4 : Birth planning & Post-partum Expectations

  • Exploring Birth Preferences​

  • Immediate post-partum expectations  for mom & baby

  • Post-partum preparation

2 INTENSIVE SESSIONS

FOR LABOUR & BIRTH PREPARATION

 

Day & Time: Wednesdays from 6:30-9pm

 

Investment:: $325 (price includes expectant mother & 1 support person)

 

Location: 503 - 1315 Summit Dr. (Tudor Village)

 
choose a class 1, then CHOOSE a
class 2, in sequence- each session 2.5hrs 

What is covered in the sessions:

 

Intensive 1

  • Anatomy & Physiology of Pregnancy & Birth

  • Signs & Symptoms of Labour

  • Stages of labour

 

Intensive 2

  • Breathing, Positions & Comfort Measures.

  • Medical Support -medications & procedures 

  • Immediate Post Partum Expectations

Upcoming Class Dates

Intensive 1&2

Early Summer  2021

May 11th 5-8pm (Tues) & June 8th 5-8pm (Tues)

** 1 Space Available**

Summer  2021

July 13th 5-8pm (Tues) & July 27th 5-8pm (Tues)

** 4 Spaces Available**

Aug. 10th 5-8pm (Tues) & Aug. 24th 5-8pm (Tues)

** 5 Spaces Available**

Fall  2021

Sept. 16th 5-8pm (Thur) & Oc. 14th 5-8pm (Thur)

** Spaces Available**

Winter 2021

Nov. 18th 5-8pm (Thur) & Dec. 16th 5-8pm (Thur)

** Spaces Available**

PRENATAL IN A DAY

FOR LABOUR & BIRTH PREPARATION

 

Day & Time: Full day from 10am-3pm

 

Investment:: $325 (price includes expectant mother & 1 support person)

 

Location: 503 - 1315 Summit Dr. (Tudor Village)

 

What is covered in the sessions:
 

  • Anatomy & Physiology of Pregnancy & Birth​

  • Signs & Symptoms of Labour

  • Stages of labour

  • Breathing, Positions & Comfort Measures.

  • Medical Support -medications & procedures 

  • Immediate Post Partum Expectations

Upcoming Class Dates

Summer 2021 

** 2 Intensives & 4wk Only Available**

Fall 2021 

September  18th   10am-3pm (Sat)

*4 Spaces Available**

October 23rd  10am-3pm (Sat)

** Spaces Available**

Winter 2021 

November 27th  10am-3pm (Sat)

** Spaces Available**

December 18th  10am-3pm (Sat)

** Spaces Available**

1 & 1/2hR SEMI-PRIVATE BIRTH PREP & PLANNING SESSION

(*This is NOT a prenatal class*)

Investment:: $75 (price includes expectant mother & 1 support person)

Planning Hospital or Home birth?

 

You don't need a prenatal class BUT ~ You do feel like you need some help or guidance to help you and your partner feel better prepared?

 

Or a Refresher from previous birth experiences. 

 

This might be a perfect option for you!

 

You are not sure about Doula support or have decided you aren't hiring one. BUT you would love someone in the prenatal period to help you plan & prepare for your birth.  

 

These Semi-Private sessions might strike the perfect balance for you &  allow for added flexibility.

  • Booked at your convenience & Customized for your situation 

  • Experienced & Knowledgeable Guidance

  • Template and Assistance with preparing a Birth Plan

  • Exploring your vision of your birth

  • What to expect at the hospital or at home

  • Current information hospital procedures and policies

  • Information on all the Pain medication options

  • What to pack and How to prepare for chosen birth place

  • Hand outs for Comfort measures, Labour Tools, What to pack for Birth, Medications, Medical Supports, Expectations & Birth Plan Template and SO MUCH MORE!

The goal is to provide you with all the information you need to feel more calm and confident going into your birth.

Current Semi-Private Dates: (maximum of 3 couples)

 

Request another Date on the registration form as needed.

NEWBORN CLASSES

 

NEWBORN 101

BRINGING YOUR BABY HOME

 

Investment: $75 (price includes expectant mother & 1 support person)

 

Location: 503 - 1315 Summit Dr. (Tudor Village)

 

What is covered in the sessions:

  • 3 hr class will explore everything you need to know when bringing your sweet new little one home.

  • Join us in our warm cozy classroom. Meet new families just like yourselves. Build your village.

  • Increase your confidence with all things baby related. Diapers, Sleep, Eating.

  • Includes the Brand NEW  PlumTree Newborn Care Booklet!! 
     

Topics will include:

  • A Newborn's appearance & behaviours

  • Basics for Feeding your Baby  - breast and/or bottle

  • Gas, Fussiness & Burping

  • Sleeping Habits in the first weeks

  • Diapering options and how to's

  • Bathing

  • Carseat Safety

  • Soothing Techniques & Swaddling & Baby Wearing

  • How to Read your baby ~ hunger and sleeping cues

  • Baby Gadgets?! What items do you REALLY need for your new baby?

  • How to plan for and take care or your relationships with a new baby

  • And Much Much More!

Upcoming Class Dates

Summer 2021

May 18th 6-9pm (Tues)

  ** FULL**

July 22nd 6-9pm (Thurs)

** 3 Spaces Available**

Fall 2021

Sept 9th 6-9pm (Thurs)

**Spaces Available**

October 28th 6-9pm (Tues)

**Spaces Available**

Winter 2021

November 23rd 6-9pm (Tues)

**Spaces Available**

December 21st 6-9pm (Tues)

**Spaces Available**

BOOKING INFORMATION

 

Our online registration involves the following,

simple 2-Step process.

STEP 1

Complete our online registration form desired dates listed to ensure class availability.  Spots fill quickly!

Payments Methods & Policy

  • Payments can be made online via Paypal invoice, E-Transfer, credit card online, or in cash at our front desk. 

  • All fees include include expectant mother, and 1 support person. 

 

Reservations & Refund Policy

  • Spots can only be held with deposit payment, or full payment.

  • Registration fee is non-refundable.

  • No refunds of balance within 7 days of class start dates commencing or during current sessions. 15% Admin fee on all refunds.

  • Make-up date/time arranged ONLY if classes are rescheduled by a facilitator.