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The Caesarean Birth Class

By Australian Birth Stories

The educational guide to caesarean birth and recovery that encourages you to advocate for your preferences and plan a positive birth experience

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If you’re preparing for a caesarean birth, you deserve birth education that informs and empowers you.

You may already know what day your baby will be born but no doubt you have many questions about the operating theatre, pain relief and your recovery.

If you want to know about:

  • The caesarean birth process include pre-op theatre preparation
  • The benefits and risks of a Maternal Assisted Caesarean (MAC)
  • Writing a caesarean birth plan that outlines your birth and recovery preferences
  • Recovery and wound care guidance from a women’s health physiotherapist

You’ve come to the right place.

 

Introducing The Caesarean Birth Class

The access-anytime program that helps you prepare for a positive caesarean and encourages you to advocate for your birth preferences in the operating theatre.

Featuring 4 audio modules with perinatal health specialists and 3 breathing and relaxation tracks, you’ll be given the information, skills and confidence to plan and prepare for birth.

In The Caesarean Birth Class, you’ll be guided through every aspect of a caesarean birth, including:

  • Discussing your birth preferences with your obstetrician 
  • The process of a Maternal Assisted Caesarean (MAC)
  • A step-by-step guide to a caesarean birth 
  • Delayed cord clamping and skin-to-skin
  • Recovery and breastfeeding
  • Pain relief after birth
  • Guidance for movement and recovery 
  • Wound care 

And so much more. 

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This course is valued at over $1500.00 AUD
Your investment $198.00 AUD
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Your Virtual Caesarean Birth Team

Let’s look at exactly what you’ll learn inside the program.

  • 1
    The Caesarean Birth Process with Dr Scott Shemer, Obstetrician

    Your birth preparation starts with a detailed guide to caesarean birth:

    • what happens once you’re admitted to hospital
    • meeting your birth team and why your partner can’t be with you for the epidural
    • what you can expect in the operating theatre and recovery
    • the benefits of optimal cord clamping and skin-to-skin
    • when to seek medical advice once you’re discharged from hospital
  • 2
    Maternal Assisted Caesarean with Dr Natalie Elphinstone, Obstetrician

    You’ll learn all about being an active participant in the operating theatre:

    • how maternal assisted caesareans are different to gentle caesareans.
    • the risks and benefits of a MAC
    • what’s involved, including scrubbing in with the medical team
    • how you can start talking to your obstetrician about a MAC
  • 3
    Caesarean Recovery with Sophie Bappayya, Women’s Health Physiotherapist

    In this episode, you’ll be given a day-by-day guide to caesarean birth recovery:

    • what you can expect from your pain and movement in the first 24, 48 and 72 hours
    • the importance of gentle movement for your recovery
    • trial of void and bladder control once your catheter is removed
    • how to safely move your body once you’re home
    • wound and scar healing
  • 4
    Breastfeeding with Amberley Harris, Midwife

    A wealth of wisdom on:

    • The composition of breastmilk from colostrum, transitional milk, to mature milk
    • Antenatal expressing
    • The breast crawl and the golden hour post birth together with a 10minute video showing the breast crawl in action.
    • Feeding on demand and weight gain in the first few days and weeks post birth
  • 5
    Breathe, Relax and Rest with Jodi Wilson, Pre-natal Yoga Teacher and Author

    You’ll learn: 

    Simple breathing practices to help you slow down and connect with your body, your breath and your baby.

     

You’ll also receive these added extras to support your preparation:

The Caesarean Birth Class

39-page Workbook

We’ve detailed the main points from each audio module so you can sit back and listen without needing to take notes.

Printable Birth Plan

8 pages

A step-by-step template so you can write a thorough and organised birth plan and advocate for your birth preferences.

Breathe

Breathing practice

A simple breathing practice to help you slow down and connect with your body, your breath and your baby.

Relax

Guided audio?

The perfect relaxation to listen to the night before your planned caesarean to help settle your nerves.

Rest

Guided audio?

A beautiful guided relaxation that reduces stress and encourages deep rest.

