The Birth Fusion Childbirth Education Series is a highly sought after Davis childbirth class series for couples who live, and/or plan to birth, in Davis, CA. Jennifer Anderson is an experienced labor and delivery nurse, an active professional doula in the Davis community, and an established birth photographer. She has been teaching this class series, in partnership with Mother & Baby Source, since 2007. In 2015, the name changed to the Birth Fusion Childbirth Education Series and the series was updated to bring the same high quality education the Davis community had come to expect, while adding new topics that families had been asking for. Jennifer has guided a few hundred couples through the childbirth process. Her ongoing, hands-on experience with childbirth, coupled with her professional birth photography, come together with her humor and enthusiasm to provide a realistic and entertaining childbirth class experience for the mother and birth partner alike.
What sets the Birth Fusion childbirth class experience apart?
- Jennifer is a former RN at the Sutter Davis Birthing Center
- Jennifer coordinated the Sutter Davis Volunteer Doula Program from 2010-2014
- A real-time labor simulation and support tips for partners throughout all stages of the labor process
- An emphasis on the beneﬁts of labor support and the use of hydrotherapy in labor and birth
- An unbiased review of medical procedures that couples may need to consider during the childbirth process
- A baby care and breastfeeding class to prepare couples for the challenges of bringing baby home
- An inspiring message from the Nurse Manager of the Sutter Davis Birthing Center
- Q&A with a Sutter Davis pediatrician
- Use of photography throughout the series to provide real-life visuals of the topics being discussed
About the Series
The Birth Fusion Childbirth Education Series is a comprehensive 5-class series (over 18 hours) including 3 classes devoted solely to the process of childbirth and the changes immediately after birth, a baby care class, and a breastfeeding class taught by an International Board Certiﬁed Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Classes are held at Pence Gallery and Mother & Baby Source, both in quaint downtown Davis.
The ﬁrst class is devoted to covering all aspects of childbirth including the anatomy and physiology of childbirth and preparing for the delicate and often-challenging 2-week post partum period. The second class covers common medical procedures and medical pain relief options, as well as non-medical alternatives to these procedures. We also review the indications for a cesarean birth and show photographs of what this type of birth can look like. We spend time in the 3rd class examining how our perceptions of childbirth can affect our labor experience and how our bodies react to fear in ways that can increase the pain of childbirth. In this class, we also focus on the use of water in labor, professional labor support (doulas) and the birth partner’s feelings as labor progresses. This class ends with a simulated labor exercise to build familiarity with what comfort measures will be useful at what times in your labor. Many couples highlight this class as their favorite and most realistic part of the series. All 3 of these classes are held on Sunday afternoons.
The baby care and breastfeeding classes are held on weeknights at Mother & Baby Source. These classes cover the basic aspects of newborn care and highlight the topics of newborn health and appearance, normal bowel and bladder habits, sleep habits, and the challenging question of “why won’t my baby stop crying?”. The breastfeeding class offers answers to many questions new moms have about breastfeeding, including normal behavior of the breastfed baby and how to make the “breastfeeding lifestyle” work in different situations.
Classes are designed to be taken all in one series, but if couples need to take the baby care & breastfeeding classes in a different month, or wish to not take them at all (if this is your 2nd baby, for example) then you can choose those classes from a different month, or leave them off all together. The 3 childbirth classes are designed to be taken in order but may be broken up utilizing a waiting list option. Please contact Jennifer for more information on that process as we cannot guarantee a space for a single class in another series due to the frequently sold-out nature of this series.
The fee for the complete childbirth series is $265. We recommend taking a class series that will end 1-2 months before your due date. This is a popular series for families in the Davis community so we recommend registering early to secure your space in a series that works best for you. Classes typically close 1-2 months before they begin.
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