What all people can expect out of this course:
Course delivered online via Zoom meeting. Link will be sent the day before training start time.
"This was such an awesome class and Adrienne was fantastic! Such a welcoming way to wrap your head around the whole "crap - we are going to be parents!" thing :)"
~ Melissa H
"Corina, the doula who lead the prenatal weekend course was awesome. She was knowledgeable and open to letting the discussion go in various directions to suit everyone’s questions. She was also so down-to-earth and honest. I appreciated learning from someone who kept things real." ~Jasmine
Adrienne Côté: Childbirth Educator, Doula & Holistic Nutritionist
Adrienne Côté is a Holistic Nutritionist, Doula and Childbirth Educator based out of Toronto, Canada. She's been working with Yoga Mamas Co since 2012.
After working for 5 years as a counselor at a not for profit with young mothers, Adrienne became immersed in working with these new moms. A lot of time was spent helping them learn about the labour process, newborn care and child attachment while balancing their own personal struggles.Adrienne credits her experience with these amazing young women as the inspiration behind her becoming trained as a Doula and CBE. Her goal is to ensure all parents have the benefit of knowledge and support during a truly life changing event. With a Social Work background, Adrienne combines her empathic and straightforward manner in delivering a warm, open and caring learning environment. She is passionate about supporting families in becoming empowered so they are able to have the best birth and parenting experiences possible. Adrienne lives in the Beach and spends a lot of time with her husband, little one Arlo, dear friends and their gaggle of children.
Corina Tudor: Certified Childbirth Educator, Doula & Yoga Teacher
Corina Tudor is a doula, yoga teacher, and childbirth educator. After leaving her career in academia in 2012, Corina began teaching yoga full time. When she started teaching prenatal yoga at Yoga Mamas in 2015, Corina devoted herself to supporting people during their perinatal journeys and became a doula and childbirth educator. She is certified through DONA for doula care and through Birthing from Within for childbirth education and has since supported over 150 families through full spectrum doula care and childbirth education. Corina also continues to teach yoga.
Corina's approach to childbirth and postpartum education combines physiological and obstetric information with practical skills, decision making, and nurturing the transformation of the perinatal journey. She believes that a childbirth education class should go above and beyond information you can find in a book. As such, she guides expectant parents through processing information, asking questions, making decisions, practicing a variety of coping skills, providing gentle baby care, and preparing for the journey of childbirth and parenthood.
Corina is a mama of a very fiery little one named Rémi and lives in Riverdale.
"My husband and I really enjoyed our Yoga Mamas Childbirth Education session with Adrienne. We felt that because the class size was small enough (only 6 couples) we were able to really get to know the other parents-to-be in our class. Having that sense of connection with the other couples really helps when discussing your thoughts and emotions, and you don't feel afraid to ask questions. We also felt that the content that Adrienne covered was extensive and really encouraged each of the couples to explore and navigate their own journey through pregnancy and prepare for birth. Adrienne was great at teaching us to advocate for our own choices as parents. And of course, the TYM studio is such a warm and welcoming place; being in a familiar location was comfortable and enjoyable."
1. PREGNANCY PHYSIOLOGY AND HORMONES
Use of handouts to view baby in utero, highlight major organs/muscles and how it contributes to birth. Discussion of hormones and their role in childbirth and postpartum.
2. PAIN AND PAIN PHYSIOLOGY
Open discussion of what to expect in terms of pain and intensity and how to manage it. Pain theories also discussed.
3. STAGES AND PHASES OF LABOUR
Understanding a general labour time line walking through what to expect physically and emotionally during each stage of labour. Discussing different types of labour (slow to start, prolonged, overdue, quick labour etc.) Talking about when to go to the hospital or call the midwife. What to expect upon arriving at the hospital and/or what to expect during a home birth. VIEWING OF A BIRTH VIDEO ON THE SECOND DAY OF CLASS.
4. COMFORT MEASURES AND POSITIONS
A chance to learn and practice comfort measures including breathing techniques, visualizations, massage etc. Practice of positions to use during labour. Pain management techniques.
5. ROLE OF SUPPORT
Discussion of the importance of having support (partner, doula, friend etc.) and what role they play during labour. Understanding the important role your partner play and discussing self-care for them during the labour and birth experience.
6. MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS AND PROCEDURES
Discussion of types of interventions you may encounter in a hospital or home birth. We will be highlighting the most common procedures; epidurals, induction and C Sections. Risks and benefits of these interventions will be discussed.
7. INFORMED CONSENT/ SELF ADVOCACY/BUILDING CONFIDENCE
Discussion of what informed consent is and the importance of self-advocacy during labour and birth.
8. POSTPARTUM WHAT TO EXPECT AND SELF CARE
Discussion of what to expect physically and emotionally immediately after your birth and in your postpartum period. How to care for yourself and partner self-care during this time. How to get your home ready for the postpartum period.
"We could not have had a better experience! Adrienne was so amazing-- giving us worried parents-to-be peace of mind and tools to get through it. An added bonus was the lifelong friendships that followed, and a village to call our very own." Charlene