Knitted in the Womb offers classes on the west end of the Lehigh Valley; and offers birth and postpartum doula support in the Lehigh Valley and Reading areas. Clients outside of the normal Knitted in the Womb service area will be considered on a case by case basis.
Premium Childbirth Classes $300
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At Knitted in the Womb we understand that your childbirth classes should do more than just teach you about the mechanics of birth, but should also leave you feeling pampered, supported, and confident in your ability to make informed decisions. We also understand that birth is about more than body mechanics; but also is about your mind, emotions, and spiritual beliefs. We seek to help you integrate all parts of who you are into a holistic birth experience.
Jenn’s class was such a wonderful experience. The knowledge she has between her personal experience and years of study is priceless. The small class allows you to ask as many questions as you want. There is so much information you wouldn’t get from your normal doctor visits or from websites and apps. She breaks down each trimester, nutrition and after the baby is home. This is the first child for my husband and I so we wanted to learn as much as we could. Prior to this class I was nervous about giving birth, I can now say I am confident and excited! –Kate
You will be pampered with customized classes, delicious snacks, frequent massage and relaxation practice, and exclusive discounts at multiple businesses of interest to expectant parents. As clients of Knitted in the Womb, you will also be able to consult with Jenn privately about your specific concerns during pregnancy and after your birth.
During the classes you will be encouraged to communicate with your partner about your specific birth vision so that your partner can more fully support you in achieving it. You will have access to the instructor for support outside of class if you face challenges in your pregnancy.
To help you become confident in your ability to make informed decisions about your care in this transformative time in your life, we utilize the Informed Beginnings curricula.
As a first time mom, I can’t say enough about how helpful it was to take Jenn’s birthing classes. First off, she makes sure that you feel welcomed and comfortable. I felt like I knew her and her family for years and I had such a great time learning about all my options for labor and delivery and how to prepare myself mentally for the big day. My husband also felt confident in what to expect and how to help me and be a part of the process which he was extremely thankful to have learned. I have been recommending Jenn to all my friends because I feel like it was worth taking the time. Plus, with our busy lives it was great for my husband and I to pause for a night and dedicate it to learning more about our child and how to prepare ourselves for parenthood. It helped us bond with each other and enjoy the time together as well. –Katherine
The class series is 10 weeks long, allowing for 25 hours of instruction time. The classes offer information about a broad spectrum of choices that are available to birthing women. It is recommended that you start classes in the middle of your second trimester or beginning of your third trimester to ensure that you complete them before giving birth. Expectant parents will learn about pregnancy nutrition, exercise, normal labor, complications in labor including cesarean birth, informed decision making, comfort techniques for labor, newborn care including breastfeeding.
Excellent personal training at a very reasonable price. We’re ready and confident to have a healthy baby girl and great birth experience thanks to Jenn. I really feel like we are much more prepared than had we just gone to a class at the hospital … Knowledge is power, and Jenn has given us so much more than we expected. We also really value the Christian perspective which was very important to us but even if that’s not important to you the classes will be extremely beneficial. We highly recommend Jenn!!! …our doctor highly recommends Jenn… –Bill & Simona
The tools you learn will be helpful in areas of your life beyond birth and parenting. Communication strategies that can be used with your partner or care provider can also be used with friends and other family members. Relaxation techniques to calm stress and reduce pain in birth can work in the dentist’s office, or in a business negotiation.
A non-refundable $100 deposit is required prior to the start of classes to hold a spot. The remaining balance is due at the first class.
Expectant women may choose to take the first two classes of this series in early pregnancy to aid in having a healthy pregnancy.
To add further flexibility, Knitted in the Womb also offers the content of the Premium class in a mixed on-line and in person format, as well as classes specifically geared toward Christians, those planning home birth, or wanting a “refresher” after having birthed before. Knitted in the Womb offers private classes for individuals with challenging schedules or who are on bed rest.
Though childbirth is often an intimidating process, it isn’t one that must be done alone. Through pregnancy and birth, we will be there as a support and allies to help you feel fully present and engaged in your birth experience. With informed decision making through education and reassurance, you will have the best possible chance of realizing the birth that you envision for yourself. Our hope as your doulas is that throughout your pregnancy and delivery, you will feel respected, engaged, and confident; allowing you to remember your birth fondly for years to come.
Benefits of a birth doula:
- 40-50% reduction in cesarean rates
- 25% reduction in the length of labor
- 60% reduction in the rate of epidural use
- Higher breastfeeding rates
- The partner feels more confident in supporting the mother
- The mother feels an increased sense of satisfaction in the birth
Knitted in the Womb offers a variety of birth doula packages designed to meet your needs. Prices range from $600-$1200
Jenn was a wonderful addition to our labor and delivery experience. She not only supported me in reaching my goal of an unmedicated delivery, but she served as a great supporter for my husband, who was nervous about the delivery process. She provided us with vital resources and information prior to delivery and was a calming and soothing presence in the delivery room. We loved sharing our journey with Jenn! –Laurel
The postpartum transition can be a challenging one. As your family grows and you navigate new roles, traditions, and routines; it is vital to have support. When you welcome a postpartum doula into the fourth trimester space, you will find a resource full of non-judgmental support and nurturing.
By “mothering the mother,” providing valuable information, bringing ideas for household organization, and assisting you in creating and growing your village, will help you realize your capabilities and independence in your journey as parents. Whether it’s for a few hours a day, or overnight; we will help you build confidence and provide support for the whole new family in the comfort of your home.
After the birth of your baby or babies, as postpartum doulas we offer a range of supportive services to nurture you and to aid in the transition from the prenatal to postnatal period. We offer support with self-care and postpartum recovery; breastfeeding and general newborn care; and, will be available to help with household tasks, such as laundry, light cleaning, running errands and/or preparing meals. Our role at times may be as simple as holding your baby while you shower, or talking with you about your experiences as a new mother. We can also act as a source of information, providing referrals and other information as needed. We have had training in breastfeeding and newborn care. During overnight doula care we will bottle feed your baby or bring your baby to you for breastfeeding, change diapers, do light house-keeping tasks that will not disrupt anyone who is sleeping, and prepare a nutritious breakfast.
“The day was better after Jenn got here! She is awesome!” ~Lauren
Benefits of a postpartum doula:
- Postpartum doulas do whatever a family needs to best enjoy and care for their new baby.
- A postpartum doula “mothers the mother” by attending to light household tasks, and attending to her physical and emotional needs.
- A postpartum doula helps a mother to eat well and get enough sleep.
- While not a medical provider, a postpartum doula can help a mother to do self assessments for postpartum mood disorders, and can refer to appropriate resources as necessary.
- A postpartum doula provides non-judgemental support in exploring options that will help the mother and partner nurture each other and the baby.
- A postpartum doula supports the partner in his or her role in the early weeks since it will have a significant positive effect on the family.
Knitted in the Womb offers a postpartum doula services for $25-30 per hour.
“You were a valuable resource and your insight and encouragement were very helpful. We would recommend your services to anyone.” ~Alyssa & Rich