Prenatal Workshops

Being pregnant after loss is complex. We have created prenatal workshops that are designed to address the unique challenges of pregnancy after loss while giving you the information you need to empower your birthing and parenting experience

FAQ

Yes, anyone can join any workshop that suits you. There are no requirements to join multiple workshops. Anyone at any stage of pregnancy can join.

FREE! These workshops are generously sponsored by Tiny Footprints.

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Our Sponsors

These workshops are generously donated by Tiny Footprints.
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Workshop #1 - The Labyrinth and Labour Progress

Labour and birth are full of unknowns: how long will it take? how intense will it be? will I trust the doctor/midwife on call? what if I change my mind about what I want? While there is no way to know the exact specifics of how your labor will unfold, it IS possible to have a map to guide you. Explore the power of the labyrinth as a way to understand how labour progresses.

This workshop is Ideal for:
Parents planning a vaginal birth; partner not required

Next workshop: May 11th, 2021.
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Objective: parents will leave with an understanding of what to expect during labour and how the Labyrinth can be a useful tool for preparing for and understanding their progress through labour.

Topics covered:

  • Stages of labour
  • Signs of progress
  • How safety and privacy may speed labour progress
  • When and how to time contractions
  • Draw & trace a labyrinth

Time: 2 hours

Materials needed: paper, markers/pencil crayons

Post-workshop resources:

  • Timing Contractions (handout)
  • Holistic Stages of Labour (handout)

Need more info? Contact our Prenatal Workshop Director, Jordan Joanisse at jordan@pilsc.org.

Workshop #2 - Comfort Measures for Labour

You probably already know a lot about what comfort measures can be useful in labour but you may be craving something more. Dive into mindfulness as a practice not just for pain coping but for life coping. You and your partner will learn and practice breath awareness along with other hands on comfort measures you can use during labour to increase ease and decrease suffering.

This workshop is Ideal for:
Parents planning a vaginal birth; partner required

Next workshop: May 25th, 2021.
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Objective: parents-to-be will leave with multiple practical tools for coping with the pain and intensity of labour.

Topics covered:

  • Difference between pain & suffering
  • Building a pain coping mindset
  • How safety and privacy decrease pain
  • Mindfulness as a pain coping practice (specifically breath awareness)
  • Double hip squeeze
  • Take charge routine

Time: 2 hours

Materials needed: bowl, hand towel, 2-3 ice cubes per partner

Post-workshop resources:

  • Pain coping practices (link coming soon)
  • Double hip squeeze (link coming soon)
  • Take charge routine (handout)

Need more info? Contact our Prenatal Workshop Director, Jordan Joanisse at jordan@pilsc.org.

Workshop #3 - Cesarean-in-Awareness and Decision Making

How do you gather information, make decisions, and navigate the system of maternity care? Have you ever stopped to wonder if you have enough information? How does intuition play into making decisions? What will you do when the unexpected or unwanted arise during labour and postpartum? Spend time exploring your own unique medical decision making process along with an overview of the cesarean birth process and how to create a connected and sacred birthing experience in all circumstances.

This workshop is Ideal for:
all parents; partner preferred but not required

Next workshop: June 8th, 2021. UPDATE: Moved to June 9th, 2021.
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Objective: parents will leave with an understanding of the cesarean birth process and how to create a connected and sacred birth experience as well as an understanding of their unique medical decision making process.

Topics covered:

  • Cesarean birth
  • Your medical mind
  • Doing the next best thing
  • Art process: exploring strength

Time: 2 hours

Materials needed: paper, pastels (preferred)/markers/pencil crayons, pen, notebook/journal (optional)

Post-workshop resources:

  • Best Cesarean Possible (handout)

Need more info? Contact our Prenatal Workshop Director, Jordan Joanisse at jordan@pilsc.org.

Workshop #4 - Birth as a Rite of Passage and Inanna’s Descent

What if birth was more than something you just had to ‘get through’, more than a medical event, more than a crappy price to pay for having a baby? What if birth was a source of transformation, an opportunity to learn about yourself and grow as a person? Explore birth as a Rite of Passage and hear how the ancient story of Inanna’s Descent can help you understand the power of your own Underworld Journey.

This workshop is Ideal for:
all parents; partner not required

Next workshop: June 22nd, 2021.
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Objective: parents will leave with an understanding of birth as a Rite of Passage and will experience the story of Inanna’s Descent as a way to understand the birth-death-rebirth cycle of transformation.

Topics covered:

  • Common elements in Rites of Passage
  • How birth fits the framework of a Rite of Passage
  • How this can help them as they prepare for birth and postpartum
  • Inanna’s Descent

Time: 2 hours

Materials needed: pen, notebook/journal, candle

Post-workshop resources:

  • Questions to ponder re Inanna’s Descent

Need more info? Contact our Prenatal Workshop Director, Jordan Joanisse at jordan@pilsc.org.

Workshop #5 - Newborns!

If you are like most loss parents you’re probably experiencing some combination of excitement and anxiety at the idea of bringing a baby home. Learn the basics of life with a new baby, including breast/chestfeeding, newborn sleep, and how to best soothe your baby.

This workshop is Ideal for:
all parents; partner not required

Next workshop: July 27th, 2021.
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Objective: parents will leave with an understanding of what to expect in the first weeks of parenting and how to care for their newborns

Topics covered:

  • Breast/chestfeeding 101
    • Demand=supply
    • How to latch baby
    • Common nursing positions
    • Where to get extra support
    • What if baby won’t nurse?
    • How to tell baby’s getting enough
  • Newborn sleep
    • What’s normal
    • How to meet your own sleep needs
  • Co-regulation
    • Why other people can sometimes calm your baby down faster than you can
    • Soothing your baby

Time: 2 hours

Materials needed: pen, notebook/journal

Post-workshop resources:

  • What to expect in the first weeks (link coming soon)
  • Newborn sleep & unicorn babies (link coming soon)

Need more info? Contact our Prenatal Workshop Director, Jordan Joanisse at jordan@pilsc.org.

Workshop #6 - Relationship Transitions & Creating a Postpartum Plan

Not only will you as an individual transform into a parent, but you and your partner’s relationship will undergo an incredible transition as well. Spend time exploring what that transition might mean, how to maintain your connection, and how to honor the chapter of your lives that is coming to a close. PLUS! You’ll create your very own Postpartum Plan to help ease your transition into life with a new baby.

This workshop is Ideal for:
Parents bringing their 1st living child home; experienced parents who are looking for more info; partner preferred but not required

Next workshop: August 10th, 2021.
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Objective: parents will leave with an understanding of how relationships can change and shift after the birth of a baby and how to maintain their connection through the challenges of life with a newborn.

Topics covered:

  • The challenges relationships face after adding a new baby to the family
  • Small things often (from the Gottman Institute)
  • The four horsemen & their antidotes (from the Gottman Institute)
  • Postpartum plan

Time: 2 hours

Materials needed: 1 large or 4 regular pieces of paper, pen/markers

Post-workshop resources:

  • The Gottman Institute (link coming soon)

Need more info? Contact our Prenatal Workshop Director, Jordan Joanisse at jordan@pilsc.org.