Parent Topic Nights

What Are Parent Topic Nights?

Parent Topic Nights (PTN’s) are the heart of the Childbirth Collective. They are weekly childbirth education workshops meant as supplemental education to any classes you have already taken or are currently taking. Each evening is lead by a member of the Childbirth Collective.

Couple with Newborn, Photo by Meredith Westin Photography

Photo by Meredith Westin Photography

Everyone is welcome! That includes pregnant people, partners, any labor support people who might be invited to your birth, as well as birth professionals. Quiet children and nursing babies are welcome (please provide toys or books and keep them near you during the session).

There is no need to pre-register for these classes, just show up!

Couple with breastfeeding children, photo by Raven Ivory

Photo by Raven Ivory

Current Topics Offered:

All About Doulas

This session answers specific questions about what birth, postpartum and sibling doulas do, what a typical package includes, and explains how doulas work with partners and care providers. Come get answers to all of your questions and have the opportunity to meet several Childbirth Collective doulas to see if doula care is right for you!

Comfort Measures

This is the night where pregnant people and their support person(s) learn how to manage labor in a safe and rewarding way. You will see how partners and labor companions are essential in the process and can take on a variety of roles depending on their own comfort level. Everyone will have the opportunity to practice various comfort measures.

Medications & Interventions

Being informed about all of your options plays a huge role in feelings of empowerment when your birth is all said and done. Learn how to use your BRAIN (Benefits, Risks, Alternatives, Intuition, Next/Nothing) as well as learn about some of the most common interventions and medications offered today. This night is not comprehensive, but will allow you to ask the questions you need to be fully informed.

The Natural Rhythm of Labor

This session will prepare you and your support person to not only recognize the stages of labor but also what approaches can help the most during each stage to bring comfort and support. Trusting in the process, your body, and whatever rhythm you find is key to getting your groove on in labor. You are sure to gain confidence from attending this session!

Postpartum/Breastfeeding (together or separate)

Bringing home a new baby creates a huge change in the life of a family, whether this is your first, third, or sixth baby. How can you prepare for a smooth transition? What affects breastfeeding/chestfeeding success and postpartum mental health? How can friends and relatives be involved without overwhelming you during this unique time? We’ll discuss sleep, priorities, nutrition, support, healing, and more.

Choices & Planning

While we cannot always control how a person’s birth proceeds, we can always control how we care for them. Come hear what choices you do have in birth, how to align your values with your care providers, and how best to communicate your wishes to your provider and other medical staff.

Couples: Growing Your Family

Your family is changing; what are the joys and challenges of becoming parents, growing a family, learning from each other, your baby, and the relationships between/among each of you? As your family changes, your relationship changes. Learn about those changes and some ways you may work to navigate your own journey.

Meeting Locations

Minneapolis

Mondays at 7:30pm
Everyday Miracles
1121 NE Jackson St, #119
Minneapolis, MN 55413 United States
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St. Paul

Wednesdays at 7:30pm
Minnesota Birth Center
624 Smith Ave S
St. Paul, MN 55107
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