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Childbirth Refresher Class
Spend time celebrating your second or subsequent birth!
Review the essentials of childbirth preparation, brush up on comfort measures, and learn how labor patterns with this baby can vary from your prior childbirth experiences.
The Birthways refresher childbirth education class is an opportunity to review your previous birth story with knowledgeable birth professionals as well as discuss your hopes for the upcoming birth. We will:
- Review stages of labor
- Share comfort measures for each stage
- Share tools for optimal communication with your health care team
- Discuss how first births are different than later births and how to make decisions accordingly
It is also an opportunity to connect with this unique pregnancy and meet other families who are expanding their families!
The Birthways refresher class is meant for families who completed a comprehensive childbirth education class when expecting an earlier baby (if this will be your first class, or you felt your first class was not comprehensive, please join one of our Celebrate Birth classes).
The class is led by Nicole Demakis and/or Megan Trinter. (see below for bios)
Time: The class is held once a trimester on a Saturday from 10a-2p
Cost: $80 per couple
Registration: Pre-registration is required. Please see here for a schedule and signup information.
Nicole Demakis, Certified Doula and Perinatal Educator, MMCI
Nicole has worked as a postpartum care and labor support doula for Birthways for more than five years. She brings her experience attending more than 65 births as a senior level doula, and is familiar with nearly every Chicago area hospital and their practices. She also brings the clinical knowledge she is gaining as a student midwife. A certified perinatal educator through the Midwest Maternal Child Institute, Nicole leads new parent groups with KickSprout, a Chicago-area parenting resource. Nicole is familiar with Bradley, Lamaze, and other childbirth education models and is also a private instructor. Families appreciate Nicole's geniune, caring approach to education. As the mother of two boys, she has personally experienced both a hospital and a home birth.
Megan Trinter, CD, CPM
Megan is a very knowledgeable and experienced educator, doula, and midwife who is very versed in the Chicago area hospital and homebirth options. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S., in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Children, Youth & Family Services. Megan became a labor support and postpartum Birthways doula in 2003, where she went on to support hundreds of families and mentored and supported other doula providers as a Care Coordinator. She has completed her Midwifery Degree from Midwest Maternal Child Institute and is a CPM who assists with home birth practices in the area. Megan teaches group & private classes and refresher courses for families who have prior experience giving birth. Clients appreciate her humor and clear teaching style. She has three fabulous children, all born at home.