Your Hospital Bag Checklist

An essential list for you and your partner so you’ve got everything you need for your hospital stay and caesarean recovery.

 

The only birth education you’ll need.

I just wanted to say a huge thank you not only for the amazing podcasts but for creating The Birth Class.

I birthed our beautiful girl almost 2 weeks ago completely drug and complication-free. Even if my birth went completely different I would have felt the same way — completely confident in my body, all because of your incredible work. No one knows what the journey ahead looks like with a newborn but after listening to the birth class modules, my partner and I had a lot more confidence in ourselves. Thank you so much.

Bec

Been listening and working through your birth class and podcast I'm now 37 weeks pregnant and feel so relaxed and ready for labour and giving birth.

You've given me so many tools and knowledge to take to the hospital with me, I live in regional NSW and have very limited resources available without a massive drive. Your work has been so valuable to me and I can't thank you enough.

Paris

Sophie, I had my baby girl on Monday, Sept 6th, after a day of labour at home on my own.

I walked around the block, bounced on the fit ball in the sunshine and listened to Australian Birth Stories on my EarPods for a few hours while I breathed through contractions. At 5pm we called my Mum to pick up our toddler and then called the birth suite. My waters broke on the living room floor and my partner and I had a harrowing drive to the hospital, where it turned out I was 10cm dilated! Willa was born 7 minutes after we arrived, with no intervention. This was such a different birth from my first, who was induced 10 days after my waters broke at 36 weeks. Thank you for creating The Birth Class, it helped me dance and move through my contractions. You provide such a wonderful resource with no judgement, which is so important.

Sam

Thank you so much for your amazing course The Birth Class.

Over the last 9 months as I was preparing for my third birth I was really looking for as many resources as possible to educate myself on my options for this birth. I decided to purchase The Birth Class when I was 32 weeks pregnant and my husband and I spent the last 8 weeks of my pregnancy listening to it during our weekend drives up to the beach. From active birth positions, the importance of rest between contraction and breathing techniques, the class was great at preparing my husband and I... The TENS machine I used with this labour was AMAZING and I’m so cross I didn’t use it with my first 2 births. I also used the purple line in labour to avoid internals in the hospital and it was great and I avoided any internal checks in birth suites. Thank you once again my third child’s birth story is something I will always cherish and feel immense pride about.

Sarah

You'll Receive

Lifetime Access

There’s no time limit on The Birth Class. Listen as many times as you like in this pregnancy and come back to it in the years to come.

Convenient Audio Format

Listen on your babymoon road trip, when you’re relaxing in the bath or on your morning walk around the neighbourhood. You’re one-touch away from preparing for a positive birth experience.

Affordable Access to Expert Advice from Perinatal Health Specialists

A unique opportunity to listen to a range of pregnancy and birth experts so you can make informed choices that are best for you.

Meet your host Sophie Walker

Hi there, I’m Sophie — host of the top-rated weekly podcast Australian Birth Stories (5 million downloads and counting), creator of educational programs for pregnancy and motherhood, and mother to 3 boys under 7.

I have a Masters in Public Health, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve been deeply interested in babies and birth; a fascination that only amplified when I became pregnant with my eldest son, Niko.

Despite planning for a drug-free birth centre birth, what unfolded was a lengthy 36 hour labour with a hospital transfer, induction, epidural, episiotomy, forceps, and a postpartum haemorrhage....

Along with my new baby and my aching postpartum body, I carried significant physical and emotional trauma home from the hospital. My second birth was the complete opposite; positive, redemptive, and empowering.
Research claims that a positive birth experience - regardless of where or how a woman is birthing - is dependent on two things:

  • A pregnant woman has the opportunity to make informed decisions.

  • Those decisions are respected and supported by her care provider.

After interviewing over 300 Australian women I wholeheartedly agree with this research. Women have positive births every day - in the comfort of their home, in surgical theatres, in birth centre bathtubs and on the bed in hospital labour wards. And the foundation of these positive birth experiences? Birth education. The podcast is a beautiful collection of stories that have become a powerful, informative and, often entertaining, resource. It’s endorsed by the Australian College of Midwives and currently has over 8 million downloads. Sitting alongside the podcast is a series of online education courses that feature interviews with leading specialists in perinatal health.
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FAQs

  • When should you start birthing classes?

