Leonora's desire to become a doula unfolded out of teaching prenatal yoga. Helping students throughout each stage of their pregnancy to prepare for labor and the birth of their child created this desire to continue to serve them through labor preparation, labor itself and the postpartum stage on into parenthood. Being a doula is an act of service, service to the individual moving through one of the most life-changing transitions one can experience, becoming a parent, and it is with great reverence and appreciation that Leonora fulfills this service. Leonora was trained within the Roots of Labor Birth Collective in 2018.
Partner Prenatal Yoga w/Pregnancy and Labor Comfort Measures
This workshop is for pregnant people and a labor support partner. The class focuses on body scanning to read a birthing person's body cues, internal breath awareness and attuning to another's breath, movement, visualization and meditation with affirmations and some partner yoga poses as warm-up. Some poses and techniques learned will help alleviate pregnancy discomforts and can also be used during labor as comfort measures with assistance from your support partner, a chair, rebozo, yoga ball. Support partners will also learn easy massage techniques that will support relaxation during pregnancy and labor.
Cost: $125/couple 15% off for those with a Prenatal Membership Email [email protected] for the discount code.
Workshops are in person in West Oakland. Preregistration required.
Workshops are currently scheduled through June with next available below. Please visit my booking platform, Momence, to see all workshop dates,
Childbirth Education Course Series
If you’re looking for a childbirth education course series that is extensive in topic coverage, inclusive, community centered and response to individuals registered in the course, sign up now. When you do sign up for the workshop series, you’ll receive a digital copy of The Educated Birth’s Pregnancy Tool Kit, 40 pages of information about pregnancy from nutrition to the placenta, uterine growth and involution, how you envision taking part as a support person, to the kind of care you are looking for from your provider. This material is the backdrop to the following online sessions (3 of 4) that we have together. You will also receive a short in-take form with questions that will help me get to know you and hopefully help you discover more about your desired pregnancy and birth journey, what you hope for, what you envision. Signing up for all four sessions in the series will help give you a firm handle of all the information for births that take place in a birth center or hospital - to feel confident and competent and cared for moving forward towards birth and bringing your baby into the world.
Each session is 2 hours long and sessions 1-3 take place on Zoom with our last session on lactation and breast/chestfeeding to occur in person, in the Daughter of Samoa studio. Please prioritize and plan to attend all four sessions.
Topics & Subject-matter
1. Anatomy & Physiology of Labor & Birth (zoom) Monday, February 27, 6-8 pm
Know what’s happening in your body, through this natural, physiological process to help you connect with the process. Your body is an amazing system during pregnancy and birth. Due Dates Hormones during Pregnancy Optimal Positioning of Baby Heading into Labor Stages of Labor Early Labor Active Labor Transition Pushing Immediate Post Partum
2. Birthing in a Freestanding Birth Center or Hospital (Critical Care Facility) - Protocol & Policy (zoom) Monday, March 13, 6-8 pm
What can you expect from your care provider and where you plan on having your baby? Weeks 36 on in midwifery or ob care: What does a cervical exam entail? What does it mean to have your membranes swept? What’s a Bishop Score? Labor has begun, what to do now? What’s prodromal labor? When’s a good time to transfer to the birth center or hospital? What happens in triage? Admitting protocols: health questions, taking blood, IV fluids, electronic fetal heart monitoring, temperature and blood pressure checks Common procedures: augmentation, induction, interventions like AROM (Artificial Rupture of Membranes), shot of pitocin after placenta is born. What if any of these do you wish to opt in for? In the event of a surgical birth, what can you expect?
3. Birth Preferences & Planning Postpartum Planning (zoom) Monday, March 27, 6-8 pm
Find out about all of the standard methods of care and make your own informed choices Standard methods of hospital care: IV fluids, electronic fetal heart monitoring, temperature and blood pressure checks, augmentation, induction, interventions like AROM (Artificial Rupture of Membranes) Eating and drinking during labor Comfort and pain management options Golden Hour: skin-to-skin bonding time Baby’s Care: Delayed cord clamping, Hep B vaccine, Vitamin K & erythromycin ointment, hair and head washing, footprints, identification bracelets
4. Breast/Chestfeeding/Lactation (in person) Sunday, April 2, 1-3 pm
Help yourself and your partner prepare for the work and joy that goes into feeding your baby Lactogenesis I - Colostrum (Liquid Gold) What’s in it and why it’s so good for babies Lactogenesis II - Copious Onset of Milk Hormonal responses to milk creation How labor affects successful chest/breastfeeding Hand expression and Pumping Positions for feeding baby & the importance of a good latch Engorgement management Clues to successful milk transfer Milk storage guidelines Lactation Consultation
AAPI Women Lead
In this interview, Leonora shares her role as a doula during COVID-19 as well as what pregnant people can do to create the kind of birth they wish to have in any time, circumstance and location. #aapiwomenlead #everyonedeservesadoula
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