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Informed & Empowered Learning

Online Birthing, Breastfeeding, and Parenting Classes

Wondering what to expect with birth? What to expect when breastfeeding? Want to learn more about mindful birthing? Interested in normalizing the birth experience or understanding common complications in labor? Whether you’re looking for online group childbirth classes, or prefer private virtual education, you’ll be taught by professional educators with expertise in the childbearing year. Our goal is always to leave you feeling informed, confident, and more at ease where you are now, and for what lies ahead!

Group Classes

Birthways group classes are designed to build your confidence, deepen your knowledge, and build connection with other expectant parents. 

Breastfeeding 101

Evidence shows that prenatal breastfeeding education, together with follow-up with a lactation expert after birth, and encouragement from partners and family members greatly minimizes early cessation of breastfeeding. Set yourself up for success nourishing your baby!  

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Celebrate Birth! 1-Day Intensive

For those short on time, this 1-Day Intensive offers a way to prepare for birth that brings together new and traditional wisdom, your own life experiences, and your inner strength and abilities. You will learn practical gems of wisdom that will see you through the days of your pregnancy and early parenting.

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Celebrate Birth! 5-week series

This 5-weeks series will guide you to recognize normal patterns in pregnancy and labor and the common pitfalls that can steer you off course. Celebrate Birth! will help you tap into your inner strengths and wisdom so you can make decisions in a conscious, grounded way for you and your baby.

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Mind in Labor Weekend

A comprehensive birth preparation class AND an introduction to mindfulness practices, this long-weekend course prepares the mind and the body for the experiences of birth. Mindful birthing increases your ability to navigate whatever arises as your pregnancy and labor unfold.

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Mindfulness-Based Childbirth & Parenting

Prepare for birth and parenting over the course of 9-weeks in community with other expectant parents. Childbirth education, postpartum preparation, and mindfulness come together in one series to support your birthing and parenting possibilities.

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Private Education

If you would prefer private, customized prenatal education, or group class schedules don’t align with your timeline, then this is a great option for you. Your Educator will connect with you to build your content, which can include:

  • Stages of Labor
  • Comfort Measures
  • Preparing for Induction
  • Preparing for Cesarean Birth
  • Breastfeeding Preparation
  • Newborn Care
  • Mindful Birthing tools

Private Education may be particularly helpful for: refreshers, families expecting twins/triplets, preparing to parent through surrogacy or adoption, grandparents’ preparation, or those on bedrest during pregnancy.

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Birthways Virtual Services

You know what? You have enough to worry about. Pregnancy – or planning for a baby through adoption or surrogacy – is a thrilling, mysterious, sometimes anxious, often confusing time. And we know you have a lot of help: Advice from every corner, insights from every website, wisdom from every in-law and best friend. Truth is – it might be nice to have an expert by your side.

Get the Support, Comfort and Confidence You Deserve!

For over 20 years, Birthways has provided expert support for Chicago-area families during the childbearing year with compassionate, knowledgeable, and affirming care. Founded by renowned postpartum expert Karen Laing, our doulas are carefully screened, trained, supported and experienced to meet your unique needs. With expertise ranging from education to lactation to sleep, Birthways is committed to providing compassionate, affirming support for expectant and new families.

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