"If I don't know my options, I don't have any."
If you're pregnant, I bet you're overwhelmed by Google and books already. You might not know where to start (so. many. resources), or where to stop (hello, Google rabbit hole). Maybe you stumbled here in one of those endless searches (don't worry, it's a soft landing space). Maybe you're craving that essential human interaction often missing from our increasingly digital society. If any of that sounds familiar, keep reading! Professional childbirth education helps you navigate both the resources and the murky waters of pregnancy, birth preparation, labour/delivery, postpartum, and parenting—so you can birth with confidence. Lamaze has been the beacon of childbirth education for 60 years for a reason!
My goal as an educator is not only to help you learn, but to understand with a variety of learning resources and modalities. There is no right or wrong way to learn, just as there is no right or wrong way to birth your baby! If I've learned anything in my 13 years as a school teacher, it's that if I'm bored teaching, you're bored learning. Ask any of the dozens of families I've taught since 2019, and I bet "boring" won't be an adjective used! Best Birth Forward is offered in 3 format options to suit your unique needs, goals, and schedules:
Group hybrid series: Group classes are kept small so you can feel comfortable interacting with and getting to know other Cape Breton families, and I can devote my time and attention to everyone. A series runs for 8 weeks, and includes a community class at the end. Only offered 2-3 times a year, so plan accordingly!
Private hybrid series: Private classes are an option for locals and non-locals who prefer a more hands-off (but still supported) learning experience. You get a custom intro and wrap-up session while you work through the course at your own pace between sessions. Available anytime/anywhere, virtual or in-person.
Self-study series: For a more independent, self-paced learning experience. Includes all the same course content access, without the additional support of group/private. You can still e-mail any questions/concerns, or add custom sessions if decide on extra support. Available anytime, virtual only.
Learning with a support person/partner is highly encouraged for the best course experience, whether group, private, or self-study.
Support & Resources
13+ hours of pre-recorded content across 6 modules/26 lessons, accessed anytime.
Interactive live classes over 8 weeks (group series), custom intro and follow-up sessions (private series), or e-mail access only (self-study).
Custom content, visuals and resources from a variety of reputable, inclusive sources.
Custom course companion workbook to enhance learning throughout modules.
Private cohort Facebook group and course platform access (group series).
Supplies for independent learning and live, interactive activities (group only).
Bonus samples, gifts, prizes, and birth bundle resource packs (group only).
Continued access/support before, during, and after our series (group/private only).
Skills & Information
Learn about late pregnancy, labour & birth processes, how to cope during labour via comfort measures, which medical pain-relief options you have, interventions you may face, postpartum, and more.
Advocate for yourself to confidently react to your options and make informed, empowered decisions from pregnancy to postpartum.
Prepare for different scenarios and changes that can come with giving birth and parenting, however that ends up looking for you.
Communicate and discover your birth preferences to support your best birth experience.
Connect with other families and create lasting bonds in a safe, judgment-free space.
Payment & Options
Many private insurance companies now cover childbirth education/doula services! It can be buried, so inquire with your provider. Receipts can be provided upon request.
Birth work has always been a project of the heart for me. In an effort to make my services equitable and accessible, limited space may be available (by request) if you are unable to pay full price but are otherwise committed to getting quality prenatal education.
Keep in mind that I put my time and financial resources into what I offer—then meet me where YOU are. If you are able, please pay the full value to keep the flexible payment options available for those who need it. Payments plans can also be arranged if helpful.
There are also multi-program discounts with Mommy Connections to save more!
Basics & Bundles
For full prenatal education in self-study, enhanced hybrid group OR private classes.
+Best Birth Forward SELF-STUDY course ($200)
+Best Birth Forward PRIVATE series ($360)
+Best Birth Forward GROUP series ($180**-$360)
**$180 for Mom to Be program participants!
*Please reach out if finances are a barrier to participation.