BrightBirth Academy

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Lesson 1: You Are In Control

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24 min. Having a baby is a big deal! You’re bringing a tiny human into the world, and it’s an emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual experience for you and your baby! Birth impacts your body and emotions. Being in control takes planning and preparation to have the best birth experience possible! So, in this first video, we lay out the goals for the childbirth series, why it’s essential to know your options, what you need to consider and plan for, and why having a positive birth experience is vital for you and your baby! Purchase optional Facilitator Guides and Participants Workbooks here. Topics include: Childbirth, Labor, Delivery, Hospital, Birthing Center, Doctor, Nurse Midwife, Certified Midwife, Insurance, Support People, BrightBirth Closed Captions: English/Spanish ©2021

 

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Lesson 2: Your Body & Birth

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24 min. You know your baby is nestled in the safe cocoon of your uterus, growing, and developing. You feel those kicks and jabs, after all! Your body is fantastic and working beautifully to bring a tiny human into the world. But have you considered how everything works together to make it happen? How will you know when you’re getting close to birth? What triggers contractions to start, and how does the baby move down into the birth canal? It doesn’t need to be a mystery! This knowledge is vital to making good decisions during labor and delivery. In this lesson, we will talk about how your body is uniquely designed to give birth, how all your reproductive parts work together along with hormones to allow birth to happen, what the signs of labor are, and all the stages and phases of labor. Purchase optional Facilitator Guides and Participants Workbooks here. Topics include: Reproductive system, Hormones, Signs of Labor, Stages of Labor, Uterus, Amniotic Sac, Placenta, Pelvis, Vagina, Braxton Hicks Contractions, Preterm Labor, Lightening, Mucus Plug, Water Breaking, Lower Back Pain, Early Phase, Active phase, Transition phase, Pushing, Postpartum, Apgar Score, Oxytocin, Melatonin, Adrenaline, Room Environment, BrightBirth Closed Captions: English/Spanish ©2021

 

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Lesson 3: Pain & Natural Birth

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33 min. Pain is one of the first things many moms think about when considering labor. Labor and delivery hurt. So, you might wonder why you should consider a birth free from pain medicine and interventions. It’s a good question, but to answer it, you must understand the way nature intended birth to be. In this lesson, we will talk about natural delivery and its benefits for mom and baby, how pain works, how you can help block its sensation, and the natural comfort techniques that will help you through. Even if you’re planning a medicated birth, these techniques are a must to know! Purchase optional Facilitator Guides and Participants Workbooks here. Topics Include: Natural Birth, Cervix, Pelvis, Labor, Contractions, P.A.I.N., Relaxation, Rhythm, Ritual, The Gate Theory, Support People, Comfort Techniques, Coping Techniques, Focused Breathing, Deep Breathing, Focal Point, Visualization, Massage, Counterpressure, Double Hip Squeeze, Sifting, Positions, Birth Ball, Birth Peanut, Slow Dancing, Squatting, Hydrotherapy, Room Environment, BrightBirth Closed Captions: English/Spanish ©2021

 

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Lesson 4: B.R.A.I.N. & Decision Making

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16 min. Labor and delivery can be overwhelming. Hospital staff come in and out of your room monitoring you and the baby, tracking your progress, and keeping an eye on your contractions and pain level. They may offer or encourage various procedures and interventions as situations arise. What do you do? How do you make decisions amidst pain and fear? You use your BRAIN. This lesson introduces the BRAIN method, an easy-to-remember acronym that will ensure you have all the information needed to give informed consent to any medication, procedure, or treatment that may arise during labor and delivery. Purchase optional Facilitator Guides and Participants Workbooks here. Topics Include: B.R.A.I.N., Benefits, Risks, Alternatives, Intuition, No or Not now, Asking Questions, Labor, Delivery, BrightBirth Closed Captions: English/Spanish ©2021

 

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Lesson 5: Medical Pain Relief, Interventions, and Procedures

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20 min. You will likely have a lot of options offered to you in childbirth. You have medicated pain relief options, medications to move labor faster, procedures such as IVs, continuous monitoring, and more. Unfortunately, each option and procedure can lead to more interventions, interrupting the natural birth process. They’re not necessarily wrong, but they may be wrong for you or impede the positive birth experience you want. This lesson discusses the possible medical interventions you may face, the cascade of interventions that can happen, and the various medical pain options you may have available to you. Purchase optional Facilitator Guides and Participants Workbooks here. Topics Include: Medical Pain Relief, Interventions, Procedures, Labor, Delivery, Epidural, Pitocin, IV Insertion, Group B Strep, Hydration, Oxygen, Monitoring, Sweeping Membranes, Prostaglandins, Foley Catheter, Breaking Water, Episiotomy, Forceps, Vacuum, Narcotics, Nitrous Oxide, Acupuncture, Sterile Water Injections, Managing Pain, BrightBirth Closed Captions: English/Spanish ©2021

 

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Lesson 6: Planning for Birth

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13 min. A lot of planning goes into having the birth experience you want. Such as, who will support you during labor and delivery? Who is allowed in the room while you labor, or who don’t you want in the room? Who cuts the cord? Who is the first to hold the baby? Do you want immediate skin-to-skin contact after birth? Do you want to breastfeed? And so much more! AND how do you communicate all of this to the right people? This lesson goes over how to create a birth plan and what to do to help you have the birth experience you want! Purchase optional Facilitator Guides and Participants Workbooks here. Topics Include: Labor, Delivery, Birth, Birth Plan, Support People, Pain Medication Preference Scale, Postpartum, Baby Bath, Breastfeeding, Vitamin K shot, Antibiotic Eye Ointment, Circumcision, Placenta Delivery, BrightBirth Closed Captions: English/Spanish ©2021

 

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Lesson 7: Postpartum

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14 min. A lot of plans and preparation lead up to your baby’s incredible birth! It’s all so exciting! But what happens after delivery? What happens with your body and your baby? This final lesson goes over the baby’s first feeding, tests, and procedures. It also covers what you can expect directly after birth with your body and emotions and how the first few weeks at home will look. Congratulations, you had your baby! Purchase optional Facilitator Guides and Participants Workbooks here. Topics Include: Postpartum, Feeding, Skin to Skin, Breast Crawl, Blood Sugar Level, Genetic Screening, Hearing Screening, PKU Screening, Jaundice Screening, Monitoring, Lochia, Fluctuating Emotions, Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety, Taking Baby Home, BrightBirth Closed Captions: English/Spanish ©2021

 

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