    I feel that it’s never too early to start educating yourself on the process of labour, and birth. Even if you’ve done it all before.

    Generally, it’s a good idea to begin some form of education for you and your birth partner by about 20-24 weeks with the aim to have your labour preparation finished by 34 weeks. This gives you time to process what you have learned and think about how you will implement it on the day your baby arrives.

    In saying that you have lifetime access to The Birth Class so you can grab it now and listen as many times as you like.

    The breathing exercises and meditation are for pregnancy so you can start them as soon as you like.

    Ideally, you should start birthing classes towards the end of your second trimester and aim to have them completed by 34 weeks.

  • What do birthing classes teach you?

    Birthing classes teach you about the physiological process of birth which helps you to understand exactly what the body does in labour. With this understanding comes trust in the body’s natural ability to birth. Alongside this education, we teach a range of breathing and sound techniques and mindset tools you can use to navigate labour and birth, skills that are beneficial for birthing women and their support partners. Beyond this foundational knowledge, we discuss the range of pain relief options available for labour (both pharmacological and non-pharmacological), the risks and benefits of inductions and interventions, and what you can expect from a caesarean birth. We also discuss the hours after birth and how they’re affected by the type of birth you had and how you choose to feed your baby.

  • Are birthing classes necessary?

    Research shows that a positive birth experience – regardless of where and how a woman is birthing – is dependent on two things: the birthing woman being able to make informed decisions and those decisions being supported and respected by her care provider.

    Birthing classes give you accessible evidence-based information, language to confidently discuss your birth preferences with your care provider and practical skills to navigate labour and birth. If you want a positive birth experience, birthing classes are essential.

  • What are the benefits of taking a childbirth class?

    Childbirth classes encourage you to get prepared for birth. They start the conversation between you and your birth partner about your priorities and intentions for birth, they help you understand the process of birth and give you skills so you can approach labour, birth and postpartum with calm and confidence.

  • What do I need to know before labour?

    It’s a really great idea to understand what happens in your body during labour so you can understand the role of contractions and therefore welcome the pain of labour as good, positive, productive pain. It’s also beneficial to understand your pain relief options so you can make confident and informed decisions in labour. Labour and birth are unpredictable so discussing your preferences for all eventualities is a pro-active step to a positive birth experience.

  • How much do birthing classes cost?

    Our online birth education course, The Birth Class, is $269 and gives you lifetime access to eight audio modules featuring a range of perinatal specialists who discuss everything from the role of hormones in labour, the process of a c-section, breathing and sound skills for labour, achieving a VBAC and what you can expect from the hours after birth.

  • What are the benefits of online birth education?

    You and your partner can listen where you’re most comfortable and when you’ve got the time and energy to absorb the information and consider how you want to plan for your birth. It’s a personal and intimate form of education that doesn’t involve uncomfortable group workshops or the time pressure of weekend classes. Listen in your own time – in the car, in the bath, on a Sunday morning when you’re in bed drinking tea – and listen as many times as you like. Online birth education starts available conversations between you and your birth partner that will ensure you go into labour with trust in the prices, an understanding of your options and practical skills to navigate all possible scenarios.

  • How is the course delivered?

    This audio series will be available for you to listen to conveniently via the web or through the free Kajabi app which is Apple and Android compatible.

  • What do I do if I haven’t received a confirmation email?

    The confirmation email will come to the email account you use to purchase with. Please check your Spam / Promotions folders, and if you can’t locate it, get in touch sophie@australianbirthstories.com so we can help you out!

  • Is the program refundable?

    Due to the nature of an instant access digital product, all sales are final.

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Confidence comes from knowing you’re doing everything you can to prepare your body for birth...

No matter how your experience unfolds on the day.

My intention is that this program leaves you feeling encouraged, excited and informed; demystifying the birth process, and freeing you from any fears or confusion you might be feeling as you get ready to meet your baby.

You’ve got this — and your virtual birth team and I have got you covered.

To your beautiful birth,

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